Bellerive FCJ Catholic College

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About Bellerive FCJ Catholic College

Name Bellerive FCJ Catholic College
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Sister Brigid Halligan
Address 1 Aigburth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 3AA
Phone Number 01517272064
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 905
Local Authority Liverpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Key Findings

¦ This is a good school. Due to good leadership and management and good teaching, students' achievement is good overall.

It is not yet outstanding because there are variations in students' achievements across key stages, subjects and some student groups. ¦ Overall, the progress made by students in most subjects is good, so that from average starting points, students leave Year 11 with attainment which is generally above average. The progress made by students in mathematics, by some of the highest attaining students and by students in the sixth form is less strong, and more is satisfactory than good.

¦ The quality of teaching while good overall is variable. For example, in mathematics, due in to significant staffing instability, teaching is satisfactory, but is improving as a result of the effective measures taken by senior school leaders. The leadership of teaching is good.

¦ The quality of leadership and management in the school is good. Over time, leaders have ensured the maintenance of above average standards for students; they have identified underperforming areas through effective performance management, such as mathematics, and taken swift actions to remedy any shortfalls. Notably, leaders inspire staff to achieve very high rates of personal development for students and the quality of pastoral provision is first class.

Taken together, these demonstrate good capacity to improve the school. ¦ The sixth form is satisfactory overall and improving. Students' achievement is satisfactory over time.

Good and effective leadership is successfully improving the quality of the curriculum to widen choices for students, such as the introduction of further mathematics and geography at AS and A level. ¦ Students' behaviour and safety are outstanding. Students show exemplary levels of courtesy to visitors.

They act as excellent ambassadors for their school. Behaviour in classes and around the school building is first rate. Any minor and rare disruption is dealt with rapidly by staff.

Information about the school

Bellerive FCJ Catholic College is smaller than an average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is about twice the national average. The majority of students are of White British heritage.

A very small proportion of students speak English as an additional language. The percentage of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is average. The percentage of students who are supported at school action plus or those with a statement of special educational needs is below average.

The school specialises in mathematics, sciences computing and applied learning. The school meets the current government floor standard which sets the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. On 1 June 2012, the school was granted Academy status.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

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