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One parent commented, 'Brandlehow is always striving to better itself, and succeeding.' This ethos is what makes the school outstanding. The leaders and managers plan each improvement in meticulous detail to ensure that the pupils receive the highest quality education.
The leaders and managers have met every recommendation from the last inspection. They have raised attainment, they ensure that the pupils know exactly what they need to do to improve, and they work closely with parents and carers to help them support their children's learning. This relentless pursuit of excellence demonstrates the outstanding capacity of the school to sustain further improvement.
The leaders and managers make a...n outstanding contribution to improving the quality of teaching and learning, ensuring that improvement comes from self-evaluation by teachers and pupils alike. As a result, both teaching and learning have improved in quality since the last inspection and both are exemplary. The children get off to an excellent start in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
A great deal is expected even of the youngest children and they respond with enthusiasm and enjoyment. This enthusiasm continues throughout the school and is fostered by the adults' high expectations for all the pupils. The leaders and managers, in partnership with parents and carers, have been extremely effective in improving attendance and this is now high.
The curriculum is creative and stimulates the pupils' imagination as well as their learning. The school has a deep commitment to promoting community cohesion and the pupils have excellent opportunities to form links with schools in Europe to learn about different ways of life. Plans are in hand to develop community cohesion further in order to extend the pupils' understanding of different faiths and cultures beyond Europe.
The pupils develop outstanding personal qualities in the school. They are kind and considerate to one another and relish the many opportunities to take responsibility for others.
Information about the school
This school is average in size.
A lower-than-usual proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. Almost half of the pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. Around a quarter of the pupils speak English as an additional language, but few of these are at an early stage of learning English.
The proportion of pupils identified with special educational needs and/or disabilities is just above average. Of these, pupils with dyslexia form the largest group. An external provider manages after-school care, which is not part of this inspection.