AAB Press Release 2016
Date: 19 September 2016
AAB PRESS RELEASE
We would like to take the opportunity to celebrate our successes along this journey.
In the latter part of the last academic year, we self-evaluated our practices, and commissioned an independent review to identify areas which needed to be developed. As a result of the findings, we appointed an Ofsted trained consultant, and restructured middle leadership to distribute accountability across the whole school. We have also taken immediate action to appoint a new governance structure.
We believe these appointments will be a positive step towards restoring the overall wellbeing of the school. We have also restructured our in house monitoring systems and have put actions in place to address the areas that need addressing.
We appointed a new senior leadership team to include a new Acting Head of Primary, two new Assistant Head teachers responsible for Behaviour and Pastoral Care, and Curriculum, Data and Assessment. All leadership staff are supported by the appointment of an experienced consultant.
We’ve improved communication through the following ways:
Parental engagement: In primary, parents are encouraged to visit the school weekly to review student targets and check on progress. In secondary, we are increasing the number of learning review sessions for the same reason.
Staff consultation: staff meet every week to discuss issues from the previous week as part of their professional development.
Student wellbeing: our new tutorial system promotes student wellbeing through increased contact time.
GCSE Successes - 2016
Alhamdulillah, our results were an impressive 80% A*-C in all subjects, and 70% A*-C (including English and Maths), an increase from last year. Further to this good news, we also doubled the number of A* compared to last year. Our early Arabic GCSE entrants performed extremely well, with 100% A*-A.
We are also extremely proud of our primary students for their excellent SATs performance. Year 2 and Year 6 took their SATS for the first time under the new curriculum. Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah, we exceeded the national average; by 15% in Key Stage 2, outstanding results in key Stage one.
Early Years Attainment
We are also proud of the achievements of the children in Reception who achieved a ‘good level of development’ (GLD) in the 12 Early Learning Goals relating to Communication, Literacy, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development. 87.5% of our girls achieved a ‘good level of development’ compared to 73.8% the Bristol average, and 64.3% of boys compared to 59.0% the Bristol average.
Andalusia Academy is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all our children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have transformed both our primary and secondary settings.
Prior to the Ofsted visit, the senior leaders overhauled the safeguarding practices to create an efficient and effective safeguarding team. As a result, we have revised our safeguarding policy, which is influenced by The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (for independent schools), and the guidance contained in “Working Together to Safeguard Children”, the DfE’s statutory guidance “Keeping children safe in education 2016.”
We have trained Designated Safeguarding Leaders in school for the reporting of any safeguarding issues; these are Mr. Hassan (Head of Secondary, Mrs. Chowdhury (Assistant Headteacher/SENCO), and Ms Hartley Primary Acting Headteacher. The Trustees, as part of the leadership, have made this their top priority, and are fully involved in governance training.
All members of the team have received training in ‘Initial Child Protection, and ‘Advance Child Protection.’ Safeguarding children in our school is however the responsibility of the whole school community. Most staff members have completed the Initial Safeguarding training in-house. Training of all staff Insha’Allah should be completed by the end of the month. The Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed annually, and weekly Safeguarding meeting are held by the Safeguarding Team.
Behaviour and Pastoral Care
Prior to the Ofsted recommendations about behaviour, the school management had started consultation with Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team. A new Assistant Headteacher was recruited with the responsibility of managing behaviour across primary and secondary whilst, providing pastoral care. The behaviour policy was also revised and a robust anti-bullying policy also implemented. The behaviour policy is not primarily concerned with rule enforcement but is a means of promoting good relationships, so that children can work together in an effective and considerate way. At AAB we expect every member of the school community to behave in a considerate and respectful way towards each other. The focus on different Values such as respect, help students to develop an ethos of kindness and cooperation. We will continue to praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways.
Post Ofsted Inspection
As you may be aware, before the summer holidays, the school had a two-day Ofsted inspection in which a number of recommendations were made, many of which had already been identified and were being actioned. We are fully focused in continuing to work on these issues as quickly and effectively as possible.
While we work quickly towards solutions to answer the issues raised by Ofsted, our focus, as always, is on ensuring that we continue to provide a safe learning environment where children can reach their highest academic achievement.
Under our new and much improved leadership structure, we have removed ineffective procedures. In its place, we have begun to implement robust and dynamic policies, relying on expertise from HR and the local authority. This shift in leadership will bring about the necessary culture that will impact positively on teaching and learning. This will continue to improve our results, behaviour, pastoral care and safeguarding.
Thank you for your continued support.
Ms. Hartley Mr. Hassan
Primary Acting Headteacher Secondary Headteacher