School 21

School 21

Name School 21
Ofsted Inspections
Address Pitchford Street, Stratford, E15 4RZ
Phone Number 02082622121
Type Academy
Age Range 4-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1186 (51.3% boys 48.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.4
Academy Sponsor Big Education Trust
Local Authority Newham
Percentage Free School Meals 28.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.4%
Persistent Absence 13.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.2%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school.

School 21 is an exciting place to learn. Outstanding leadership has produced a highly effective school within a short time. Pupils across the school make exceptional progress because they acquire knowledge and understanding beyond that expected for their age.

They develop excellent skills in reading, writing and mathematics and use them to learn well in every subject. A well-researched, innovative and creative way of organising subjects promotes outstanding learning. Pupils develop extraordinary skills in listening, speaking and questioning and become skilled at planning and redrafting their work so that they can continually impr...ove.

Excellent teaching across the school and in every subject allows all groups of pupils to achieve equally well. Teachers and teaching assistants work together very productively. They constantly challenge each other to find ways to teach even more effectively.

Precise feedback from staff and from other pupils helps to improve the quality and content of pupils' written work. The school's leaders and governors are meticulous in making sure that all pupils have an equal chance to succeed. They make no excuses for any achievement or teaching that falls short of their high expectations.

Through careful and rigorous monitoring, leaders continually challenge each other, the staff and the pupils to do their very best. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, impeccable manners and show respect for everyone. They are safe in school, and know that keeping healthy and safe will help them to learn and achieve.

Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Well-organised assemblies and thoroughly planned coaching sessions help pupils to acquire the resilience, confidence and social skills needed for their future lives.

Information about this school

This free school opened in September 2012 as part of the School 21 Trust.

It is much smaller than the average all-through school. Currently there are 292 pupils in four year groups: Reception and Year 1 in the primary phase; and Year 7 and Year 8 in the secondary phase. In September 2013 the school moved into new buildings.

Pupils have a very wide range of cultural heritages. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above average.

The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported through school action is above average, as is the proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. There are no public examination results by which to measure the school's performance against the government's current floor standards (the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress).

The school does not make use of alternative provision. The school receives funding for around one-fifth of Year 7 pupils to catch up on their reading skills. The school has a governing body.