Section 48 Inspection – March 2024

Section 48 Inspection – March 2024

Prior to the Easter holidays Bede Academy received a Section 48 inspection on the 12th and 13th of March when a team of 2 inspectors spent two days looking at the quality of our Christian vision and virtues across our primary and secondary sites.  All schools with a designated religious character are required to organise a section 48 inspection every 5 years, to evaluate their religious education. This is in addition to an Ofsted inspection.  

Now that the official report has been received, we are delighted to be able to share it with you and inform you that Bede Academy, has been judged as “excellent” in all categories.  

Highlights of the report include the praise that the inspection team had for the students that they met in lessons, on the corridors, at breaks and in tutor times and assemblies across both our Primary and Secondary sites. They said that ‘high standard of behaviour and attitudes to learning evident across the academy’ and described the students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning as ‘excellent’ and that ‘mutually respectful relationships are strongly in evidence and the virtues figure large in the positive behaviour seen.’ Inspectors also went on to say that ‘Students are aware of the importance of thinking and acting in considerate and helpful ways. Consequently, this leads to a calm, purposeful and stimulating learning environment.’ We are rightly exceptionally proud of our students and the standards that the vast majority of them who get things right day in day out set. 

The inspectors described Bede Academy as a school community in which ‘its inclusive approach exemplified through its vision, mission and virtues, links with the local community are exceptional and impact positively on the academy’s work, on the attitudes, attainment and progress of students and on the life of various organisations, charities and businesses in Blyth and beyond’.  

The inspectors also praised the high-quality relationships and exemplary pastoral, safeguarding and SEND care, an aspirational approach to learning and teaching and strong character development. Consequently, the academy continues to be a happy and supportive place in which to work and to learn.’ 

We are pleased that the inspectors recognised how our Christian ethos inspires our focus on service and community and how this, along with the ‘exceptional’ personal development programme, supports the character education we strive for among all our students to ensure they achieve to their full potential, both personally and academically. 

As ever there are areas to continue to develop. The inspectors have identified further work to do. Namely to: 

  • Review PSHE ‘ensuring that it is specifically linked with the academy’s vision, mission and values and mapping the statutory elements of PHSE and RSE more clearly’ across the Primary phase. 
  • Develop strategies in PTE lessons to ‘support greater reflection and deeper discussion across the curriculum, especially at Key Stage 3’

May we take this opportunity to thank you as parents and carers for your ongoing encouragement and support that you give to your children each day. At Bede Academy we will continue to do all we can to work with you and support the students that are in our care to achieve the very best that they can. It is a privilege to work as part of the community here in Blyth. 

Yours sincerely,

Nicki White (Principal: Primary) & Andrew Thelwell (Principal: Secondary)

The full report is available by clicking the button below.

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