N16 Secondary Schools
Read on to find out what Ofsted think of Stoke Newington's secondary schools.
Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School
Address: Amhurst Park, N16 5AF
Headteacher: Justine McDonald
About: This girls-only school for 11-18 year olds is smaller than most secondary schools, with 704 pupils. An above average proportion of students speak Englilsh as an additional language. The largest group of students are of Black African heritage. The school is a specialist language college with sixth form provision shared with another local girls' high school. Having previously operated on two sites, the school recently moved into a new purpose-built site as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Ofsted report: Last inspection was January 2017. Overall effectiveness: Good.
The report stated: "Many more pupils are gaining good GCSEs across a range of subjects and pupils’ progress overall provisionally places the school in the top 10% in the country. Disadvantaged
pupils’ progress exceeded that of their peers nationally, continuing the trend from
"Strong progress is underpinned by effective teaching across the curriculum. Teachers’ secure subject knowledge supports their use of effective resources and appropriate activities that build upon pupils’ prior learning well. At its best,questioning is used skillfully to probe pupils’ perceptions and tease out the
reasoning behind pupils’ assertions."
Read the full report here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6YRL9jC96cNeHBFdXViT1RQMXB0ck9XUFoxQUdDYldvVVhN/view
Visit the school's website www.ourladys.hackney.sch.uk or call 0208 800 2158
The Petchey Academy
Address: Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EY
Principal: Olivia Cole
About: This average-sized secondary school (967 pupils) opened in 2006 and moved to new premises in 2007. A sixth form ('University Gateway') opened in 2011. There are more boys than girls and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs is also above average. The academy specialises in health, care and medical science. It has gained several awards including Every Child Matters Gold, Inclusion Award and National Healthy School Status.
Ofsted: Last inspection was June 2018. Overall effectiveness: Good.
A letter to the Head from inspectors stated: "You and your team have focused on improving the quality of teaching through appropriate staff professional development opportunities. This has led to pupils achieving standards at or above average in GCSE English, mathematics and modern foreign languages. You have paid particular attention to the most able pupils, and outcomes for this group improved following the last inspection. However, in 2017, the most able pupils’ progress in both English and mathematics was not as strong as that found in previous years.
"You and your team have implemented a number of new approaches, including a new behaviour policy to reduce low-level disruption in lessons. This has had a positive impact and pupils are clear about what behaviours are expected of them. Typically, pupils behave well and are keen to do their best."
Read the full report here: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2782983
Visit the school's website: www.petcheyacademy.org.uk/
Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form
Address: Clissold Road, N16 9EX
Headteacher: Annie Gammon
About: This mixed school has around 1359 pupils aged 11-19. It has specialist status for media, arts, science, mathematics and inclusion, is a School of Creativity and has Gold Artsmark status. The school has recently (2008-2010) undergone extensive refurbishment.
The school has a relatively stable multicultural population. Around a third don't speak English as their first language. The proportion of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities is slightly above average.
Ofsted: Last inspected March 2017. Overall effectiveness: "good"
The report describes the school as having: "a learning environment where pupils are happy and safe, and value learning."
It adds: "Teachers now routinely plan activities that stretch and challenge the most able. For example, they use questioning with skill to further maintain the momentum behind pupils’ progress. The school’s assessment procedures are robust. They are followed well by teachers and designed to promote the development of the knowledge and skills required at GCSE and A level, from the start of Year 7. Teachers are precise in their understanding of most pupils’ needs and consequently activities are typically well pitched. The progress of disadvantaged pupils has been a particular focus of the school. Disadvantaged pupils now make broadly average progress while their peers make significantly better progress across a range of subjects including English, mathematics, science and modern foreign languages."
Read the full report here: https://www.stokenewingtonschool.co.uk/asset/2194
Visit the school website: www.sns.hackney.sch.uk/ or call 0207 241 9600