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Flying Bull

Challenge Partners

The Flying Bull Academy is a member of Challenge Partners.

They are a charity, owned and led by schools, who work together to lead school improvement. At The Flying Bull Academy, we are committed to continually developing every area of the academy to give children the very best learning opportunities throughout their time with us. Being a member of Challenge Partners helps us by giving us: annual reviews carried out by a team of reviewers to validate the school’s judgements and challenge us to be even better, access to a range of support from fellow member schools and a focus for collaboration with other local member schools to drive improvements for all of our children.

2018 Review

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."

2017 Review

Following our latest review carried out by Challenge Partners we have some very positive feedback to share. On the 14th and 15th March 2017, 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 - Good

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

"Infectious enthusiasm from the EYFS leader and staff promotes positive attitudes to learning within and engaging learning environment."

"Pupils are very proud of their school and respectful of their teachers."

"Year 6 pupils feel well prepared for Year 7."

"Pupils' behaviour is excellent because rules and routines are well established and positive behaviour management is consistent across the school."

"Engagement in learning is high; pupils understand how to improve through appropriate pace and a variety of activities."

"Positive relationships at all levels help pupils feel valued and the work on growth mindsets results in an excellent climate for learning. Pupils said, 'it's all about learning' 'it's ok to make mistakes.'"

"Teachers know each pupil well."

"Teacher's excellent, confident subject knowledge ensures effective progression."

"Pupils are very articulate in explaining their learning."

"The headteacher and deputy headteacher act as excellent role models, being visible, hands-on leaders across the school so that learning pervades at all levels."

"Leaders at all levels are driven by high expectations of pupils' achievement."

"The dynamic learning culture has been created through valuing the adults' learning as well as the pupils, so high quality opportunities impact productively on professional development."

"Teaching assistants make an effective contribution to learning because they receive training that is linked to the appraisal cycle and mirrors the valuable training that teachers receive."