Sacred Heart Catholic School

Name Sacred Heart Catholic School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 December 2012
Address Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0RP
Phone Number 02072746844
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 855 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.7
Local Authority Southwark
Percentage Free School Meals 19.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 55.4%

Information about this school

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Secondary School is a mixed 11 to 18 school. The sixth form is in its second year of operation. It is smaller than the average secondary school. The school converted to academy status in November 2012, keeping the same name as its predecessor school. As a new converter academy, the school remains within the Diocese of Southwark. When the predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted in 2007 it was judged to be outstanding. The school is currently housed in a temporary new school building in Southwark, awaiting the move to a permanent new building in Camberwell. The predecessor school’s specialisms were mathematics, computing and modern foreign languages. These continue to be a focus for the new school. The majority of the students are from minority ethnic groups, the largest being of Black African heritage. Over half of the students speak English as an additional language. Nearly half of the students are entitled to additional government funding known as the pupil premium. A small number of students attend courses away from the school site, such as in catering or construction. The number of students supported through school action, school action plus or with statements of special educational needs is above that in other schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standard which sets the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The headteacher is currently executive headteacher of another secondary school in the area as part of a federation.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All school leaders, teachers and other staff share the same ‘no excuses’ approach which has ensured that all students make outstanding progress. School leaders create a highly successful environment in which teachers make a huge impact on achievement and personal development is prized. Examination results are consistently well above those found in most other schools. Students make outstanding progress throughout the school. All students, including those eligible for the pupil premium and those who are disabled or who have special educational needs, achieve outstanding results, in line with all other students. Students’ behaviour is outstanding. Students conduct themselves with impressive courtesy, generosity towards others and commitment to achieving the very best. Students feel completely safe within the school. The sixth form is outstanding and prepares students very well in order to compete equally for places in the best universities and workplaces. Teachers are extremely good at motivating students, helping them to work really hard and do exceptionally well. Teachers respond swiftly and energetically to the needs of the students, making sure that there is nothing to prevent them from making progress and achieving the highest standards. There is a rich and varied range of extra opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom, including trips and charity work. The school places a strong emphasis on spiritual values, reflection and service to others. All members of the school community consistently demonstrate these values day by day.