HMI Monitoring Inspection Report

I am pleased to share with you the findings of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) who visited Brimsham on Monday, 17 December.

HMI monitors schools judged to be Requiring Improvement at their last full Ofsted inspection, which took place two years ago at Brimsham. We are due to be re-inspected this year and therefore welcomed the monitoring visit, the purpose of which was to judge whether we are taking the necessary actions to secure a Good judgement at our next full inspection. I am delighted to say we are.

The monitoring visit focuses on the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection, and therefore there was sharp scrutiny of the outcomes for our High Attaining students, and our sixth form students, and the teaching input that leads to these outcomes.

HMI observed lessons, looked at students’ books and spoke to students about their experiences of learning. As our GCSE and A Level data over the last two years has demonstrated, the quality of teaching is good, and leads to students, especially our more able and those in sixth form making good progress and achieving highly. The report sets out more detail about how we have achieved this; I encourage you to read it.

We talked to HMI about our current priorities for improvement, too. Attendees of Parents’ Forum are aware of these, and know we are prioritising our middle attaining boys who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. Whilst the cohort is very small (36 students in total), it is important to these individual students and their families that they achieve well; the strategies we are using with these students will undoubtedly benefit all our boys, and all those students in receipt of Pupil Premium. Furthermore, our low attaining students achieved significantly better this summer compared to previous years, and we want to continue this trend – these students should make as good progress as their more able peers.

Our Governors are determined to lead our improvement, and are developing their skillset as their experience grows. They are hugely supportive of the work that takes place to develop successful Brimsham learners, and they challenge me and other leaders to work with a sense of urgency and ambition for our school.

If you have questions regarding the HMI report please contact me. You are very welcome, as always, to contribute to Parents’ Forum which next takes place on Thursday, 17 January at 6 p.m. The Forum will focus on the HMI report and how parents can support and challenge us to secure our Good Ofsted judgment. 

Kind regards,

Kim Garland, Headteacher

Please follow this link to view the HMI report.