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Brayford Academy
Brayford Academy

Ofsted Report

Inspection Dates 9-10 October 2012
Overall Effectiveness
Previous Inspection Good 2
This Inspection Good 2
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school:

  • Pupils are making good progress and achieving well.
  • Improvements in the quality of teaching have ensured that the good rates of progress in English and mathematics continue to rise. This has resulted in improving standards, which by the end of Year 6 are at least in line with the national average. Standards in reading at the school are above average.
  • Pupils' behaviour is good and often exemplary. They enjoy school, have positive attitudes and are highly respectful to each other and their teachers.
  • They are keen to come to school and report that they feel very safe and well looked after. Attendance is above average.
  • Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are fully included in lessons and make good progress due to good teaching and support.
  • The new headteacher is providing strong leadership and is supported by a committed team of leaders, managers and governors. There is a shared belief in the desire to sustain improvements and become outstanding in the future.
  • All leaders, including the governing body, work together well and have reversed the decline in standards seen at the school two years ago. They have challenged the teachers to improve their teaching and consequently, pupils' achievement has improved significantly.

It is not yet an outstanding school because:

  • Pupils are not always actively involved in lessons and some lessons do not proceed at a quick enough pace. Occasionally, tasks are not well matched to pupils' abilities, especially the more able.
  • Teachers do not always provide enough opportunities in lessons for pupils to develop their independent learning skills.