Glenthorne High School
Sutton, United Kingdom
About Glenthorne High School
Glenthorne High School is a successful, over-subscribed, mixed comprehensive school for pupils between the ages of 11 and 19 situated in the London Borough of Sutton and judged outstanding by Ofsted. In July 2017 we became part of the Willow Learning Trust.
We believe in Achievement for All. We have a reputation for excellence and are well known for high standards of achievement and behaviour. Significant investment in the school over the last few years has provided superb new accommodation including a Performing Arts Centre, new Sixth Form Centre, Reception area, new Library as well as additional classroom space. Our latest building project has seen an extension to our dining hall.
We were inspected by OFSTED in May 2012 and were judged outstanding in all five categories. Inspectors recognised and celebrated the school’s achievements, praising the school’s “relentless drive for realising the highest academic standards for each student” and teachers’ high expectations. Achievement was judged to be outstanding with “students making exceptionally rapid and sustained progress”. Teaching was judged to be outstanding and inspectors highlighted the “wonderful opportunities” offered by the school both in and out of the classroom. Behaviour was judged to be outstanding and the report identified pupils’ exceptional courtesy and respect. Leadership was also judged to be outstanding and inspectors praised the school’s “very inclusive environment, where success is conspicuous and valued by students, parents, carers and staff alike”.
The school is accredited as a SCITT and trains School Direct candidates through our Teaching School Alliance. We value professional development and there are opportunities for staff at all levels to develop subject, pastoral and management skills through our comprehensive CPD programme. We also offer NQT and NQT + 1 programmes, as well as support for NPQML and NPQSL qualifications.
We have been a Specialist Arts College since September 2002. We are a centre of excellence in the Performing Arts and hold the Artsmark Gold Award. Recent whole school productions have included “Les Miserables”, “Starlight Express”, "Annie" and most recently “Bugsy Malone”. All involved over 100 pupils and proved to be huge successes. We also hold events throughout the year to showcase individual performing arts such as music concernts, dance shows and media showcases.
Our priorities are to continue to improve teaching and learning and raise standards of attainment. Standards achieved by our pupils in public examinations are high; Standards achieved by our pupils in public examinations are high; GCSE results stand at 83% C+/4+ or above and A Level results at 100% with 73% A*-C grades.
The curriculum at Glenthorne is organised in Subject Areas, each with its own Subject Leader. In Year 7 pupils are set in core subjects and languages with mixed-ability groups for other subjects. A wide range of GCSE and A Level courses are taught together with BTEC and other vocational courses, some of which are delivered in conjuction with local partnership schools and FE colleges. Pupils in Year 11 also go on one week’s work experience. In the Sixth Form we offer academies in Football, Drama, Dance and Music.
Extra-curricular activities are a further strength of the school. Subject Areas encourage a wide range of extra-curricular activities - visits to galleries and theatres, clubs in Science and Technology, field trips, museum visits and many more.
Sport is a key area of achievement and the school runs a Football Academy for Sixth Form students. Students receive three hours training from professional coaches a week and play matches on Wednesdays. The remaining time is taken up with studying a range of A level and Level 3 BTEC courses. We hold the Sportsmark Award and run many teams and clubs in a variety of different sports.
Pupils at the school are organised in mixed-ability tutor groups with nine in each year group Most form tutors and Heads of Year move up the school with the year group. Together they play an important role in the monitoring of pupil progress as well as in supporting individual pupils. We introduced a House System in September 2015 with all pupils (and staff!) being allocated to one of four Houses: Rollason, Rutherford, Turing and Morris. This has provided opportunities for pupils in all year groups to work together in friendly competition.
The SEN Department at the school is fully committed to supporting the needs of pupils who experience learning, behavioural or emotional difficulties and we have an excellent SEN Base staffed by experienced Teaching Assistants and HLTAs. We offer a wide provision of intervention and support encompassing literacy, numeracy, speech and language, social skills, anger management and individual mentoring.
Applicants should be aware that Glenthorne High School is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children. As such, all posts are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
Really good provision for subject specific guidance and developing pedagogical strategies for my subject".- SCITT Trainee
The mentoring and support has been first class. They instill confidence in those they mentor and train".- SCITT Trainee