Shirley High School is an average-sized secondary school. Two thirds of pupils are from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. A third of all pupils speak English as an additional language. An above-average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding. An above-average proportion of pupils have special educational needs. The proportion of pupils with a
statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is in line with the national average.
The school has a hearing impairment unit, which is run by the local authority. It currently educates six
pupils from the academy, who also attend many lessons in the main academy.
The academy uses a range of alternative education providers for a small number of pupils: The
Educational Excellence and Well-Being College, Croydon; The Skills and Integrated Learning Centre,
Croydon, which provides part-time vocational courses; Springboard, Croydon, which supports pupils with mental health needs and the Phil Edwards Support and Assessment Group, which provides short-term
respite for pupils facing personal difficulties.
The academy meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for
pupils' attainment and progress.
Since the previous inspection, school leaders have been supported by a national leader of education.
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