Riddlesdown Collegiate


Name Riddlesdown Collegiate
Website https://www.riddlesdown.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Honister Heights, Purley, CR8 1EX
Phone Number 02086685136
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1898 (50.7% boys 49.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.5
Academy Sponsor The Collegiate Trust
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 10.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.5%
Persisitent Absence 8.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (17 May 2016)
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Information about this school

Riddlesdown Collegiate is a much larger than average-sized secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 19. Its predecessor school, also called Riddlesdown Collegiate, was judged as good when it was inspected in October 2011. The school opened in June 2012 and established the Riddlesdown Collegiate Academy Trust. In November 2015, the trust changed its name the Collegiate Trust. The current principal took up the post in November 2015. The majority of pupils are White British, with a larger proportion than average coming from minority ethnic backgrounds. A smaller than average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding (additional government funding to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals or who are looked after) is below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below average. The school meets the requirements on publication of specified information on its website. Teachers support other schools in the local authority, for example in English. The school does not use alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Riddlesdown Collegiate is led and managed extremely well. Leaders put pupils’ progress and welfare at the centre of all that they do. Senior leaders, governors and the chief executive have very high expectations and aspirations for pupils. Middle leaders are absolutely committed to this vision and play a fundamental role in making the school exceptionally effective. Pupils achieve very well. They make excellent progress from their starting points in nearly all subjects. Disadvantaged pupils make better progress than others pupils nationally because they are taught by highly skilled teachers and teaching assistants. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to school are consistently outstanding. They conduct themselves impeccably in classrooms and around the building. Teaching is outstanding because it captivates pupils’ interest and challenges their thinking. As a result, pupils are highly motivated and work with purpose. Occasionally, teaching does not challenge pupils to do even better. Relationships across the school are hugely positive. Respect for others is deep-rooted in the school’s work. Pupils work together exceptionally well to support and learn from each other. The school’s extremely positive culture ensures that there are very high levels of support and care. As a result, no pupil is left behind in either their academic or personal development. The curriculum is exceptional. The Year 7 ‘excellence curriculum’ gives pupils a flying start to their secondary school career. Teachers build on pupils’ primary school experiences very skilfully to prepare them for the demands of more advanced work. Many pupils attend the very wide variety of extra activities during lunchtime and after school. An impressive array of trips and visits during the year extends pupils’ learning and experiences superbly. The sixth form is good. Students’ progress is improving but is not as rapid as in the rest of the academy. Students’ personal development is outstanding.