Bishopswood School


Name Bishopswood School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 February 2013
Address Grove Road, Reading, RG4 9RH
Phone Number 01189724311
Type Special
Age Range 2-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 68 (71% boys 29% girls)
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 42.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.8%
Persisitent Absence 32.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Bishopswood is a school for pupils with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. About half of pupils have additional special educational needs including autism spectrum disorders, physical impairments and/or speech and language difficulties. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked-after children and those with a parent in the armed forces) is above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is about average but most speak English at home. The school has three different sites, each one based in local mainstream schools. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are based in a primary school about five miles from the other two sites. Pupils in Years 1 to 6 are co-located with a local primary school and those in Years 7 to 11 share a site with a nearby secondary school. The Bishopswood governing body and leadership team manage the three sites. The school provides outreach support to several local schools. The headteacher has been in post just over a year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school All pupils, including those with additional special educational needs, achieve well. Progress in communication, language and literacy, including matching letters and sounds, is good. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress, achieving very well in each area of learning. Good teaching means that most pupils achieve well in their activities. Learning often moves at a good pace and communication aids are used well to give pupils a voice and offer them choices. Parents are rightly pleased with the school. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are safe and secure at school. Pupils benefit from a wide range of learning experiences and many additional activities such as exciting trips into the community and residential experiences that engage them well. Pupils are extremely well cared for. The high quality therapies contribute very well to their health, well-being and learning. Through efficient planning, the governing body makes sure that money is spent well for the benefit of all groups of pupils. Leadership and management are good. The new headteacher has a clear vision and there is a strong focus on improving the performance of staff through high quality training. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Occasionally staff do not make the best use of communication aids. The school does not always make the best use of assessment information about pupils’ achievements to show how well different groups of pupils are doing.