Saint Thomas More Language College

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Saint Thomas More Language College

Name Saint Thomas More Language College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Cadogan Street, London, SW3 2QS
Phone Number 02075899734
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 637 (61.7% boys 38.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.5
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 17.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 47%
Persisitent Absence 10.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 October 2013)
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Information about this school

St Thomas More Language College is a smaller-than-average-sized 11–16 co-educational voluntary-aided Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Westminster and in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The college serves a wide geographical area across London and most students come from outside the locality. The proportion of students known to be eligible for extra funding provided for looked-after children, students eligible for free school meals and children of service families (pupil premium) is well above the national average. In this college it provides extra funding for students eligible for free school meals and those in care. A significant minority also receive Year 7 catch-up premium to support their individual needs. Students come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Two thirds come from minority ethnic heritages, significantly above the national average. Over half the students speak English as an additional language but very few are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is slightly below average. The college was designated a specialist language college in 2004. There is no off-site provision. The college meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. GCSE results across a wide range of subjects are significantly better than those of similar schools and are well above average. As a result of outstanding teaching, all groups of students make rapid and sustained progress. In English all students excel and make rapid progress because levels of literacy are developed over time and promoted by highly skilled teaching. Teachers have high expectations regardless of students’ ability and make academic demands that challenge students so that they can achieve the highest levels of attainment and leave Year 11 fully prepared for the next stage in their education. Behaviour in lessons and around the college shows that students have an extremely mature attitude to each other and to their teachers and this results in a strong family atmosphere and values. Students’ attitudes to learning are exemplary and are reinforced by the way in which teachers model good behaviour. The headteacher and his associate share an ambitious vision for excellence in driving forward even further improvements. The extended leadership team together with strong middle leaders have had a significant impact on improving achievement and progress since the previous inspection. Teachers’ continuing training is outstanding, with large numbers engaged in further study and several working towards a Masters qualification. The very rich range of additional learning opportunities, including some outstanding music provision, are developing strong spiritual, moral, social, cultural and emotional experiences that are a real strength of the college. The governing body know the college intimately and work strategically with the senior team in promoting outstanding leadership.