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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy

Ofsted Information

The academy’s most recent
Ofsted report:

Ofsted Inspection Judgements April 2017
Overall effectiveness     1
Effectiveness of leadership and management     1
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment     1
Personal development, behaviour and welfare     1
Outcomes for pupils     1
16 to 19 study programmes     1

Key findings: 

1. Together, the principal and guardian principal provide outstanding leadership, ably supported by very capable senior and middle leaders. Staff share leaders’ high expectations of pupils. Therefore, a culture of ambition and enthusiasm to secure positive futures for all pupils flows throughout the school.

2. Subject leadership is strong, especially in the secondary phase. High expectations are widespread across all subjects. However, these leaders’ skills and knowledge should be used more effectively to support staff who are new to holding leadership roles.

3. All pupils make excellent progress from their different starting points. Consequently, any differences between pupils’ achievements and those of other pupils nationally are diminishing quickly.

4. Teaching is outstanding because teachers are reflective about their practice. Teachers’ superb subject knowledge is used to engage, challenge and support pupils in a wide range of subjects.

5. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are outstanding. Pupils demonstrate excellent manners, consideration, empathy and respect towards each other and adults and so model British values very well. They exude an intrinsic pride in their work and a love of learning.

6. Students in the sixth form thrive because their individual needs are met exceptionally well. Students have a wealth of opportunities to build on what they have already achieved both academically and personally. They are extremely well prepared for life beyond the school and to be successful young adults.

7. Pupils flourish because they are extremely well looked after in a nurturing and enabling environment.

8. Leaders are relentless in their pursuit of school improvement and seize every opportunity available to participate in research projects and to work with other schools in the local area. This outward-looking attitude has contributed significantly to the school’s strengths. Leaders feel a moral obligation to work collaboratively with other schools to further raise pupils’ outcomes.

9. Leaders are eager for pupils to continually improve their academic and personal outcomes. They know that there is always more scope to include parents in their children’s learning, and to continue to raise parents’ aspirations for their children.

What does the academy need to do to improve further? 

1. Continue to help parents feel confident in supporting their children’s academic and personal development to aid the school in their aspirations for pupils to achieve highly and to become independent young adults.

2. Build even greater leadership capacity by sharing expertise more widely across the school, and in particular between the primary and secondary phase.

3. Further develop opportunities for staff at this school to share their expertise with colleagues further afield to support pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities in the wider community through outreach and other means.

The new Academy Development Plan has set targets related to these points for the period 2017-20.