Bishops celebrates after being judged as a ‘Good School’ by Ofsted in recent inspection.

The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School are celebrating after being judged as Good in all four areas of the new Ofsted framework and Good for Overall Effectiveness following the recent full inspection carried out in July.

Inspectors said, “The school has a culture of continuous improvement. Senior leaders and governors are passionate about giving pupils the best education and care possible. This commitment permeates throughout the school”.

The Headteacher, Mr Henton said “I am so proud of our school, I would like to thank our staff and students for their hard work and determination in achieving this success. It is an incredibly positive and complimentary report. What strengthens the success of this inspection outcome is that it was carried out under the new, more demanding Ofsted inspection framework, which few schools have been inspected under. Importantly, it is a great recognition of our high standards and excellence in providing the highest quality of education for our students”.

The inspection report said, “All staff have high expectations of what pupils can achieve” and that, “The pastoral support given to students is highly effective”.

Mr Henton explained that, “In July, the school received an Ofsted monitoring visit to assess our progress since the last full inspection in May 2019. The inspection recognised the rapid improvement which has been achieved at Bishop’s and converted the monitoring visit into a full inspection the following week to assess our Ofsted judgement.

Inspectors said, “There is a strong focus on the quality of education” and that “Relationships between staff and pupils are strong”.

Mr Henton commented that, “Our students should be proud of the way they conduct themselves in school and how they live out our shared values, they are a credit to the school”.

The inspectors noted that, “Behaviour in lessons and around the school is good”, “there is a culture of mutual respect” and that “This school encourages pupils to be themselves”.

Mr Henton, added that he would like to thank parents who provided such positive feedback about the school during the inspection.

Although our achievements have been recognised in the inspection report, the hard work will continue as we strive to push ourselves to be an Outstanding centre of learning when we are next inspected.