Carshalton High School for Girls
Sutton, United Kingdom
About Carshalton High School for Girls
Ofsted inspected our school in November 2017 and judged us to be 'Good in all categories and good overall'.
Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful, popular 11 to 18 comprehensive school. There are 1340 students on roll, over 80 teaching staff and a number of support staff who make a major contribution to the daily smooth running of the school in a variety of ways. Staff work as a cohesive team setting the highest professional standards as an example to the students. Students enjoy positive and co-operative relationships with staff and it is very rare if an external visitor to the school does not comment on the high calibre of the students and the positive working environment.
The school is a designated Humanities/Arts College; has been awarded Artsmark Gold 4 times and holds Investor in Careers Status. We have recently completed a £6.4 million build including new specialist facilities for Maths, Drama, Dance and Music and a brand new canteen and sports hall.
Our vision clearly states that we are a community where ‘staff and students learn and thrive together’ and we are totally committed to ensuring staff are given the opportunities and encouragement to develop both personally and professionally. There is a culture of distributed leadership and numerous examples across the school where staff have gained promotion.
We run a two year KS3, with students beginning their GCSE courses in Year 9. Our KS3 students study the full suite of national curriculum subjects. At KS4, students study for up to ten GCSEs inside a tailored programme suitable for their ability and aspirations. The vast majority of our students continue into the Sixth Form at CHSG where they can choose from a wide range of A level subjects.
Students enjoy a comprehensive programme of PSHCE and Citizenship throughout the school and we encourage our students to be active and responsible citizens through a variety of charitable and community activities. The school also operates a very successful House system which encourages integration between the year groups and provides leadership opportunities for students. Similarly, a strong Head Girl and Senior Prefect team and School Council ensure that the student body has a voice within the school and that younger students are supported.
Our staff are our most valued asset and we aim to support them both in their current roles and to develop them for their future careers. Working alongside the teaching staff, we have a skilled support staff team who perform vital roles within the school. Continued professional development (CPD) plays an important role and we have developed a more bespoke approach to this provision.
There are high expectations of staff, but everyone is extremely well supported. There is a culture of working collaboratively and of working with and helping each other. Supply teachers are happy to return and Student Teachers, NQT’s and new staff praise the support and guidance given. All teachers are fully supported by an induction programme when they join the school.
Why work at CHSG?
Carshalton High School for Girls is a fantastic place to work and we believe we have a great deal to offer staff who join our team. We are totally committed to providing the best possible working environment for all staff.
The ethos of constant improvement and positivity underpins our work and staff are encouraged to ‘grow’ and ‘develop’ through programmes offered and the daily support and guidance given.
Staff wellbeing is a high priority; our commitment demonstrated by having an in-house wellbeing team. A number of staff social events are organised throughout the year.
We constantly seek ideas and comments on how we can further improve our workplace and practice and are open to trying new ideas and initiatives that bring benefits to our community.
We are a school that seeks to constantly do better and whilst outstanding in many ways, we are ambitious and determined to secure further improvement.
• “The Headteacher and leadership team have high aspirations for the school. They are strongly supported by governors and staff.”- Ofsted November 2017
• “The school is a happy and safe community where pupils do well and staff are proud to work.”- Ofsted November 2017