St Brendan’s Sixth Form College

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St Brendan’s Sixth Form College


Name St Brendan’s Sixth Form College
Website http://www.stbrn.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Broomhill Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 5RQ
Phone Number 01179777766
Type Sixth Form College
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 October 2012)
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Summary of key findings for learners

This college is good because: Students are making good progress. Teachers are skilled in providing a range of activities and materials that support effective learning, and assessment is increasingly sharply focused on helping each student to improve. Students’ achievements in examinations have improved over the last three years, and students on AS-level courses are now doing very well. Pastoral support for students is good. The college invests considerable resources in ensuring that students are on the right course. All students, especially those who need extra help, benefit from the commitment of staff to their welfare. Students enjoy college life, and value highly the culture of respect, tolerance and celebration of difference that both they and the staff have created and perpetuate. College leaders have ensured that the Catholic mission at the heart of the college, embodied in the ‘spiritual journey’ programme, makes a positive contribution to the experience of all students, including those of other faiths and of no faith. This is particularly impressive in a context in which only around a quarter of students are of the Catholic faith. Students benefit from a wide range of opportunities to extend their skills, knowledge and interests through an extensive programme of additional activities. Students in the second year of their A -level courses do not always make sufficiently rapid progress, and too few achieve grades A* to B. In a significant minority of subjects, students’ achievements are not as good as they should be. In a small minority of lessons, students’ progress is too slow. Such lessons are characterised by students taking part in learning activities that are insufficiently challenging or purposeful. The collection, analysis and use of data to identify precisely how well students are achieving, and what needs to be done to make further improvements, are underdeveloped. As a consequence, leaders’ and managers’ evaluation of the college’s performance is not as rigorous as it should be. This is not yet an outstanding college because: