Harris Academy Falconwood

Name Harris Academy Falconwood
Website http://www.harrisfalconwood.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 November 2014
Address The Green, Welling, Kent, DA16 2PE
Phone Number 02083044916
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1181 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Academy Sponsor Harris Federation
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.9%

Information about this school

Harris Academy Falconwood is an 11 to 18 school and is part of the Harris Federation. It is slightly larger than the average-sized secondary school. It has specialisms in enterprise and sport. The executive principal is a national leader of education, who has been supporting the academy since September 2014 through the federation. The majority of students are from White British backgrounds and the rest of the students come from a variety of minority ethnic groups, including African and Indian. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is significantly below the national average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for students eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority) is just below the national average. There are 30 students eligible for Year 7 catch-up funding. This is funding for students who did not achieve Level 4 (the nationally expected level) in English and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is about one-tenth of school roll, which is below the national average. Three students receive their education from Harris Aspire, which is a pupil referral unit run by the Harris Federation. Two students attend Pathways, which is a short-stay school, one student attends Bexley College and another student attends Break Through, which is a specialist school for students with medical problems. The academy holds the Judicium School Safety Award. There have been a number of staff changes since the last inspection. The academy met the government’s current floor standards in 2014, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All students between the ages of 11 and 16 make outstanding progress, in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. Students in the sixth form currently make good progress in all subjects. In vocational subjects, their progress is above national averages. Their progress in academic subjects is improving rapidly and is now very close to national averages. Students quickly develop a wide range of skills, including literacy and numeracy. This helps them to make outstanding progress in their learning. Teachers and teaching assistants have very high expectations of all students. They help them to develop high levels of self confidence and to be enthusiastic about their learning. Teachers gauge the quality of students’ work very well and set appropriate but challenging academic targets. Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. They work hard and concentrate very well in lessons. Students’ safety is a very high priority for all staff. They work exceptionally well to make sure that all students are safe and secure. The sixth form provision is good and improving rapidly. The leadership of the sixth form is very strong. Leaders are amibitious and have clearly identified plans to develop an outstanding provision in the very near future. The curriculum is outstanding. It promotes and sustains students’ academic achievement. It prepares students extremely well for life in modern Britain. The academy encourages excellence beyond the classroom. It provides a very wide range of extra-curricular activities, enrichment opportunities, trips and visits. Students’ spiritual, moral, cultural and social development is promoted exceptionally well. As a result, they mature into considerate and thoughtful young adults who have a very good understanding of life in modern Britain. Leadership at all levels, including that of the principal and governors, is outstanding. Leaders provide a very successful drive and ambition to keep improving the quality of teaching and students’ achievement.