Townley Grammar School

Name Townley Grammar School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 November 2015
Address Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7AB
Phone Number 02083048311
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1587 (6% boys 94% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Academy Sponsor Odyssey Trust For Education
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The academy is a much larger than average selective academy for girls aged 11 to 18. It admits boys in the sixth form and around 35 boys join the academy each year. Since the last inspection, the predecessor school, also called Townley Grammar School for Girls, converted to become an academy on 1 January 2012. A very small minority of pupils, around 12%, are eligible for pupil premium funding. There are no pupils eligible for Year 7 catch-up funding. A large majority of pupils, around 67%, are from ethnic minority groups, with the largest ethnic group being Black African. Very few pupils are disabled or have any form of special educational needs. The academy uses an additional provider, Pathways The Link (medical provision) to support pupils when required. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and senior leaders are relentless in their drive for the very best outcomes for pupils at the academy. Governors are exceptionally committed and bring their broad knowledge and expertise to benefit the academy and its pupils. Leaders at all levels are very committed to ensuring that the academy provides excellent care and support for all pupils. This enables all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs, to thrive, enjoy their education and excel. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers are passionate about their subjects, have high expectations and excellent subject knowledge. They support the leadership of the academy in its ambitious vision of success and the very best for all pupils. Teachers demonstrate expert understanding of how pupils learn. They use this to plan challenging, interesting and motivating lessons. Pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the academy site. They are polite and engaging. They fully appreciate what the academy offers them and have excellent attitudes to learning. Senior and middle leaders work closely to plan and implement a challenging academic curriculum, which offers a very wide range of subjects. Staff also provide the richest possible choice of extra-curricular activities, which enables pupils to develop wider skills and flourish. Sixth form provision is outstanding. The sixth form team is highly ambitious for the learners, and skilfully helps them to succeed. The sixth form provides a vibrant, forward-looking experience and prepares learners very well for their next stage in life. Staff take every opportunity to promote the personal development and welfare of pupils. As a result, pupils explore ideas and viewpoints openly, and are articulate and caring young citizens. The arrangements the academy makes for the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils are exceptional. As a result, pupils are collaborative and supportive of each other. They have a clear understanding of moral issues and confidently probe national and global topics.