St Thomas More Catholic School

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St Thomas More Catholic School


Name St Thomas More Catholic School
Website http://www.stthomasmoreschool.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 June 2013
Address Glendale Avenue, Wood Green, London, N22 5HN
Phone Number 02088887122
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1171 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.3
Academy Sponsor The Cardinal Hume Academies Trust
Local Authority Haringey
Percentage Free School Meals 16.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 49.5%
Persisitent Absence 9.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.9%
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. The proportion of students joining or leaving the school other than at the usual time is much higher than average. Nearly all students are from minority ethnic backgrounds, with the largest groups from Caribbean, African and Eastern European backgrounds. Over half of students speak English as an additional language, many of whom are at the early stages of learning English. Well over half of students are eligible for the pupil premium. The pupil premium is additional funding for those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, are from service families or are looked after by a local authority. The proportion of students supported at school action is much higher than average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is just above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards that set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school roll includes 124 students who receive all of their sixth form education at St George’s Catholic School in Maida Vale. Nearly all of these students received their 11 to 16 education at St George’s School and continued into the sixth form at that school, led and managed by the governors of St Thomas More Catholic School. The school converted to academy status on 1 March 2013 as part of a multi academy trust with St George’s School. When its predecessor school, also known as St Thomas More Catholic School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be satisfactory.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Select Students’ achievements in the main school are outstanding. From low starting points, students make exceptional progress, particularly in English and mathematics, with the result that their attainment by the time they leave the school is well above average. Achievement in the sixth form is improving rapidly, but is good rather than outstanding. Highly effective leadership by the executive headteacher is ensuring that the very rapid trajectory of improvement seen in the predecessor school is being maintained. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers are extremely committed to raising the aspirations and life chances of all students in their care. Occasionally, teaching does not meet the needs of more able students as well as it does for all other groups. A strong sense of moral purpose, stemming from the school’s strong Catholic ethos, underpins all aspects of the school’s work; no stone is left unturned to help students to fulfil their potential. A wide range of extensive intervention programmes – including Saturday school – is in place, to ensure students receive additional teaching to prepare for examinations, to strengthen their literacy skills or to accelerate their progress in learning English. The curriculum provides a good blend of vocational and academic courses. The proportion of students on track to attain five good qualifications including in English and mathematics is on track to be above average this year. Students’ behaviour is outstanding. This is a direct result of the excellent impact of the executive headteacher’s robust approach to behaviour management. Fixed-term exclusions are well below average. The sixth form is good. Students and parents are very proud of their school. They recognise the very rapid improvements made under the leadership of the executive headteacher and his team. The school’s reputation in the local community is rising quickly, with the result that admissions to Year 7 for September 2013 are much higher than in previous years.