Reach Academy Feltham


Name Reach Academy Feltham
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 March 2014
Address 53-55 High Street, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 4AB
Phone Number 02088931099
Type Academy
Age Range 4-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 878 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.5
Academy Sponsor Reach Academy Trust
Local Authority Hounslow
Percentage Free School Meals 33.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 51.7%
Persisitent Absence 8%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Reach Academy Feltham, a Free School, opened in September 2012, and is smaller than an average-sized school. At the time of the inspection there were pupils in the Reception Year and in Years 1, 7 and 8. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is above that in other schools in the Reception Year and Years 1, 7 and 8. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average in all year groups. A higher proportion of pupils than average come from minority ethnic groups in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1. The majority of pupils are of Indian and White British heritages. In Key Stage 3, the largest ethnic group is of White British heritage. The number of pupils who speak English as an additional language is considerably higher than average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is lower than average in the Reception Year and Year 1, but higher in Key Stage 3. The pupil premium is funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The academy does not currently make use of alternative provision to deliver academic courses or to support pupils with additional learning needs. As the academy opened in September 2012, with pupils in the Reception Year and Year 7, it is not possible to assess the pupils’ achievement against the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils receive an outstanding education at Reach Academy Feltham. This includes their personal and social development as well as their academic achievement. The Principal, secondary headteacher, leadership team and governors have, in a short space of time, ensured that the academy provides a high quality of education and opportunities for all its pupils. They have secured a harmonious environment in which pupils learn and thrive. Many pupils exceed nationally expected levels of progress. Throughout the academy, pupils make excellent progress in reading, writing and mathematics. As a result, attainment is typically above average in all year groups. Pupils’ outstanding achievement is secured as a result of the exceptional teaching pupils receive. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and use this to plan and deliver learning opportunities that maximise learning. Expectations of what can be achieved in lessons are very high. Pupils have a clear understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe in and out of school. Pupils are well cared for. There is a positive learning atmosphere throughout the academy. Pupils display excellent attitudes to learning. They behave impeccably, show high levels of respect and courtesy towards each other, to their teachers, other staff and visitors. The academy has a calm and purposeful atmosphere combined with a sense of excitement generated by pupils enjoying their learning. Excellent leadership by the Principal has ensured that high expectations and a pursuit of excellence are the norm. The Principal’s vision that the academy prepares pupils for a life of ‘choice and opportunity’ is shared by all who work within the academy. Staff are highly valued and good quality training maintains the highest quality of teaching. The very strong governing body has a range of considerable skills and expertise. Governors are knowledgeable about what is going well and what can be improved further. This enables them to ask searching questions of leaders to make sure the academy is doing as well as it can. Governors’ understanding of the academy and its community very effectively contributes to the academy’s success.