Pride in staff and pupils as Brimsham Green School gets good rating
A YATE secondary school has been given a ‘good’ rating by inspectors, three years after being told it must improve.
Brimsham Green School head teacher Kim Garland, above, said she was “proud” and “thrilled” that the hard work of pupils, staff, parents, governors and the council had been recognised by the team from education watchdog Ofsted.
After Ofsted’s previous visit in 2016 the school had been told it required improvement. In the latest report the inspectors praised staff for their “integrity and determination” to improve standards.
Ms Garland said: “I am so proud of our staff and students for creating the inclusive environment that impressed Ofsted so much. Students’ behaviour is good, and they described the learning environment as positive and conducive to learning.”
Four inspectors visited the 934-pupil secondary school in Broad Lane, Yate, in May. Their inspection involved the examination of five specific areas: leadership and management; teaching, learning and assessment; personal development behaviour and welfare; pupil outcomes and 16-19 study programmes.
In their report, lead inspector by Sarah McGinnis and her team said: “Governors and leaders share a clear vision for the school, based on the raising of expectations and pupils’ aspirations.
“There is a palpable optimism and a positive climate of mutual trust and respect. Leaders genuinely believe that ‘better never stops’.”
The report noted that the school was an inclusive environment, where children with special educational needs and disabilities are fully supported and make good progress.
It also recognised that “leaders place importance on pupil’s emotional well-being and provide access to support when this is required”.
Ms Garland said: “We believe that the ‘climate of mutual trust and respect’ that is highlighted in the report has led to our good academic outcomes across all Key Stages. The inspectors saw first-hand how students have opportunities to develop their leadership skills as well as to pursue their talents and interests.
“We are all thrilled that the hard work of students, staff and Governors, together with the support from parents and the local authority, has been recognised in this way.”
Chair of governors Shaun Bailey said: “The Governors are delighted that Ofsted’s report celebrates our successes, the good academic results as well as the quality of our personal development, behaviour and welfare.
“Parents and students spoke to Inspectors about how students’ emotional well-being is championed, and how we provide access to support when this is required. We are, as Inspectors noted, true advocates for our students.”
The school is committed to working towards the top Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’. Its next steps, as outlined in the report include continuing to challenge pupils who do not come to school regularly and ensuring that disadvantaged students make stronger progress.