Bentley Wood High school has been graded as Outstanding once again following an inspection conducted on 14th and 15th November. The school was graded Outstanding under every single category.
Naseema Akbar, headteacher, commented, ‘It is a report written from observations made and information gathered over two days. However, I believe it reflects a school community that operates at a very high standard day in and day out. Fully dedicated to a high-quality education for all our students now and for the foreseeable future. It is an honour and privilege to be the headteacher of such a wonderful school.’
The report states: Pupils develop into confident and caring young people at this school. The school sets high expectations for both behaviour and achievement. Pupils demonstrate exceptional behaviour and focus well in the classroom. They are respectful towards each other and their teachers and understand the importance of positive attitudes. This is underpinned by the school’s values of CARE: communication, achievement, respect and empathy, which are embraced by the school community.
The report notes, the school has placed breadth at the heart of its curriculum decision- making. Leaders have thoughtfully set out a balance of subjects for pupils to study at GCSE level, supporting their vision of providing a diverse curriculum. The curriculum is structured with clarity across subject areas. Careful thought has been given to the order in which topics are taught and how to build in local and cultural relevance.
The report highlights, the programme in place for pupils’ personal development is unique. The school offers a ‘learning journey’ of connected opportunities, which starts in Year 7. Pupils take on a multitude of roles, including as human rights ambassadors and advocates or mental health. In the sixth form, responsibilities include organising activities and clubs for younger pupils and acting as clear role models.
Naseema Akbar, headteacher, goes on to conclude ‘There has been a lot of hard work to maintain this ‘outstanding’ judgement, and we are so happy that the dedication of our staff, the support of our parents and the commitment and encouragement of our governors has been recognised.’
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