|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||23 September 2014|
|Address||Westerleigh Road, Downend, Bristol, BS16 6XA|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||1112 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.7|
|Academy Sponsor||Castle School Education Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||7.4%|
Information about this school
Downend School is a larger-than-average sized secondary school with a sixth form. It converted to become an academy school on 1 March 2013. When its predecessor school of the same name was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be satisfactory. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is low. The school has not yet established education, health and care plans. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for those in care and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is lower than average. The students come from predominantly White British backgrounds. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is lower than average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is also below average. Some are recent arrivals in this country. The school provides part of the education for a very few of its students at KTS Training, City of Bristol College, The Junction (South Gloucestershire Educated Other Than At School Service) and Broad Plain Boys’ Club, Bristol. The school receives support from The Castle School Education Trust and South Gloucestershire Council. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 4. It also meets the interim minimum standards for sixth form students.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The inspirational headteacher has developed an aspirational culture throughout the school. Consequently, teachers diligently ensure that students achieve well. Teaching and behaviour have improved and students are making better progress. Students, including those who are disabled or who have special educational needs and those who receive the pupil premium, make good progress. Teachers have high expectations, plan lessons carefully and use resources effectively. Students’ attitudes to learning are good and they conduct themselves well around the school. The school has good procedures to keep students safe. Students know about risk, including when they are online. Governors have worked hard to ensure that the school continues to improve. As a result, students make better progress and standards have risen. The social, moral, spiritual and cultural provision for students’ development is good. Students are well prepared to take their place in modern British society. The sixth form is good. Students make good progress. Many go on to university. All leavers are either in education, employment or training. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teachers do not consistently use information about students’ progress and attainment to set work that is at the right level, especially for the most able.