News release: Celebrations for Bedminster Dow at first ‘good’ Ofsted

Bedminster Down School has been judged as ‘good’ across all measures by government inspectors, Ofsted.
In the report published today inspectors praise progress, teaching and behaviour in the 779-pupil school. The school has improved in all areas since it was judged to be ‘requires improvement’ in 2012.

As well as being recognised as a ‘good’ school Bedminster Down is celebrating its best ever GCSE exam results in 2014 with half of all students gaining five or more A*-C including English and maths.

Highlights of the report include:

- rapid improvements in teaching and significant progress in English;
- a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities outside the classroom through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, Ten Tors expedition and Young Brunel engineering project;
- good behaviour has contributed to improved achievement;
- excellent relationships between staff and students; and
- improved attendance and reduced exclusions.
The report also noted good transition arrangements from primary school through the Malago Learning Partnership and progress made by students who use an off-site unit, The Lamp, for extra behaviour or emotional support.

Headteacher Gary Schlick said:

“Bedminster Down is a school that staff and students are proud of and this comes across in our latest inspection report. Results are climbing, attendance is up and all students go on to further education, training or employment. Our focus is now on making sure there is consistently outstanding teaching and we continue to narrow the gap for our more disadvantaged students.”

Chair of Governors Rick Palmer said:

“The Ofsted Inspectors saw a significant improvement since our last inspection two years ago. Everyone worked incredibly hard to achieve the best ever results in the school’s history and we are determined to build on this success by continuing to develop the very best environment so our students can reach their full potential.”

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Notes for Editors

1. 1. A full copy of the report is available at www.ofsted.gov.uk
2. Bedminster Down Secondary School is part of the Malago Learning Partnership - a collaboration between nine schools in south Bristol that strives to raise attainment and improve the life chances for all local children. The sharing includes the buying of outside services, professional development for staff, school improvement and joint events.
3. All schools in the partnership now have either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings.
4. The schools in the partnership are Bedminster Down School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Headley Park Primary, Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy, Knowle DGE special school, Parson Street Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary and Victoria Park Primary School. Between them they employ more than 500 staff (including support staff) and educate approximately 4,000 children and young people.

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