Bradley Stoke Community School

Ofsted

Following our recent OFSTED Inspection on 29th and 30th November 2023, we are delighted to be able to share with you the outcome of the inspection – that Bradley Stoke Community School remains a “good” school - and our full report. 

We had an experienced inspection team, who were extremely complimentary about the experience pupils have at BSCS and were impressed with how articulate and polite learners were both to adults and each other and the team were able to see that this is clearly part of our culture. Ofsted noted that pupils ‘trust staff to help them’ and what many other visitors say after visiting, that the school’s atmosphere is ‘harmonious’, with “clear routines for behaviour throughout the school mean that pupils can focus on learning”.. 

The report (which can be accessed at this link), details the activities the inspectors undertook to make their judgements, and although the inspection itself occurs over a couple of days, the team were looking for typicality over time. The current Ofsted framework was introduced in 2019, which places the Quality of Education at the centre of the inspection. We were able to discuss and demonstrate the journey that we are on as a school around developing our curriculum to be both ambitious and inclusive and around developing teaching and learning to engage, support and motivate all students. Indeed, the report notes that “teachers have strong subject knowledge [and] pupils with special educational needs and/ or disabilities are well supported”. It was especially pleasing that inspectors praised our reading programme that we have been working hard to develop, with the report stating “at all stages, pupils who need help to improve their reading get effective support [and] older pupils read a range of texts that help them to understand varied aspects of modern society, including different political systems and cultures”. During the inspection, it was hard to fit enough time in to share all the work that goes into wider character education - there is indeed a ‘plethora’ of events and “pupils of all ages take on responsibilities in roles such as mental health ambassadors, buddies, school council members and tutor captains”.  

Positives such as these are down not only to the hard work of staff - both teaching and support – as well as the partnership we have with families and the local community and we feel grateful for having such positive relationships that enable our school expectations of being ‘kind, ready and the best you’.

We are always looking at how we can further improve and the only area for improvement the inspection gave links to the work already underway in the school to fully embed changes in our curriculum - particularly the move from a three to two year Key Stage 4 and amendments to our curriculum to align across the Olympus Academy Trust. This is already allowing us to share best practice and refine and develop learning to support our learners’ progress across each year - from Reception through to Year 13.  

I am incredibly proud of our students, children, staff, governors and the community reflected in the day to day life of our school and captured so well in this report.

 

Sophie Francis
Headteacher