I am delighted to share with you our most recent Ofsted inspection report. As you know, Ofsted carried out a Section 8 inspection on 22-23rd January this year. I am delighted to tell you that, following a thorough two-day inspection, Ofsted confirm that Bishop Justus is a Good school.
During the inspection I was also pleased to receive feedback from inspectors about so much of the outstanding practice that goes on every day within our school setting.
Inspectors praised the school’s ambitious and well delivered curriculum, particularly citing the expert knowledge of teachers and the fantastic support given by our teaching assistant team. They spoke of highly effective and meticulously planned sequences of learning, alongside the extremely positive attitudes of our students here at Bishop Justus; students who showed great maturity and respect throughout the inspection, from the calmness of lesson time to the self-regulating behaviour in and around the school. This demonstrated just how integrated different groups of students are within our community. This confirmed to me as headteacher what we already know, namely that regardless of background or start point, students learn in a safe and happy environment and are particularly well-looked after here. This care for our student body impressed the inspection team and is testimony to the hard work of the staff, underpinned by our Christian ethos.
A number of subject areas experienced a ‘deep dive’, under the new Ofsted framework launched in September which meant subject areas were thoroughly investigated in all aspects of delivery, leaving no stone unturned. For us, History, Drama, English, Mathematics and Science were selected and all performed admirably throughout. Inspectors commented on the strong subject knowledge and expert delivery of our teaching staff, enabling all students to achieve.
Similarly, our 6th form was singled out as continuing to maintain very high standards and provide excellent curriculum and opportunities for our most senior students.
My colleagues and I are grateful of course to our excellent students and parents for their ongoing support and for caring deeply about our school community, particularly those who took the time to respond to the parent view questionnaires across the two days; vital for any school wishing to achieve a positive outcome in any inspection.
I would like to thank all staff at the school for their hard work and commitment and also our colleagues within the Aquinas Trust who support the school day in, day out in many different aspects of our work supporting your children.
I hope, like me, you enjoy reading this report which represents the latest chapter in the life of our school.
Simon Murphy, Headteacher