Hurlingham and Chelsea School
Address & contact details
London SW6 3ED
Headteacher - Philip Cross MA, NPQH, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Hurlingham & Chelsea School is a community school, providing a highly supportive family community education for boys and girls aged 11-16. GCSE examination results have improved rapidly for seven consecutive years and the progress made by the students is outstanding. The school’s leadership expertise is used to provide high quality support to other schools.
Learning is at the centre of everything Hurlingham & Chelsea School strives to do; class sizes are small, with challenging lessons delivered within a caring and structured learning environment. The school was rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted in 2008. The school was inspected in July 2011, shortly before publication of this booklet. We strongly recommend that you check the outcome on the H&C Ofsted page LINK.
At Hurlingham and Chelsea School we strongly believe the most important people in the education process are our students and we are committed to providing true high quality education for students of all abilities, including the most able. We expect all teachers, students and parents to take a pride in what we are doing on a daily basis and we are committed to raising standards of attainment through:
- a focus on learning through the provision of work that motivates and challenges students to reach consistently high standards
- the rigorous monitoring of progress with targets set for continuous improvement
- high standards of behaviour, uniform and positive relationships
- an emphasis on co-operation, where each person is respected equally and valued as an individual
- striving for excellent attendance and punctuality
- a strong partnership with parents and the local community
- high expectations of students and teachers.
Visitors to our school remark on the orderly and busy atmosphere in our classrooms. Learning is the main focus of work at Hurlingham and Chelsea. We therefore have an approach to teaching and learning that requires all teachers to focus on:
- providing challenging lessons and developing students’ problem-solving skills
- creating high expectations of all students
- encouraging depth and quality of work, whilst challenging work of low quality
- using a wide variety of learning activities within the classroom
- supporting students who may be having difficulty or require extension work
- providing suitable homework that extends students’ learning outside the classroom
- supporting the development of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
Hurlingham and Chelsea has a positive approach to behaviour management that is underpinned by the principle that all students and adults should be equally valued and must mutually respect the needs of others. The school code of conduct expresses in clear and positive terms the expectations we have of teachers, students and parents. However, since nothing must be allowed to detract us from achieving the highest possible standards, we will not hesitate to deal effectively with students who disrupt learning or behave badly.
At Hurlingham and Chelsea we take a pride in our environment – litter, graffiti and low quality work will not be tolerated. There continue to be significant improvements in the facilities we offer, which include a recently completed music and drama block. These facilities are also available outside normal school hours through our study support programmes. A variety of extra-curricular activities also take place regularly.
We firmly believe that good links between parents and the school are essential to students’ progress. The Student Planner plays a crucial role in home-school communication and parents are encouraged to use the planner to communicate regularly with teachers. A school newsletter is produced every half-term and is distributed to all parents.
Those of us who work and learn at Hurlingham and Chelsea are proud to be associated with an improving school such as ours. Our diverse community of students and teachers is supported within a genuinely inclusive, comprehensive and caring school that strives to provide an increasingly important role in the local community. To find out more about our school and/or arrange a visit please telephone us at any time. We will be happy to meet you and let you see for yourself what we can offer.
In years 7 to 9 students are taught the full national curriculum with extra support where necessary for ‘gifted and talented’ students and those requiring extra support with basic skills. In years 10 and 11 students can opt to follow BTEC vocational courses at Hammersmith and West London College for one day a week in addition to the full range of academic GCSE courses. A number of study support and revision programmes operate after school and during the holidays.
The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum and places considerable importance on extra-curricular activities. Each curriculum area offers after-school clubs and other activities every week. A homework club operates in the library each night. Older students are offered two weeks’ work experience, which is complemented by a work-related learning programme and careers guidance.
The decision to admit children to this school is made by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in accordance with its admissions policy for the school.
For September 2012 places will be allocated to those children whose parents or carers have expressed a preference for this school.
Any child with a Statement of Special Educational Need that names this school must, by law, be admitted, without reference to the oversubscription criteria.
In accordance with the school’s published admission number, the school will admit 150 pupils in September 2012.
If there are more preferences expressed than places available, priority will be given in accordance with the published oversubscription criteria in the following order:
- Children in public care (those looked after by a local authority under section 22 of the Children Act 1998).
- Children defined as being in priority need within the categories of need defined by the Children Act 1989 or as having an otherwise professionally supported exceptional education, medical or social need for a particular school. (*see note 1 )
- Children who have a brother or sister already in the school and who would be in that school in September 2012 (*see note 2). If there are more children with siblings in the school than places available, places will be allocated to those children with siblings who live nearest to the school in terms of walking distance. (*see note 3).
- Children who live nearest to the school in terms of walking distance. (*see note 3).
- If you think your child has an exceptional educational, social or medical need for a particular school, your case must be supported by documented evidence from a doctor, health visitor, social worker or other medical professional, which must be submitted at the time of your original application. You will need to show why your preferred school is the only school that meets your child’s social or medical need. The decision as to whether your child qualifies on medical or social grounds is made by the local authority.
- Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.
- Distance will be measured by the shortest walking route, via public rights of way, from the ‘seed point’ (a central point) of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.
If you are refused a place at this school, you have the right in law to appeal against the decision to an independent panel. Parents should contact the school admissions section for more information on the appeal arrangements.
232 parents ranked this school as one of their preferences for the September 2011 intake; 150 places were available.
How to find out more about the school:
- Write or telephone the school to receive a detailed prospectus.
- We advise you and your child to come and visit us to get the feel of the school and the opportunity to ask us questions
- Visit the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk
Page last updated: 08/08/2012