Bethany School

Name Bethany School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 October 2018
Address Finlay Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 7PS
Phone Number 01142726994
Type Independent
Age Range 4-16
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 88 (55% boys 45% girls)
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 13%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Bethany School is a Christian independent day school for girls and boys aged 4 to 16. The school has an open admissions policy and admits children from all faiths. Bethany School is the sole school in the Christian Family Schools LTD. There no set fee for parents to pay. Parents make a financial contribution based on what they can afford. The school expects parents to contribute fully to school life and their child’s education. Many parents are volunteers at the school. The previous standard inspection took place in October 2015. There are six pupils attending the school who have an education, health and care plan.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors ensure that the school complies with the independent school standards. They regularly audit and review compliance with the standards. Leaders and governors are ambitious for the school. They have high expectations and have created an environment where pupils feel well cared for. However, safeguarding and welfare records do not always include precise information about the effect of actions to support pupils. The headteacher regularly reviews the curriculum to ensure that it is broad and balanced. The leadership place high importance on the development of pupils’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding and experiences. Pupils enjoy coming to the school and they attend well. Pupils’ attendance is in line with the national average. Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge. They plan lessons that are rich in knowledge and subject-specific vocabulary. Most pupils make good progress from their different starting points. However, progress is stronger for secondary pupils than it is for those pupils in the primary phase. Pupils behave well. They show respect and tolerance of others and enjoy learning about different religions and cultures. This prepares them well for life in modern Britain. Pupils feel safe in school. They have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe outside of school. For example, pupils talk with confidence about road and online safety. Leaders and governors have a good understanding of the strengths and further areas for development of the school. However, procedures for checking the work of the school are not sufficiently well developed. Most secondary pupils present their work well. However, not all teachers have the same high expectations of pupils’ presentation, particularly in primary. Teaching is good in the early years. Children are happy and well cared for. However, the outdoor area does not reflect the rich environment found indoors. Leaders agree that the outdoor area needs improvement. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.