Thomas Tallis School

Name Thomas Tallis School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Kidbrooke Park Road, London, SE3 9PX
Phone Number 02088560115
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 2027 (53.5% boys 46.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.3
Local Authority Greenwich
Percentage Free School Meals 23.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.7%
Persistent Absence 13.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.1%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

This is a very large secondary school with a sixth form. It serves a suburban area with much new housing development close by. More pupils than average speak English as an additional language, although very few are at an early stage of learning English.

About two in every five pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding. This proportion is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average.

However, more pupils than average have an education, health and care plan, or equivalent. The school uses two alternative providers. One is run by the local authority and the other by NEST, which is connected to Newhaven School, Eltham.

The school operates specially resourced provision in two bases. Twenty students are supported in the deaf support unit and another twenty are within the support centre for autism spectrum disorder and language impairment.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders are capable and experienced.

They have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas that need further development. Teaching is good overall. Teachers have competent subject knowledge and plan interesting activities that engage pupils in their learning.

Recent improvements in the teaching of mathematics are already having a positive impact on the progress pupils make. There are some inconsistencies in the quality of teaching. Sometimes, teaching does not challenge high-attaining pupils sufficiently.

The school’s pastoral care for pupils is highly effective. Pupils feel happy, safe and very well cared for. Their well-being is at the heart of the school’s work.

Attendance is above average. The excellent sixth form is very well led and prepares students appropriately for their futures. The school offers a creative curriculum.

Pupils study a wide range of subjects, particularly in Years 7 and 8. However, the curriculum is more narrow in Year 9. Pupils’ behaviour is good.

They are ready to learn, and are polite, caring of others and friendly. Since the last inspection, governors have been proactive in challenging the work of senior leaders. The governing body is committed to the school and keen to work with school leaders to make further improvements.

Parents and carers receive useful information about the school from leaders. Leaders consult parents on the school’s priorities. Parents are very pleased with the school.