History of the School
Bishop Ramsey is a thriving, well-established school providing high quality education in a disciplined and caring environment. This co-educational Church of England Academy was created as a six-form entry Comprehensive Day School in September 1977 by the amalgamation of Manor School and St. Martin’s Church of England School and accepts boys and girls from all parts of the London Borough of Hillingdon and neighbouring boroughs. There is a full and part-time teaching staff of approximately 90, assisted by over 70 support staff, and a roll of approximately 1260 students, including a flourishing Sixth Form of over 300.
The School is situated in the northern part of the borough in Ruislip in superb buildings, completed in April 2009 at a cost of over £21 million, giving us the outstanding facilities and state-of-the-art accommodation that we feel our students deserve.
Before then the school was operating on two sites, just over half a mile apart. The Upper school catered for students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 while Years 7, 8 and 9 were accommodated in older buildings on Eastcote Road. Both sites were regularly improved as resources permitted. However, in 2005 we bid successfully for funds to amalgamate on our upper school site. Building work began in May 2007 and we spent the academic years 2007/08 and 2008/09 learning and teaching against the backdrop of our new emerging buildings. It is a testimony to the whole school community that, throughout the building project, exam results were outstanding and school life continued in all its vitality. Development of the school site has continued with the expansion and refurbishment of the PE changing rooms in 2013 with further improvement to our Science Labs in 2014 and a new Sixth Form study area opening in September 2018.
Bishop Ramsey School's Achievements
Over the years Bishop Ramsey School has gained national and local recognition as a school in the forefront of education with outstanding public examination results, a wide range of extra-curricular activities and a caring, Christian ethos. In 2001 Bishop Ramsey was awarded a DfEE Achievement Award, because of the sustained academic achievements of our students over several years. In July 2003 we received notification that our bid to become a Specialist Science College had been accepted by the DfES. As a result of this bid, the range of opportunities in Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and other subjects at the School has been increased. In 2005 the school was re-awarded a silver Arts Mark to reflect the continuing high quality of creative arts in the school.
In November 2006 the school was inspected by Ofsted and recognised as “Outstanding” in all 36 areas that Ofsted judged. We were thrilled by their affirmation of the work done by everyone in the School community. In April 2008 the School was recognised as a “High Performing Specialist School” and also a “Local Support School” with a remit to support other schools. Later in the same year Bishop Ramsey was recognised as an “International School” because of our extensive links with schools in other countries and a “Healthy School” due to our focus on Healthy eating and active teaching and support for a healthy lifestyle for our students.
Being on a single site, in beautiful buildings with state- of-the-art equipment and resources opens wonderful opportunities for the Bishop Ramsey community. We are seizing these with both hands. Our House system stimulates students’ sense of identity and promotes friendly competition in Sport, the Arts and in community service.
The next phase in the development of the School saw us make the most of our new resources, develop an increasingly flexible curriculum to offer challenge to all our learners and build on the links we have made both locally and in other countries, so that Bishop Ramsey remains a beacon of excellence as a Christian School.
An indication of our capacity to do this was the School’s accreditation as a National Support School in February 2010. This prestigious accreditation recognises the School’s willingness and ability to support other schools that may be experiencing difficulty.
Since 1st September 2011, Bishop Ramsey has been an Academy. We feel that as a confident, high performing school, we are well placed to make the most of the freedoms Academy status offers us.
In March 2013 we were inspected in terms of our work as a Church School. We were delighted to be recognised once again as ‘Outstanding’ in all key areas of Leadership and Management, Collective Worship, RE and overall effectiveness.
No sooner had we digested this excellent news than we heard that we had been accredited as a ‘National Teaching School’. This status entitles us to lead other schools in developing new and existing teachers; a role modelled on that of Teaching Hospitals in Medicine. As a National Teaching School we have supported local schools with School Improvement, Recruitment and Staff Development. This work was taken further in September 2016 when we became a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), which means that we are training teachers in our own right.
In September 2015 we were delighted to receive accreditation as a 'World Class School', receiving re-accreditation in July 2018. Bishop Ramsey is one of only 84 schools in the country to achieve this award.
You can see the video we presented as evidence of being World Class by clicking here - the 'Bishop Ramsey World Class' page will open in another window.