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15 June 2012

Dear Parent / Carer

As you are aware the Academy was visited by Ofsted, the schools’ inspectorate, on Wednesday 23 May and Thursday 24 May 2012. We have now received the full report with the outcomes – to read a copy of the full report please click here. This report will be published on the Ofsted website from Monday 18 June 2012.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that the Academy has received an inspection judgement of “GOOD” in all of the five areas against which Ofsted judge schools. These areas are: Overall effectiveness, Achievement of pupils, Quality of teaching, Behaviour and safety of pupils, Leadership and management.

As I am sure you will agree the report reads extremely well and is an excellent representation of the high standard of learning and student experience encountered at the Academy. Some highlights include:

  •  This is a good academy.
  • Support for students who speak English as an additional language is outstanding.
  • “The Principal and his staff have transformed the school and have given the community a school to be proud of.” (Parent)
  • The academy has high expectations of its students.
  • Teaching is good overall, and some is outstanding.
  • The large majority of parents and carers are pleased with the progress made by their children.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge and high expectations for students’ achievement.
  • Good relationships and behaviour in classrooms add to an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • Teachers and the curriculum provide good opportunities for students to celebrate their individuality as well as fostering a strong appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • In this extremely diverse community, students and staff treat each other with respect.
  • Differences are accepted as a matter of course and mixed-age tutor groups support harmonious social relationships.
  • Students say that they feel safe and well cared for and their parents and carers strongly agree.
  • Effective steps are taken to ensure that students understand their role in tackling prejudice and bullying of all kinds and they speak knowledgeably about contemporary issues with respect to homophobic and cyber-bulling. Students are confident that when problems do occur they are resolved quickly if reported to staff.
  • The dynamic leadership of the Principal has been pivotal in transforming provision and outcomes in the time leading to the academy’s first inspection.
  • The academy is forward looking. Links with other agencies and with other schools within the federation add value to the academy’s practices as they evolve.
  • Equality of opportunity sits at the heart of the academy’s work and manifests itself in the good achievement of students in the main school, and a sixth form that is now well placed to maintain its upward trajectory.
  • The curriculum at both Key Stages 3 and 4 has been carefully refined to meet students’ needs, raise achievement and support progression.
  • Feedback from parents and carers is very positive.

I would like to once again say how proud I am of all the students of Bristol Metropolitan Academy,  whose behaviour and engagement in their learning has been a real feature of this year, I would also like to thank you for your continued support of the Academy. Finally I would like to thank all the staff whose continued hard work has been acknowledged and celebrated by the inspectorate.

Happy reading!

Yours faithfully

S Taylor

Principal (2009-2013)

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