Swakeleys School for Girls

Name Swakeleys School for Girls
Website http://swakeleys.hillingdon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, UB10 0EJ
Phone Number 01895251962
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1245 (1% boys 99% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Academy Sponsor Swakeleys School For Girls
Local Authority Hillingdon
Percentage Free School Meals 25.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 40.4%
Persistent Absence 8.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 November 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is slightly larger than the average sized secondary school. It converted to academy status in September 2011. When its predecessor school, known as Swakeleys School, was inspected in October 2009, it was judged to be good. The school benefits from its own sixth form, which is open to both boys and girls from other schools. About half the pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above the national average but almost all have good command of the English language. Approximately one in six of the pupils are eligible for the pupil premium; this is a threefold increase over previous years but remains below the national average. Pupil premium provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families. The proportions of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action and school action plus are higher than average. The proportion of pupils with statements of special educational needs is also above average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has gained Investors in People, the Healthy Schools Award and the Princess Diana Award for work against bullying.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding. Almost all pupils make strong progress through both key stages. The percentage of pupils attaining five or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, is consistently higher than the national average. All groups of pupils, including those eligible for the pupil premium, disabled pupils, pupils with special educational needs, and those who need special help to catch up make at least good and often outstanding progress through the school. The popular mixed sixth form is outstanding. In almost all subjects pupils make excellent progress and achieve very good results. This is due to the excellent pastoral care and high-quality teaching they receive. Teaching is outstanding because in the great majority of lessons it is typically good and is often outstanding. Teachers set high expectations, match the work closely to pupils’ needs and motivate them well. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils say they feel safe and are happy at the school. They have extremely positive attitudes to learning and their behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. The headteacher and her deputies are passionate about providing the best possible education for all pupils. Together with the committed governors and willing staff they have brought about significant improvements in teaching that have resulted in great achievements by pupils.