According to Ofsted, Chobham Academy in the London Borough of Newham is an outstanding school. It is important to begin with that observation, because the school’s leaders, governors and sponsor (Harris Federation) clearly have high expectations of pupils and teachers, and academic attainment is high. The Academy’s vision works: its ethos is admirable; its culture exemplary.
Last year’s Ofsted inspection notes: “Pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic groups. The biggest groups are Black African and those of Asian heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average.” To be rated ‘outstanding’ across the board, when the ethnic intake is complex and the number of disadvantaged pupils is well above the national average, is something to celebrate indeed.