Bridlington School

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About Bridlington School

Name Bridlington School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Kate Parker-Randall
Address Bessingby Road, Bridlington, YO16 4QU
Phone Number 01262672593
Phase Secondary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1009
Local Authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Bridlington School provides pupils with a well-rounded education. Leaders want all pupils to develop a 'passion for learning'.

Pupils follow a broad curriculum. It allows them to develop knowledge and skills for their next steps in education and work. Reading is an important part of the school's curriculum.

Pupils who need support to improve reading are supported effectively with regular interventions. This includes phonics lessons. Leaders have high expectations for pupils.

The school has a specialist provision called Harland House. It is for key stage 3 pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils are taught in dedicated spaces o...n the school site.

They are sensitively supported to develop their social skills and build resilience. The Harland House curriculum is ambitious. It meets pupils' needs well.

Pupils are supportive of each other's well-being. They can learn to care for animals, including guinea pigs.

Most pupils behave well.

A new behaviour policy ensures that the school is calm and orderly. Not all pupils attend often and regularly enough. Despite leaders' actions to reduce absence, whole-school attendance is not high enough.

Most pupils feel safe in school. They say bullying does happen, but staff deal with it effectively. Staff take pupils' concerns seriously.

Most pupils feel there is someone there for them to talk to.

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

Leaders have ambition for pupils. They ensure that lessons are carefully sequenced over time.

This builds pupils' knowledge and skills effectively. Prior learning is revisited regularly. Staff use 'big questions' in lessons to engage pupils.

This helps pupils to participate and deepen their knowledge. Sixth-form students achieve well. Staff know how to get the best from students.

Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding clearly when questioned. Leaders are aware that curriculum decisions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted overall performance measures. They have further developed the curriculum to ensure that pupils have the appropriate time to study qualifications fully.

Leaders prioritise reading. Staff are well trained. Leaders ensure that different areas of the curriculum promote reading.

The school environment provides ample opportunities for pupils to read and access books. Leaders are further developing the curriculum to provide more opportunities for pupils to read. Pupils with SEND are well supported.

The special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCo) ensures that teachers are well informed about pupils' additional needs. Pupils get the help they need in lessons.

Staff and pupil relationships are secure.

This ensures that pupils generally engage well in lessons. This includes students in sixth form. Any instances of behaviour that do not meet leaders' expectations are swiftly dealt with.

Not all pupils attend well, which limits their learning. Leaders are further developing systems to reduce absence. They are investing in staff and resources to ensure that pupils attend school regularly and often.

This work shows some impact, but progress is too slow. More can be done to support parents and carers to ensure their children attend school more often.

All pupils access a 'life skills' curriculum.

It is generally well mapped out. Lessons are in timetabled slots. They include personal, social and health education (PSHE), religious education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education.

It reflects the needs of the local community. Some aspects are not as comprehensive as others. SMSC is not fully prominent in the programme.

This is also the case in the sixth form.

Leaders have developed a well-thought-out careers programme. All pupils receive independent careers advice.

Leaders have reintroduced work experience. They promote links to local employers. These include renewable energy companies.

Some pupils have visited employers to develop an understanding of career opportunities in offshore wind farms, for example. Pupils have opportunities to develop their talents and interests in a range of after-school clubs. Leaders track participation carefully to ensure activities meet the needs of all pupils.

Transitions to sixth form need further development. Pupils do not get enough advice on which courses best suit their abilities and chosen career path. Those students who attend the school's sixth form achieve well.

There is a range of vocational and academic qualifications available.

Governors are well informed. They check leaders' quality assurance systems.

They visit the school regularly to ensure leaders' actions are effective. Pupils attending alternative education provision are closely monitored. Governors ensure that they follow curriculum pathways that meet the individual needs of pupils.

Staff actively develop their skills through relevant training. Safeguarding and subject-specific development are prioritised. Early career teachers feel well supported.

Staff describe their workload as manageable. Staff feel listened to and say leaders are accessible.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The ethos of safeguarding and its culture is an embedded characteristic of the school. Leaders ensure that all staff are checked appropriately for their roles. Staff are well trained.

They are kept up to date on safeguarding, with training provided by the school and local authority. Leaders provide weekly safeguarding updates for governors and staff in short online videos.

Leaders ensure that pastoral staff receive additional safeguarding training.

Teachers feel informed about safeguarding. They know how to report concerns. Staff understand that any small amount of information may be used to build a complete picture of pupil need and instigate action.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Not all pupils attend school regularly and often. This limits pupils' learning because they miss valuable lesson time. Leaders have developed systems to reduce absence, but progress is too slow.

Leaders should further develop their systems of support for parents and carers to ensure their children attend school regularly. ? Transition from Year 11 to sixth form is not well structured. Leaders should further develop the support and guidance provided to Year 11 pupils to provide greater clarity.

They should ensure that pupils are fully informed about their next steps, with precise information on application timeframes and qualification subjects. ? SMSC education is not fully prominent in the school's personal development offer. This includes the sixth form.

It does not have the status required. Leaders should place more emphasis on SMSC in their curriculum design. They should ensure the 'life skills' curriculum prioritises SMSC education to a greater extent.

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