Bishop Road Primary School


Name Bishop Road Primary School
Website http://www.bishoproad.bristol.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 May 2011
Address Bishop Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8LS
Phone Number 01179030483
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 817 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.5
Local Authority Bristol City of
Percentage Free School Meals 3.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.1%

Information about the school

Bishop Road is much larger than the average primary school. About 80% of the pupils are of White British origin and the remainder come from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is smaller than average, as is the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for a free school meal. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the proportion who have a statement of special educational needs are also smaller than average. Most of the pupils live in the immediate locality. The school has achieved recognition for its work in several areas, including information and communication technology and international links, and has Healthy School status. There is a breakfast club and after-school club; as they are not managed by the governing body, they were not included in this inspection but will be inspected separately.

Main findings

Bishop Road provides its pupils with an excellent all-round education. From the time they start in the Nursery until they leave at the end of Year 6, teachers and support staff take every opportunity to ensure that all pupils do as well as they can in both their learning and their personal development, which is excellent. The result is that attainment is high and pupils are confident, eager learners; outcomes for pupils are consistently outstanding. All groups of pupils, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, those who are learning English as an additional language and those who are known to be eligible for free school meals, make excellent progress. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. There are four main factors that contribute to the excellent outcomes for pupils. First, meticulous attention is paid to assessing and tracking the learning and progress of different groups and individuals. This action is taken not only to make sure that no-one falls behind, but also to take steps to fulfil the expectation that every pupil will reach or exceed the levels expected for their age. Second, the quality of teaching is outstanding. Inspectors observed much teaching that was imaginative, inspiring and assured. The impact of teaching of such high quality shows in the fact that the progress made by pupils at Bishop Road places it in the top 5% of schools across the country. Third, the pupils’ excellent behaviour, positive attitudes and desire to do well make a strong contribution to their learning. Finally, pupils thoroughly enjoy the innovative curriculum, which includes a wide range of activities and experiences that link subjects very well and bring meaning and relevance to what is studied. The school’s systems for safeguarding pupils are first rate and the care, guidance and support for pupils are exemplary. Case studies illustrate clearly how staff harness appropriate support from a wide range of external partners and use their own resources to help pupils and their families manage difficult times in their lives. Similarly, support for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and for those pupils in the early stages of learning English as an additional language is excellent. Staff work in close productive partnership with parents and carers to meet these pupils’ individual needs. Very strong leadership at all levels underpins the school’s success. Effective teamwork is embedded and staff and members of the governing body share a clear understanding of how well the school is doing, what it is aiming for and the part they play in striving to get there. The school’s approach to the promotion of community cohesion and equality of opportunity is exemplary. All staff who completed the questionnaire said that they were proud to work at Bishop Road. Responses to the questionnaire for parents and carers show that the very large majority are happy with their children’s experience at school. However, they also show that a small minority of parents and carers feel that insufficient account is taken of their suggestions and concerns. The school has not always been successful in conveying to all parents and carers the reasons behind some of the changes that have been made, or the reasons why their suggestions and ideas for how they would like to be involved in their children’s educational experience have not always been followed up. The school has consolidated and built upon the many strengths highlighted at the last inspection. For example, provision and outcomes in the Early Years Foundation Stage have improved and its overall effectiveness is now outstanding. Rates of attendance have risen and are high. Leaders, staff and the governing body know the school’s strengths and where efforts should be targeted to move the school forward another notch. The capacity for sustained improvement is excellent.