Bridge Learning Campus

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About Bridge Learning Campus

Name Bridge Learning Campus
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Rupert Maule
Address William Jessop Way, Bristol, BS13 0RL
Phone Number 01173534472
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1154
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Staff have high aspirations for their pupils. The 'BLC charter' reinforces the values of the school. Leaders have an astute awareness of the needs of the local community and strive hard to meet these.

It is an environment in which pupils can thrive, both academically and personally.

Pupils have confidence in the way that staff manage behaviour. They say that behaviour has improved over time.

Indeed, the school environment is calm and settled. When pupils struggle to control their emotions, staff endeavour to find out the reasons why this is the case so that support can be provided.

Pupils say that bullying is not something they particularly worry abo...ut.

When it does occur, they are confident that they can report it and that it will be dealt with. The school council and the anti-bullying committee are forums where pupils can discuss issues. Younger pupils say that there is a place to go if they feel sad.

Older pupils say that if they want advice 'there will never be no answer' from their teachers.

The school's curriculum places an emphasis on pupils' well-being, such as the importance of healthy sleeping patterns and diets. Leaders track rates of participation in extra-curricular activities to ensure an equality of opportunity for all.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Trustees, governors and school leaders have maintained a relentless focus on school improvement. They have been adaptable and resilient in the face of the difficulties presented by COVID-19 (coronavirus). They have remained steadfast to their improvement priorities.

This has meant that there is a clarity of direction, understood by all staff.

Leaders have been acutely aware of the need to manage staff's workload carefully. When new strategies are introduced, leaders always think about how they will feel for staff.

Leaders have managed to negotiate a careful balance between moving quickly and consolidating what they have done to date. Staff value leaders' considered and responsive approach.

Staff adopt a consistent approach to helping pupils improve their phonics knowledge and develop their early reading skills.

This begins in the early years and continues into key stage 3 for pupils who still find reading challenging. Overall, this is a successful approach. However, at times, teachers do not adapt their planning to address gaps in pupils' understanding before they move on.

Staff have thought carefully about the texts that pupils read and also how to give meaning to these books. For example, Year 5 pupils visited a coal mine so that they could appreciate the context of the story they were reading. Adults provide effective support for pupils who struggle with their reading fluency.

Pupils increase in confidence and proficiency because books are well matched to their phonics knowledge.

Throughout both the primary and secondary phase, pupils read books that vary and extend their usual reading diet. Staff encourage pupils to read for enjoyment.

Nonetheless, there is more to do to establish an inherent love of reading in the secondary phase.

Leaders have made great strides in the development of a curriculum spanning the early years to Year 11. This has been pivotal in improving the quality of education that pupils receive.

Underpinning the schools' curriculum are the carefully considered threads of reading, oracy and the broadening of pupils' horizons beyond their locality.

Subject leaders have planned carefully so that they can build up pupils' knowledge in a logical and sequenced way. In some subjects, there is still more to do to embed this approach, particularly to highlight specifically the important subject content that pupils need to know.

Where this is not done effectively, pupils struggle to recall what they have learned.

Subject leaders have designed the curriculum to support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Adaptions are made where necessary, but this does not detract from pupils learning essential curriculum content.

A small number of pupils with SEND follow a bespoke curriculum which is successfully tailored to their needs.

There is an ambition that pupils follow a broad curriculum. In particular, staff stress the importance of learning a modern foreign language There is a commitment to encouraging pupils to follow subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

Pupils' personal, social, health and social education is planned well. This begins in the early years and continues at an age-appropriate level as they move through the school. Pupils reflect sensibly on the content of these sessions.

For example, pupils are well informed about issues of consent and how to challenge discriminatory language and behaviour.

Pupils receive timely advice about their next steps in education, employment or training. The school meets the requirements of the Baker Clause.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding which is reinforced by regular training and bulletins for staff.

Staff are both knowledgeable and vigilant about the risks that pupils might encounter in their everyday lives.

For example, leaders have been proactive in responding to the recommendations outlined in Ofsted's 'Sexual abuse review'. Pupils hold strong views about the unacceptability of sexual harassment, abuse and violence.

Staff are aware of pupils who are vulnerable and take time to forge positive relationships with them.

They are knowledgeable about pupils' backgrounds and family circumstances. This helps leaders to build trust and tailor the support provided. Appropriately trained staff work with external agencies, both locally and nationally, to advocate successfully for pupils and their families.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some curriculum areas, teachers do not explicitly draw out the important subject content that pupils need to know. This means that pupils are not always able to make sense of what they have done before or understand how this relates to their current learning. Teachers need to ensure that they are clear about what is important for pupils to understand to prepare effectively for future learning.

• Teaching is not always built on a secure understanding of what pupils already know and can do and what they need to learn next. Therefore, gaps in understanding persist and widen. Teachers need to be confident to adapt their planning when it would be beneficial for pupils to do so.

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