Disappointment at Ofsted’s rating for Brimsham Green School

November 30 2016

BRIMSHAM Green School has been told it is still in need of improvement, despite two key areas being described as good.

BRIMSHAM Green School has been told it is still in need of improvement, despite two key areas being described as good.
After a recent visit, education inspectors maintained the same overall rating for the Yate school as they gave in 2014 - an outcome described by head teacher Kim Garland as disappointing.
Mark Jenner, the lead inspector from Ofsted, said the effectiveness of leadership and management, as well as the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils were both good.
He also praised Ms Garland for her determination to appoint the right leaders to further improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
He said: “She has successfully established senior and middle leadership teams who are promoting a clear culture of improvement.”
The inspectors said governance had got better since the previous inspection but although teaching and learning were also improving, inconsistencies within and between subjects had not yet been overcome.
Their report said: “A number of parents and pupils highlighted this as a concern to the inspection team.
“Pupils reach national average standards but their outcomes should be better.”
The report said Ms Garland and the governing body had created a strong vision and an inclusive ethos, with leaders beginning to make improvements in securing more consistently good teaching.
Pupils also felt safe due to the great care of staff, while homework developed learning skills well. In a letter to parents, Ms Garland said the two areas assessed to be good showed a “highly significant” improvement from the school’s 2014 report.
She said: “It is extremely rare that schools are judged to be well led and managed when outcomes are judged to require improvement.”
But she said the overall decision that the school had to improve was a disappointment.
She said: “I speak on behalf of all staff ad governors when I say that we are incredibly disappointed by this outcome.
“I am confident that at our next inspection we will be recognised as a good school and we continue to work hard and urgently to secure better outcomes for our students.”