Highams Park School converted to become a stand-alone academy in October 2011. When its
predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding overall.
A new principal and deputy principal were appointed in September 2012. The Highams Park School is larger than the average-sized secondary school. Almost three quarters of the students are from White British, Irish or other White or mixed White
heritages. The proportion from minority ethnic groups is well above average when compared
with the national figures with many coming from Pakistani, Caribbean or Black African communities. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is above
the national average.
The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium and the Year 7 catch-up funding is well
below the national average. The government provides additional funding to support these
students because they are at particular risk of underachieving.
The proportions of disabled students and those with special educational needs who are
supported at school action and at school action plus or with a statement of special educational
needs are above national average.
Provision for the small number of students in alternative courses is arranged by the school. The school works with partner organisations, including the two local special schools. The school exceeds current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for
students' attainment and progress.
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