Ofsted praises Bristol Brunel Academy

December 01 2017

BRISTOL Brunel Academy in Speedwell is celebrating after again being rated Good by the watchdog Ofsted.

BRISTOL Brunel Academy in Speedwell is celebrating after again being rated Good by the watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors who visited in October said the school had maintained standards since the last visit in 2013.

In a letter to the principal, Jon Jones, Ofsted’s Richard Steward said: "The majority of current pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics. You have reduced previous differences between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and other pupils significantly. 

“You acknowledge, however, that you still have more work to do to ensure that you help the most able pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, to achieve at the very highest levels.”

The inspector said strong and confident leadership at the academy provided a clear sense of direction and ambition.

“Changes you have made to the curriculum are clearly having a positive impact on the progress that pupils make,” he said.

“Pupils are proud of their school and appreciate the positive impact the behaviour policy, ‘Right to Learn’, has on their progress. They are polite and respectful, wear their uniform with pride and treat each other with kindness.” 

Mr Steward also praised the school for its  “strong culture of safety which permeates every aspect of school life.”

Mr Jones said: “I feel incredibly proud of the students, staff and families for the recognition highlighted in this feedback letter. The Ofsted team recognised that we had improved significantly on our previous ‘Good’ judgement and that we are moving ever closer to becoming ‘Outstanding’ at the next inspection. I want to thank every member of the academy community for their part in achieving this recognition and for their future support.”

Steve Taylor, chief executive of Cabot Learning Federation, said: “I am delighted that the community served by Bristol Brunel can be so proud of its local school. The academy continues to get better and better, which is why it is so popular with pupils and their parents and carers. Well done to Jon Jones, his team and the governors for making such a difference every day.”