The Halley Academy

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About The Halley Academy

Name The Halley Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Ben Russell
Address Corelli Road, London, SE3 8EP
Phone Number 02088562828
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 876
Local Authority Greenwich
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils aim high at this increasingly popular and successful school.

Leaders have worked effectively to embed a culture in which all pupils are nurtured and supported in their aspirations. Pupils receive a wide and rich offer of learning experiences, both in and out of lessons.

Leaders have planned and put in place an ambitious curriculum.

This enables all pupils to succeed and build up detailed knowledge. Teachers are knowledgeable about their subjects and sequence learning well. They help pupils to confidently recall and apply essential ideas in a subject.

Students in the sixth form benefit from particularly high-quality curriculum provision as well... as strong pastoral care. They gain qualifications that enable them to pursue their goals for the future.

Pupils are safe in school.

They like how leaders have organised the school into 'small schools'. They said that this approach means that they receive individual support for both their learning and well-being. Pupils also appreciate the wider opportunities on offer, especially the extensive range of after-school clubs and the strong careers provision.

The school is calm and orderly. Pupils behave well. Those who need extra pastoral support are identified and supported quickly.

On the rare occasions on which bullying occurs, it is dealt with effectively.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Across the curriculum, pupils learn more and remember more over time. Subject leaders' curriculum thinking is well developed.

They plan learning so that pupils' understanding develops and extends in a logical manner. Decisions about what subject content to teach are made carefully.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) benefit from learning the same ambitious curriculum.

Teachers understand and meet their needs, either through additional support in class or through personalised support in small groups. This is also the case for pupils with SEND who attend the additionally resourced provision.

The curriculum is organised so that pupils study a broad range of subjects.

Over two thirds of pupils now take a language and a humanities subject for GCSE, and many continue these subjects in the sixth form. This is already leading to pupils choosing more ambitious paths when they leave the school.

Reading is given strong priority.

All pupils are guided to choose books that will develop their reading fluency. Leaders ensure that pupils who need help to read fluently and accurately receive it. This includes pupils who need phonics practice, or who are at the early stages of speaking English as an additional language.

Teachers have strong subject expertise. Typically, they are skilled in using assessment approaches to unpick what pupils know securely and what they need to go over again. However, this is not consistently the case across different subjects in Years 7 to 11.

Leaders are working to address this promptly.

Pupils attend well and arrive punctually. Leaders have embedded a clear system of rewards and sanctions that is well understood by pupils.

Disruption to learning is rare. Pupils learn how to respect and celebrate difference. Leaders continually seek out ways to improve behaviour further.

For instance, they are currently working on ways to ensure that all pupils know the importance of reporting language that makes them feel uncomfortable.

All pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are provided with rich, ambitious experiences to promote their personal development. These experiences, together with the curriculum, have been set up with the aim of deepening pupils' understanding of themselves and their world.

Pupils take part in many trips and visits, which are complemented by themed project work. Through these projects, pupils are encouraged to bring together and apply knowledge learned in different curriculum subjects.

The careers education programme provides plentiful information on options open to pupils in the future.

All pupils go on to further education or employment, with a high proportion of sixth-form students successfully taking up university places of their choice.

In the increasingly popular sixth form, students access a wide range of subjects within the International Baccalaureate qualification. They achieve exceptionally well, and are fully prepared for their next steps after school.

This is because leaders plan each aspect of students' learning and development thoroughly. Alongside their academic studies, students' character development is carefully supported. Students are keen to contribute to wider society, for example by getting involved in community volunteer work or helping out at local primary schools.

Leaders provide teachers and staff with purposeful professional development and training. Parents spoke positively about the way the school has improved. Many reported that their children's experience at the school had surpassed their expectations.

During the pandemic, families appreciated the emotional and practical support that leaders and staff provided.

Leaders continue to pursue their vision of excellence for all. They consult closely with staff, who typically report that leaders consider their well-being.

The leadership team is supported and challenged by a highly ambitious and knowledgeable set of governors and trust members.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding systems are robust.

Leaders know their pupils thoroughly. Staff are vigilant. They consider the learning, attendance and behaviour of the pupils in their care rigorously.

All staff are aware of the issues that might pose a risk to pupils, and know how to recognise and report them.

Pupils learn how to stay safe. They trust staff to help them if they need it.

Leaders work closely with families and wider agencies to ensure the safety of pupils. They make referrals to ensure that pupils receive the support they need, for example through counselling. Leaders carry out all the necessary employment checks when they appoint new staff.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In Years 7 to 11, some inconsistencies remain in how assessment is used to support the delivery of the curriculum. This means that, at times, pupils' misconceptions are not addressed with consistent rigour and accuracy. Leaders should provide further training for staff in order to ensure that approaches to checking pupils' learning are used consistently and purposefully in all subjects and year groups.

• In a few instances, pupils do not report concerns about language in school that makes them feel uncomfortable. Leaders are looking at why this is the case and are already taking suitable steps to secure improvements. Leaders need to continue this work to ensure that all pupils feel ready to report any potential concerns.

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