Broadlands Academy 'thrilled' as Ofsted award school first 'good' rating

Published on: 04 Mar 2016

March 2016

Broadlands Academy is celebrating the school’s first ever “good” rating from Ofsted following an inspection in January.

Principal Dean Anderson said everyone at school was “thrilled” with the result and that it could be seen as a stepping stone to achieving an “outstanding” rating.

In their report, inspectors praised Mr Anderson’s leadership, well-planned teaching activities and the academy’s curriculum, pupils’ strong achievement in English and improving performance in maths and science, support for disabled students and those with special needs, comprehensive careers advice and activities outside the classroom that support pupils’ progress.

The report said: “The principal is a strong, uncompromising leader who has made significant changes at the academy to promote improvement. He has fostered a culture of high expectations and ambition that is shared by staff. Everyone wants the best for pupils. The principal is also well supported by parents, who share his vision.”

Broadlands has 430 pupils and has been sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust since becoming an academy in December 2012.

The inspectors also highlighted that pupils’ attainment is rising and is also above the national average, with 62 per cent achieving five GCSEs including English and maths at grade C and above in 2015 – higher than the figure published in recent league tables after resits were taken into account.

To achieve an “outstanding” rating, the inspectors said, Broadlands needed to match the progress being made in languages and humanities subjects with that being made in English, maths and science and that teaching in some areas must challenge pupils to think more deeply.

Mr Anderson said: “All at Broadlands are absolutely thrilled that the good work at the academy over a long period of time has been recognised officially with this Ofsted grading.

“The lead inspector and his team commented a number of times on the quality of staff and students and clearly recognised the improvements that have taken place at Broadlands in order to ensure that students are able to achieve good outcomes. This not only relates to their GCSE results but also in their preparation for life beyond school."

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