23 Jun 2015 - Ofsted Inspection 4th & 5th June 2015


We are delighted to announce the results of the Ofsted inspection that took place on the 4th and 5th June 2015. Brightlingsea Juniors has been classified as a 'Good' school in all areas.


A copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking on the link below, it will be another few days before it is published on the Ofsted website. We are very pleased with the outcome of the inspection and also the positive way the report has been written. It makes it very clear that we are not just good, but are good and continuing to improve. The judgements made matched our own school self- evaluation and the areas identified for further improvement are already part of our school improvement plan. We strongly encourage you to read the report in full. Here are just a few highlights:


"Strong leadership from the headteacher, senior leaders and governors has led to improvements, since the previous inspection, in teaching and pupils' achievements."


"Leaders have successfully promoted the key theme of 'Believe & Achieve' to ensure all staff become involved in school improvement...Parents are also engaged effectively in this programme, to support their children in taking more responsibility for their homework. The school makes good use of 'learning logs' to extend pupils' opportunities to develop their learning by linking homework to activities completed in the classroom. These make a significant contribution to pupils' achievement."


"Pupils are welcoming and highly cooperative. They work and play together in pairs and groups without fuss, helping each other to achieve. There are good relationships between staff and pupils, and pupils are respectful of adults and each other. Pupils are polite and well mannered, particularly to visitors and newcomers to the school."


"Teachers use questioning effectively to make pupils think and to deepen their understanding.”


"Learning support assistants make a good contribution to pupils' learning because they are well briefed by teachers and well deployed. They are well prepared for lessons and able to support pupils well."


"Pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a number of sporting activities which promote their well-being very effectively and they have become more confident participants in competitive sports. They are proud to talk about their achievements in district and regional events."


“Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs receive extra support according to their needs. They get help, in lessons, to tackle new topics and to help them to gain a better understanding through the repetitive use of supported literacy and numeracy skills. This support is effective in meeting their needs and these pupils make good progress.”


“Subject and other middle leadership is good. These leaders are increasingly effective in their roles.”


“Pupils make good progress because of the headteacher’s successful drive to make improvements in the quality of teaching... Classroom environments are very positive, colourful and stimulating.”


Finally, we would like to thank everyone involved in the inspection for their contribution: the staff and governors for their hard work and professionalism all year round and the parents and carers who have supported and encouraged us, particularly those who took the time to complete the ParentView survey and/or send in letters of support to the inspection team. We would also like to pay tribute to the children of our school as they are a delight to be around each day and they seriously impressed the inspectors with their impeccable behaviour and positive attitudes to learning. They are a credit to their parents and they help to make Brightlingsea Juniors such a happy, fun and enjoyable place to learn.


Claire Claydon (Headteacher) & Alan Johnstone (Chair of Governors)