Greenshaw High School
Sutton, United Kingdom
About Greenshaw High School
Greenshaw High School is a highly over-subscribed 11 to 19 mixed comprehensive secondary school and sixth form situated in Sutton, South West London. Greenshaw High School converted to Academy status in June 2011 and is part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. Throughout its history, Greenshaw has been popular with parents of children of all abilities and there continues to be a large demand for places. There are currently 1700 students on roll, with over 200 staff providing teaching, pastoral care and other support across the school.
We are a successful and popular school with an established record of nurturing high levels of attainment in its students. We provide a first rate teaching environment that challenges all students to achieve their very best and an individual pastoral support programme to guide them in this endeavour.
At the heart of our enterprise are our core values, with their emphasis on equality of opportunity, respect for others and the value of learning. Upon these foundations we have built a thriving educational establishment, where students have flourished and continued to study a wide range of subjects at some of our country’s most prestigious universities.
We welcome the fact that, year on year, a growing number of students aspire to join our school. We are matching this burgeoning demand with an expansion of the facilities that are available and the courses that are on offer. We are firmly of the belief that the quality of teaching and learning and the level of pastoral care we provide are of the highest quality.
Specialist facilities allow us to make use of the latest technologies and resources. We have an all-weather sports pitch, music centre, studios for art, drama and dance, a gymnasium, a sports hall equipped with an eight lane climbing wall, a multi-gym, a number of IT suites, specialist science laboratories and a reading lounge. As our student numbers have increased, a new purpose-built extension building opened in September 2016. Staff facilities include a newly refurbished staff room, a number of new staff work rooms with IT facilities, staff shower rooms, a free-to-use gym (outside of school hours), and secure cycle storage.
In choosing Greenshaw as the place to start or continue your career, you will be on the right path to a successful future.
We are absolutely committed to achieving excellence. In our school this should always encompass the twin aims of high wellbeing for young people and adults, alongside academic excellence. Maintaining both of these can present challenges, but it is our clear ambition.
As a comprehensive school, we hold dear the idea of curriculum breadth. We want all of our students to experience a wide range of subjects from maths, English, sciences, humanities and languages, but retain a place for the performing and creative arts. We will offer broad pathways in our comprehensive schools that suit students’ prior attainment, and will always find the right course for our learners, rather than suiting any particular government performance measure.
We also accept our social responsibility to educate our students about important areas that do not fall neatly into subject categories, but are critical to young people being empowered citizens and intellectually capable. This includes the books we read in tutor time, and the homework scheme we call The Big Ideas that Shaped the World.
A level results
In 2020, the centre assessed grades achieved by A Level students allowed them to go on to a wide range of destinations. The majority of our Year 13 students progressed to undergraduate courses (including medicine and law) at prestigious Russell Group universities, including three that are now studying at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. We are also proud that our strong work in the creative arts continues to enable large groups of students to move on to foundation art courses, and directly into world leading institutions such as Central St Martins University for the Creative Arts.
Where national comparison is possible, our A Level results have been significantly above national average progress in each of the previous eight years. As an example, in 2019, over one in five of every A Level grade at Greenshaw High School was at A or A* with 73% of students achieving a pass at A*-C.
In 2020, the centre assessed grades achieved by our Year 11 students saw them access a range of BTEC, A Level and other courses at our school and colleges. We are really proud that the rate of our students remaining in education at the age of sixteen is above the national average. In 2019, Greenshaw High School celebrated the GCSE results achieved by students of the school, with 72% of all qualifications graded at 4 or better (the old ‘grade C’), and 23% of all qualifications at 7 or higher (what used to be the old ‘grade A’).
Greenshaw High School's Progress 8 score in 2019 was +0.05, which is in line with national average. Our Attainment 8 measure is 50.01 points, which is well above the average score of 44.3 points.
33% of all students in Year 11 in 2019 were entered for the English Baccalaureate.
21% of all students in Year 11 in 2019 achieved the English Baccalaureate.
The percentage of Greenshaw students staying in education or employment after Key Stage 4 was 98% in 2019.
Our Commitment to Your Career
Greenshaw High School is committed to providing excellent CPD opportunities and career progression for all staff. We are a school that prioritises staff training and development and believe that all members of staff should have a thorough induction and an inspiring programme of training and professional development.
Wednesday afternoon lessons end an hour earlier, allowing our training to be done within the school day, rather than in twilight sessions. We call this part of the week ‘Professional Growth’, and it is divided between departmental sessions on subject pedagogy, and broader professional enquiry in areas such as assessment, mind set and language. This Professional Growth programme has recently been awarded Silver status by the Teacher Development Trust, an award that has been gained by only forty other schools.
By investing in staff development through seminars and meetings, and conducting research projects, our staff are up to date with the latest thinking and practice in education. This in turn enables them to provide the best learning opportunities for the students of the school, which is our core purpose.
In the Sixth Form, students' achievement is outstanding because of the exemplary care, guidance and support they receive- Ofsted
The Sixth Form offers a warm, welcoming and positive atmosphere, where students are treated with respect. The student-teacher relationship is friendly and Sixth Form staff are always ready to help- Year 13 student
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. No-one could have worked harder with my daughter- Parent
As parents, we would like to thank all the staff at Greenshaw for providing an excellent education and helping all three of our sons to become such well-adjusted young adults- Parent
It was obvious that both you and [the staff] were hugely committed and caring - and it's been a while since we've come across people who love their jobs so much- Healthy Schools researchers
'Your school's culture of high expectations and the staff belief in you provide you with an excellent platform for learning and help and prepare you successfully for life beyond school'.- Ofsted