Inspector finds Leigh school is still ‘good’

Bedford High School. Pic: Google Street View
Bedford High School. Pic: Google Street View
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A Leigh school with “very loyal” staff has been praised by education inspectors.

Ofsted carried out a short inspection of Bedford High School and found it had retained the “good” rating achieved in 2013.

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In a letter to headteacher Helen Phillips, inspector Liz Kelly said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“You, ably supported by your well-established senior leadership team and skilled governors, have put in place effective strategies to maintains strengths and improve areas of weakness.”

She described staff as “very loyal” to Mrs Phillips and the school and “committed to ensuring that pupils reach their full potential”.

The care given to vulnerable pupils was highlighted and safeguarding was “effective”.

The school had taken action to ensure activities matched pupils’ needs and that teachers had opportunities to share best practice in engaging pupils in learning.

Work with business partners and careers officers had raised expectations,

according to Ofsted, and 99.3 per cent of pupils moved into sustained education, employment or training - well above the national average.

The most able pupils made progress in the top 20 per cent nationally in 2017 and there was “considerable improvement” in science over the past three years.

But GCSE results showed pupils did not achieve the grades they were capable of in maths, humanities and religious education.

New heads of maths and humanities have been appointed, but more support was needed.

The inspector said too little curriculum time was allocated to religious education , especially for pupils studying three separate sciences.