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  • Bishop Stopford School
    NN15 6BJ
  • Head: Jill Silverthorne MA
  • T 01536 503503
  • F 01536 503217
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Northamptonshire
  • Pupils: 1,463; sixth formers: 397
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: Monday 1st July 2019 and Tuesday 2nd July 2019
  • 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 Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 27th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Whilst on our tour we listened to a keen discussion in year 7 geography about flooding, had a quick chat to year 10 maths students who were revising for a test, spent time with year 11 artists who were happy to show off their work and popped in to say hello to year 12 biology on our travels. All teachers were welcoming, as were pupils.  All parents, whether of new year 7s or sixth formers, spoke about the school’s reputation for pastoral care and said this reputation was a strong factor for picking the school...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since May 2018, Jill Silverthorne, previously assistant head (curriculum & assessment).

Academic matters

In 2017, 85 per cent got 4-9 in both English and maths at GCSE, with 27 per cent of grades A*-A/9-7. At A level, 30 per cent A*/A, 61 per cent A*-B. Good, consistent results for a non-selective school. All pupils take RE at GCSE, most take one language, very few take two. ‘They have lots of homework but have a strong work ethic instilled in them,’ was one parent’s view. ‘They get results and have high expectations,’ was another. English, maths, PE and sciences set in year 7 or 8, with sciences re-set in year 10. Nine maths sets in later years, so no slipping through the net. Teachers quick to contact parents if problems. ‘My child’s results slipped in maths; the...

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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.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

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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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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