Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 154-156 Holland Park Avenue, London, W11 4UH
Phone Number 02076035353
Type Independent
Age Range 3-14
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 70 (64.3% boys 35.7% girls)
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

SIAL (La Scuola Italiana a Londra) is a non-selective independent day school, registered for 160 pupils aged 3 to 14 years. The co-headteachers took up their posts soon after the previous inspection, following the retirement of the former headteacher. Since the previous inspection, the age range has extended from 3 to 11 years to 3 to 14 years. There have been other changes to staffing and leadership. Governors appointed middle leaders to take charge of the different phases and appointed an assistant headteacher. The current chair of governors took up her post in September 2017. The school does not use any alternative provision. The school provides a bilingual English and Italian education. The majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. The school is a charitable organisation, which is managed by the governing body. Its mission is to create an Italian school, which is fully integrated into the British context. The school aims to: ‘offer a safe and nurturing learning environment where pupils are encouraged to fulfil their personal and academic potential; inspire a passion for knowledge, in general, as well as stimulating the personal interests and abilities of each pupil; and promote self-discipline whilst encouraging freedom of thought and creativity’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, leaders have enhanced the curriculum and sharpened the school’s assessment systems. They have secured improvements in teaching, pupils’ outcomes and personal development. Consequently, much of the school’s work is outstanding. Teachers use ongoing assessment information to plan challenging activities that meet the needs and interests of pupils. Pupils gain deep knowledge across a broad range of subjects. Pupils make outstanding progress across subjects, many of which they learn in both English and Italian. Through the curriculum and many enrichment activities, leaders take highly effective action to promote pupils’ personal development. Pupils gain a sound understanding of the different cultures, faiths and lifestyles found in modern life, particularly in Britain and Italy. Pupils behave extremely well and have excellent attitudes to learning. Their attendance is high. As a result of the high levels of pastoral care and staff vigilance, pupils are safe and know how to stay safe. Members of staff take excellent care of pupils’ well-being. Effective leadership of the early years ensures that the curriculum, teaching and support help children make strong progress academically and socially. Leaders do not, however, use the outdoors well enough to enhance children’s learning and physical development. Governors are very knowledgeable about the school’s work. They challenge and support leaders effectively. They make a strong contribution to developing and improving the school. Governors and school leaders have not made sure that the school is compliant with all of the independent school standards. They quickly addressed most unmet standards that were identified at the start of the inspection. Leaders are now dealing with the remaining unmet standards. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.