Ofsted praise for Brunts Academy

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A school is celebrating after Ofsted inspectors praised it during a recent visit.

Mansfield’s Brunts Academy, was given ‘good’ marks all across the inspection scheme, which includes the achievements of the pupils, the quality of teaching, the pupils’ behaviour, and leadership and management.

The five inspectors visited the Park Avenue school in late April and spent two days observing 50 lessons in total.

Brunts deputy headteacher Martin Heartfield said: “We were delighted with the findings of the report and even more delighted that it matched our school evaluation form (SEF) and reflected the areas that we need to develop.

“It’s an indictment of the strong and effective leadership we have and the partnership of the staff, parents, pupils and surrounding community.”

The report caps a successful period for the school after they were named as one of the country’s top schools for value added.

The Ofsted mark is an improvement on the school’s previous inspection in 2009 when it received an overall ‘satisfactory’ mark. This was prior to its academy status when it was known as Brunts School.

The number of GCSE students achieving five A*-C grades is above the national average is continuing to rise.

Inspectors said that 
the quality of teaching is reflected in the students’ achievements.

Positive comments were added about the range of subjects on offer, while the staff were singled out for praise.

The report reads: “The headteacher and senior leadership team are uncompromising in their drive for improvement in all parts of the academy’s work.

“They have successfully raised the quality of teaching and have high expectations for what everyone involved in the academy can achieve.”

Ofsted has challenged Brunts Academy to improve further to achieve an ‘outstanding’ status.

This includes improving teaching further so pupils can make rapid progress, marking work frequently and checking pupils are following advice and ensuring students in the sixth-form make consistently good progress in all subjects and courses after the inspectors said achievement in the sixth form requires improvement.