Bedminster Down School

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Bedminster Down School
Bedminster Down logo.jpg
Bedminster Down School, Bristol, from Tyntesfield Road - - 3155788.jpg
View from Tyntesfield Road
Established 2012
Type Secondary Academy
Headteacher Gary Schlick
Deputy Headteacher Philip Bailey
Location Donald Road
Bedminster Down
BS13 7DQ
Coordinates: 51°25′18″N 2°37′10″W / 51.421652°N 2.619526°W / 51.421652; -2.619526
DfE number 801/4037
DfE URN 138204 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Capacity 1,090 (Data from January 2015)
Students 765 (Data from January 2015)
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Publication Bedminster Down Load

Bedminster Down School is a mixed gender secondary school with academy status, located in the Bishopsworth area of Bristol, England.


Main entrance on Donald Road

The school originally opened in 1955 as a comprehensive school but on 1 June 2012 the school officially became an academy.[1] Although the school initially planned on becoming an academy from September 2011 although this was delayed.[2]

In 2010, the head teacher of ten years, Marius Frank left the school to become CEO of ASDAN also based in Bristol.[3] The current head teacher is Gary Schlick, who was previously Head of Newport High School.[4]

The school is part of The Malago Learning Partnership (MLP). MLP is a collaboration between Bedminster Down school, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield Primary, Headley Park Primary, Parson Street Primary, Victoria Park Primary and St Peters CofE Primary.[5]


In 2003, the school was selected as one of four schools in Bristol to be completely rebuilt through the PFI programme.[6] Work began on the new school building in 2004, and the new school opened at Easter time 2006.[7]

Academic achievement[edit]

The school has improved its results year on year and achieved its best ever GCSE scores in 2014, the table below shows the percentage of students hitting the key measure of 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics.[8]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
25% 19% 24% 27% 30% 30% 40% 46% 40% 36% 49% 37%

Ofsted inspection[edit]

The school's latest inspection took place on 6 and 7 November 2014 and it received the following grades:[9]

Area Grade
Overall Effectiveness 2 - Good
Achievement Of Pupils 2 - Good
Quality Of Teaching 2 - Good
Behaviour And Safety Of Pupils 2 - Good
Leadership And Management 2 - Good


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