St Augustine’s Federated Schools: CE High School


Name St Augustine’s Federated Schools: CE High School
Website http://www.stahigh.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 September 2013
Address Oxford Road, London, NW6 5SN
Phone Number 02073283434
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 995 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.2
Local Authority Westminster
Percentage Free School Meals 28.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 80.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. It has a specialist unit for deaf students, which currently has five on its roll. The majority of the pupils are from minority ethnic groups and the proportion speaking English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well above average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding provided for looked after children, those known to be entitled to free school meals and pupils with a parent in the armed forces, is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not use any off site provision to cover alternative education for groups of students.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students make excellent progress in English and mathematics from their starting points which are often well below average. They progress equally well across a range of subjects and reach above average standards. Teachers know their subjects and students extremely well. Teaching is outstanding because staff are very effective in planning activities which interest and challenge all students. They give excellent feedback and make sure that students know how to improve their work. Students from different groups, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and those who receive additional funding, make excellent progress because their needs are quickly understood and skilled support is put in place. The school provides excellent opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Students develop as reflective, caring, thoughtful individuals. Students are very keen to learn. Most have excellent attitudes to learning and behave very well. The school’s leaders have kept a sharp and very successful focus on raising standards by improving the quality of teaching across the school. They make regular checks on students’ assessment information, so that they know what is needed to improve further. The governors know the school extremely well and are highly effective in challenging the staff to raise standards even further. The sixth form is good. Achievement is improving and students are making good progress. Some students do exceptionally well and university entry rates are high.