Bishop Fox’s School

Name Bishop Fox’s School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 April 2013
Address Bishop Fox Drive, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3HQ
Phone Number 01823289211
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 953 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor Bishop Fox's School
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 11.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.2%
Persisitent Absence 18.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Bishop Fox’s is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. Most students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students with special educational needs who are supported through school action is well above average, whilst those who are supported through school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs is below average. The number of students whose first language is believed not to be English is above average and has increased over the past three years. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is broadly average. This is additional government funding for children looked after by the local authority, students known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families. At this school, the pupil premium applies to students who are eligible for free school meals. A small proportion of students receive some of their education at local colleges. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ progress and attainment by the end of Key Stage 4. The school became an academy on 1 July 2011. The predecessor school, Bishop Fox’s Community School, was judged to be good when it was last inspected in July 2010.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students make good progress throughout the school because teaching is good. Teachers ask thought-provoking questions and allow students time to think and then discuss their ideas. Students behave well and feel very safe. There is a positive, calm atmosphere around the school and students work well together. Students say there is very little bullying and that any which occurs is dealt with well. Checks made by school leaders and support given have led to an improvement in the quality of teaching. Leaders provide good quality training to improve teaching. Leaders at all levels, including the governing body, are ambitious and have high expectations of students. They work together well to raise standards and to improve students’ rates of progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ marking does not always tell students how to improve their work. The proportion of students achieving A and A* grades at GCSE is below the national average. In some lessons, the work is not challenging enough to make sure the most able students achieve their very best. Teachers do not always have the most up-to-date information on the needs of students with special educational needs to be able to provide consistently well for them.