News Bradford Forster Academy Secures Good at First Visit

Students and staff at Bradford Forster Academy (BFA) are delighted to return to school this term to celebrate an OFSTED good judgement, following a two day full inspection at the end of last term. Following the inspection, the school was proud to receive a good in every category including ‘leadership and management’; ‘teaching and learning’; ‘personal development’, ‘behaviour and welfare’ and ‘outcomes for pupils’.

Wendy Adeniji, Head of School at BFA commented “We are really pleased with the outcomes of our inspection – particularly as this is the first inspection that our school has had since opening in 2015. Our school has rapidly expanded over the last three years which means a lot of change and a lot of growing together to establish the school quickly. The fact the inspectors recognised the passion and commitment of the staff and the high expectations across school is particularly pleasing, and as always our students presented as brilliant ambassadors on both days”.

In the outcomes of the inspection, inspectors clearly highlighted the strength of leadership and governance within school and across BDAT to drive progress within the academy. Teaching was evaluated to be consistently strong, particularly in English, Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages. And, despite the school yet to have any published outcomes as the children have not yet reached their GCSE years, the inspectors were able to recognise that children are making good progress, including those with English as an Additional Language and disadvantaged pupils. The quality of support for pupils with Special Education Needs was also highlighted by the inspector.

Philip Turner, Chair of the Local Governing Body and a previous Trustee of BDAT said “Having been Chair of the Academy since before opening, this is a fantastic result for the staff and students in the school who have worked so very hard, as well as the contribution governors have made to the success in making BFA the good school it has now been confirmed to be.  Our vision at BDAT has always been to establish a safe, secure and happy learning environment for our students where they make good progress and also learn how to be good citizens and ambassadors in Bradford and beyond. This report validates our vision and goes further by highlighting the pride and positivity pupils articulate when talking about their school”.

Bradford Forster opened as a new Church of England Academy in 2015 as part of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust. The school is growing over five years from year 7 upwards and when full in September 2019 will enrol 1,050 pupils. The full OFSTED report is now available to read on the schools website

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