Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy


Name Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy
Website http://ourladyandstbede.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 January 2018
Address Bishopton Road West, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS19 0QH
Phone Number 01642704970
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 881 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Academy Sponsor Carmel Education Trust
Local Authority Stockton-on-Tees
Percentage Free School Meals 17.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5%

Information about this school

The school is a smaller than average 11 to 16 secondary school. Since the school converted to an academy in 2015, there have been significant changes in staffing including new senior and middle leaders and many new teachers. The school is part of Carmel Education Trust. The board of directors is the legal governing body within the trust. The school operates an interim advisory board. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN is above the national average. The vast majority of pupils are from White British families. The proportion of pupils from ethnic minority groups is below the national average. The school’s deprivation indicator is above the national average. In 2016, the school met the government’s floor standards, which are the minimum performance expectations for secondary schools. Provisional outcomes for 2017 indicate that the school will meet the government floor standards. A very small number of pupils attend alternative educational provision at the Daisy Chain Project and Stockton Learning Centre.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders and governors are unwavering in their pursuit of excellence. Since joining the Carmel Education Trust the school has improved markedly. Following a turbulent period, staffing is now stable. Staff morale is high. Staff set high expectations of what pupils can do and achieve. The school’s core values of ‘integrity, hard work and compassion’ permeate all aspects of school life. The high quality of teaching and learning across the vast majority of subjects is underpinned by a relentless focus on getting the basics right. Provisional outcomes for 2017 indicate that pupils’ progress across their GCSE subjects is in the top 7% of schools nationally. Disadvantaged pupils’ progress is significantly higher than other pupils nationally. Pupils are polite and courteous. The vast majority of pupils are resilient, well-motivated and are determined to succeed. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school. As a result, pupils show respect for different cultures and are prepared well for life in modern Britain. High-quality and impartial careers guidance ensures that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment or training. Consequently, in 2017, all pupils went onto further education or training. Trustees and governors have been instrumental in working with the head of school, and staff, to improve the school rapidly. Trustees and governors hold leaders to account effectively to ensure that high standards are the norm. Pupils’ progress in science is not as strong as it is in other core subjects. Attendance has improved this school year, and is now broadly in line with the national average. However, leaders recognise this needs to be strengthened further, particularly for disadvantaged pupils.