Rutherford School

Type Independent School
Age Range 3-25
Religion Unknown
Address 1a Melville Avenue
South Croydon
Reference Number 101843



Rutherford School, located at CR2 7HZ in Surrey, England, is a diverse and progressive educational institution. Key facts about Rutherford School include:

  1. Curriculum: The school offers a balanced and engaging curriculum for students of all ages, guided by the National Curriculum for England, focusing on academic achievement and personal growth.

  2. Ofsted Outstanding: In their latest assessment, Ofsted rated Rutherford School as "Outstanding" overall, commending its leadership, teaching, learning, assessment, behavior, and early years provision.

  3. Academy Status: Founded in the mid-20th century, Rutherford School is a state-funded Academy, a type of publicly funded independent school in the English state education system, free to attend for families within the community.

  4. Outdoor Learning: A significant feature of the school is its dedication to outdoor learning, boasting an extensive, purpose-built forest school site, which integrates nature and the outdoors into the curriculum.

  5. Special Educational Needs (SEN): Rutherford offers a wide range of education for pupils with special educational needs, including those with autism, assistance with speech, language and communication needs, and cognitive development support.

  6. Wraparound Care: The school provides before and after school clubs and holiday clubs, offering academic and recreational activities to support child development and well-being.

  7. Community Involvement: Rutherford School is active in community events and parental support, fostering a strong connection between the school and the wider community it serves.

  8. Low Pupil-to-Teacher Ratio: The school prides itself on providing a high level of attention and care to each student through small class sizes and close relationships.

  9. Governance: The governing body is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Rutherford School, working collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure a quality learning experience.

  10. Headteacher: The school is currently led by Dr. Shahnia Ahmed, who joined as the Principal in July 2022.

General Makeup

Number of pupils
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 51.72%
Girls: 48.28%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
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Ofsted Rating Good
Last Inspection Date 2022-12-06
Date Description Report
2022-10-17 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2018-07-03 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2015-07-07 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2014-03-12 Monitoring inspection Monitoring inspection
2013-11-06 Emergency inspection Emergency inspection
2012-01-18 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2008-10-23 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2004-11-01 Standard inspection Standard inspection
2000-10-16 Full inspection Full inspection


Age Range

Special Schools

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Faith Schools

Key Stage 2 Attainment

Students Meeting expected standard

Students Meeting higher standard

GCSE Attainment

Attainment 8 score percentile

Students getting 5 or more GCSE's at grade 9-4 (A-C)