|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||22 May 2013|
|Address||Lampton Avenue, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 4EP|
|Number of Pupils||1530 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.4|
|Academy Sponsor||Lampton School Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||16%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||71.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
The school is a larger than average-size secondary school. The school became an academy in 2010. When its predecessor school, Lampton School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is five times higher than the national average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is also significantly above the national average. The proportion of students for whom the school receives additional funding through the pupil premium is just below a third. Pupil premium is the additional government funding provided for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, students looked after by the local authority, or those with a parent or carer serving in the armed forces. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is just over one in eight pupils. This is above the national average. The proportion of students with a statement of special educational needs or who are supported at school action plus, about one in 12, is just above average. The school includes a speech and communication unit for 16 students. Students enrolled in this unit are fully integrated into the main school. The school has specialist status in humanities. It established a basketball academy in 2010, which caters for more than 50 students before and after the normal school day. The school is a designated National Teaching School. The school is also a Senior Partner in a group of schools who work together known as ‘Challenge Partnership’ and provides both initial teacher training and on-going training for both Lampton teachers and for teachers from other schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Some students attend specialist courses at West Thames College, The Lighthouse Group, The Skills Centre, The Redwood Group and Capel Manor College.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Students’ achievement is outstanding, particularly in English and mathematics. By the end of Key Stage 4 students have made more progress than most students nationally. Teaching is outstanding and enables students to make exceptional progress whatever their starting points. Checking of learning and understanding, through questioning, ensures students make fast progress. Lessons include a mix of different activities which students enjoy and which ensure they learn rapidly. Teachers quickly adapt learning activities if at first some students do not understand what they are meant to do. Students demonstrate maturity, strong social skills and good humour in their behaviour in lessons. Students’ outstanding behaviour continues outside of lessons. They have the maturity to self-regulate and behave responsibly. Staff are fully committed to doing their utmost for students, and one said, ‘This is an outstanding school and I am proud to be part of it. The students are fantastic and I feel very well supported by senior leaders.’ The school is extremely well led. The senior team clearly communicates the message that the school’s key function is to enable outstanding outcomes for all students, including disabled students and those who have special educational needs. Monitoring of teaching and learning by leaders and managers is accurate. There are well-established support and training programmes for teachers to further improve how their work helps to raise students’ achievement. The sixth form is good. Results are particularly strong at the end of Year 13. Students are well supported and the school is determined to ensure they do even better. The school shares its best practice and is active in supporting other schools. The training it provides both new and experienced teachers, particularly in its role as a National Teaching School benefits many schools, way beyond Lampton. Governors know and understand the school well and provide highly effective challenge and support for the school. They are fully committed to its continued improvement.