|Name||Isleworth and Syon School for Boys|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||01 May 2013|
|Address||Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, TW7 5LJ|
|Number of Pupils||1056|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.6|
|Academy Sponsor||Isleworth And Syon School For Boys|
|Percentage Free School Meals||15.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||67.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is an average-sized secondary school. It converted to an academy on 1 March 2012. When its predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The predecessor school was awarded sports college specialist status in 2003. The majority of students are from a wide range of different minority ethnic backgrounds. The largest ethnic group are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. This includes students in the care of the local authority and students known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school enters students early for GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and French. A small number of upper school students study vocational qualifications at West Thames College and the University of West London, ensuring that they leave school with recognised qualifications. Sixth form students are taught within a consortium of schools which include Brentford School for Girls, Feltham Community College, The Green School for Girls, and Kingsley Academy. Since September 2012, there have been several changes to the middle leadership team, and the school has appointed four Teach First graduates and one newly qualifed teacher.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Leaders and managers, including members of the governing body, have secured improvements in the quality of teaching, so that it is consistently good. As a result, outcomes are improving and achievement is good. Students’ attitudes towards learning and behaviour are outstanding, and their behaviour is often exemplary. This contributes strongly to a calm and safe environment which inspires a love for learning. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effectively promoted through the many sporting and cultural activities on offer. The sixth form is good, and students benefit from consortium arrangements with other secondary schools. This enables them to choose from a wide range of courses which are well matched to their needs. Consequently, many make exceptional progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to help students, particularly those of average ability, to make rapid progress at Key Stage 3. There are too few opportunities for students to practise and develop their reading, writing and problem-solving skills in different subjects at Key Stage 3. Students are not always given enough guidance on how to improve their work. There are too few opportunities for them to correct their work to show they have understood.