The school was last inspected in March 2017. As the school was judged “good” at its last inspection, the next inspection was due by March 2021. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, OFSTED inspections are behind schedule and are expected to be completed within 6 terms of the original timeframe (by March 2023).
You can read the full OFSTED Inspection Report here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/138832
Inspectors found the school was good because:
- Leaders provide strong direction and leadership and had an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and the areas that still need development.
- Leaders have taken effective action to make sure that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good or better.
- Pupils learn exceptionally well in modern foreign languages.
- Directors have the skills to challenge and support senior leaders. The board ensures that pupils have ambitious achievement targets. It watches pupils’ progress towards these targets carefully.
- Pupils make good progress in both English and mathematics. Pupils’ examination results in these subjects are above national averages.
- The curriculum matches most pupils’ needs. Pupils of all abilities have opportunities to succeed. Pupils have exceptional opportunities linked to learning languages.
- Leaders make careful checks on the quality of teaching. These checks take into account pupils’ work and the progress they make.
- Pupils’ conduct is exemplary. They behave well in lessons and around the school. Pupils are usually self-disciplined and follow the school’s rules without much prompting from adults.
- Pupils’ attendance has improved and is above the national average.
What did the school need to do to improve further?
Accelerate pupils’ progress and raise achievement by:
- including more problem-solving activities in the mathematics curriculum in key stage 3, so that pupils get off to a flying start with their GCSE studies
- ensuring that disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities attend regularly
What action has been taken by the school to address these areas for improvement?
The Key Stage 3 Maths curriculum has been redesigned around a Mastery model. This enables students to apply the skills they have developed to problem solving activities and to develop their understanding of and ability to explain a range of concepts. This provides an excellent foundation for achievement at Key Stage 4 and Maths GCSE results continue to improve.
The attendance of all students and especially those who are disadvantaged or have SEND needs is monitored carefully and a wide range of strategies are used to ensure that it continues to improve, During the coronavirus pandemic, the attendance of vulnerable students at on-site provision during restricted attendance and their engagement with remotely learning has been carefully monitored and supported.
Bramcote College 6th Form, our Trust 6th form, is co-located with Bramcote College and overseen by the Senior Leadership team on the Bramcote College site.