Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School's Ofsted rating drops

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THE Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School has seen its Ofsted rating drop from Outstanding to Good.

Inspectors found some teaching at the secondary to be in need of improvement.

After a visit in September, Ofsted has told the school to ensure all lessons have “clear objectives”, and that students have more opportunities for active learning.

GCSE results have improved significantly over the past two years with extra-curricular activities such as sport and music said to be strong.

Inspectors did praise the quality of teaching, which was rated as Good, with a great deal “engaging and stretching” the students. And behaviour was noted as “impeccable” with students reaching lessons on time.

Ofsted, which last visited Bishop’s four years ago, said some teaching, however, could be improved particularly in lessons where students simply sit and listen to what is being said with any questions of them being “mundane and closed”.

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