Broadlands Academy welcomes Ofsted findings

Published on: 06 Jan 2015

An inspector monitoring a Keynsham school’s progress has found it is taking “effective action” to tackle areas highlighted as needing improvement.

The visit to Broadlands Academy in November by Her Majesty’s Inspector Richard Light followed an Ofsted inspection in June last year in which the secondary school was judged to require improvement.

Principal Dean Anderson, senior leaders at the school, a member of the governing body and Year 8 pupils all met with Mr Light during the inspection.

In his findings, Mr Light noted that the proportion of Broadlands students achieving five GCSEs at grades A*-C in 2014 rose further to above the national average.

He said in his report: “The principal’s drive and sense of purpose to improve the quality of teaching and students’ achievement, identified in the last full inspection report, has continued unabated.

“All staff across [the school] share the principal’s drive to make things better and clearly understand the part they play in securing improvements.”

The school should take further action to set up a proposed interim management board and ensure that marking in all subjects matches the best in the academy.

Mr Anderson said: “I am really pleased by the content of the letter and agree with the judgments. It is a testament to the hard work and efforts of students and staff at the academy over the last two years and has led to the rapid improvement we have seen in results.”

Ofsted will visit the school again later this year.

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