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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy

Academy Development Plan 2017-2020

This Academy Development plan [ADP] has  been set in response to the conclusion of the prior development plan 2013-2016 which had been fully reviewed to establish progress made and also in response to the Ofsted inspection in March 2017 where the team judged:

Overall Effectiveness

Outstanding [1]

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Outstanding

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Outstanding

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

Outstanding

Outcomes for pupils

Outstanding

16 to 19 study programmes

Outstanding

 

The ADP has been updated regularly to take account of progression made to date towards the completion of targets.  The drive to ensure the academy maintains its outstanding status and continues to improve, stays a core focus of our work.

In the period of 2017-2018 the academy was in a period of change with the Guardian Principal taking on the permanent Principal position from September 2017, and a stark change in intake with students at both ends of the spectrum, those who have far lower academic ability and a greater range of complex / challenging needs and those who are more academically able, progressing from Primary Blue Zone or transitioning into the academy in Year 7 from feeder schools In 2017 funding for Outreach from Medway for a 2 year period was secured with the requirement for an expansion of the team, the team has since been expanded to 5 permanent team members. In 2017-18 there was the potential reduction in students allocated by Medway in Year 7 and the need to further enhance and expand opportunities for Post 16 transition. In addition, the academy needed to develop its Multi-Academy Trust status either through joining an existing trust or taking on schools to build our own academy trust. In 2018 the GB voted to expand and develop our own trust, now established as the Fortis Trust.

In 2018 it was agreed with Medway LA that the academy would increase its PAN to 304 students to reflect the increased need for SEND spaces across Medway. The Supported Internship Programme for Post 16 students has been established for 8 students for 2018-19, with the aim to establish the Programme as a Specialist Post 16 Institution for Sept 2019. The level of complexities of students referred continues to increase in 2018-19. Additionally, the number of LA directed students have also increased. The Leadership team and Governors/Trustees have, therefore, reviewed current progress and in response further updated and reviewed the 2017-2020 Academy Development Plan. It is aimed at addressing these needs to further enhance Bradfields capacity and overall effectiveness as well as further building on current successes. For further information, please refer to the attachment below: