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  • Bishop Luffa School
    West Sussex
    PO19 3HP
  • Head: Austen Hindman
  • T 01243 787741
  • F 01243 531807
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in West Sussex
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 1,747; sixth formers: 328 students (187 girls and 141 boys)
  • 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
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th November 2022
  • 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


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.


From West Sussex primaries, at 11, 220 places a year, oversubscribed. The vast majority (165) CofE: prospective parents and offspring need to be regular churchgoers for two continuous years - 'go from year 3 to be sure of it,' suggested one parent. Thirty places to churches of other denominations, 20 local community places (no church required) and five special places offered to those in particular emotional need.

Academic sixth form: pupils need to get at least 6s to enter. Around 140 from Bishop Luffa go on to the sixth form, 20 places for outsiders.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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

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.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

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.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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