Norbury High School for Girls Rated Good by Ofsted

Norbury High School for Girls, our secondary academy in Croydon, has again been judged ‘good’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection. The school has been consistently rated good since converting to an academy ten years ago.

The school was described as a ‘diverse community where pupils are valued as individuals’. Students are motivated by the ‘ambitious curriculum’ and ‘high expectations’, the inspectors’ report notes, with extracurricular opportunities and the pastoral programme helping them to ‘develop resilience and self-confidence’. As a result, students ‘from year 7 through to the sixth form’ are ‘achieving well’.

‘Pupils are articulate, and their confidence shines through. They achieve well and take pride in their work. They behave respectfully and are keen to learn.’ – Ofsted, 2022

Mrs Hayden, Headteacher, said ‘I am incredibly proud of the staff and students at this school.’ She praised ‘the immense efforts that go into making this school the vibrant, engaging, lively learning environment that it is’ and thanked staff for ‘working tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to continue to maintain high standards despite extremely adverse conditions.’

‘I am looking forward to seeing the school continue to go from strength to strength,’ Mrs Hayden said.

Read the 2022 Ofsted report for Norbury High School for Girls.

New Headteacher Appointment at Norbury Manor

The Manor Trust has confirmed the appointment of a new Headteacher for Norbury Manor.

Mrs-Hayden-Norbury-ManorMrs Markieu Hayden (left), currently Deputy Headteacher at the school, will undertake her new responsibilities from September this year upon the retirement of Mrs Compton, the current Headteacher.

Mrs Compton, who will continue to act as The Manor Trust‘s CEO in a part-time capacity, believes Mrs Hayden is the perfect person to lead the school going forward. “I’d like to congratulate Markieu on her appointment on behalf of the whole college,” she said.

“She brings with her a good working knowledge of both schools in The Manor Trust family as well as the experience of having delivered across all five key stages, something that sets her apart from the majority of teachers in the country.”

Mrs Hayden has taught in Croydon borough for over 18 years, the last five of which she has spent at Norbury Manor. She began her teaching career at Kensington Avenue Primary School where she taught some of our current staff and students.

She has responsibility for a variety of other duties in addition to those connected with her current position; these include being a governor at Howard Primary School, Chair of Trustees at Jam Total Sport and Chair of Trustees at the NM Jets Cheer and Dance Programme.

Her previous roles in education have given her a broad spectrum of experience; at various times she has been an Acting Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, a Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer, Head of Inclusion, SENCO, BME Coordinator, Head of House, Head of PE, PE Coordinator and primary school teacher.

Mrs Hayden is excited by the fresh challenges her promotion will bring as well as by the prospect of advancing projects that are already underway. “I’m looking forward to continuing with the journey to excellence we’ve begun,” she said. “I’m proud of the work we have done in developing our cross-phase curriculum and ensuring we are primary responsive and of the strong working partnerships we have built with our trust and local primary schools along the way.”

“I am blessed in having such a great body of staff to work with as well as a student cohort who will no doubt continue to make excellent progress over the coming years. I can’t wait to get started.”

Norbury Manor: Croydon Secondary School of the Year 2019

We are pleased to announce that Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise School for Girls has been named Croydon Secondary School of the Year 2019.

The prize was presented at the Croydon Council Awards ceremony on Thursday 28th November 2019.

The award tops off a fantastic year at the Thornton Heath academy which was recently placed in the top 15% of state-funded secondaries in the country by the Department for Education as well as ranking third best in the borough.

Amanda Compton, Headteacher and CEO of The Manor Trust, who attended the awards ceremony with Mary Turner, Chair of the school’s local governing body, said: “First and foremost, I must mention our students, whose enthusiasm, vibrancy and willingness to learn make working in this school such a privilege. But it’s equally important to say that receiving this award would not have been possible without all the effort our staff put in to supporting, developing and educating our girls; it is testament to their dedication.”

The school was praised for its “excellent academic results” with “GCSE English and maths well above the national average” but also for the “wealth of opportunities for pupils to enrich their studies as well as their personal and social development.”

The panel recognised that students participate in “a range of high quality expressive arts projects, a host of musical and sports activities and charity fund raising events” which helps to create “a vibrant and happy environment in which to thrive and learn.”

Read more about Norbury Manor’s latest Progress 8 score. 

Norbury Manor Ranked in the Top 15% of Secondary Schools in the Country

The Department for Education (DfE) has released provisional data that once again places Norbury Manor in the highest possible grouping nationwide. The college’s Progress 8 score of 0.67 situates it firmly within the “well above average” band that comprises the top 15% of state-funded secondaries in the country.

Across the borough, where the local authority average score is 0.07, only two other schools scored higher.

For student achievement in English and maths the school performed exceptionally well, scoring 10% more than the average for Croydon and 7% more than the national average. The EBacc average point score for Norbury Manor also bettered figures for both the local authority and the country.

The school’s Attainment 8 score (51.6) – a measure of how well students perform across up to eight qualifications including English, maths, three English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages plus three other additional approved qualifications – was also substantially higher than both the local (45.4) and national (46.5) averages.

Amanda Compton, Headteacher, said: “We are delighted our students have once again done so well. We work hard to make learning enjoyable, engaging and challenging while, at the same time, monitoring progress and offering support where necessary. We see potential in all our students and want them to receive the grades they are worthy of. The publication of this data validates our approach.”

Use the DfE’s comparative performance tool to see how Norbury Manor compares to other local schools.