Greenford High School
Ealing, United Kingdom
About Greenford High School
Welcome to Greenford High, an outstanding, high achieving, truly non-selective comprehensive. My purpose is to introduce the school to you. Greenford High was graded as Outstanding in our last Ofsted inspection, and other recent objective external measures confirm this judgement. Our value added score at KS4 is one of the highest both locally and nationally. Simply put, the progress that our students make consistently puts us in the top 5% in the country, as it has again in 2016.
We are delighted that the outstanding work by our students, staff, governors and parents is being recognised, but we remain ambitious to continue to improve. Our philosophy will remain the same: we are a reflective, self-critical institution that focuses on developing learning and teaching. We are delighted with our achievements and the progress we have made in recent years, but we are ambitious in our desire to continue to improve. We live by our mission statement and by our motto – we are simply
Our curriculum is innovative and flexible, meeting the needs of the individual student. Our students begin with a two year Key Stage 3, focussing on Maths, English and reading. Our KS4 starts in Year 9, where they have a huge range of choices, addressing the needs and interests of the individual, and this continues at Post-16. We teach everything from Psychology to Japanese, Photography to German, Economics to Physics, Media to Business, Computing to Sociology. As a Business, Enterprise and Language College, we have particular strengths in these areas, but with 80% of our students achieving both a Maths and English GCSE in 2016, we also demonstrate our unwavering belief that genuine academic success can only truly be built on secure achievement in these subjects.
Our 2016 GCSE results were probably our best ever with 48% achieving the Ebacc set of GCSEs, 27% of exams leading to an A*/A grade and 79% achieving 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English. At A level, our A*-B grades in Year 13 for those taking 3 A Levels are 51.2%, 79% A*-C and 98.5% A*-E, yet we maintain our comprehensive, inclusive ethos and cater for a wide variety of abilities with a range of courses at different levels. Our students and staff have much to be proud of with these results, but there is no complacency in the school, only a desire to continue to progress. Our relentless focus on learning and the quality of lessons provides the engine that drives the school on. We believe in students achieving excellent academic results and going on to university or apprenticeships – indeed approximately 223 of our Year 13 students went on to higher education at the end of 2016 (and 234 in 2015), many to the best universities, including Harvard, LSE, UCL, Kings, Exeter and Nottingham. Our school site and buildings are actually based on the model of a modern university campus with different faculties of learning, such as the Maths and Science block, partly to encourage students to continue their studies at a higher level. But we are also an inclusive, multi-cultural, mixed gender, multi-faith, truly comprehensive school which accepts every type of student and tries to get the very best out of them, whatever their ability or personal circumstances. This philosophy is at the core of what Greenford High is all about. For prospective parents, we should make it clear that we have only two selection criteria. Firstly, we take brothers and sisters of students as we believe very much in the strength of the family; secondly, you have to live within a mile of the school. Each year group has 240 students and we are heavily over-subscribed (with the highest amount of applications in Ealing for the last two years), while our Post-16 centre has up to 600 students, some joining us from other schools in Yr 12.
There are many other things I should briefly mention: our fantastic new buildings (well, relatively!) and great facilities; ICT resources that are second to none; one of the biggest Post-16 centres in London; a fantastic pastoral system with many dedicated professionals, without a teaching timetable, constantly on call; superb sports facilities and a great PE department; wonderful curriculum enrichment, with clubs, drama and concerts – and over 150 trips in the last academic year; a dedication to developing staff as part of the collective Ealing Teaching School Alliance; an emphasis on teaching morality, good behaviour, respect for others and developing a social conscience in our students; cutting edge work on e-safety through our cyber-mentoring scheme, which we train other schools in, a learning and teaching team developing our curriculum in terms of thinking skills; raising over £50K for charity in the last 5 years…
I could go on… but the thing that makes us special is not the buildings nor our facilities, but our desire to keep on improving. The positive relationship between students, staff and parents is what we are most proud of.
Headteacher, September 2016