Maths lesson outside at Bedelsford

Ofsted says we continue to be Outstanding

By Fiona Wilkins - July 10th, 2024 | Posted in Article

We are delighted to announce that Bedelsford School continues to be Outstanding following an Ofsted inspection which took place on 6&7th June this year.

Principal Emmet Murphy said, “I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our pupils, families, staff, and the wider professional network who support our pupils for their hard work and togetherness which has helped to mould an incredible school of which we are all so proud. Rightly, the Inspectors recognised the contribution of everyone involved in ensuring we maintain an unwavering commitment to the very highest standards of education, care and support for pupils at Bedelsford: this is something I have myself seen first-hand since I joined the school in September, and I am delighted to see it reflected in the report.”

Here are some of the highlights from the report:

  • This is a school where pupils’ every achievement is celebrated and where pupils are proud of themselves and one another’s successes.
  • Every pupil learns the skills they need to participate in learning, develops their independence and contributes to the wider community.
  • Staff build strong and impactful working relationships with pupils. They get to know them exceptionally well. Staff understand subtleties expressed in pupils’ behaviour and communication. This helps staff to ensure that pupils feel safe and happy.
  • The school is aspirational, and the curriculum is ambitious for all pupils.
  • The school carefully balances academic achievement with crucial independence, and personal and social skills.
  • The school is determined to enable all pupils to communicate. They ensure pupils have the necessary means needed to be able to do so.
  • The school prioritises reading and every pupil is considered a reader. There is a sharp focus on supporting early readers to become fluent.
  • The school provides many experiences to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. This includes performing at local musical events or performing a reimagined version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at a local theatre.
  • Physical development is core to the curriculum. Physical movement is integrated thoughtfully and appropriately into the school day, and includes learning to navigate staircases, standing, or frame running.
  • The curriculum in the sixth form focusses on preparing students for adulthood. Students are taught the important life, work, functional and relationship skills. Students have regular opportunities to practice what they have learned, for example through work experience at a farm or in local cafes, shared performances, visits into the community and overnight stays on the Isle of Wight.
  • The school encourages pupils to take on different roles and responsibilities. Pupils can choose to become members of the school council, sports leaders and ambassadors who guide and support the younger pupils.
  • The school fosters strong relationships with parents and carers. Leaders communicate with them regularly and many parents said they appreciate this.

The school is delighted to have received this positive feedback from Ofsted but it’s ethos of ‘better never stops’ continues. Leaders and staff are committed to strive for continual improvement and doing the best for all pupils, their families, and staff.

Use the link below to read the full report

Bedelsford School Ofsted Inspection report June 2024