|Name||Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||08 October 2014|
|Address||Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 2NH|
|Number of Pupils||1164 (89% boys 11% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.5|
|Academy Sponsor||Bishop Vesey's Grammar School|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||15.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||3.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School converted to become an academy on 1 April 2012. It is a stand-alone academy. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. This selective school is an average-sized secondary school. In Years 7 to 11 it is an all-boys school, with girls joining in the sixth form. The sixth form offers academic courses only. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is above the national average, with the largest groups being of Indian and Pakistani heritage. The proportion speaking English as an additional language is also above average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of students supported through the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for students in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is low compared with the national average. No students attend any off-site alternative provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school has experienced some disruption to staffing in the English department over the past two years in part as a result of illness. The head of English took up her post in September 2013. The school promotes mental health through the ‘Time to Change’ campaign.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. This is a high performing school where students make rapid progress and reach exceptionally high standards. Teaching is of a consistently high quality. Many teachers communicate a passion for their subject, inspiring their students to want to learn more. Teachers place a strong focus on ensuring that students know how to improve and what they need to do attain the highest grades. The sixth form is outstanding. Standards are consistently amongst the highest in the country. Sixth form students are provided with a wealth of opportunities that enable them to excel, not only academically but also in sport, the arts and in the development of leadership skills. They are outstanding role models for younger students. Students’ behaviour around school and in lessons is outstanding. Boys show great enthusiasm for their studies and an eagerness to do well. They are polite, mature and articulate, showing respect for adults and each other. They value the school’s diverse and harmonious community. The school keeps its students safe and ensures that students have the information they need to keep themselves safe. It is a pioneer in developing students’ understanding of mental health issues. The broad curriculum is very flexible to match students’ interests. It includes a strong focus on building the learning habits that will enable students to develop resilience and the skills to manage their own learning. An exceptionally wide variety of enrichment activities are available, enabling students to pursue their talents and interests to the highest level. The headteacher is very well supported by the senior team and by the governing body. He leads by example, communicating his high expectations of the performance of staff and students. Teachers support each other and display a great desire to constantly improve their own performance. Senior leaders, including governors, are focused on ensuring that the school provides an atmosphere in which students can thrive and develop the personal skills they need to prepare them for their future success and as citizens of modern Britain.