Nonsuch High School for Girls

Name Nonsuch High School for Girls
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Ewell Road, Cheam, Sutton, SM3 8AB
Phone Number 02083943400
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1426 (100% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.8
Academy Sponsor Girls' Learning Trust
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 3.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.1%
Persistent Absence 9.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (03 July 2013)
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Information about this school

Nonsuch High School for Girls is a larger than average selective secondary school. It converted to academy status in June 2011. The predecessor school, which was known by the same name, was judged good overall when last inspected by Ofsted. The school is currently led by two acting headteachers who will revert to their substantive posts when the new headteacher arrives in September 2013. The school holds specialist status for science and languages. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is low compared to the national figure. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is higher than the national average, as are the proportions who speak English as an additional language. The percentage of students attending the school who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, those who are looked after, or those with a parent in the armed services) is much lower than the national average. The school does not currently make any alternative provision arrangements for students through other education providers. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement is outstanding. All groups of students make outstanding progress to attain high standards in examinations. Students from all groups achieve very well. All make significantly better progress than similar groups of students nationally. The sixth form is good. Standards remain high, building on students’ outstanding GCSE results. The curriculum and co-curricular programme provide outstanding opportunities for students to broaden their experience and enjoyment of school life. Teaching is consistently good. Some is outstanding. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and students show outstanding attitudes to learning. The behaviour and safety of students are outstanding. Attendance is excellent. Strategies to ensure that all groups of students are included in school life are very effective. Governors and senior staff have ensured that, throughout the period of leadership change, the school has continued to run smoothly and high standards of work and behaviour maintained. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Observation in lessons by leaders and managers does not give enough consideration to the impact of teaching on students’ learning. Not enough teaching provides consistently high levels of stretch and challenge in lessons, particularly, but not exclusively, for students with exceptional abilities.