Bishop Luffa School was judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding in November 2008.
The school was judged by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist School team as Outstanding in February 2015.
The school has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2016 performances by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and the top 20% for progress.
The Gold RE Quality Mark was awarded to the school in July 2015 in recognition of its outstanding RE provision and the RE team’s contribution to the wider RE community both locally and nationally. This year just 14 secondary schools nationally were awarded the Gold REQM, and Bishop Luffa is the first Gold award-winner on the South Coast. The REQM celebrates high quality RE that offers pupils authentic experiences and a thought-provoking range of enquiry-based learning styles. It provides them with the chance to explore the big ideas of religion and belief and to think about what matters in their own lives. Good RE supports the development of the whole child.
The School was awarded Artsmark Gold Award in June 2014. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme which enables schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. It is delivered by Trinity College London and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive participation. Achieving Artsmark Gold status demonstrates that Bishop Luffa has a number of very special qualities. It demonstrates that we:
- have an excellent arts and cultural offer
- are forward thinking and open to development
- are committed to investing in our staff and young people
- are committed to listening to our students and providing opportunities for our community
- have an effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural organisations
- value the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum
The Blue Flag Teaching School Alliance was formed in May 2012. Our Alliance draws its allegiance and spirit of collaboration from the twin recognition that we are all responsible for all our young people in our area, and that no single institution can meet all the needs of all of its pupils on its own. Partners in our alliance come from twelve Secondary schools, twelve Primary Schools, three Special Schools and the University of Chichester. All members are committed to improving Teaching and Learning as well as Leadership in all schools across the alliance. We are responsive to meet the needs of local groups of pupils.
The new national network of teaching schools was launched in September 2011. Bishop Luffa School became a National Teaching School in May 2012. As a Teaching School we take a leading role in our area in:
- supporting and assuring Initial Teacher Training
- providing high quality professional development opportunities
- spotting, nurturing and developing talented staff and potential leaders
- supporting schools who have specific identified needs or who face challenging circumstances
- designating and brokering Specialist Leaders of Education
- engaging in research and development
We work with a group of strategic partners who draw together ‘outstanding teachers and leaders’ who are committed to supporting other schools and who have expertise in the areas above. As a Teaching School we also appoint Specialist Leaders of Education who can be deployed in support of other schools. We also work very closely with the University of Chichester.
In October 2016 Bishop Luffa School was awarded the School Games Gold Mark. The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
Bishop Luffa School achieved Healthy Schools status in 2007 with annual accreditation. The National Healthy Schools Award is about the promotion of well-being amongst all the pupils and staff of the school. This means that we are committed to the following:
- An interesting PSHE (personal, social and health programme) that is relevant to our pupils
- The promotion of healthy eating, both in the curriculum and in the food on sale in the school canteen
- The encouragement of physical activity as a means to a helthier, happier life; this is promoted through a range of extra-curricular clubs, as well as in PE lessons
- A caring and rigorous advice and guidance system which aims to boost pupils’ self-esteem, happiness and educational attainment throughout their time with us
Bishop Luffa School is regularly recognised as an Investor in People. The school was reassessed in March 2016 and in recognition of our continued Investment in People we have been re-awarded the Investor in People status. The Investors in People Standard provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their people. Everyone agrees that people are an organisation’s greatest asset, and we all know that for an organisation to succeed everyone has to perform well. To achieve this, people need the right knowledge, skills and motivation to work efficiently. No matter what the size or type of your organisation, the Investors in People Standard is there to help you improve the way you work. You have to meet the same criteria – or ‘indicators’ – as other organisations, but the Standard recognises that you will meet them in your own way. Investors in People recognises that organisations use different means to achieve success through their people. The Standard does not prescribe any one method, but it provides a framework to help you find the most suitable means for achieving success through your people.