Rooks Heath College

Name Rooks Heath College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 January 2019
Address Eastcote Lane, South Harrow, HA2 9AH
Phone Number 02084224675
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1149 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.7
Academy Sponsor Tithe Academy
Local Authority Harrow
Percentage Free School Meals 14.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 58.5%
Persisitent Absence 14.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Rooks Heath College is an 11 to 18 secondary school. Since the predecessor school was last inspected, it has converted from single academy trust status and now sits within Tithe Academy Trust. The school is managed by a governing body which sits within the trust. The executive headteacher also oversees an alternative provision, the Jubilee Academy, which is used by the school. The majority of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and over half speak English as an additional language, which is above average. Around one third of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding. The proportion of pupils with SEND who receive support is average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is average. Across the school, over one third of pupils join after the start of the autumn term. Similar numbers move out of the school and/or the local area throughout the school year. Around half of these pupils arrive from abroad or leave to go abroad.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders are ambitious, setting high expectations for achievement and behaviour. Pupils from all backgrounds are welcomed and treated equally well. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Attendance is above the national average. The previously very high levels of exclusion are falling. Teaching is good, leading to pupils achieving good outcomes in their work and examinations. A clear assessment policy recognises the needs of different pupils and requirements of different subjects. Most, but not all, teachers follow this policy. Teachers have good subject knowledge, although, on occasion, classroom activities do not make the best use of pupils’ time. The curriculum is broad and provides an offer for all pupils, including the most able and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Provision for modern foreign languages and classical languages is particularly strong. Limitations in the way the curriculum is organised have inhibited some pupils’ progress, including in science, and in individual subjects at key stage 3. Leaders and governors have a good awareness of the challenges facing the school. However, their evaluation of the school’s performance is too generous. The sixth form is good. Students make good progress; they receive good advice and support. Safeguarding is effective.