Ofsted inspectors who visited Bradon Forest School at the beginning of May have made favourable comments on the improvements that have occurred since headteacher Andrew Morrison arrived last September.
The report says students are polite, well-mannered and are keen to learn, whilst the school provides a safe and secure environment in which they can thrive. It is similarly upbeat about the way Bradon Forest has improved substantially this year under new management. As a result the school received a good judgement for leadership and management as well as behaviour and safety of pupils.
However, Ofsted base their appraisal of students’ achievements on actual exam results. The inspectors acknowledged that ‘teaching is now improving strongly’ and graded the vast majority of lessons seen as ‘good.’ But given the school’s achievement in previous years, the inspectors judged the Quality of Teaching to be a 3 which determined that the overall outcome could only be a 3: requires improvement.
The school continues with the same grade as the previous two inspections. However, the inspectors indicated Bradon Forest is rapidly improving and is on a journey to quickly become good or better. The key targets revolve around raising the quality of teaching to achieve these higher examination grades.
Andrew Morrison, pictured, said: “The Ofsted report provides reassurance and confidence to Bradon Forest parents and students that the school is on an upward trajectory.
“Governors, staff, parents and students will continue to work together to ensure the recent improvements made at Bradon Forest result in our students achieving even higher.”
Ofsted will return within two years and the school aims to demonstrate with actual GCSE results how far it has travelled.