Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy

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About Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy

Name Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Maureen Wilkinson
Address Bishopton Road West, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 0QH
Phone Number 01642704970
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1063
Local Authority Stockton-on-Tees
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of outstanding as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection. However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

The headteacher of this school is Mo Wilkinson. This school is part of the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Mike Shorten, and overseen by a board of directors, chaired by Yvonne Coates.

What is it like to attend this school? <...br/>
Our Lady & St Bede is a school where staff and pupils are happy. Much of pupils' daily experience is underpinned by the religious ethos of the school. Leaders teach pupils about important virtues and reward pupils for demonstrating them.

The school is ambitious for pupils, academically and spiritually. There is a commitment to developing the 'whole child', so pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom. Pupils talk with enthusiasm about the range of the clubs they can attend.

Sports and performing arts clubs are particularly well attended.

In their holistic development lessons, pupils learn important messages that will prepare them for life. They have a strong understanding of diversity and equality.

Pupils also receive high-quality careers information. They learn about the full range of options that are available to them when they leave school, from apprenticeships to higher education. The school supports pupils well to make the right choices for their future.

Pupils learn about bullying and why it is not acceptable. Most pupils feel it is not a problem in their school and agree that teachers would take it seriously. They explain people's right to be respected and valued.

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

The school continues to provide an ambitious and academic curriculum for pupils. Over half of pupils are studying the suite of subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). However, leaders have also prioritised broadening the curriculum so that pupils have a range of options at key stage 4.

Vocational options, such as engineering and health and social care, have been added so that pupils can pursue a range of interests. The school is committed to providing pupils with the ambitious and broad curriculum that will set them up for future success.

In subject areas, leaders have carefully considered what pupils will learn.

The content is logically organised so that pupils can build on what they already know. Learning journey maps help pupils to make connections in their knowledge. The school have prioritised and clearly mapped out key vocabulary.

This focus on vocabulary is beginning to have a notable impact for pupils. The curriculum is securely embedded in some subjects. Other subjects are still in the process of refining their curriculum thinking.

Generally, the curriculum is being delivered effectively in classrooms. Teachers have good subject knowledge. This is evident in their clear explanations which use the key vocabulary that pupils need to know.

Teachers use modelling effectively to demonstrate key concepts. They use questioning well to identify and address any gaps in what pupils know. However, after learning new content, pupils do not get regular opportunities to apply what they have learned independently.

Staff provide effective support in lessons to enable pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to access the curriculum alongside their peers. The enhanced mainstream base is a supportive and nurturing environment where some pupils with SEND receive additional support. It is also a key social space that provides a range of lunchtime activities which pupils value.

The school has fostered a culture of reading. Pupils read daily and the library plays a prominent role in school. Leaders have given all pupils the chance to choose their own book to keep, promoting reading for pleasure.

Pupils behave well around school and at social times. Respectful relationships exist between staff and pupils. In lessons, teachers have high expectations for how pupils will behave.

They apply the behaviour policy consistently. Generally, behaviour in lessons is positive.

The school has placed considerable importance around encouraging positive attendance.

They have strengthened systems to monitor attendance. These systems are in the process of embedding. However, some pupils, particularly pupils with SEND and disadvantaged pupils, do not attend school as regularly as they should.

This is having an impact on the outcomes for some pupils.

Most staff are happy and proud to work here. They outline leaders' attention to staff wellbeing.

Staff feel that leaders are approachable and willing to listen. Most staff feel very well supported by leadership. Trust leaders and governors are closely involved with the life of the school.

They have an accurate understanding of the priorities for the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils do not get sufficient opportunities to independently apply their learning in lessons.

This means that pupils do not regularly get the chance to consolidate what they have learned. The school should ensure that pupils have regular opportunities in lessons to independently apply what they have learned. ? Certain groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, do not attend school as well as they should.

This means they are missing valuable learning time. The school should ensure that their strategies for increasing attendance continue to embed and have an impact for all pupils.


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

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 outstanding in January 2018.

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