A secondary school in Hammersmith has been recognised as one of the best in England following an Ofsted report, which saw it rated "Outstanding" in every assessed category.
Sacred Heart High School , in Hammersmith Road, is in the top per cent of non-selective secondary schools in the country following the inspection from the education watchdogs on September 26-27.
It is one of only a handful of secondary schools in the country to achieve Ofsted’s highest grade this year.
“This accolade is the direct result of a three-year transformation at Sacred Heart High School,” said head teacher Marian Doyle.
“Inspired by careful study of the most respected schools around the world, years of planning have resulted in improvements to our teaching, our programmes, and our operations across the school.
“We are delighted that Ofsted has officially confirmed the positive effect these developments are having on our students.”
As well as its overall outstanding rank, the Catholic girls’ school was also judged to be outstanding in the following categories:
- Effectiveness of leadership and management
- Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- Personal development, behaviour and welfare
- Outcomes for pupils
- 16 to 19 study programmes
Ms Doyle continued: “Sacred Heart High School is unique. We teach and care for the girls in equal measure."
She added: “Even though our exam results are some of the best in the country, at all levels, we are not, and refuse to be, an exam factory.
"Over a seven-year secondary school journey, young girls become young women.
“We take our duty of care very seriously, and offer students the broad education and the pastoral support they need – a combination that fully prepares them for both advanced studies and adult life.”
The school was in the national news in August after student Ines Alves received an A grade for a GCSE chemistry exam she sat hours after fleeing Grenfell Tower home .
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