Expect the best – Government grades Erdington school as good with outstanding features

A popular Erdington primary school has been praised by Ofsted for its ‘high expectations and rapid improvements’ and judged to be good with outstanding features.

Brookvale Primary School, part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), has achieved a grading of ‘good’ in all areas with ‘outstanding’ judgements for its effectiveness of leadership and management, and early years provision.

In a positive report published this week, following an inspection at the school in February, lead inspector Declan McCauley writes, ‘ ‘Teaching, learning and pupils’ achievement have improved rapidly because of the relentless drive and tenacity of school leaders and governors to ensure the best outcomes for pupils.’

He adds, ‘Pupils are making good progress in their learning’ and, ‘Pupils are exceptionally well supported in their learning in a culture of high expectations.’

The report also praises the behaviour of pupils, their ‘outstanding ‘personal development and welfare, strong governance and partnership working. It finds Brookvale is, ‘continuing to improve because of the firm and decisive leadership of senior leaders, governors and officers of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership.’

Headteacher Jonathan Smart said:

This is a fantastic judgement for Brookvale. Our children, staff, governors and parents have worked hard to ensure that we aim high and achieve the best. It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of so many that Ofsted recognises how much progress we’ve made, along with our high expectations. We are honoured and overjoyed to give our families a school to be proud of.”

In addition to their findings on teaching, learning and leadership, inspectors also commented on how ‘well rounded and well prepared’ pupils are.

The report finds, ‘The curriculum is exceptionally well designed to meet the needs of pupils. It is very well focused on developing pupils beyond their academic capabilities.’

Inspectors also observed how much pupils enjoy the company of others in the playground and participate in a wide range of exciting opportunities. They noted, ‘pupils danced excitedly to pop music.’

Jonathan added:

Academic attainment is just part of the bigger picture at Brookvale and we are pleased that Ofsted recognised how vibrant and happy our school is. They commented on our caring and nurturing nature, and what they saw was an authentic and welcoming home from home. If we can instil a genuine love of learning in our children, then this will prepare them for a lifetime of opportunity.”

Brookvale is part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, a multi-academy trust of 10 schools, five children’s centres and one teaching school. During their visit, inspectors noted, ‘School leaders, at all levels, are benefitting a great deal from membership of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. Leaders draw upon the wealth of experience available within the partnership to support improvements in teaching and learning.’

ATLP CEO Richard Gill said:

Jon and his team at Brookvale have worked with strong leadership and real dedication to escalate improvement. This Ofsted result is well deserved and reflects what this school is really like and the high standard of education it provides. It’s also another step forward for our partnership, following Stockland Green’s recent ‘good’ Ofsted. This means that all three ATLP Erdington academies are ‘good’ and that every child – regardless of background – can access high quality education on their doorstep, from nursery right through secondary school.”

Brookvale Primary School – Ofsted report highlights

Effectiveness of leadership and managementMembers of the senior leadership team are relentless in their drive to improve the quality of teaching further so pupils’ achievement becomes outstanding.’

‘Senior leaders have successfully established a culture of high expectations. They expect the best of all their pupils.’

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment: ‘Learning moves at a fast pace in many lessons….teachers assess pupils’ learning needs effectively and plan to meet them.’

Personal, development, behaviour and welfare: The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.’

‘The work of the pastoral manager is having a powerful impact on pupils’ personal development and welfare.’

Outcomes for pupils: ‘The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are polite and well-mannered around school.’

Early years provision: They (pupils) make speedy progress in their learning and development because of exceptionally effective teaching.

‘The early years leader has a thirst for ensuring excellence across the setting. Disadvantaged children are making similar strong progress as other children because of this and the use of additional funding.’  

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