Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy
|Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy|
Fortiter et fideliter (Bravely and faithfully)
|Type||High School, Academy|
|Age||11 to 16|
About the school
Bishop Rawstorne was founded in the early 1960s. Pupils are drawn from a wide area, and the school is over-subscribed every year. The school was awarded a DfES Teacher Training rating in late 2000 by the then Secretary of State for Education, David Blunkett MP. The school caters to ages 11 to 16, ranging from year 7 to 11. After the final year, students can pursue further education or get a modern apprenticeship or employment. In January 2008 there were 933 pupils.
The school is a small campus containing a main block (which includes the main hall, cafeteria, maths, IT, foreign languages and humanities departments), a science block, technology block, administrative block (music, RE, geography and learning support) and English block. A recent extension of the music department (opened by Paul McKenna, captain of Preston North End FC) allowed the opening of a music school and a new road was constructed to ease congestion.
According to a 2007 OFSTED report, the school's' performance was rated as outstanding. In 2008 the school had 29% A* to A grades earning a rank of 35, down on the previous year of 34% with a rank of 11. However, 2009 saw an increase to 42.5% A*/A grades, improving rank to 8. Scores are usually above average in the country and in local league tables. The school has increasingly high GCSE grades, where in 2007 the school attained 84% A*-C grades, compared to 58% in 2001, making it within the top 10% of UK schools. The school's performance continued upwards and by 2010, it attained 90.1% A*-C grades (85% A*-C inc. English & Maths).
The school, which is in the Diocese of Blackburn, has a strong Church of England religious emphasis. In 2007 the school was rated highly in a denominational report. The school has a chaplaincy team made up of priests from the Church of England. It is a Christian school with Christian values.
National Teaching School Status
In March 2012 the Academy was selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards both regionally and nationally in recognition of its outstanding performance in teaching and learning over a sustained period of time, its proven track record in teacher training and the support it had already given to a wide range of other educational establishments.
At that time, Bishop Rawstorne was one of only about 100 schools in England to be granted Teaching School status in the second cohort of applications, and the designation by the National College for School Leadership entitled the Academy to lead the training and professional development for staff throughout the country and to shape the future of the teaching profession.
Language College status
The schools' specialist language status was awarded in 1996. Language exchanges have taken place between Bishop Rawstorne and foreign schools, since twinning with Collège Honoré de Balzac, Azay-le-Rideau, France, in 1982 and a foreign exchange in 1985. The school currently teaches compulsory French and German to year 11, and Spanish starting in year 7 (2009-) with an option to continue to GCSE level. Other languages such as Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Swedish, Magyar and Polish are available as extra-curricular activities. The school undertakes various trips abroad to Europe each year for years 7, 9 and 10. The school has won awards for its language status, including the International School Award in 2004, awarded by the Department for Education and Skills and the British Council. In 2006 the school successfully applied to participate in the Connecting Classrooms project, which involves linking UK schools with schools in Mozambique and Uganda.
As of 2011 the high school was changed from a Language College to an Academy which has given the school more freedom of curriculum choice.
- Church inspection report
- MP Launches New School, This is Lancashire, November 2, 2000.
- Census data from Edubase
- 2007 OFSTED report - Bishop Rawstorne
- School Profile, The Times
- BBC League Tables, BBC News, January 10, 2008.
- BBC League Tables Lancashire, BBC News, January 10, 2008.
- Statistics at Schools Net
- National Advisory Centre on Early Language Learning
- Croston Twinning