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  • Sir John Cass Redcoat School
    Stepney Way
    E1 0RH
  • Head: Paul Woods
  • T 020 7790 6712
  • F 020 7790 0499
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Tower Hamlets
  • Pupils: 1,440
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: September and October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 8th October 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Inadequate on 10th October 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A beacon of excellence in a deprived area of London, which takes in students with low levels of attainment and sends the majority off to university with commendable exam results. Many go on French or Spanish exchanges. The school has links with an instituto in rural Spain, and children who have rarely left the East End of London have found themselves travelling to school by horse and cart. The atmosphere is indeed calm and orderly, with some…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Health Studies at an English Comprehensive School (OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Level 3)

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Since September 2016, Paul Woods, previously head of Bishop Stopford's C of E School in Enfield. He comes from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland and has over 20 years' experience working in London schools.

Academic matters

Consistently near the top of the value-added tables and has three times been ranked the most improved school in the country. Most pupils come in with lower than average achievement, but in 2016, 70 per cent got 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths (23 per cent A*/A grades). They come from a huge range of primaries and many have difficult home lives. 'Our first focus is on behaviour, on creating a climate for learning. Then we engage them with exciting teaching.'

Although downgraded by Ofsted to inadequate in 2014 (see Pastoral), the latest report, in...

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