This morning, I ran across this eye-opening report on the Phoenix High School and the White City Estate:
Phoenix High School is a secondary school in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham with an intake of 962 pupils from 11 to 19 years. The school is located in the White City Estate W12. The Wormholt and White City ward has 28% of it’s residents aged under 18, compared to a borough average of 19% and is in the top 5% of most deprived nationally with regard to income levels and the top 10% most deprived with regard to barriers to housing and services.
The school serves a culturally diverse community, with 81% of students residing on White City estate from BME backgrounds . Students start in year 7 with levels of prior learning that are significantly below that typically found nationally. Many also arrive after the traditional start of the school year; about a tenth are refugees or asylum seekers. Around 65% of the students speak English as an additional language, about a tenth at the early stages. Almost two thirds of students have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, the largest number being those with behavioral, emotional or social difficulties with an overly high 58.6% of pupils are on free school meals.
White City is a deprived low income area, and 61 different languages are spoken with Arabic, Somali and Polish being the three main languages.
This information came from a proposed project: Phoenix Outdoor Kitchen.