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Bridlington School celebrating Ofsted Report

Bridlington School is celebrating after its recent Ofsted inspection where inspectors confirmed that it continues to be ‘A Good School’ in all four inspection areas of Achievement of Pupils; Quality of teaching; Behaviour and safety of pupils; Leadership and management of the school.

Ofsted inspectors highlighted that the new Head Teacher, Kate Parker-Randall, has raised teachers’ and pupils’ expectations so that they believe all pupils can meet aspirational targets set by her.

Kate Parker-Randall said “As a whole school we are absolutely delighted with this fantastic result following intense scrutiny by the inspectors. As concluded by them, our school culture provides pupils with a safe and stimulating environment in which they can thrive.”

In their letter to the Head Teacher Ofsted inspectors identified that there is an extensive range of educational and enrichment opportunities that enables pupils to develop new skills and establish positive relationships with others. They stated that pupils value the support given to them by teachers and other adults in the school and are keen to work hard in lessons and challenge themselves to reach the higher grades.

The inspectors identified that teaching and learning is strong with teachers’ skilled use of questioning being a strong feature across a range of subjects. Kate stated that she is particularly thrilled that Ofsted recognised that pupils make strong progress in English and mathematics from their starting point because teaching is consistently effective.

Concerning behaviour, the inspectors identified that pupils behave impeccably around the school site during breaks and between lessons and speak highly of the way in which they are expected to show respect for others. Inspectors met and spoke with many pupils throughout the inspection during formal lesson observations, formal interviews, and informally round and about the school site. The pupils shared with the inspectors that “bullying is rare and, when it happens, staff deal with it effectively.” They also shared that they “feel safe in the school and feel confident to talk to the pastoral team if they have concerns.” Ofsted reported that arrangements for safeguarding pupils are secure because the welfare of pupils is given high priority in the school.

Kate Parker-Randall said, “At Bridlington School, as we move towards outstanding, we know that in order for young people to fulfil their hopes, dreams and full potential they have to be secure, happy and healthy. We endeavour to ensure that our pupils are following the pathway most suited to them, their needs and ambitions from Year 7 right the way through to Year 13. We are also delighted that Ofsted noted the school has been meticulous in ensuring that students’ progress to suitable and successful courses at Post-16. Our vision is to become an outstanding school and this inspection report clearly shows areas where there are ‘green shoots’ of outstanding practice for us to build upon. This Ofsted report is a reflection of a real whole school effort and is a glowing example of what state schools who have not been forced into academies can still aspire to and achieve when we all work together for the greater good.”