An Ofsted inspection team visited the College on 27th June 2017 and I am delighted to inform you that the College continues to be rated a “Good” school.
Students were found to be welcoming, respectful and friendly to each other and adults, and are eager to learn. I am very proud that the Inspectors described student conduct as ‘exemplary’. Students were found to be curious about the world around them and that the school’s ‘broad and balanced curriculum provides many opportunities for them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding’.
English was seen to be a strength of the school with pupil progress significantly above national standards. Indeed, BVC is listed in the top 7% of schools in England for pupil progress in English.
Thank you to those parents who returned the inspectors’ questionnaire, praising the school and commenting on the dedication of staff, their “enormous support, both academic and pastoral” and the “highest level of caring”.
Inspectors found the school to be very inclusive of all pupils, regardless of their background and ability, and acknowledged that these students made good progress across the school. However they thought that the school should do more to improve the attendance of disadvantaged students, and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The link between high achievement and attendance is very clear and we aim for all our students to achieve 100% attendance.
I would like to thank the staff and students for all their hard work in making this possible. The college is now planning to build upon this success to achieve “outstanding” status in its next Ofsted inspection.
Mr D Cooper, Principal
Link to Ofsted, BVC Report
Link to Ofsted, Parents Questionnaire results