|Executive Principal’s Blog – 15.11.19: ‘Shared loyalty and motivation are powerful keys to unlock greatness.’
As all stakeholders are aware, on Tuesday of this week we were visited by an Ofsted Inspection Team led by a very experienced HMI Inspector and complemented by four other inspectors, two of whom were serving Headteachers and Lead Inspectors in their own right.
They arrived on the same day as our hugely important annual Governors’ Day when nine of our hardworking and dedicated Governors, Trustees and Members joined us at 8.00 am to meet our Student Learning Consultants for discussions about the new Ofsted framework (an activity planned well before we knew about the Ofsted Inspection!).
Following key meetings with Middle Leaders across the school, they later joined a cross section of students in each faculty area for an informative question and answer session. They also toured the school with Student Ambassadors, participated in a joint Governors/Student Parliament meeting, enjoyed lunch in the School Restaurant, and some superb performances provided by talented students from our vibrant Performing and Visual Arts Faculty.
Chair of Governors Di Hoeksma meeting with Student Leaders on Governors Day 2019
On top of that we also had a major power cut so, were all safe but in a large secondary school without any electricity for 4 hours!
As always all staff rallied round superbly and simply carried on with ‘business as usual’; testimony to the great team spirit we all have at the school. Students, as always, also behaved impeccably and continued with their usual focus on learning.
At the end of the rigorous inspection Deputy Headteacher Mrs Ash and I joined the Inspection Team to hear about all the fantastic elements of our great school that they had noted during the two days – some of which are truly worthy of showcasing on a national stage.
Whilst the final Ofsted judgements and outcomes are confidential until the inspection report is published in December, what I can say is that we should all continue to be immensely proud of our wonderful school, which is clearly delivering a very high quality of education to all students in our care. So many ‘nuggets and gems’ across our school were recognised in the detailed feedback provided and will serve to help all leaders at BMS continue to move the school on in its journey of improvement.
What was really pleasing is that so many parents and carers played their part with nearly 340 of you responding to the Parentview questionnaire which then powerfully fed into the inspection itself! Not many schools in the country can demonstrate that parental engagement and the following immensely positive views:
97% of parents and carers agree that their child is safe at the school
96% of parents and carers agree that a good range of subjects are available to their children
95% of parents and carers agree that their child is happy at the school
94% of parents and carers agree that their child can take part in clubs and activities
93% of parents and carers agree that their child does well at school
92% of parents and carers agree that the school has high expectations for their child
95% of parents and carers would recommend the school to other parents.
Thank you as always for your ongoing support and appreciation for all the dedicated and hardworking staff at our vibrant school.
With very best wishes for a good weekend; do click on the link to read about the rest of this week’s BMS News……..