Bishop Stopford's School
Enfield, United Kingdom
About Bishop Stopford's School
Bishop Stopford’s School was founded in 1967, when comprehensive education was introduced into Enfield, to provide a Church of England secondary school education for children from the Edmonton area of the Diocese of London. The new School opened in buildings that had previously been used by Suffolk’s Secondary Modern School.
The School quickly built up an enviable reputation for good education, in a disciplined and sensitive pastoral system, based upon Houses. Since its earliest years, the School has been significantly oversubscribed and continues to be a popular choice with parents. The School has grown in size with new buildings and improved facilities. Much of this growth has been funded with support of the parents and friends of the School.
The core of the school building dates from the mid-1930s, but there have been several major additions. These included the gymnasium (1978), the Orchard Wing (1986), the Jubilee Wing, which houses the Science department (1995), the Sports Hall (2003), a new School Entrance and Administrative block (July 2008), the English and Technology block (September 2008) and a dynamic new post-16 Learning Centre (June 2009). The School Hall has recently been decorated and refurbished with significant funding from the Greig Charitable Foundation. A multi-purpose Dining Hall will be opened during the Autumn term 2009. The London Borough of Enfield is in the National number two position for future prioritization in Building Schools for the Future; Bishop Stopford’s School will be in the second group of projects.
Bishop Stopford’s School is partly characterized by its traditions, many of which are in evidence on formal occasions and its House system. The 2008 Ofsted report recognized the good support provided to students. Relationships between governors, staff, students and parents are positive and supportive and a particular strength of the School.
The School became a Specialist School for Mathematics and Computing in September 2004 and has successfully been redesignated until 2011. The funding has been used to enhance facilities and staffing in ICT and mathematics.
Over the past six years, achievements at the School have been rising. The School was recognized as 35th in the national 100 Most Improved Schools in 2006. There was a fall in 2008, which had been predicted from the prior performance of students in that cohort. However, although achievements have been good, the Governors and staff recognize that there need to be improvements in student progress at all Key Stages. This is a priority in the current School Development Plan and the School is part of the PiXL and Gaining Ground initiatives. The Governors are keen to see levels of performance at KS3, 4 and 5 improve.
The Governors play a significant part in the leadership of the School. Governors include parents, representatives of the Church of England and of the local community, staff and those appointed by the LA. The role of the Governors means that they are increasingly involved in strategic planning, monitoring the work of the school and acting as critical friends. The Governors visit the School regularly and take an interest in a wide range of activities, including lessons.
The School admits 186 students into year 7 each year. The Admissions criteria explicitly prioritize children who are active members of the Church of England. The School is oversubscribed - there were over 600 applications for admission to year 7 in September 2009.
RE and Collective Worship
As a Church School we base all our work on Christian principles. While recognizing that not all of our staff or students follow the Christian faith, we ask that all will respect the Christian ethos of the School. We respect others’ beliefs and promote the understanding of other faith traditions. By so doing, we seek to encourage respect and tolerance of diversity. The School’s work in this area was recognized as Good by the Section 48 Inspection in 2008. We employ a part-time Chaplain. All interviewees for the Deputy Headship will be asked how they can support and contribute to the School’s ethos.
The Senior Leadership team currently comprises:
The Headteacher, two Deputy Heads, and eight Assistant Heads. The Leader of the current building programme also serves on the Senior Leadership Team while the Bursar is invited to attend meetings at which significant financial decisions are made.
For further information, please consult the school website: www.bishopstopfords.enfield.sch.uk