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  • Bishop Luffa School
    Westgate
    Chichester
    West Sussex
    PO19 3HP
  • Head: Austen Hindman
  • T 01243 787741
  • F 01243 531807
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.bishopluffa.org.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 1,439; sixth formers: 273
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 22nd October 2008
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 22nd November 2005
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Excellent results for a non-selective school, but no feeling of being a hothouse. Lessons are lively: there was a buzz of energetic industry, occasionally bordering on boisterous, in classrooms; attentive silence from sixth formers where the teacher was in full flow. If you come to Bishop Luffa, you must respect religion, but it's not their brand of Christianity or damnation: the school does have Muslims and Hindus (they can opt out of communion, but must attend the daily act of worship). However, 'not for you if you are…

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since September 2018, Austen Hindman, previously head of Peacehaven Community School. Degree in English and philosophy from Keele; deputy head at Hove Park before joining Peacehaven.

Academic matters

'Judgement on grades alone is unhelpful,' says the school. But the grades are excellent for a state comprehensive all the same: in 2017, GCSE: 80 per cent of pupils got 9-4 in both English and maths, 34 per cent of grades were 9-7; A level: 59 per cent of grades were A*-B, 29 per cent A*/A. Pupils say there is pressure to do well, but this is from themselves, not the school. 'At the start of the course they do say the grades people got at GCSE last time and you think you'd really like to do that too. I want to get an A to show my...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

A sixteen strong Learning Support team (SENCo, 4 teachers and 9 Learning Support Assistants) provide support (in-class and out), guidance and advice for pupils with additional needs and their teachers. The department's work in the school includes providing opportunities for continuing professional development to extend staff knowledge of particular syndromes and disorders, which underpins good classroom management, differentiation and pupils' learning styles. In addition we ensure all staff are aware of the needs of the pupils in our care through the Inclusion Register, The Learning Support List, Individual Education Plans and case conferences. We encourage parents to contact the department and to meet with us. We are in regular and close contact with many outside agencies. We participate fully in the 14-16 Increased Flexibility courses, part of the 14-19 Curriculum, providing opportunities for KS4 pupils to study at our local college and monitoring their progress there. Overall, the approachability of all the Learning Support team members and the full co-operation of the teaching staff means that pupils with additional needs take a full and active part in school life at Bishop Luffa.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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most years
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