Bushloe High School converted to become an academy in November 2012. When its predecessor school,
of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted in September 2011, it was judged to be good.
The school is smaller than other schools of its type. The number on roll is declining steadily due to
population changes in the area.
Students join the school in Year 6 and leave at the end of Year 9. Half of the students come from within
the catchment area. 80% join from the three main feeder primary schools within the area.
The school shares a site with Abingdon Academy, which is also a middle deemed secondary school, and
with Guthlaxton College, which caters for students aged 14-19.
A large majority of pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. Over
time, the proportion of students from minority ethnic groups has increased.
The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average at just under
one in five.
The pupil premium provides support for about one fifth of the pupils in the school. This is below the
national average. The pupil-premium funding is additional funding for disadvantaged pupils, including
those who are eligible for free school meals and those children that are looked after by the local authority.
The school meets the government's current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for
pupils' attainment and progress in English and mathematics.
It works closely with the other schools on the site. It is also part of the Thomas Estley Learning Alliance,
both receiving and offering support. The Teaching Alliance provides support for newly qualified teachers and for staff training to be senior leaders. In return, Bushloe High School provides support in areas such
as community cohesion and school leadership.
The school does not use alternative places for the students to learn away from school. It does not enter any students early for GCSE examinations. The two headteachers have part-time roles, for three days a week each. One of the headteachers is a
Local Leader of Education and delivers school improvement support in the city and within the county,
including mentoring new headteachers.
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