The Kingston Academy

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About The Kingston Academy

Name The Kingston Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Ms Sophie Cavanagh
Address Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5PE
Phone Number 02084656200
Phase Academy
Type Free schools
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1168
Local Authority Kingston upon Thames
Highlights from Latest Inspection


The Kingston Academy continues to be an outstanding school.

The headteacher of this school is Sophie Cavanagh.

This school is part of Kingston Educational Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Sophie Cavanagh, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Graham Willett.

What is it like to attend this school?

This is an exceptional school where the values of 'community, character, ambition' are fully realised.

Inclusion is at the heart of the school's work, and those who work here go 'above and beyond' to ensure that pupils, including those who are disadvanta...ged, become high achievers and well-rounded individuals.

Leaders have very high expectations of pupils. They provide an ambitious curriculum that meets the needs of pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

As a result, pupils perform extremely well across subject areas, including in the sixth form.

The school has a relentless drive to ensure that pupils' character is fully developed. The school's provision for personal development is exceptional.

Leaders have carefully constructed the 'going beyond' programme, enabling all pupils to experience a wide range of activities. The vast range of extracurricular clubs, trips and tours overseas enrich the curriculum. The provision for sports is of particularly high calibre.

Pupils' behaviour is exemplary. They are highly focused on their learning in lessons and take responsibility for the learning of others as well as their own. Pupils are very happy, feel safe and attend very well.

Bullying is very rare, and when it happens it is dealt with swiftly.

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

The school has carefully considered and implemented a very ambitious curriculum. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is thoughtfully sequenced in a way that promotes high levels of engagement.

For example, in English throughout Years 7 to 9, the texts chosen are complex, yet presented in a way that is adapted suitably for pupils' abilities. The use of language is increasingly sophisticated as pupils move through the school. The 'Vinyl Frontier' activities in music enable pupils to study different artists, styles and genres, rapidly increasing their ability to comprehend and apply musical vocabulary and terminology.

In Spanish, pupils articulate and grasp complex concepts fluently. In Years 10 and 11, pupils study a broad range of subjects and have access to both academic and vocational options in, for example, physical education and music. Pupils achieve very well across all subjects.

Teachers have high expectations and very strong subject knowledge. They have a detailed understanding of pupils' prior knowledge. They question pupils skilfully, ensuring that the chosen learning activities are well-sequenced.

This challenges pupils to think, do, and understand more. For example, in Year 13 media studies, students carefully consider how the media genre is communicated through the meaning of film posters. Students are able to articulate the key points and make connections to previous learning in the subject.

The school personalises the curriculum appropriately and especially for pupils with SEND. Pupils in the specially resourced unit are fully integrated into the school. Pupils with SEND receive high-quality support, balancing a focus on meeting needs along with developing independence.

These pupils achieve very well.

The school has prioritised reading, accurately identifying those who have fallen behind. Leaders successfully implemented a range of initiatives, including the teaching of phonics and parent volunteers reading with younger pupils.

These pupils rapidly gain the skills needed to become more confident in their reading.

Pupils' behaviour is exemplary because they value their education and want to work hard. They attend school very well.

Pupils are courteous, respectful and kind to each other. The school's mantra of 'ready, respectful, safe' is lived out by the pupils, who take pride in their learning and are eager to take on leadership within the school and the local community. For example, Year 13 students support Year 12 students in mathematics and also younger pupils in helping them to read.

The school develops pupils beyond their academic studies. There is a keen focus on pupils' personal development. The school places a high priority on pupils' sense of belonging.

Pupils thrive on the wider opportunities the school provides through a carefully thought through curriculum. The school's bespoke 'going beyond' curriculum is exceptional. It fosters the school's values and teaches pupils how to be safe, independent, confident and active citizens.

For example, pupils are taught water safety knowledge and skills. They gain experience in the local river and apply water survival techniques to be safe.

The range of trips and clubs offered to all pupils, including pupils with SEND, is extensive.

Notably, the provision for sports is vast and many pupils engage in sporting events with considerable success. The school has led sports initiatives, including getting more girls into sports leadership and achieving success at the national level.

The school benefits from its partnership with local higher education and further education settings.

For example, pupils have access to engineering suites and reference libraries.

The school engages with and actively listens to the staff to ensure that workload is reduced and manageable. The school is systematic and meticulous in its oversight of all areas of its work.

Members of the trust and governing body fully participate in a rigorous approach to ensure the school's vision is fully realised.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in May 2018.

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