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Ofsted Inspection rates Brakenhale School as 'Good' with three areas graded as 'Outstanding'

The recent Ofsted inspection at Brakenhale School in January 2019 graded the school overall as Good.

The recent Ofsted inspection at Brakenhale School in January 2019 graded the school overall as Good, however across the five categories inspected, three were rated as Outstanding. Staff, students and governors at the school are delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

The inspection team rated the effectiveness of leadership and management; personal development, behaviour and welfare; 16 to 19 study programmes as Outstanding. Whilst quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils were rated Good.

Jane Coley, Headteacher, said: “This is an incredible achievement particularly in such a short space of time. It is an absolute testament to the hard work and dedication of staff, students, parents and governors and everyone involved with the school should feel incredibly proud of the result. Our school’s journey now continues, we will never be complacent and will always look to improve, to be even better than we already are!”

Will Smith, CEO of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said: “We are thrilled for the whole Brakenhale School community. The report is further evidence of the impact of the hard work of all staff, pupils, governors and the support from the Greenshaw Learning Trust.”

Some highlights from the report:

  • “The headteacher, ably supported by the leadership team, has been highly effective in improving the school since it became an academy. One parent’s comment is typical of what many said: ‘There’s been a massive improvement. Mrs Coley and her staff have been amazing.’ Pupils’ achievements have risen rapidly, and they make good progress in many areas of the school curriculum.”
  • Leaders receive precise and effective support from the Greenshaw Learning Trust. The trust provides support for teaching and learning and finance and resource development. Trustees liaise well with governors to support them in improving the school.
  • Governors and trustees are extremely knowledgeable about the school. They challenge leaders highly effectively about pupils’ progress.
  • “The headteacher and leaders set high expectations of behaviour. As a result, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary, both in lessons and around the school site. Pupils listen attentively to teachers. Pupils are self-disciplined when moving around school, and they respect their school environment. Lack of litter and graffiti exemplifies how well they care for their school.”
  • “In 2018, students’ progress in vocational courses was well above that of other students nationally. Current students make strong progress in their A level courses. Current students make very strong progress in the majority of subjects. Where there is underachievement, it is tackled swiftly by teachers.”

Inspections findings:

  • The headteacher is highly ambitious for the future of the school. Parents, staff and pupils are very complimentary about how much the school has improved. Pupils’ achievements have improved rapidly.
  • Leaders check the quality of learning to ensure that pupils make good progress. Teachers value the training they receive. Accordingly, the quality of teaching for pupils continues to improve.
  • Leaders set high expectations for behaviour and academic progress. Pupils behave well, and the previous high number of exclusions has reduced significantly.
  • Governors and trustees are extremely knowledgeable about the school. They challenge leaders highly effectively about pupils’ progress.
  • Pupils’ progress in English is very strong. Previous weaknesses in modern foreign language teaching are being addressed. Current pupils’ progress overall is good.
  • The majority of teachers plan lessons well. As a result, pupils engage well and have positive attitudes to their learning.
  • Pupils are confident, articulate and exceedingly courteous. Leaders encourage pupils to respect the diversity of people in society. As a result, pupils are tolerant and respectful towards each other.
  • Leaders have improved pupils’ attendance, including that of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
  • Pupils with SEND, and those who are particularly vulnerable, are supported extremely well so that they make strong progress from their starting points.
  • Leaders encourage students in the sixth form to be aspirational and ambitious. Consequently, the number of sixth form students applying for and securing places at higher education is increasing.
  • Students in the sixth form value the wide range of courses available. They make excellent progress in vocational courses. Teachers astutely challenge students to deepen their knowledge and understanding.
  • Safeguarding is highly effective. Pupils understand the risks in society and know how to keep themselves safe.

To view the full report, please download it below.