The Bishops CofE Learning Academy


Name The Bishops CofE Learning Academy
Website http://www.the-bishops.cornwall.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 May 2013
Address Treninnick Hill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2SR
Phone Number 01637876317
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 375 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Academy Sponsor Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 15.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.9%

Information about this school

This is an average size primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families) is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action is lower than the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also lower than the national average. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. Pupils are educated on site. There is a privately run after-school club on the school site. The school is a member of The Newquay Learning Partnership, a group of 13 primary and two secondary schools. The headteacher is chair of the partnership. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are well mannered, try hard in lessons and are polite. Pupils are proud of their school, enjoy learning and feel safe. Teaching is good across the school including some that is outstanding. In the best lessons learning is carefully matched to each pupil’s needs and because of this pupils make rapid progress and achievement is good. The school’s Christian ethos has contributed effectively to an outstanding provision for pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Strong leadership from the headteacher and assistant headteacher has ensured that teachers are rigorously held to account for pupils’ progress. The school’s detailed tracking system helps to identify pupils who are not making good progress. These pupils are given appropriate support. Consequently, pupils’ progress is good. The governing body robustly holds the school to account and has contributed well to ensuring the school has maintained its good overall effectiveness since the previous inspection The school works hard to engage with parents and carers and involve them in their child’s learning. As a result, parents and carers are unreservedly supportive of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a minority of lessons some activities planned for pupils are not challenging enough to ensure that they make better than expected progress. Teachers do not always check pupils’ learning during lessons to ensure that effective progress is being made.