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Kelmscott School

Kelmscott School
Markhouse Road
Walthamstow
London
E178DN

020 85212115

Headteacher: Mrs Lynnette Parvez


906 pupils aged 11—16y mixed gender
900 pupils capacity: 101% full

530 boys 57%

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375 girls 41%

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Last updated: June 18, 2014


Secondary — Community School

URN
103105
Education phase
Secondary
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
4075
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 536724, Northing: 188142
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.576, Longitude: -0.028375
Accepting pupils
11—18 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Dec. 4, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Walthamstow › Markhouse
Area
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Comprehensive
Main specialism
Humanities (Operational)
and Business and Enterprise (Operational)
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Sixth form
Has a sixth form
Free school meals %
40.60
Learning provider ref #
10016188

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Schools nearby

  1. 0.1 miles St Saviour's Church of England Primary School E178ER (439 pupils)
  2. 0.2 miles Low Hall Nursery School and Children's Centre E178BE (95 pupils)
  3. 0.2 miles Edinburgh Primary School E178QR (569 pupils)
  4. 0.2 miles South Grove Primary School E178PW (562 pupils)
  5. 0.3 miles Thomas Gamuel Primary School E178LG
  6. 0.3 miles Barn Croft Primary School E178SB (243 pupils)
  7. 0.3 miles Thomas Gamuel Primary School E178LG (492 pupils)
  8. 0.4 miles Sybourn Junior School E178HA
  9. 0.4 miles Sybourn Primary School E178HA
  10. 0.4 miles Sybourn Primary School E178HA (645 pupils)
  11. 0.4 miles DV8 Academy E178AH
  12. 0.5 miles Mission Grove Primary School E177EJ (680 pupils)
  13. 0.5 miles Grosvenor House School E179AA
  14. 0.6 miles Coppermill Primary School E176PB (312 pupils)
  15. 0.6 miles Advantage Davis E105DX
  16. 0.6 miles Academy De London E179QD
  17. 0.7 miles St Joseph's Catholic Junior School E105DX (240 pupils)
  18. 0.7 miles St Patrick's Catholic Primary School E177DP (448 pupils)
  19. 0.7 miles Willow Brook Primary School E107BH
  20. 0.7 miles Lammas School and Sports College E107LX (715 pupils)
  21. 0.7 miles Willow Brook Primary School Academy E107BH (620 pupils)
  22. 0.7 miles Lit College E107JQ
  23. 0.8 miles Church Mead Junior School E107BH
  24. 0.8 miles Riverley Primary School E107BZ

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Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number103105
Local AuthorityWaltham Forest
Inspection number308222
Inspection dates10-11 October 2007
Reporting inspectorMartin Beale

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.


Type of schoolSecondary
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils11-16
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)883
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection11 February 2002
School addressMarkhouse Road
Walthamstow
London E17 8DN
Telephone number020 8521 2115
Fax number020 8520 7303
ChairMr Phil Williams
HeadteacherMrs Lynnette Parvez

Introduction

The inspection was carried out by four Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

This average sized school serves a culturally diverse community where many families experience considerable social and economic disadvantage. The school has many more boys than girls. Attainment on entry varies. It is never higher than below average, and is affected by high pupil mobility. Many pupils arrive from abroad with limited English, meaning that a very high proportion are from families where English is not the first language. Over 50 are at an early stage of learning English. A high proportion of the pupils are identified with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. There are twelve looked-after children on roll. The school has just gained specialist status for humanities and business studies. The school is going through a major refurbishment of its accommodation through the 'Building Schools for the Future' programme.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

Kelmscott is a good school. It is improving and has some outstanding features, particularly aspects of the curriculum and the high quality of the care, support and guidance provided. Pupils and parents combine with staff to give a strong sense of the school as a community. The school's cultural diversity is a significant strength, which is much valued by the pupils. They are clear that 'it helps us to understand other people's perspectives.' It is a happy, harmonious and tight knit school community. The current rebuilding programme has not been easy for staff and pupils, although the visitor hardly notices the disruption caused because everyone is coping so well.

Given the pupils' starting points, their achievement is good. Standards have steadily improved and GCSE results have risen to close to the national average. Mathematics has been an area of concern because a long period of disruption caused by staffing instability led to low standards and poor progress. The tide is turning here as the new head of department is giving a clear direction, leading to improvements in teaching, pupils' attitudes and their achievement. This has yet to feed through to sustained improvement across the school, although GCSE results improved in 2007.

There are several reasons for the pupils' good progress. Improvements to the curriculum since the last inspection have led to rising standards at Key Stage 4. The effectiveness of weaker subjects has also improved, as has pupils' achievement in them. Study programmes have become more personal to each individual. The courses they follow and the lessons taught are pitched at their needs and interests. The pupils benefit from good teaching by teachers, who plan lessons carefully to meet pupils' individual needs. Pupils develop good skills for their future because of the strong vocational element in Years 10 and 11, well targeted careers advice and productive partnerships with local employers and further and higher education colleges. This is a significant factor in the high take up rates post-16.

Pupils feel safe and secure in school, because of the attention paid not just to their care and welfare but also to their academic and personal guidance. They know where to find help if they have a concern, and regard staff as approachable and supportive. They are confident that any incidents that occur are dealt with promptly and appropriately. Pupils have a good understanding of how to stay healthy and safe. They speak highly about the very enjoyable and wide-ranging physical activities available before and after school. The strengths within the school community are not exploited and developed sufficiently within the local community, a matter the school is seeking to extend through its specialist school plan.

Sustained improvements for several years now have been possible because staff morale is high and there is a constant drive to raise achievement. Leadership and management are good. The new headteacher is making her mark and has already begun refining systems by which the school evaluates its effectiveness. The plans for the school's development as a specialist college build on the current programmes to develop teaching and learning styles and the involvement of pupils in reviewing their own learning. The school is thriving and successful. It has good capacity to become even better.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Build on recent progress in mathematics to bring about sustained improvements in pupils' achievement.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Pupils make good progress during their time at the school. The high turnover of pupils has a detrimental effect on standards, although the trend in Year 9 test results is upwards. Pupils make good progress in English at Key Stage 3, and satisfactory progress in mathematics and science. Year 9 test results improved in English in 2007 and were below average, but remained very low in mathematics. There has been a considerable improvement in the progress made by pupils at Key Stage 4, so that GCSE results have continued their steady upward climb. Pupils make at least good progress in Years 10 and 11. Provisional GCSE results improved in 2007, having been average the year before. Two-thirds of pupils gained five or more A*-C grades, but this proportion was considerably smaller when English and mathematics were included. This was because in spite of improvements in mathematics, results were still below average. There are no underachieving groups, although some do better than others. The best progress across the school is made by pupils who start with low standards, pupils with learning difficulties and those at an early stage of learning English. This is because of the careful attention given to assessing their needs, tracking their progress and providing them with focused support.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 2

Pupils enjoy coming to school. Pupils are highly motivated, often returning after school to go over work they have not understood in lessons. They are polite and courteous, working cooperatively with each other. New arrivals to the school say they are made very welcome. Attendance has improved; it is now satisfactory. Although a small number of parents expressed some concerns about behaviour, the inspection team found behaviour to be good with very positive relationships between pupils. The level of fixed period exclusions is quite high but used to make pupils clear about the school's expectations. To reduce exclusions, plans are being developed to introduce a support unit for pupils identified as moving towards the likely use of this sanction. The pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. They learn to respect the cultures and traditions of others and mix well with each other. Pupils contribute well to the school's caring and supportive community through the prefect and peer mentoring programme. They readily support each other in lessons or when helping newcomers to the school. Pupils can contribute to making decisions in the school, but they are not always sure if their views have been considered.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

The most effective teachers instil an enjoyment for learning through the enthusiasm for their subjects. Many lessons are taught well and some have outstanding features, although this is not a consistent picture across the school. Learning and progress are good in most subjects because lessons are challenging yet teachers temper this with sensitive support for those needing additional help. This helps to develop the pupils' confidence and self-esteem. Pupils are immersed in lessons because teachers make learning interesting through creative use of interactive whiteboards and by varying the activities to make good use of the time available. While many skilled teachers involve all pupils through their carefully directed questioning, there are times when individuals are not encouraged to participate fully, so that they become passive learners. Pupils are clear about the purpose of a lesson, where it fits in to what they have done before and what they will do next, and how to judge their own success in meeting clear objectives. Through good planning and preparation, most teachers adapt materials and methods to meet specific needs, but at times the lack of finely tuned activities and limited additional support slow learning for some pupils.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1

Much thought has been put into making the curriculum more relevant to the pupils' backgrounds, interests and aspirations. The innovative Key Stage 4 curriculum is making a considerable difference to their achievement and engagement in learning. The carefully planned personal and social education programme is supported by citizenship and religious studies, both of which are taken by all pupils at GCSE. This makes a very significant contribution to pupils' personal development. All Key Stage 4 pupils take a vocational course in keeping with the school's specialist status. These include the development and application of their information and communication technology skills. The vocational courses are suited to pupils of all levels and develop a wide range of skills for working life including independent learning and communication skills. Effective work experience also encourages pupils to think about prospective opportunities in the future. Programmes are carefully designed to meet the specific learning or language needs of individual pupils. Provision for gifted and talented pupils in areas such as art has extended the experiences of pupils through the opportunity to work with a professional artist. The wide and varied opportunities for enrichment activities, including clubs for sports and cultural activities and revision sessions, are well attended and much appreciated by pupils.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 1

Pupils are safe and secure in school. Robust and rigorously implemented procedures, including improved lunchtime supervision, ensure the health, safety and welfare of the pupils. Systems to safeguard children meet requirements. Pupils understand their personal targets and the steps needed to achieve them. This helps them to take increasing responsibility for their learning. The school has developed highly effective systems for tracking an individual's progress throughout the school. This, along with the central role played by the pastoral team in using the information, makes a very considerable contribution to the academic and personal development of the pupils. Heads of year closely monitor and guide pupils and help subject teachers to identify the support and intervention needed to improve individual achievement. Pupils who have additional needs are identified early and strategies are put in place through the highly effective 'pupil forum'. This is instrumental in the good progress pupils make, particularly those who need specifically tailored support. Pupils who are at an early stage of learning English are very well supported and tracked throughout the school. Through sharply focused support, they participate fully in lessons, learn English quickly and make good progress in examination courses.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

Robust management systems, the support of governors and strong teamwork have enabled the school to sustain its improvement during recent changes of leadership. Through systematic monitoring, all leaders are involved in checking on the work of the school and evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. One result is a shared understanding of what it does well and where it could do better. There is a very strong commitment to enabling all pupils to achieve of their best, whatever their background. Equality of opportunity is very effectively promoted and discrimination is successfully tackled, through the focus in the curriculum on meeting the needs of individual pupils. Pupils are set very challenging targets and the professional development of teachers is focused sharply on how these can be achieved.

The new headteacher has successfully shared her vision for the school's development with all staff. Good practice is shared well within the school and its specialist school plan aims to strengthen this. Under this plan, the school and its pupils will take a greater role in the community including supporting local primary schools. Subject leaders take responsibility for checking the work of their departments, although with varying levels of expertise. The new headteacher has introduced a changed approach to self-evaluation to improve this process. This includes involving pupils more in the review of the school's work. Governors are well informed and fulfil their responsibilities well. They have given the school strong support during a particularly challenging period of re-building.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
Overall effectiveness
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspectionYes
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?2
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
Achievement and standards
How well do learners achieve?2
The standards1 reached by learners3
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?2
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
How well learners enjoy their education2
The attendance of learners3
The behaviour of learners2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community3
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being2
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?1
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?1
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education2
How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards2
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can2
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

19 October 2007

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Kelmscott School,London,E17 8DN

Thank you for your help and cooperation when we inspected your school. We spoke with many of you in lessons, in groups or around the school. Everyone is coping very well with the building work going on around you. You said that you enjoy school and feel safe. You value the cultural diversity in the school and recognise that it helps you to understand other people's views. You told us it is a good school and we agree.

We like many things about Kelmscott School. You are doing well in your work and making good progress. The school is well led and managed and your new headteacher is supported by hardworking staff and governors. By carefully assessing how well you are doing, teachers are able to make sure that the courses you study meet your needs and interests. You behave well and try hard so that lessons are not disrupted. You have good teachers who show much interest in your personal and academic development. The vocational courses in Years 10 and 11 prepare you well for studying at college. There are plenty of opportunities for you to participate in sport and other activities.

The staff and governors are always looking to do even better. We think that there are things that can be even better so we have asked your teachers to:

  • make sure that the recent improvements in mathematics are continued.

You can help too. Continue to be good ambassadors for your school. Make sure that you try your hardest in mathematics, as this is such an important subject for your future success.

Once again, many thanks. We wish you every success in the future and hope that the disruption caused by the building work is worth it.

Yours sincerely

Martin Beale

Lead Inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: ofsted.gov.uk.

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