Ofsted Report

Ofsted Good GP Colour

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.