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Announcing our latest Ofsted report

We have received our first Ofsted inspection since joining Tapton School Academy Trust (TSAT) in February 2020, and have been found to be making improvements in all areas. 

The report, published on 9th February, highlights the positive work taking place, noting that: 

  • “Pupils know that school is a safe place.” 

  • “Leaders are improving the behaviour of pupils at school.” 

  • “Leaders have strengthened the support for pupils with SEND.” 

  • Teachers “plan lessons that are ambitious for pupils.” 

  • “Pupils benefit from an increasing range of extra-curricular activities.” 

The inspection, which took place in December, found us to be taking positive action in the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management. 

Headteacher, Adrian May, said: “I am proud of the significant work and efforts made by all our staff during the last 3 years. The inspection team were rigorous and held all aspects of school life under a lens to assess where we are in our improvement journey.” 

“The school has capacity to continue this improvement and the team are fully committed to continuing the journey towards a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement.” 

Since joining TSAT we have been supported through an Interim Executive Board, and more recently a Local Governing Board has been reinstated to continue to strengthen our community links and engagement. 

David Dennis, CEO of the Trust said: “We are pleased with the outcome of the inspection and the acknowledgement that the support the school is receiving from TSAT is driving positive change.” 

“Bradfield has made great strides in the journey to being a 'Good' school, securing the improvements following the Covid disruption of the first two years of the school joining TSAT.”  

The report recommends further action in attendance, behaviour and subject knowledge in order to become ‘Good’. We are currently engaged with gathering staff and student voice to further develop the personal development programme. 

Thank you to all our students, families and the wider community for your ongoing support.