The Bishop Wand Church of England School

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The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Name The Bishop Wand Church of England School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2013
Address Layton’s Lane, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, TW16 6LT
Phone Number 01932778600
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1006 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.9
Academy Sponsor Diocese Of London
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.6%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Bishop Wand Church of England School is an average-sized secondary school. The school converted to academy status in August 2012, retaining the same name as the predecessor school. When it was last inspected by Ofsted, the predecessor school was judged to be satisfactory. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families, is below average. The great majority of students are of White British heritage, with very few speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is slightly below average. The proportion of those at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is also slightly below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. A very small number of students attend alternative courses at a local further education college for one day a week. The headteacher was appointed in January 2010. Since then there have been significant changes to staffing at all levels.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students achieve well, making good progress in most subjects, in this improving school. Teaching is improving. It is now good, with some that is outstanding. Students commented that teachers, ‘believe in us and what we can achieve. They insist that we focus on our targets’. The sixth form is good. It is expanding in numbers and the range of courses provided to meet increased demand. The headteacher and his senior team provide good leadership and are determined to improve the school further. Governors know the school well. They set challenging targets and monitor the quality and impact of teaching carefully. Students’ behaviour is good in and out of lessons and has greatly improved over time. There is a strong focus on developing spiritual values. Students demonstrate a keen awareness of right and wrong which contributes to an overall atmosphere of harmony and mutual respect. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some lessons are not planned well enough to match the abilities of all students. In these lessons some students do not meet their full potential. The monitoring and development of teaching within subjects are not always of sufficiently high quality to ensure that teaching is outstanding.