Nower Hill High School

Name Nower Hill High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 May 2012
Address George V Avenue, Pinner, HA5 5RP
Phone Number 02088630877
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1934 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.8
Academy Sponsor Nower Hill High School
Local Authority Harrow
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.9%
Persisitent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Nower Hill High School is a larger than average-sized community school which converted to an academy in September 2011. The school has specialist arts and science status. The proportion of students who are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion who speak English as an additional language are high. Approximately one quarter of the students are of White British heritage and another quarter of Indian background with smaller numbers of African, Caribbean and Pakistani students. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of students on the School Action Plus programme or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The school has been through a number of organisational changes since the last inspection report, when the number on roll was reported as 1204. These changes include the introduction of a sixth form in 2008 and redesignation as an 11–18 school in 2010. The school meets the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Key findings

Nower Hill High School is an outstanding school. There is a relentless pursuit of excellence by the headteacher and senior leaders in the school. The school is constantly reviewing its performance, identifying improvements and addressing shortcomings. The leadership of teaching and learning and of professional development generally are exceptional. Students enter the school with attainment which is significantly above national averages. All groups of students, including disabled students and those with special educational needs, make outstanding progress. The progress of students from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language is similar to that of their peers. The sixth form is outstanding. The overall quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers have very high expectations and use their excellent subject knowledge to support students in preparing for external examinations. In a very small minority of lessons, teaching does not always cater for the full spread of ability and students’ independent thinking and research skills are not always challenged. In a very few instances, marking is not sufficiently detailed for students to know how to improve. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Students overwhelmingly agree that the school is a safe place to be. Bullying is rare and any instances are quickly dealt with and resolved. A small minority of parents and carers expressed concerns that lessons were occasionally disrupted but inspection evidence and discussions with students confirm that inappropriate behaviour is rare and is quickly and effectively dealt with. Monitoring and evaluation of students’ progress are carried out very rigorously and the highly effective curriculum ensures that students’ needs and interests are met extremely well. The challenges of ongoing organisational changes have been managed exceptionally well against a backdrop of sustained improvement.