Bishop Douglass School Finchley

Name Bishop Douglass School Finchley
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 September 2013
Address Hamilton Road, East Finchley, London, N2 0SQ
Phone Number 02084445211
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 718 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.0
Academy Sponsor The Cardinal Hume Academies Trust
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 14.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 58.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE

Information about this school

This Roman Catholic school is smaller than the average secondary school. Students join the sixth form from other schools so that it is large for the size of the school. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after students and those from armed service families) is much higher than average. Currently in the school there are no students from service families and four looked after students. A number of Year 7 students are eligible for catch-up funding which is for students who did not attain level 4 in English or mathematics at the end of primary school. The school is ethnically very diverse. Most of the students come from minority ethnic groups. The largest groups are from any other White and African backgrounds. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is very high. The proportion of students who join the school at other than normal times is wellabove average. The proportions of disabled students and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action are much higher than average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The largest proportions of these students have behavioural, emotional or social difficulties or moderate learning difficulties. At present, one student attends a course at Enfield College for part of the week. The headteacher is a local leader of education (LLE). She is currently leading on a national programme to close gaps in achievement. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for students’ progress and attainment.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The leadership and management of the school are outstanding. There have been significant improvements since the last inspection because of the determined drive of the outstanding headteacher, other leaders and the governors, to make sure that students achieve very well. From low starting points students make good and sometimes exceptional progress so that they achieve very well in their GCSEs, including in English and in mathematics. Teachers are knowledgeable about their subjects. Teaching is good and continually improving because teachers are committed to working together to provide the best possible learning for their students. The school is calm and orderly. Students enjoy coming to school, and show high levels of courtesy and respect to each other and to their teachers. The curriculum is innovative and flexible so that it meets the needs of students exceptionally well and promotes their outstanding social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. The sixth form is good. Students make consistently good and sometimes exceptional progress because they benefit from high-quality teaching and a relevant curriculum. It is not yet an outstanding school because : More able students are not always provided with enough challenge in lessons so that they do not consistently make as much progress as they could. Although students behave well and have positive attitudes to learning not all of them take control of their own learning with enthusiasm and excitement. Teaching does not always provide opportunities for students to work independently in order to deepen their understanding and knowledge.