|Name||St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School|
|Address||Footscray Road, Eltham, London, SE9 2SU|
|Religious Character||Not applicable|
|Number of Pupils||639 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.1|
|Academy Sponsor||South East London Catholic Academy Trust (Selcat) Limited|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||11.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.8%%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school.
There are more boys than girls. About three-quarters of the students are White British with an average proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds. The largest group is of Black African heritage with very small proportions from many other heritages.
A smaller than average proportion of students speak English as an additional language but none are at an early stage of learning English. A well below average proportion of students receive support through the pupil premium, which provides additional government funding for specific groups, including looked after children and students known to be eligible for free school meals. The school has only a very few looked after children.
The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also average. The most common needs relate to students needing support for speech, language and communication or for those on the autistic spectrum.
A very small number of students are eligible for Year 7 catch-up funding, which is for students who did not achieve the expected Level 4 in reading or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The school uses alternative off-site education provision for two days a week for a very few students following civil engineering and hair and beauty courses at Crown Woods School and Shooters Hill Further Education College. Practically all students take GCSE English and mathematics early and the most-able linguists take French or Spanish early.
The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school has been the Greenwich champion in technology and public speaking and the dance group has performed at Sadler’s Wells and the Southbank Centre. Since June 2013, the school has been in a partnership arrangement leading an 11–18 Catholic school in Dover.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Students attain well above average results in practically all the GCSE subjects they take. In 2013, 84% of them attained five grade C or higher GCSE passes, including in English and mathematics.
The percentage of GCSE A*/A grades is well above average in English, mathematics, science and several other subjects. The most able students do very well in their examinations. Students from minority ethnic groups and those eligible for additional funding achieve at least as well as others.
Students, including those with special educational needs, make exceptional progress during their five years at the school. Teaching is outstanding because teachers are experts in their subjects and learning is very well structured in all subjects. Regular, accurately marked assessments inform teachers and students about progress and where extra support may be needed.
Outstanding care and support are provided for all students. Disabled students and those with special educational needs, or those who find it difficult to learn, receive sensitive help. The executive headteacher, supported well by senior and middle leaders and governors, has generated a steady rise in standards and the quality of teaching.
He has established an environment of high expectations for behaviour and learning in which students and staff can flourish. The executive headteacher, headteacher, members of the leadership team and middle leaders all lead their areas of responsibility extremely well. They know exactly which areas of school life need to improve even further.
Students’ behaviour is exemplary both in lessons and at all other times. They are keen to learn and work really hard. Students mature into considerate young adults, well prepared to cope with the next stage of their education and their future lives.
The promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Religious education lessons and retreats extend their awareness of different faiths. Students enjoy the numerous trips, visits and additional activities that widen their horizons and understanding of different cultures.