All Saints Catholic College

Name All Saints Catholic College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 April 2013
Address St Charles Square, London, W10 6EL
Phone Number 02089697111
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 466 (15% boys 85% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.6
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 27.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 27.3%
Persisitent Absence 23%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. It was awarded specialist school status in visual arts in 2002. Most students are from a wide range of different minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is well above average. Well over half the students are known to be eligible for additional government funding (the pupil premium). This includes students in the care of the local authority and students known to be eligible for free school meals in this school. This is much higher than average. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of students who join or leave the school at other than the usual times is high. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school enters students early for examinations in a wide range of different subjects and for different purposes. For example, many take examinations in their home language in Year 9 or Year 10. A small number of upper school students study vocational qualifications at the local authority-run School Engagement Provision, ensuring that they leave school with recognised qualifications. They are also given support for their behaviour at Walmer Road School and a charity called Endeavour. Since the last inspection, a new associate deputy headteacher has been appointed, and there have been several changes to the senior and middle leadership teams. The school appointed nine newly qualified teachers at the start of the academic year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher’s high expectations ensure that Sion-Manning continues to improve. Leaders and managers at all levels share an ambitious vision. This is reflected in the accurate and regular checking of the school’s work including students’ achievement and the improvements in teaching. Attainment is above national averages in most subjects, and students make good progress. Teachers provide a positive environment for learning; students have very positive attitudes towards learning, and as a result, teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effectively promoted through inspirational teaching, assemblies and visits. Their behaviour is good, they say they feel safe, and their positive relationships contribute strongly to their learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of outstanding teaching is not high enough to ensure that all students achieve exceptionally well. Marking and feedback, particularly at Key Stage 4, are sometimes not detailed enough so that students have a clear idea of their next steps in learning. Opportunities are sometimes missed for students to improve their work by responding to the marking. Attendance is below national averages due to a small number of students who are absent too often.