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Bedminster Down School Closed - academy converter May 31, 2012

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Bedminster Down School
Donald Road
Bedminster Down

phone: 0117 *** ***

headteacher: Mr M Frank

school holidays: via Bristol council

Secondary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Close date
May 31, 2012
Reason closed
Academy Converter
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 356952, Northing: 169373
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.422, Longitude: -2.6205
Accepting pupils
11—16 years old
Ofsted last inspection
Sept. 16, 2009
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › Bristol South › Bishopsworth
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Main specialism
Technology (Operational)
Private Finance Initiative
Part of PFI
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Learning provider ref #

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Schools nearby

  1. Bedminster Down School BS137DQ (765 pupils)
  2. 0.2 miles Bedminster Down Junior School BS137EN
  3. 0.2 miles Bedminster Down Infant School BS137EN
  4. 0.3 miles Cheddar Grove Primary School BS137EN (450 pupils)
  5. 0.3 miles St Peter's Church of England Primary School (VC) BS138EF (420 pupils)
  6. 0.4 miles Highridge Infant School BS138EF
  7. 0.4 miles Bishopsworth CofE VC Junior School BS138EF
  8. 0.5 miles Headley Park Primary School BS137QB (427 pupils)
  9. 0.8 miles St Pius X RC Primary School BS139AB (155 pupils)
  10. 0.8 miles Withywood Community School BS139BL
  11. 0.8 miles Merchants' Academy BS139AJ (1032 pupils)
  12. 0.8 miles St Pius X RC Primary School BS139AB
  13. 0.9 miles Ashton Vale Primary School BS32QG (201 pupils)
  14. 0.9 miles Novers Lane Junior School BS41QW
  15. 0.9 miles Novers Lane Infant School BS41QW
  16. 0.9 miles Gay Elms Primary School BS139AX
  17. 0.9 miles Greenfield Primary School BS41QW
  18. 0.9 miles Greenfield E-Act Primary Academy BS41QW (363 pupils)
  19. 1 mile Parson Street Primary School BS35NR
  20. 1 mile Four Acres Primary School BS138RB (280 pupils)
  21. 1 mile Courtlands Special School BS41RA
  22. 1 mile Courtlands Special School BS41RA
  23. 1 mile Parson Street Primary School BS35NR (499 pupils)
  24. 1.1 mile Luckwell Primary School BS33ET (220 pupils)

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27 January 2011
Mr G Schlick
Bedminster Down School
Donald Road
Bedminster Down
BS13 7QD
Dear Mr Schlick

Ofsted monitoring of Grade 3 schools: monitoring inspection of
Bedminster Down School

Thank you for the help which you and your staff gave when I inspected your school

on 26 January 2011


for the time you gave to our phone discussions and for the

information which you provided before and during the inspection. Please pass on my
particular thanks to the students and the members of the governing body who gave
up their time to meet with my colleague and myself; their contributions were most
The present headteacher took up his post in September 2010.
As a result of the inspection on 16–17 September 2009, the school was asked to
address the most important areas for improvement which are set out in the annex to
this letter.
Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time the school
has made satisfactory progress in making improvements and satisfactory progress in
demonstrating a better capacity for sustained improvement.

Students’ achievement is currently satisfactory. Attainment continues to be low but is

improving rapidly. In the 2010 examinations, there was a marked increase in the
proportion of students who gained five A*-C grades, including English and
mathematics, the key measure for National Challenge schools such as Bedminster
Down. There were improvements compared with the previous year, too, in a number
of subjects, including English, mathematics, business studies and French. Scrutiny of

students’ work and of the assessment information provided by the school clearly

indicates that rates of progress of all groups of students, while remaining
satisfactory, are accelerating securely and quickly. Students’ progress in

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mathematics remains slower than in English but the gap is narrowing gradually over
Since taking up his appointment, the headteacher has led a successful focus on
improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school. The proportion of
good or better teaching seen in lessons is improving at a steady rate, although there
are still relatively few lessons where teaching and learning are exceptional; no
outstanding lessons were seen during the inspection. The most effective teaching is
typically well-planned and, in most cases, there is an appropriate match between the

tasks set and pupils’ capabilities and interests. Since the previous inspection, there

has been an increase in the number of opportunities students have to work with
their peers in collaborative tasks and to undertake extended writing across the
curriculum. However, in the lessons seen during the inspection, many students still
relied too heavily on the teacher and they were not challenged enough to reflect

upon and articulate what they had learned, especially at the ends of lessons.

Students receive helpful guidance through the marking of their work, especially in
English, and they are generally clear about what they need to do to improve.
Progress in improving rates of attendance since the previous inspection has been
slow. However, there are indications that the comprehensive range of procedures
which the school has implemented and applied with vigour are beginning to show
early signs of impact. For example, attendance in Year 11 in 2009/10 was at its
highest for five years, and Year 7 attendance this year is well up on the comparable
period in 2009/10. There remains a stubbornly intractable group of persistent
absentees, but, again, the proportion of such students has reduced slightly in two
year groups in the present academic year. The school has ambitious and well-
focused plans to develop the curriculum in both key stages as a medium-to-long-
term strategy to secure improved attendance and achievement in the future. It has
also identified a need to raise the aspirations of students and parents/carers and has
embarked upon a range of measures to achieve this, including the Aim Higher
initiative, to encourage more students to work towards higher education.

The school’s specialist technology status continues to make a distinct and useful

contribution to the school. Extensive information and communication technology
facilities are well used in a range of subjects and have supported the improving
trend in the quality of teaching and learning. Attainment and rates of progress in
technology subjects and in science are broadly in line with national standards and
are consistently among the highest in the school.
Evidence from the inspection indicates that the local authority generally provides
effective and well-received support to school leaders and the governing body,
especially with regard to financial matters and the training provided for subject

leaders to improve the school’s capacity for sustained improvement. The impact of

local authority support to improve attendance is less apparent.

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I hope that you have found the inspection helpful in promoting improvement in your
school. This letter will be posted on the Ofsted website.
Yours sincerely
Ken Bush

Additional inspector

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The areas for improvement identified during the inspection which took

place in September 2009

  • Raise attainment further by ensuring that learning and progress are
    consistently good across a wide range of subjects.
  • In order to ensure that students’ learning and progress improve from
    satisfactory to good, the school should improve the quality of teaching so that
    learning and progress are good or better in 75% of lessons by July 2010 by:
    providing more opportunities for students to undertake extended guided
    discussion and extended written work enabling students to take more
    responsibility for their own learning so that they are less reliant on continuous
    direction from the teacher to make progress enabling teachers to develop and
    apply the skills needed to increase the proportion of teaching which is
  • To ensure that attendance moves from being low to broadly average, the
    school should raise attendance to at least 92.3% by July 2010 by: further
    reducing the percentage of students who are persistently absent through the
    consistent and sustained application of strategies proven to improve
    attendance tackling key groups of poor attenders.

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