We are a very successful and innovative school, one which has been graded ‘good’ in the previous two Ofsted inspections with increasing evidence of outstanding elements. Whilst we are a good school we aspire to be a great one and this is reflected in everything we do. Key to the success of any school, I believe, is the appointment of really high quality staff who are passionate about making a difference to every child in their care. I believe that at BCA we have a very effective and highly motivated team who are all committed to achieving this aim, indeed this is reflected both in terms of the high quality learning environment and also the quality of teaching and learning evident right throughout the school. We are also in a unique position in that not only do we have two Lead Practitioners, who are outstanding teachers in their own right, but we also have Additional Teachers in every year group, thus reducing significantly the need for using supply or agency teachers. This approach ensures that children only receive ‘first-quality’ teaching on a consistent basis: collectively this is helping to improve standards year on year.
We have a very strong Pastoral Support team which helps to ensure that children who are new to the school settle in really quickly, for we recognise that in order for children to learn they need to feel ‘safe and happy’. There is also a lot of support for other vulnerable groups such those who are EAL, SEN and Pupil Premium as we recognise that many of our children start from a comparatively low base and so therefore need to make accelerated progress in order to be fully prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.