George Green’s School

Name George Green’s School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 March 2013
Address 100 Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3DW
Phone Number 02079876032
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1165 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.4
Local Authority Tower Hamlets
Percentage Free School Meals 39.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 68.7%

Information about this school

George Green’s School is an above-average-sized 11–18 mixed school situated in the Isle of Dogs. Nearly half the students are Bangladeshi, with a quarter White British, as well as small numbers of African and Chinese students. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and children from service families, is well above average. Currently, there are no children from service families and very few in local authority care. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action is in line with national averages. The proportion of students supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above the national average. The majority of these are for speech, language and communication needs, behaviour, emotional and social difficulties and moderate learning difficulties. A small number of students attend alternative provision off-site programmes at City Gateway for courses in sports leadership and creative media, and the Old Ford College for City and Guilds qualifications in construction work. The school has a specialism in humanities focusing on English, citizenship and drama as specialist subjects. The school is also an International Baccalaureate World School and has a number of awards including an Equalities Award. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the previous inspection, the proportion of students achieving five good GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, has risen securely. Attainment is now broadly average and students make good progress from their very low starting points. Students known to be eligible for the pupil premium make good progress because of well-timed and carefully targeted support from teachers and support staff. Teaching is good and improving. This is because of the better use of data and the sharing of good practice across the school. Recent appointments are having a positive impact. Students are polite, confident and proud of their school. They have positive attitudes to learning which is contributing well to their progress. The Principal and senior leaders have been successful in their determined and relentless focus on improving teaching and achievement. This is driven by a passionate belief that all students, irrespective of their circumstances, are entitled to the best possible education. Staff morale is high. The school enjoys excellent relationships with parents, carers and the community. The sixth form is good. Students are well taught and achieve well. Strong support for literacy and numeracy, as well as opportunities for students to take International Baccalaureate examinations, ensures that provision is inclusive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to ensure that all students make rapid progress from their starting points. Lessons occasionally have insufficient challenge for higher-attaining students and too few opportunities to relate work to other subjects and to real life. Students are not given sufficient opportunities to develop their higher-order thinking skills through questioning which makes them think more carefully about their answers and helps them to develop their responses.