Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School

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About Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School

Name Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Headteacher Alf Wood
Address Woods Avenue, Hatfield, AL10 8NL
Phone Number 01707275331
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 943
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils love attending Bishop's Hatfield and are proud to be part of the inclusive and respectful community. Bullying is very rare, and dealt with effectively by staff if it happens. Pupils' behaviour is exemplary.

From lessons to social time, the atmosphere is consistently calm and welcoming.

The girls are expertly supported to reach their potential through an ambitious and engaging curriculum, from Year 7 to sixth form. Pupils are excited by their lessons.

They actively participate and show high levels of resilience. They discuss what they learn with eage...rness and interest, and achieve leaders' high expectations of them.

Pupils are happy and safe in school.

They speak passionately about the care and support they receive from staff. This goes beyond the academic. One student's view, echoed by many, is, 'Teachers love to see us develop and grow.'

Pupils leave as well-rounded individuals. They relish the opportunity to embody 'Bishop's 360 values', which include kindness, ambition and teamwork. Pupils flourish, and support each other to succeed.

They excel academically and in wider activities, such as house competition and leadership roles. Older students are fully involved in school life and relish the opportunity to build their character, for example through community service.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders are highly ambitious for all pupils and sixth-form students.

Careful planning of what will be taught – and in what order – has resulted in an ambitious curriculum which meets the needs of all pupils.

Leaders have ensured that staff have a clear and shared understanding of what excellent progress through the curriculum looks like. They check that the curriculum is being delivered as intended.

There is very little low-level disruption, which means pupils learn well.Teachers are experts in the subjects that they teach. They collaborate well within their faculties to produce high-quality resources.

This has contributed to lessons of exceptional quality that result in pupils achieving highly.

Teachers use assessment purposefully to check what pupils know and understand, and to help pupils remember key information. Teachers are skilled at adapting their teaching so that all pupils' needs are catered for.

For example, in science, teachers carefully pose questions to pupils depending on their need. They immediately address any misconceptions and skilfully connect current learning to prior learning. This allows pupils to achieve success and deepen their understanding.

Pupils, including in the sixth form, are very complimentary about the feedback they receive from teachers. They have a clear understanding of how they are faring and are given the skills and strategies to improve.

Leaders have ensured that a reading culture is championed across the school.

Pupils read fluently because they are explicitly taught how to do so. Teachers use effective methods to help pupils learn key vocabulary. They model reading with expression and expect pupils to read aloud, supporting them to do so.

Pupils animatedly discuss their thoughts and views on books – such as whether they have empathy for characters in 'Of Mice and Men' or whether murder mystery is a more exciting genre than fantasy. Pupils who are less confident readers are quickly identified and supported to rapidly improve. Expert staff deliver high-quality intervention sessions which support pupils to make swift progress in developing reading fluency.

Pupils and students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) benefit from a high-quality education. Their needs are quickly identified, and appropriate support is put in place. All staff have access to inclusion plans which clearly outline how to meet pupils' needs.

Staff are trained to utilise this information and make appropriate adaptations to their teaching. This ensures pupils with SEND make excellent progress from their starting points.

Leaders have ensured the wider curriculum offer to support pupils' broader development is exceptional.

There is a large array of extremely popular clubs, which cover a wide range of skills and interests. Examples include netball, crochet, Duke of Edinburgh's Award and 'The Club That Shall Not Be Named'. Pupils are animated in their enthusiasm for all of these.

Pupils have a strong voice in school as a result of numerous leadership opportunities. These have a meaningful impact on pupils' values and the highly positive culture. The Equality and Diversity group members have educated their peers around microaggressions.

Year 10 linguists support primary pupils to learn languages. In sixth form, students carry out community service. All of this is further supported by an effective 'life skills' programme that teaches pupils to learn how to be safe and healthy citizens.

Senior leaders, including governors, hold leaders to account. They ensure appropriate challenge and support is in place throughout the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have created a strong safeguarding culture. Staff have been appropriately trained. They are confident about recognising signs that a pupil may be at risk of harm, and report concerns promptly.

Safeguarding leads maintain well-kept records and meet regularly regarding individual pupils whom they have concerns about. Leaders work closely with external agencies and make sure that pupils receive support when they need it. Students in the sixth form are supported with individual tutorials.

Pupils learn about risks relating to sexual harassment and online safety, and how to stay safe.

Appropriate safer recruitment processes are in place.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in February 2016.

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