Bushey Meads School

Name Bushey Meads School
Website http://www.busheymeads.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 February 2012
Address Coldharbour Lane, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 4PA
Phone Number 02089503000
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1223 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Academy Sponsor Bushey St James Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 5.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.6%

Information about the school

Bushey Meads became an academy on the 1 February 2012 and is part of the Bushey Meads St James Academy Trust, which includes a partner primary school. The academy is larger than the average secondary school. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is in line with the national average, although rising rapidly. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average and so is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is above average. The academy hosts a unit designated for integrating students with physical and neurological impairments. Academic outcomes have been significantly above the government’s minimum floor standards for secondary schools since the last inspection in 2007.

Key findings

This is a good school that has made considerable progress in recent years. Standards at age 16 are above average overall and the proportion of students securing five higher grade passes including English and mathematics was significantly above average in 2009-2011. Groups of students, including disabled students and those with special educational needs, are also making better progress than similar groups of students nationally. In order to meet the governing body’s and senior leaders’ ambition to be an outstanding school, further improvements are required in teaching and achievement to meet the grade criteria for ‘outstanding’ in the 2012 inspection framework because : variations in academic outcomes and students’ rates of progress remain between subjects and groups of students. Sixth-form provision is good. Standards at A level are broadly in line with or above the national average. Students are making better progress than all students nationally, given their starting points. Teaching is good; more than seven out of ten lessons were found to be good or better, a figure that matches the headteacher’s most recent analysis of the quality of teaching. However, inspectors judged nearly a quarter of teaching to be satisfactory and observed two inadequate lessons. The students’ behaviour and safety is outstanding. The school provides a calm and friendly environment and the students demonstrate their maturity on a consistent basis. Attendance is above average and the students’ attitudes to learning are very positive. The integration of the students with physical and neurological impairments into the main school is exemplary. Leadership and management are good; the improvements secured in behaviour and safety, the quality of provision and leadership in the specialist unit for students with physical and neurological impairments, and the consistent pattern of improvements secured in the last four years have been a significant achievement. The school’s capacity to improve is good.