Marathon Science School

Name Marathon Science School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 1-9 Evelyn Street, Surrey Quays, London, SE8 5RQ
Phone Number 02072313232
Type Independent
Age Range 10-19
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 63 (100% boys)
Local Authority Lewisham
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Marathon Science School is an independent secondary boarding school with an Islamic ethos. It is registered for boys aged 10 to 19 years. The school is located near Surrey Quays and the boarding provision is in Hackney. Most pupils are of Turkish background and speak English as an additional language. Almost all pupils are boarders. The school uses its own transport to transfer pupils between the school and the boarding provision. The school currently caters for pupils between the ages of 11 and 17 years. The school does not have any pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. The few boys in Year 12 reside in the boarding provision. They have a dual registration with New City College, Tower Hamlets, where they study post-16 vocational and A-level courses. The proprietors include a group of three trustees, who comprise the Seven Hills Educational Trust. The school’s last standard inspection was in March 2017. The school also had an emergency inspection in July 2018. The founding headteacher, who had retired, returned last year and is once more the headteacher. The current trustees were appointed within the last year. A few new teachers joined the school in September 2018.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, leaders have improved teaching, especially in subjects where pupils have underperformed in the past. They check on pupils’ progress and the quality of teaching with greater rigour. As a result, pupils now benefit from a good education. Teaching is good because teachers know their subjects well and plan activities to meet the needs of the pupils. Teachers regularly check pupils’ progress and support effectively those who fall behind. This ensures that pupils are successful learners. Current pupils are making good progress overall across subjects. Over time, pupils’ outcomes are particularly strong in mathematics, science, and European and community languages. The curriculum prepares pupils effectively for the next stages of their education and makes a strong contribution to their personal development. The school prepares them well for life in modern Britain. Leaders ensure that pupils have a good understanding of how to avoid danger, including from being tempted into gangs and extremism. Pupils therefore feel safe and know they can approach a trusted adult should they have any concerns. Pupils do not routinely reach the highest standards of which they are capable. This is because, occasionally, teachers do not challenge pupils sufficiently to think more deeply. Sometimes, teachers do not help pupils to expand their vocabulary and sufficiently apply new concepts to different situations. At the start of the inspection, a few minor aspects of the independent school standards were unmet. These were quickly addressed, and the school is now compliant. The trustees, all new in post, are highly committed to the school and to ensuring pupils’ welfare and safety. They support school leaders effectively but do not hold them to account as well as they could. They are at the early stages of developing fully their understanding of their roles and responsibilities for school governance. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.