Barbara Speake Schools for Performing Arts
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Primary & Secondary
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East Acton Lane
East Acton
W3 7EG
4 - 16
Other independent school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Barbara Speake Stage School is an independent day school for boys and girls. It specialises in the teaching of the performing arts as part of its artistic curriculum. Pupils learn English, mathematics, science and a humanities subject as part of their academic curriculum. The proprietor has been running classes at the premises since 1945. The school was established in 1963. The school is registered for 140 pupils aged 4 to 16 years. There are currently 71 pupils on roll. There are no children aged four on roll at the school. Inspection report: Barbara Speake Stage School, 30 April to 2 May 2019 Page 7 of 11 The school has no separate early years provision and no provision for two-year-olds. The lower junior school consists of a mixed-age class with pupils aged 5 to 7. The upper junior school is a mixed-age key stage 2 class with pupils aged 8 to 11. The senior school consists of individual classes for each year group from Years 7 to 11. The school aims to promote the skills of creativity, education, talent, imagination and artistic development. Pupils regularly receive opportunities to work professionally in the performance industry. Pupils work towards the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) examinations in four dance disciplines, as well as the London College of Music Examinations (LCM) in singing. There have been recent changes in teaching staff, particularly in the senior leadership team. The school is going through some changes in relation to its leadership structure and staff recruitment. There is a new and very recently appointed governing body. The school does not use any alternative provision. The school has no religious affiliation. The school was last inspected in November 2017, when it was judged to be requiring improvement. It received an emergency visit in 11 December 2018 in response to multiple complaints which raised concerns about various aspects of the school’s work. Due to unmet independent school standards, the Department for Education (DfE) required the school to produce an action plan to address the unmet standards at the emergency inspection. The action plan was subsequently evaluated on 13 March 2019 and was rejected by the DfE. The DfE requested this inspection to consider the school’s complaint policy and how leaders respond to complaints.

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This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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