St Ursula’s Convent School

Name St Ursula’s Convent School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 March 2015
Address Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8HN
Phone Number 02088584613
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 624 (100% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.0
Local Authority Greenwich
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.6%
Persisitent Absence 4.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This girl’s school is smaller than the average secondary school. The current headteacher took up post shortly after the last inspection. The school is part of the Ursuline order of schools and is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. About one in three students is known to be eligible for pupil premium funding, which is additional funding provided by the government for disadvantaged students, and this is broadly in line with the average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is significantly above average. About one in three is from an African heritage and one quarter is White British. About one third do not speak English as their first language. One in eight students is disabled or has special educational needs. This is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum standards for students’ attainment and progress. The school uses no alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Leaders and governors have sustained a trend of high performance. Their commitment to improving the school further and achieving excellence for all students in all areas is unwavering. Achievement of all students is exceptionally high in all areas of the school. Disadvantaged students outperform non-disadvantaged students nationally at all levels. A comprehensive training programme and a rigorous process of performance management support outstanding teaching. The behaviour of students in lessons and around the school is outstanding. They are able to assess risk and keep themselves safe. Leadership and management are outstanding. Leaders are well supported and challenged by a highly effective governing body. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Curriculum provision, including a wide range of other activities, ensures that students are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Further attention to the curriculum is required to ensure all students have access to a wider range of subjects in order to meet their needs fully.