Bishopsford improving

Bishopsford Community School’s latest Ofsted report shows it is making steady improvements under the strong leadership of head teacher, Andrew Barker.

In 2006, the school was given a notice to improve but the new report has found that Bishopsford has dealt effectively with most of the issues identified by the previous inspection.

The report states that the curriculum is broader, more interesting and both teaching and learning are improving. It also commends the initiatives chosen by the head teacher that are beginning to bear fruit in a range of areas.

GSCE results were at their highest level ever at Bishopsford in 2007, although they are still below the national average. The review shows further room for improvement is needed to address achievement levels, particularly at Key Stage 4 and the school remains on notice to improve.

The school’s key aims over the next year are:

· Continue to raise standards throughout the school in teaching and learning.
· Continue to improve behaviour towards excellence.
· Continue to support young people in gaining good GCSE results.
· Raise standards through rigorous revision programmes including Saturday school.
· Continue to build on the curriculum through the appointment of a new Deputy Head at Easter who will support the school in raising performance at key stage 4.

Andrew Barker, Headteacher of Bishopsford Community School said:
‘My commitment to my students and their parents to drive the school forward to become a centre of excellence is as strong as when I took up the Headship of Bishopsford last year. We are most certainly moving forward and with their support will continue to do so.’

Councillor Oonagh Moulton, Cabinet Member for School Standards and Youth Engagement, said:

‘I am pleased to hear that Ofsted has commended work at Bishopsford School. Merton Council recognises that there is much to be done to bring about further improvements and is fully committed to working closely with the school to achieve a better outcome for local children and young people.’