St Philip’s School

Name St Philip’s School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address 6 Wetherby Place, London, SW7 4NE
Phone Number 02073733944
Type Independent
Age Range 7-13
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 87 (100% boys)
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 13%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

St Philip’s is a Catholic boys’ preparatory school which was founded in 1934. It is located in a former residential property in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The school is registered for 110 pupils. Since the last inspection there has been a change in the senior leadership team. There is a new chair of the governing body, appointed in 2015, a new headteacher, appointed in 2016, and an additional deputy headteacher, appointed in 2017. Facilities for sports provision are away from the main school and are used by other schools and sports clubs. The facilities are not used by the general public. The aims of the school are to uphold the Catholic faith with joy and fidelity and to create a spirit of goodness and industry that does not fear failure. It also aims to offer an outstanding curriculum that combines a strong academic and religious education with a range of creative and sporting opportunities. This is to ensure that every pupil feels, and is, a valued member of the school community, having a sense of being personally nurtured. The school was last inspected in May 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school As a result of excellent guidance by the headteacher, senior leaders have established the highest aspirations for what pupils are able to achieve. Together, they have ensured that all the independent school standards are met and that the school continues to improve. Governors discharge their duties skilfully and make very effective use of the wide range of information that senior leaders regularly provide to them. This, together with frequent visits to the school, enables them to have a very accurate view of the school’s performance. Arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff diligently ensure the safety and protection of pupils. Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding. Teachers know their pupils very well and plan interesting activities that enable pupils of all abilities to make very strong progress across all subjects. Pupils grasp every learning opportunity that the rich curriculum presents. They engage exceptionally well with their teachers to further their own understanding of a topic. Pupils are strongly motivated to learn and improve. Compliance with regulatory requirements Excellent guidance and support prepares pupils extremely well for the next stage of their education. Support provided for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities is exemplary. Pupils demonstrate high levels of respect and courtesy to staff and each other. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a high priority for the school. Parents and carers are highly supportive of the school’s work. The vast majority would recommend the school to other parents. Leaders monitor the quality of teaching very effectively and provide high-quality support to enable teachers to improve. However, leaders’ high expectations are not fully evident in the school’s arrangements for staff development. The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.