Glenthorne High School


Name Glenthorne High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 30 May 2012
Address Sutton Common Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9PS
Phone Number 02086446307
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1571 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Academy Sponsor The Willow Learning Trust
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 10.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.7%
Persisitent Absence 8.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Glenthorne High is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The majority of students are White British. A smaller than average proportion of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. Compared to the national average, a small minority of students speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students or those with special educational needs, who are supported by school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is in line with the national average. The school has designated specialist provision for students with autistic spectrum disorder. The percentage of students entering and leaving the school at other than the conventional times is lower than seen nationally. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Glenthorne High has specialist status in performing arts. It holds a number of awards including Artsmark Gold, Sportsmark, Investors in People Gold and the NACE Challenge Award. The school was a designated Training School until the programme ended in March 2012.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. It has improved significantly across all aspects of its work since its last inspection, including improving the quality of the sixth form which is good. Illustrative of the high regard with which parents and carers hold the school is the comment, ‘We feel we could not have chosen a better school for his education, and also for the recreational and social opportunities it has given.’ Students’ achievement is outstanding. Students make exceptionally rapid and sustained progress, including disabled students and those with special educational needs. Students join the school with attainment which is average and leave Year 11 with attainment that is well above average. Although students’ skills in extended writing are not as strong as their other literacy skills, together with their excellent numeracy skills and high self-esteem, students achieve highly. Progress of students in the sixth form is good. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Both students and their parents and carers recognise this. It is continuously improving due to the school’s robust management of teachers’ performance underpinned by precisely tailored training that successfully improves teachers’ teaching skills. Students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is exceptional. Students are exceptionally courteous, showing respect for each other and for adults. There is a calm and purposeful atmosphere throughout the school. Students say that they feel very safe, and their parents and carers agree. High attendance is a reflection of students’ keen attitudes to their learning and enjoyment of school. Behaviour and safety at the school are outstanding. High expectations pervade the school, giving a clear message that only the best is good enough. The drive and ambitious leadership of the governing body and headteacher provide a strong and decisive vision for the standards expected of students and staff. The curriculum flexibly meets the specific needs of all students.