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Bishop’s Maintains Benchmark

by Michael Ford last modified 20 Jul, 2017 11:39 AM

Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury, has maintained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

SIAMS* Inspector Jo Fageant notes, “The long established relationship with the cathedral and traditions which are interwoven with Christian beliefs and practices mean the resulting Christian ethos is rightly perceived to be the essence of the school.

“Reflecting the Christian understanding that everyone is of worth and loved by God, the school has a clear commitment to helping every individual, staff as well as students, to be the best they can be.

“The focus on holistic development, reflecting the Christian notion of life lived to the full, motivates the provision of a rich selection of opportunities that develop the interests, talents and skills of all students.

“Regular worship in the cathedral has a profound and lasting impact on all members of the school community.

“High quality religious studies (RS) is valued both for the academic challenge it offers and the understanding of diversity it enables. It also ensures that students understand the traditional worship they experience as part of school life.”

Headteacher Stuart Smallwood says, “We were very pleased with the outcome of our recent Church Schools’ Inspection which endorsed our work in each of the four inspection areas as outstanding. That’s great as it makes us feel that we are doing the best for our boys, helping them to think, grow and engage with faith-based matters at such a vital point in their lives.

“Just as important is the fact that the inspection report portrays what goes on in school accurately, portraying a Christian community where people matter, where learning matters and where individuals work together to create something really special.”

Ongoing work includes developing a benchmark for policy and practice - anchoring the school’s ethos statement in explicit, inclusive biblical teaching - and formalising the evaluation of the impact of collective worship on both individual pupils and the school community as a whole.

Bishop Wordsworth’s is a selective Church of England academy for boys aged 11-18, situated close to Salisbury Cathedral. Two thirds of the 911 boys on roll come from the Salisbury area, with the remainder coming from other parts of South Wiltshire and West Hampshire.

The majority of students are of White British heritage. Numbers of students with special educational needs, speaking English as an additional language or for whom the school receives additional funding known as ‘pupil premium’, are far below national averages.

The school shares a number of sixth form courses with South Wilts Grammar School.

*Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

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