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Challenge Partners Review - OUTSTANDING!

An incredibly positive report from Challenge Partners

Following our latest review carried out by Challenge Partners we are very proud that they have given us an overall estimate of OUTSTANDING. On the 15th and 16th March 2018, a team of reviewers (made up of senior leaders from other schools) carried out a review at Flying Bull. To read the full report click here.

The full report is extremely complimentary about the three areas upon which they focus:

  • School Improvement Strategies - Outstanding
  • Outcomes for pupils - Good
  • Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment - Outstanding
  • Overall - Outstanding

Here are some of the things mentioned in our report that reflects the excellent work of everyone associated with The Flying Bull Academy:

"The passionate headteacher has a clear vision of improvement for the school."

"He is ably supported by a skilled deputy and a team of middle leaders who eagerly share the drive to move the school forwards."

"Continuing professional development is plentiful and includes all adults."

"...the school now has its own Flying Bull curriculum that is more bespoke to the needs of the pupils."

"...there is a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme to compliment and extend learning."

"Improvement in the quality of teaching and learning since last year’s Challenge Partners review is testament to the strategies leaders have embedded."

"They know them extremely well and use this knowledge to adjust lesson content appropriately."

"Teachers exhibit strong subject knowledge..."

"Questioning is a key strength in the school. Teachers astutely pose probing questions that test pupils’ understanding."

"Levels of pupil engagement are high in all classes in all year groups."

"Additionally, they enjoy the frequency of partner-talk they are allowed when discussing topics."

"Teachers deploy the teaching assistants (TAs) attached to their class very effectively."

"Pupils are able to access a wide range of rewards that celebrate improved behaviour and attendance, as well as successful work."

"To support the good progress of pupils with SEND, the school has a wide-reaching programme led by experienced TAs."