Bishop Justus CofE School

Name Bishop Justus CofE School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 May 2012
Address Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR2 8HZ
Phone Number 02083158130
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1223 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Academy Sponsor Aquinas Church Of England Education Trust Limited
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 10.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

The school is much larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is broadly average. The proportion of students on school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is slightly above the national average. Predominantly, these students have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, moderate learning and specific learning difficulties and speech, language and communication needs. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is above average with less than one-sixth speaking English as an additional language, of which very few are at the early stage of learning the language. The school meets the current floor standards, the minimum standards expected by the government. Bishop Justus has specialist status for music. The school contributes to professional development and postgraduate programmes as a member of Bromley Schools Collegiate. Among its many awards are Healthy Schools, CPD Mark, Eco School and Geography Quality Mark. The school became an academy converter in March 2011.

Key findings

Bishop Justus is a good and strongly improving school, where the mantra, ‘every child an achiever irrespective of their starting point’ underpins the provision. Most parents and carers acclaim this highly inclusive school, its growth and development. They entrust their children to its care primarily because they are secure in knowing their children are very safe and happy, make good progress and the school provides ‘excellent pastoral and academic support’. However, the school is not yet outstanding because, over time, the quality of teaching is not leading to students achieving highly in most subjects. Exemplary leaders and managers, including the governing body, have been unrelenting, and very successful, in their drive to make the school more effective. As forceful and persuasive leaders, they have motivated staff by spelling out the ambitious vision for improvement. In particular, important developments since the previous inspection have contributed to consolidating the school’s good performance. As a result, the school is very well placed to improve further. Attainment in the 2011 GCSE examinations was above average for all groups in relation to a range of measures, particularly in English. Nevertheless, these results masked slower rates of progress in mathematics, in particular for high ability students. However, progress is currently good because suitable intervention strategies, better tracking and highly effective pastoral and academic care are used to drive improvement. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers have a more secure knowledge of how to engage and sustain students’ interest; consequently, progress is better, behaviour is good and attendance is above average for secondary schools. The sixth form is satisfactory. From a low starting point, students were initially not well matched to the academic courses offered. Nevertheless, careful review of provision and outcomes by the outstanding senior team has resulted in them successfully taking steps to develop teaching, information guidance and support and the use of assessment data. The curriculum is more diverse and requirements for entry to AS- and A-level courses are more demanding. These changes are leading to improving outcomes and to students being better matched to appropriate courses.