Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy

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About Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy

Name Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Shona Swan
Address Tobyfield Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8NN
Phone Number 01242673814
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 637
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy continues to be a good school.

The headteacher of this school is Shona Swan.

This school is part of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance Multi-Academy Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Claire Savory, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Helen Morris.

What is it like to attend this school?

This is an inclusive school where pupils are placed at the centre of all decisions.

Strong working relationships between staff and parents and carers ensure pupils come to school safe, happy and ready to learn.

School rou...tines are well established. Playtime on the field is a joyful place for pupils.

Playpals enjoy the responsibility of organising games and playing with the younger pupils. A wide range of enrichment opportunities are available for pupils to participate in during the school day and after school. All pupils are encouraged and supported to take up these opportunities.

Pupils are proud to represent the school at sports events or when participating in residential visits.

Pupils learn how to make informed choices. They know how to create a healthy relationship and how to be physically and mentally healthy.

All pupils say they have someone to talk to if they need help in school. For some pupils, this means the staff who work in The Hive. Pupils learn how to care for others including the school dog, Teddy.

With support and guidance from staff, pupils increasingly rise to the challenge to 'be the best you can be'. Pupils are developing an eagerness to learn. This is particularly evident in pupils' early reading.

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

The school's new curriculum demonstrates its ambition for all pupils, including those with additional needs. The curriculum is carefully sequenced from Reception Year to Year 6, with clear end points for pupils to work towards. Frequent checks on pupils' learning help the school to identify and rectify gaps in pupils' knowledge promptly.

Teachers typically have strong subject knowledge. Learning resources are presented clearly to pupils. In many subjects, staff use assessment information from their checks on pupils' knowledge, skills and vocabulary to plan pupils' future learning.

Leaders are currently supporting staff to ensure assessment information is used effectively in all subjects.

Where the curriculum is taught as intended, the quality of pupils' learning is high. For example, pupils demonstrate a deep understanding of artistic vocabulary and historical context in art and design.

Pupils reflect on the creative process and accurately evaluate the learning in their books. In this subject, pupils possess the required knowledge and skills to learn with increasing independence. However, when pupils do not have a secure knowledge of the subject curriculum, they cannot problem-solve or connect important concepts without adult support.

Pupils' special educational needs and/ or disabilities (SEND) are identified accurately. Appropriate support is put in place swiftly. For example, pupils use individualised resources to help meet their needs.

The school's provision map sets out precisely how the school expects pupils to be supported in their learning. This approach to teaching and learning benefits all pupils, not just those with SEND. Pupils' individual learning targets are now much sharper to ensure pupils make progress in their learning.

Nonetheless, the school recognise that there is work to do to enhance its positive working relationships with parents of pupils with SEND.

Pupils' love of reading is nurtured right from the start. A rich and varied selection of high-quality books is available for pupils to explore in their classrooms and the library.

An effective whole-school approach to the teaching and learning of phonics ensures pupils secure their phonics knowledge successfully. Pupils' reading books match pupils' phonic knowledge precisely. Additional phonics and reading sessions are in place for pupils who need extra help to keep up with the school's high expectations.

Pupils' reading fluency and comprehension are well developed. The carefully chosen texts stretch pupils' vocabulary and experience of the wider world.

The well-being of pupils, parents and staff has a high profile at the school.

Pupils' personal development, including disadvantaged pupils, is supported well. Staff are encouraged by the school and trust to continue their professional development. Staff appreciate leaders' consideration and support for their well-being.

The school works with external professionals to remove barriers to pupils attending school regularly. This work is successful for most pupils.

The school's approach to behaviour support is informed by research and evidence-based classroom practice from across the trust.

The school uses its analysis of behaviour information to create bespoke packages of support for pupils in need of additional help. For example, check-ins with staff from The Hive. Children in Reception are shown how to get along with others.

Children quickly gain the skills needed to make friends and work together successfully. Leaders ensure that any pupils who need extra help to manage their emotions and improve their well-being get the support they need. Pupils are increasingly able to recognise and respond appropriately to their emotions.

The school has a calm and orderly environment.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, pupils do not have a secure knowledge of important curriculum concepts.

This limits pupils' ability to apply their knowledge, problem-solve, make connections and learn independently. The school needs to ensure pupils secure and deepen their knowledge of curriculum content to recall, use, apply and make connections between important concepts with increasing independence.


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

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 good in March 2018.

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