Ofsted praise for Robert Bruce Middle School which is ‘making progress’

Robert Bruce Middle School.
Robert Bruce Middle School.

Work taking place at Robert Bruce Middle School, in Kempston has been praised by Ofsted inspectors following their last visit.

The school was judged to have ‘serious weaknesses’ at during an inspection last September, but has now been told it is making progress to remove this designation.

Inspectors visited the school in May as part of a series of monitoring inspections and found the school was progressing well in its improvement.

They highlighted work that had taken place to ‘establish clear, and high, expectations and a sense of ambition.’ They also welcomed ‘new strategies for tackling poor behaviour and increasing attendance’ which have proved very successful at the school.

The inspectors said the head teacher and other leaders have continued their determined work towards implementing the improvement initiatives introduced at the time of the previous monitoring inspection and this is bringing about rapid improvement.

The school has a planned programme of improvement initiatives which are driving up standards with future plans set to build on this, they reported.

The inspection involved meeting with the Head teacher, Karen Parker, as well as monitoring lessons at the school.

In extracts from a previous monitoring letter in January, Ofsted confirmed “the governing body has taken robust action to ensure that leaders are held accountable for standards and has ensured that they receive the support they need to work effectively in their roles.”

The local authority has worked with the school effectively to draw up clear plans for improvement. It has helped the governing body to hold school leaders to account by arranging training and helping to recruit additional governors with specific areas of expertise. A school improvement adviser is working effectively with school leaders to provide support and advice so that they can meet ambitious targets quickly.

A further extract from this monitoring letter stated “you and the other senior leaders are taking determined and rapid action to implement precise and ambitious plans to improve teaching and learning”.

Cllr Henry Vann, portfolio holder for education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “These monitoring visits from the government inspectors offer real evidence of school improvement and progress in raising standards across the school. This is about ensuring that all children have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential and changes are going on to enable this. We will continue to work closely with the Head Teacher, staff and governors to build on the positive feedback from inspectors.”