Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School

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Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School

Name Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 April 2013
Address Lake Road, Wimbledon, Lake Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7EP
Phone Number 02089466666
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 491 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority Merton
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.4%
Persisitent Absence 2.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Bishop Gilpin Church of England Primary School has two classes in each year, with an extra class in Year 2, and is larger than the average primary school. Currently 22 pupils out of the 515 on roll are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, and those from families in the armed services. At Bishop Gilpin all the pupils eligible for the pupil premium are those entitled to free school meals, and this proportion is a great deal lower than the national average. Almost half of pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages, and this proportion is higher than usual. Around a quarter of pupils speak English as an additional language, and this proportion is higher than average; however, few pupils are at an early stage of learning the language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is much lower than average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher took up his post just over two and a half years ago. The co-Chairs of Governors took up their positions within the past two years.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This is a school that puts the learning and well-being of its pupils at the heart of all its thinking and planning. As a result, all pupils flourish and make outstanding progress. Pupils reach very high standards, leaving school with results that are typically at least a year or more ahead of the national average. Pupils’ achievement is high because the overall outstanding teaching has a strong focus on encouraging them to find things out for themselves. Teachers use probing questions to challenge the pupils to think for themselves. Exceptionally, marking does not always provide pupils with enough guidance on how they can improve. The leadership of the school is second to none. The headteacher is inspirational in his pursuit of excellence. The knowledgeable and committed governing body is exemplary. Leaders, managers and governors get the very best out of their teachers, and their high expectations secure continuing improvement in pupils’ learning. The curriculum has many strengths and no areas of weakness. Among its particular strengths are music and information and communication technology (ICT), which are taught by specialist teachers. One parent described the school as ‘a community school’, and the deputy headteacher said it has many of the characteristics of ‘a village school’. These remarks accurately describe the warm, inclusive, welcoming ethos of the school, where each individual is valued. This ethos reflects the extremely strong commitment of the school to developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural qualities. Pupils from all backgrounds and with a range of additional needs learn exceptionally well, because the school knows and cares for each individual. Pupils have every opportunity to reflect on the contribution they make to the lives of others, and to make a difference. As a result, behaviour throughout the school is excellent.