Like most schools, Brown’s is subject to regular OFSTED inspections. Brown’s had an Ofsted inspection on 11th – 13th July 2017 and unfortunately we did not do as well as we had hoped. We have always been fully committed to providing a safe and therapeutic learning environment for our pupils. In order to fully achieve this we have remedied all areas of concern; action was taken swiftly and comprehensively over the summer holidays and in advance of the new term.
- ‘Apart from fire safety, the school’s work to keep pupils safe from harm is effective. Pupils enjoy coming to school, feel safe and are well cared for. Bullying is exceptionally rare.’
- ‘Pupils’ behaviour is good. They attend well, work hard and are enthusiastic about their learning.’
- ‘The clear majority of parents would recommend the school to others.’
- ‘The school’s work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength. Pupils engage in a range of community activities and learn about modern Britain as a matter of course’.
- ‘The school is well staffed and resourced. The staff team is positive, energetic and determined. Therapists, teachers and learning support assistants work together effectively. Pupils spoke positively about those who support them to learn. They also said how helpful they found the speech and language and occupational therapies, as well as the specialist literacy support, available to them.’
- ‘The curriculum is well designed to meet the needs of the pupils. It is effectively planned and personalised. Pupils in key stages 2 and 3 access the full national curriculum, while pupils in key stage 4 have a number of options, including qualifications in mechanics, food technology, physical education, art and design and computing. The quality of careers education for secondary-aged pupils is adequate, impartial and developing further under new leadership.’
- ‘The school’s commitment to teaching pupils about the protected characteristics identified in the Equality Act, and to preparing pupils for life in modern Britain, is strong. It is exemplified by the fact that lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils are confident enough to talk about their sexuality in front of their peers. The school’s inclusive approach means that bullying is very rare, but dealt with effectively when it arises.’
- ‘The monitoring of the quality of teaching, learning, and assessment is adequate. A programme of formal termly visits to classrooms and checks on planning, workbooks and outcomes is well received by teachers. The information collected is used to assess the quality of work in the school. It is linked to the system for managing staff performance.’
- ‘Pupils’ reading skills are well developed. This is particularly as a result of effective phonics teaching and a consistent approach to the daily teaching of reading, which is well resourced and organised. The information the school records on the improvement of reading ages shows that his work is having a positive impact.’