Bishopshalt School

Name Bishopshalt School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 February 2012
Address Royal Lane, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3RF
Phone Number 01895233909
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1297 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.0
Academy Sponsor Bishopshalt School
Local Authority Hillingdon
Percentage Free School Meals 15.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.8%
Persisitent Absence 10.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Bishopshalt School is larger than average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion who belong to minority ethnic backgrounds is about double the national average and a higher than average proportion speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is lower than average. The school has specialist status in music and the performing arts. It is a popular choice in the local community and is oversubscribed. It meets the current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. A new headteacher was appointed in September 2011.

Key findings

This is a good school where students achieve well. Since the last inspection the proportion of students attaining five or more GCSEs at grade C or higher, including English and mathematics, has increased by 12 percentage points and is now above average. Overall GCSE results are consistently well above the national average. The sixth form is good. By the time students reach the end of A-level courses, their attainment is above national averages at both the overall pass grades and at the higher, A* – B grades. Students make good progress because of teaching that is good and, at times, outstanding. Teachers’ good subject knowledge and a consistent approach to lesson planning make a significant contribution to how well students learn across different subjects and in all year groups, including the sixth form. Some satisfactory teaching remains, however, often when lessons are overly didactic or do not sufficiently address the needs of all students in the group. Behaviour is good both around the school and in lessons. Students are proud of their well-deserved reputation for good behaviour. The overwhelming majority of parents and carers say that their child feels safe at school. Inspection evidence strongly supports this view, with all groups of students saying that they feel safe and have great confidence in the school to deal with any concerns that may arise. Improvements since the last inspection are marked. The new headteacher has brought a fresh impetus and new strategies for improvement, which are having considerable impact. In particular, an uncompromising determination that every student will succeed, already a feature of the school, has been strengthened and underpinned by a rigorous and forensic approach to monitoring and evaluation. Leaders at all levels are appropriately focused on tracking the progress of every student. The school’s evaluation of its own strengths and weaknesses is now detailed, accurate and sharply focused on achievement.