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  • The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
    89 Addison Road
    W14 8BZ
  • Head: Mr Paul Stubbings
  • T 020 7603 8478
  • F 020 7602 3124
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kensington & Chelsea
  • Pupils: 964; sixth formers: 357 (152 girls)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th September 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The level of achievement here is down to the quality of the teaching and the staff and pupils' pride in the place. We heard of 'lovely teachers', the good monitoring of progress and much high praise, especially of the music dept. Bright pupils speak warmly of their 'inspiring' teachers – 'they are amazing – best in the business' – and they mean it. Vaughan teams are not to be messed with and are widely respected by their competitors in West London. The first XI recently won the cup in the QPR league, the second XI, no slouches either, won the shield...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Paul Stubbings MA. Educated at Worcester Grammar school and Durham University, where he read classics. His conversation is littered with his experiences of ‘damascene’ moments – his love of Latin and Greek, his vocational calling to become a teacher. One wonders (though he didn’t say it) whether it was a similar enlightened moment that drove him to fight for the headship and steer the school away from the dangerous rocks of conflict between the Westminster diocese and a section of the governing board. He certainly stepped into the breach when horns were locked over a tussle between whether the school should be a ‘pan London Catholic school’ or whether priority should be given to local residents of the borough. He was promoted from deputy head, pastoral – aka the enforcer, and feared...

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Special Education Needs

The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School has, for many years, provided high quality SEN provision for pupils with a diverse range of Special Educational Needs. The department comprises four experienced, qualified teachers with learning support or SEN commitment and six learning support assistants. Staff are experienced in teaching and supporting a range of pupils, from mild learning disorders to those with autistic spectrum disorders. Staff work throughout the school, supporting pupils in class and, at times, on a withdrawal basis. Pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties are well supported, with the school able to offer individual behaviour plans and additional pastoral support when necessary. Home-school communication is strong and departmental members have excellent relationships with pupils and parents alike. Additionally, the school has strong links with external agencies and pupils can receive regular input from outside professionals. The school makes excellent provision for gifted and talented pupils. Master classes, advanced skills courses, university taster courses, Latin and visiting speakers are all on offer to pupils alongside Departmental provision. All the pupils on the School's SEN register take public examinations and disapplication is rare. A wide range of examination provisions are available to those that require them and often, pupils with SEN achieve enviable results.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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