Our next meeting (9th May) will now be held at Holme Pierrepont Conference Centre from 8.00am-10.00am, not at Bramcote College as previously advertised. This will primarily be a planning meeting, with offshoot presentations on design and D2N2 updates.
Please find our latest Ofsted report attached below. As you will see from the report, the overall judgement was that we are providing a good standard of education for your children, and that all key aspects, namely Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Personal Development, Behaviour and Safety, and Outcomes for Pupils are good. It is very gratifying that the hard work and dedication of teachers, support staff, Directors and, of course, students is recognised in such a positive way. We are delighted that inspectors speak so positively about the progress we have made, and are continuing to make.
Inspectors have recognised much of the excellent work that takes place at the college. They confirmed that we provide strong support to all students, noting that students themselves say ‘we are all seen as individuals’ and that ‘students are overwhelmingly positive about their experience in the sixth form’. The quality of teaching is also recognised as a strength, and something that we have worked very hard to improve to such high levels. Leadership at all levels is praised, including the leadership shown by Directors, as well as senior and middle leaders across the board. The wonderful extra-curricular opportunities that our students can access are also highlighted in the report.
Inspectors praise the ‘culture of ambition’ at the college. They are confident that our students make good progress across the curriculum. They said that students are given excellent support and advice to plan their next steps after College, and all go on to suitable destinations because ‘staff give good advice to students before they join the sixth form and then support them well during their time at the college’. Students themselves told Inspectors ‘they recognise the role that college leaders play in ensuring their progress and were appreciative of the support they receive’. They saw on the inspection that students continue to develop English and Maths skills well and benefit from a ‘broad and balanced’ curriculum.
We are delighted and proud that our students’ conduct is described as ‘exemplary’, and that they are confident learners. We are also very pleased that the work that our team does to promote personal development and students’ personal development and safety is praised so highly, and that the work we do with our bursary programme is highlighted. I would also like to thank all the parents who completed surveys for the Inspectors, which were overwhelmingly positive and supportive.
We would like to reassure parents that we will use this report as a springboard to continue our improvement – we have the highest aspirations for the students of Bramcote College, and we will build on this success in the coming months and years. Our area to improve from Ofsted is to deliver ‘exceptional progress’ for our students and we are all committed to ensuring that we meet this target with all of our students.
We have been informed that Bramcote College, as part of Alderman White School, will be inspected by Ofsted this week. Ofsted have published a letter to parents and carers, the text of which is below.Please also find attached below (in PDF format) both the letter in full and Ofsted's School Inspections Guide for Parents.
Letter to Parents
School Inspections - A Guide for Parents
Dear parent or carer
Inspection of Alderman White School by Ofsted
We have just told your child's school that we will inspect it on 08 March 2017. The lead inspector will be Ellenor Beighton. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.
Your views about the school are important to us
If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child's school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.
To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.
Please complete the online survey by 11am on 08 March 2017 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 09 Mar 2017.
Speaking to an inspector
If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000130631. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.
Last term saw our first combined key skills event and Careers Fair. The event allowed year 12 students the opportunity to develop employability skills such as interview skills, CV development and how to make yourself stand out from others. The day was kicked off by Chair of Nottingham Means Business- Simon Gray, Entrepreneur Adam Bird and James Veness of School Energy Efficiency giving inspiring talks on Resilience, Managed Risk and Luck.
The careers fair aimed at Year 10-13s saw our young people speak with university providers and also representatives from a range of backgrounds, which enables them to plan their next steps.
Our next Business Breakfast is planned for Tuesday the 7th of February from 7.45am-9.00am at Bramcote College. The speakers attending are: Groundwork Nottinghamshire, NHS Apprenticeships, Health Watch and Federation Ambassadors.