Bristnall Hall Academy

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About Bristnall Hall Academy

Name Bristnall Hall Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Ms Louisa Pritchard
Address Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, B68 9PA
Phone Number 01215525425
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1042
Local Authority Sandwell
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Bristnall Hall Academy is a truly inclusive and harmonious school.

Staff care deeply about each pupil and want the very best for them. Everyone is proud to be part of a close-knit school community that is working together with a common purpose. Pupils know that staff will go the extra-mile for them, and staff do this gladly.

The school expects every pupil to attend well and give their very best each day. Pupils are undaunted by this challenge and work judiciously with their teachers. Staff recognise pupils' efforts and hard work.

They celebrate pupils' achievements and are quick to offer support if pupils need an extra boost. This helps pupils to make fantast...ic progress and achieve highly across a range of academic and vocational subjects.

The school's strong community ethos is reflected in pupils' behaviour.

Pupils learn what exemplary behaviour looks like, and staff model this to them. Pupils respond by 'buying in' to a culture that recognises each other's right to learn. Classrooms ooze enthusiasm and productivity and the school buzzes with happy voices at breaktime and lunchtime.

Pupils know if their behaviour dips below the standard expected then staff will treat them fairly and respectfully. This culture builds pupils' self-esteem and helps them become compassionate and confident young adults.

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

The school is relentless in its continued desire to improve.

Staff are committed to this and want to play their part. They feel valued and know that leaders will listen to their views. The principal summed this up accurately, describing everyone as being 'on the bus' together.

The school and wider trust has prioritised staff professional development. This draws on, shares and develops staff expertise across all facets of school life. Pupils reap the reward of this dedication, care and energy at every turn, from the thought staff put into each lesson, to being helped to safely cross the road at the end of the day.

Pupils learn a wide-ranging curriculum. At key stage 3, this is well balanced, with equal emphasis given to the creative and technical subjects. Pupils have a broad choice of options to choose from at key stage 4.

The school has placed an academic core at the heart of this offer, with a range of vocational options that tap into pupils' aspirations and interests. This means pupils are well equipped to excel as they take their next step.

The school has developed detailed and ambitious subject curriculums.

These set out the important building blocks of knowledge that pupils need to know and remember. Teachers help pupils to join this knowledge together to broaden and deepen their understanding. For example, in history pupils draw on their prior knowledge of 'empire' when considering the concept of 'imperialism' in relation to the First World War.

The school is taking rapid action to further develop subjects where there is relative weakness. Teachers craft explanations carefully, question pupils skilfully and adapt their practice thoughtfully. Consequently, pupils learn the curriculum exceptionally well.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) thrive. Their needs are identified accurately. Relevant information is then shared with and used by staff to support pupils.

This helps pupils with SEND learn the ambitious curriculum and supports their wider social and emotional development exceptionally well.

The school has developed a vibrant reading culture. Bookshelves full of new and exciting books sit in every corridor for pupils to take and read.

Teachers read to pupils and share their love of reading at every opportunity. The library is a busy and bustling hub of the school. Pupils who need support to improve their reading get the help they need from trained staff.

Pupils benefit greatly from an impressive and expansive personal development curriculum. The school has taken great care to ensure that pupils have the knowledge to keep themselves safe and well. Beyond the classroom, many pupils take part in the plethora of clubs, trips and visits on offer.

There really is something for everyone, from fantasy role-playing games to musical theatre. Pupils are strong advocates of their school. They willingly and enthusiastically contribute to school life in many ways.

For instance, the school trains older pupils as 'agents of change' so that they can promote diversity, celebrate difference and challenge discrimination. This, combined with a comprehensive careers education that involves every subject area in the school, readies pupils to be active and responsible citizens in the wider world.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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