6th September 2017
As you are aware, Broadstone Middle School was inspected by OfSTED on 20th and 21st June 2017. A link to the report appears below.
It is clear from the report that the school has made great progress since the last inspection in 2013 which led to it being sponsored by the Castleman Academy Trust. This view has also been supported by the Local Authority, the Department for Education and the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Office.
Amongst many positive findings, OfSTED said:
- The Headteacher demonstrates strong and determined leadership. She has been instrumental in bringing about the many recent positive changes to the school and with the support of the Executive Headteacher and Senior Leaders, the school is improving quickly.
- Parents support the school and recognise the work of school leaders and governors to improve the learning outcomes for their children. They feel well informed and say leaders take account of their views.
- Pupils are polite, friendly and enjoy coming to school. They behave well and show care and understanding of others within the school community and in other settings.
- Pupils increasingly develop the resilience to learn effectively. They understand how to keep themselves safe and healthy.
Many of the areas for development suggested by OfSTED were based around Teaching and Learning. However, they identified that we had “moved forward significantly since the last inspection” and that we now have “an excellent platform for learning to take off”.
You are no doubt aware of the many things Dawn and Senior Leaders have implemented in order to provide this “platform”. To name a few excellent key staff have been appointed, pupil voice developed and greater resources are available to teachers and pupils, particularly around ICT and pastoral care. OfSTED recognised that the school has the “culture of no child left behind”.
We were disappointed with the inspection and felt that the inspectors did not see the unique and special situation Middle Schools are in and that they have not accurately reflected where the school is. We were also surprised by the judgements given the recent feedback from experienced inspectors, which we feel more accurately reflected the picture of our school. We believe this is due to the recent feedback giving greater weight to the progress our youngsters have made over time. Given the recent changes to assessment and inspection procedures, OfSTED were unable to take our “progress over time” data into account when making judgements, which shows our pupils do well with us.
One element we were particularly pleased with was how well looked after our pupils feel and how safe they feel in school. The children were an absolute credit to us and you and inspectors spoke warmly of the youngster’s maturity, sense of responsibility and their enjoyment of school. They also spoke at length to parents who were highly complementary of just how much the school had changed particularly over the past year. We would like to thank you for your time and support - it means such a lot to us!
As a result of the inspection we now need to prepare an “OfSTED Action Plan”. OfSTED will return within six to twelve months to monitor our progress against the plan and provide feedback to parents on how well we are addressing their points for improvement. We have asked that they return as soon as possible in order to reassure staff, parents and the wider community that the school is performing well and making even greater progress towards ensuring excellent learning for all.
As ever, thank you for your continued support.