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'Good' news from Bedminster Down School

The Bristol-based secondary has retained its 'good' rating following an April inspection by Ofsted

Posted by Julian Owen | May 01, 2018 | School life

Following their visit to the 950-pupil Bedminster Down School in April, Ofsted inspectors have rated the facility as 'good', and praised new initiatives such as ‘assess, plan, teach’ and ‘ready to learn’, introduced since their last visit in November 2014. 

Highlights from the report include:

 - Pupils show positive attitudes to their learning and are making good progress

 - Teachers are accurate in their assessment of what pupils know, understand and can do, and pupils are clear on how to improve further

 - Both pupils and staff report that the school is calm and orderly

 - Teachers and school staff go beyond their duties to help families who need extra support

 - New student progress supporters guide and challenge disadvantaged pupils to “think more deeply”

 - Boys are catching up with girls in academic achievements

 - Support at ‘The Lamp’ for students who are at risk of exclusion is particularly effective

Headteacher, Gary Schlick, said: “In this report Ofsted have recognised that Bedminster Down School is willing to try new ideas to continually improve teaching and learning for our local community. 

“We have clearly maintained the good quality educational experience for our pupils and I’d like to thank our teachers, governors and local families for supporting the school. It’s our job now to continue to improve outcomes even further.”

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