Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)

An inspection of Blue Coat Church of England Academy was carried out on 24th and 25th January 2023. This is the second ungraded inspection since Ofsted judged the school to be good in September 2014, when the school to judged be GOOD in all aspects  of Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Safety of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils and Sixth Form Provision.

Following the latest inspection Ofsted says “Blue Coat Church of England Academy continues to be a good school”

Ofsted Report

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Parent View

General comments from Ofsted on what makes Blue Coat a GOOD school are listed below:

  • Blue Coat Church of England Academy is an inclusive school where kindness flourishes.
  • The school’s values include wisdom, service, endurance and hope. The school’s culture is rooted in these values.
  • There are positive relationships between staff and pupils. Staff know their pupils well and pupils feel cared for. Staff have high expectations and pupils live up to these.
  • The school environment is calm and purposeful. Behaviour in lessons and at social times is positive.
  • Leaders are committed to all pupils becoming successful and active citizens. The school celebrates diversity and meets the needs of all pupils. Many pupils and staff told inspectors, We are proud to be a part of the Blue Coat family.
  • Leaders have constructed a curriculum which is ambitious and meets the needs of all pupils.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

In June 2023 Blue Coat was inspected by the Anglican and Methodist Schools’ monitoring team (SIAMS) and was judged to be Excellent.  The principal objective of the visit was to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Blue Coat as a Church of England establishment.

“Blue Coat Academy is a beacon of Christian distinctiveness serving its families and local community with humility, energy and integrity. Reviewed, revised and biblically rooted, the Christian vision is deeply embedded and shapes policies, plans, decisions and actions. It empowers the transforming of lives and life chances of all within the academy and extends outwards to the local community. This is possible because the vision and associated values are relevant to the experiences of the academy’s diverse, dignified community. Leaders, including governors, inspire with their determination that no one is limited in their aspirations.  Consequently, they nurture students’ academic, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and adults’ professional expertise and satisfaction. The cycle of self-evaluation is regular, rigorous and perceptive. The principal explains the approach to this, as with everything, as ‘front foot forward as a Church school’. This arises from an appreciation of, and expertise in, Church school education that there is scope to share more widely.”

Siams Report

Please click on the link above for a copy of the full report from SIAMS.