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Bristnall Hall Academy celebrate ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

Bristnall Hall Academy in Sandwell, part of the Academy Transformation Trust, is celebrating after receiving a ‘Good’ rating in its recent Ofsted inspection during November 2016.

The academy, which was previously rated ‘Requires Improvement’ in November 2014, was commended in all areas of the inspection, particularly for leadership, quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils.

Inspectors praised the academy’s leadership, saying: “The Principal, senior leadership team and governors are committed to making the school the best it can be… Leaders’ work has led to demonstrable improvements in teaching, attendance, behaviour and outcomes.” Principal Vince Green joined Bristnall Hall Academy in September 2014 and inspectors commented that his “inspired leadership has secured improvements”.

Describing the quality of teaching now present at the academy, inspectors commended “Consistently good teaching, supported by strong leadership and effective pastoral care, [which] has led to improving outcomes for pupils.” The curriculum was described as preparing pupils for life beyond school as it is “varied, raises aspirations and is flexible to meet individual needs”. The suitability of the curriculum is ratified by pupil choices including “over half of the pupils in Years 10 and 11 studying a modern foreign language”.

Evaluating personal development, inspectors said: “Every individual is valued in this school. It recognises that everyone is different but equal. This creates an environment in which pupils feel safe and comfortable.” Bristnall Hall Academy was again recognised for its role in preparing pupils for life beyond school, stating: “Over the past two years, only two pupils have not moved on to education, employment and training.”

Positive outcomes for pupils were evident as “Achievement across the school has improved considerably since the last inspection… The life chances of young people are enhanced as a result of pupils developing better skills and gaining recognised qualifications.” Programmes which attracted praise include a Year 7 catch-up programme for improving literacy and numeracy standards which inspectors say: “shows secure improvements in learning.”

Ofsted inspectors described how the academy prepares pupils for life in modern Britain through “rich and strong” social, moral, spiritual and cultural education including an assembly about Remembrance Day where pupils listened attentively to the Principal’s key message of thinking of others.

Academy Transformation Trust’s support for the academy was assessed as ‘Good’, particularly in Governance where there “is a clear focus upon governors’ own self-development with support from the Academy Transformation Trust” enabled by an annual conference to share best practice and an annual audit of skills.

The result means that 90% of ATT secondary academies are now rated ‘Good’. This compares to 18% rated ‘Good’ on joining ATT.

Vince Green, Principal at Bristnall Hall Academy commented: “This report reflects the amazing work being done here by our brilliant students and staff. We have known for some time what a great place Bristnall Hall is to learn and work in and I am delighted that the inspectors recognised this. The hard work will continue now to make us a truly outstanding school for the young people of Sandwell.”

Ian Cleland, CEO at Academy Transformation Trust commented: “ATT is delighted by the transformational improvement under the leadership of the Principal that has taken place since the last inspection. Staff, pupils, governors and parents are to be congratulated for their commitment and efforts to ensure that the academy is providing the very best education. Bristnall Hall Academy is now well on the way to being outstanding, which in many ways its provision has already achieved. Bristnall Hall Academy is also an excellent example of an ATT academy. We look forward to our continued partnership in the future.”

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