Bradon Forest School in Purton, has been on a journey of improvement over the last two years – reflected in the results of an Ofsted inspection on 19 and 20 April 2016 where the school has been judged ‘Good’ in all areas.
The pace of change since the last inspection has been rapid, driven by the diligence of the Headteacher Dr Andrew Morrison, his leadership team and school governers actively shaping a culture that nurtures ambition and aspiration.
Dr Morrison said: “We are delighted that inspectors highlighted the ‘rapid progress’ that has led us to being one of the 100 most improved non-selective state schools over the last two years.”
“Bradon Forest students are fiercely proud of their school and its recent journey of improvement. They are well looked after and feel safe in school. An example of this pride is the delight students take in their new uniform which they helped to devise.
“Students across different year groups and subjects achieve well. They are confident, happy and articulate, keen to talk in an animated way about their school.”
Inspectors commented on ‘The warm relationship that exists between teachers and students, a reflection of mutual trust and respect. The students at Bradon Forest are known as individuals and cared for by staff who value the relationships they share with them. These positive relationships reflect a warm, welcoming school where they are all respected regardless of background or circumstance.’
The report recognised that the well-thought-out curriculum ensures that students are well prepared for life beyond school. It was also noted that they leave the school with high levels of attainment. In 2015 students’ results for both English and Maths were significantly higher than the national average for the second year running.
Dr Andrew Morrison added: “While the report is extremely positive we continue on our journey of improvement. The staff at Bradon Forest School and I look forward to working with our students and their parents over the next few years to make our school an even more special place to learn.”