Bushey Meads School is part of the highly successful Bushey St James Trust; a growing Multi Academy Trust in leafy Bushey, Hertfordshire. Transport links are good with the M1, M25, A1 and A41 being close by, bus routes are only a short walk away making a journey to train stations easy too. The Trust itself is currently comprised of Bushey Meads School (secondary), Little Reddings Primary School and Hartsbourne Primary School. The Trust is committed to continuous improvement and providing a high quality learning environment for all and is ‘Going for Greatness’. The school is both innovative and an incredibly rewarding place to work. It is a vibrant learning community and is ranked as Hertfordshire’s 5th most popular school (School Guru).
Bushey Meads School is part way through a multi-million pound expansion project to provide an even better learning experience for students. During the last 3 years the site has been extensively developed to provide a whole variety of brand new inspiring learning spaces. These include new English classrooms, a fantastic refurbished and extended Learning Resource Centre, new office spaces and meeting rooms, a Professional Learning Area for staff (complimenting the inspiring staffroom), state of the art Performing and Visual Arts spaces (including a theatre environment in our Main Hall with raked seating, industry standard sprung dance floor, full lighting and PA rig, as well as an additional brand new theatre space for Drama teaching and performance), new Science Labs, a superb Music Block and recording studios, outstanding Sixth Form Study Centre and Sixth Form Café, refurbished Pastoral Care Centre, facilities for our PE & Health Faculty, new Sensory and Medical Rooms for our SEN Faculty and a major refurbishment and large extension for the School Restaurant.
The school population consists of approximately 1200 students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and is a truly comprehensive school incorporating abilities across the full spectrum. As a secondary school we have students from year 7 (age 11) to year 13 (age 18 / 19) which is Key Stages 3 – 5. We have a specialist ‘Base’ unit which accommodates students with severe Physical and Neurological impairments, one of only three in Hertfordshire LEA. These students are encouraged to be part of the whole school community and are provided with the relevant support enabling them to achieve their full potential. Over 15% of our students have Special Educational Needs and about 13% have English as a second or other language. Some 22% of our students qualify for free school meals. Our well-maintained school site lends itself to creating a real family atmosphere and many visitors to the school comment on the outstanding behaviour of our students and excellent pastoral care. Staff morale is high, the atmosphere in the school is very positive and students’ work and behaviour in and around school reflects this.
Our exam success:
In 2017 we celebrated achieving many of the school’s ‘best results ever’. At a time when most schools’ results indicated a dip in performance at GCSE level (particularly with the introduction of the new much more rigorous English and Maths specifications) it was very pleasing to achieve our best ever combined English result of 87%, best ever Maths result of 86% and best ever 5+ A* – C measure including English and Maths of 76%. In addition to this, nearly 1 in 5 students achieved 5 or more A* and A grades.
Results at A level in 2017 were also very good and indicated that we are continuing to add real value to students’ education. With some of our inspiring, vocational courses, students achieved almost two grades higher than their aspirational target grades. Students across all subjects were celebrating on A level results day as they gained some hugely prestigious places at some of the country’s top universities.
What else do we do?
We have established partnerships with many external organisations and agencies including other secondary and primary schools, Middlesex University and the Local Authority. The school is a member of PiXL (Partners in Excellence) and actively participate in events/courses. We have a very strong and supportive Trust and Governing Body who take an active part in the life of the school – taking assemblies, linking with curriculum areas and being fully involved in moving the school on in its journey of school improvement, for example by attending joint SLT/Governors strategic planning meetings throughout the year.
Why choose Bushey Meads School?
As a school, and across the Trust, we rightly expect high standards from both staff and students, but equally look after our best assets – the people who work here. Professional development and resources for staff are a priority and our strong ethos and culture of achievement supports this aim. We offer excellent NQT support including a bespoke programme of training and mentors and are part of the Schools Direct Programme. We are always looking for ways to encourage professional development and to reward those individuals who exceed expectations.
From September 2018 we are opening the ‘Little Gems’ BSJT Day Nursery which offers high quality, heavily subsidised term-time childcare for children of all staff within the Bushey St James Trust. For further information about the BSJT Little Gems Day Care Nursery please contact Rachael Coombs, BSJT Business Manager, through the HR Team on 020 8955 8833.
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