19 December 2010

Well done to Bredinghurst School!

Congratulations to all the staff and students at Bredinghurst School on Stuart Road, Nunhead on their Ofsted Report. They are a "rapidly improving school".

I'm a governor at Bredinghurst which is a special community school for boys aged 11-16. All the students have a statement of special educational needs for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The vast majority also have further special educational needs and/or disabilities including dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, autistic spectrum disorders and a variety of medical issues. This means that the school can be a challenging place. We welcomed a new Headteacher in July and if that wasn't change enough, the school is about to be rebuilt under Building School for the Future.

You can read the full report here but here's a bit of an idea of how well the school did:

"This is a satisfactory and rapidly improving school. It has undergone several significant changes in recent years including changes in headship, senior leadership, staffing and organisation. Recently appointed leaders are providing new drive and direction and the school is well placed to become even more stable and effective. Progress has improved over recent years because, despite some continuing inconsistencies, teaching and the curriculum are increasingly appropriate for all students. Nearly all of the students speak positively about the school and really appreciate the high levels of support they are given. One said, 'The school is there for me, there are so many teachers to care for us,' and a parent said, 'It is a happy school. A caring school with kind teachers.'

...Improvement since the last inspection is good. The track record of recent developments has been particularly strong. Nearly all the staff are supportive and insightful partnerships are contributing to accurate self-evaluation and clear direction for the future. These good features mean that the school's capacity for sustained improvement is also good."

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