Bedminster Down School is a Good school where students feel safe and focus on their learning.

That’s the finding of Ofsted inspectors who visited the secondary school in November and decided it should retain the Good rating it has held since 2014.

They noted that the school has “high expectations for behaviour” in lessons, which students “understand and follow”.

The curriculum was praised for being well-structured, helping students remember their learning and developing the reading skills of learners.

Extra-curricular provision, including sport, arts and wellbeing clubs, was highlighted. “The school plans for pupils to have experiences they may not otherwise have. For example, all pupils camp on Dartmoor during their time at the school,” the report said.

Personal, social and health education was described as appropriate and timely to meet pupils’ needs. “The school enhances the curriculum to make it relevant to pupils. Pupils learn how to keep safe and behave safely, both online and in the wider community.”

Careers education, including a wide variety of speakers, work experience and university visits was also praised.

Support for students with special educational needs and disabilities and those who need alternative provision was said to be carefully tailored to meet their needs.

The inspectors recognised the support and resource provided to the school by Futura   Learning Partnership and noted that “governors have the detail they need to ask challenging and pertinent questions.”

Headteacher Louise Davies said: “I’m delighted for the school community that Ofsted recognises the very many good things about Bedminster Down School.  After the instability of the Covid years, we’re in a much more stable place to focus on the things that matter.  We’re proud of all the progress we’ve made and will continue to make.  I’d like to thank staff, governors, students and parents for all their hard work and support.”