STAFF and pupils of The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School in Chester are celebrating their second successful inspection within a month.
Following the recent Ofsted inspection, which judged the school to be overwhelmingly good, with outstanding features in the sixth form, the school has been inspected again.
This time the inspection focused on the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England high school, and the verdict is the school is ‘outstanding’.
The inspector investigated how well the school meets the needs of all its learners, the impact of worship on the school community, the teaching and achievement in religious education, and the leadership and management of the school. All four areas were judged to be outstanding.
Among many strengths, the inspector’s report paid tribute to the excellent relationships and qualities of behaviour he observed, the pupils’ enjoyment and response to collective worship, the good teaching and outstanding involvement and active learning of pupils’ in religious education and the distinctive, strong Christian vision of the headteacher and leadership team.
“We are delighted the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils alike in developing the Christian ethos at Bishops’ has been recognised,” said headteacher Justin Blakebrough.
“We look forward to building on this success and establishing the school as an outstanding Church of England Science College serving the needs of both the local community and wider church family.”