Acland Burghley School


Name Acland Burghley School
Website http://www.aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 March 2018
Address Burghley Road, London, NW5 1UJ
Phone Number 02074858515
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 951 (65% boys 35% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.1
Percentage Free School Meals 25.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.4%

Information about this school

Acland Burghley School is similar in size to the average secondary school. The school is part of a collaborative sixth form, the LaSWAP Consortium, with three other local schools. The school has a specially resourced provision called ‘The Base’ supporting pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. The Base has 21 pupils on roll, all of whom have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities, excluding those pupils in The Base, is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The school uses three alternative providers for a small number of pupils. These are College of North West London, Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre and Silverdale Motorcycle Project. The school has brokered support from the local authority and external consultants. The school runs a breakfast club and various after-school clubs each day. The school met the Department for Education’s definition of a coasting school based on Key Stage 4 academic performance results in 2015 and 2016. It no longer met this definition in 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher’s dynamic and inspirational leadership, ably supported by governors and school leaders, has transformed this previously less-than-good school. Leadership is outstanding. Leaders, governors and managers have tackled swiftly the weaknesses from the previous inspection. Pupils behave well, learn effectively and achieve in this good school. Governance is highly effective. Governors fulfil their strategic role with rigour to ensure that the school continues to improve. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good across a range of subjects. Teachers plan learning effectively and enable pupils to make a noticeable increase in their knowledge, understanding and skills. Pupils’ outcomes are good. In 2017, pupils’ progress by the end of key stage 4 was above the national average. This is much improved from the previous year’s results. Current pupils are making equally strong progress in a wide range of subjects. Safeguarding is effective. The school caters well for pupils’ welfare, including students in the sixth form. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities achieve well. They are well supported both in the school and through the resourced provision. The broad and balanced curriculum models the school’s ethos ‘creating excellence together’. This enables pupils to learn effectively in a range of subjects. Additionally, the curriculum supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. Leaders review the effectiveness of the curriculum regularly to ensure that it continues to meet pupils’ needs and interests. Leaders recognise that developing pupils’ literacy skills across the curriculum will improve pupils’ outcomes. Behaviour of pupils and sixth-from students is good. Despite the school working closely with the families for pupils to attend regularly, a small group of pupils are persistently absent. Leadership of the sixth-form provision is good. Students’ outcomes in the vocational courses are strong. While students make good progress in some academic courses, this is not consistent across all subjects.