Rivers Academy West London

Name Rivers Academy West London
Website http://www.rivers-aspirations.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 January 2019
Address Tachbrook Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 9PE
Phone Number 02088900245
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1020 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 29.6
Local Authority Hounslow
Percentage Free School Meals 23.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.5%
Persisitent Absence 7.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Rivers Academy West London is slightly larger than the average-sized secondary academy. It is part of the Aspirations Academies Trust. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above that of other schools. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan is similar to that of other schools. There are no pupils currently attending alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have established a culture of high expectations and aspirations for pupils and staff. Governors hold leaders to account for the work of the school effectively. Leaders have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They know what to do to improve the school and have introduced development plans that are having an impact. Staff are well supported by leaders and enjoy working at the school. They receive high- quality training which helps them to become more effective in their work. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good overall. However, there is some variability in quality between subjects. In 2018, pupils’ outcomes at the end of Year 11 were in line with national averages. In some subjects, such as English and art, pupils made stronger progress. Outcomes in the sixth form are good. There is an improving picture across most subjects. In 2018, students’ outcomes were stronger for vocational subjects than academic. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. They receive high-quality careers advice and guidance. Pupils demonstrate good attitudes towards learning. Their behaviour is good. Pupils attend school regularly and are very rarely late. They conduct themselves well in lessons and around the school. On rare occasions, pupils become distracted in lessons. This is typically when they are not being challenged in their learning. Leaders have introduced a range of initiatives this year to improve the quality of teaching and to manage pupils’ behaviour more effectively. However, leaders’ expectations are not fully understood by all staff. As a result, some policies that leaders have introduced are not fully embedded. In 2018, disadvantaged pupils in Year 11 did not achieve well as other pupils nationally. Leaders have effective plans in place to support disadvantaged pupils currently in the school. As a result, this group of pupils is making stronger progress. In 2018, pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) did not make the progress of which they were capable, given their starting points. Leaders have been quick to address this and pupils with SEND are now making faster progress.