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  • Bishop Luffa School
    West Sussex
    PO19 3HP
  • Head: Mr Nick Taunt
  • T 01243 787741
  • F 01243 531807
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • 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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Since 2000, Mr Nick Taunt. Read English at Exeter College, Oxford, head of English and the arts at Harwich School, then deputy head of Hedingham School. Married with three children, two of whom went to Bishop Luffa. Eloquent - uses language with lawyer-like precision. 'He's not scary and very calm,' said one pupil. Much approved of by parents - 'he's running a Rolls Royce School on an Austin Maxi budget,' said one in admiration. Most frustrated by lack of time: on a tour of the school, it was like trying to keep up with a sprightly white rabbit in a rather shabby wonderland.

Relishes the power to set the direction for a large school but does not sit in grand isolation: sometimes sits in on lessons and teaches the extended project...

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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

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