NEW INITIATIVES BRING RAPID IMPROVEMENT TO ROBERT BRUCE
Government inspectors have praised work taking
place at Robert Bruce Middle School during their latest
Inspectors visited the school in May as part
of a series of monitoring inspections and found the school was
progressing well in its improvement. In particular, inspectors
highlighted work that had taken place to ‘establish clear, and
high, expectations and a sense of ambition.’ They also welcomed
‘New strategies for tackling poor behaviour and increasing
attendance’ which have proved very successful at the school.
The head teacher and other leaders have
continued their determined work towards implementing the
improvement initiatives introduced at the time of the previous
monitoring inspection and this is bringing about rapid
While the school was judged to have serious
weaknesses at its inspection in September 2013, inspectors found
the school was making progress to remove this designation. The
school has a planned programme of improvement initiatives which are
driving up standards with future plans set to build on this.
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at
Bedford Borough Council, said: “These monitoring
visits from the government inspectors offer real evidence of school
improvement and progress in raising standards across the school.
This is about ensuring that all children have the opportunity to
achieve their maximum potential and changes are going on to enable
this. We will continue to work closely with the Head Teacher, staff
and governors to build on the positive feedback from
The inspection involved meeting with the Head
teacher, Karen Parker, as well as monitoring lessons at the
In extracts from a previous monitoring letter,
dated 16th January, Ofsted confirmed ‘the governing body has taken
robust action to ensure that leaders are held accountable for
standards and has ensured that they receive the support they need
to work effectively in their roles.
The local authority has worked with the school
effectively to draw up clear plans for improvement. It has helped
the governing body to hold school leaders to account by arranging
training and helping to recruit additional governors with specific
areas of expertise. A school improvement adviser is working
effectively with school leaders to provide support and advice so
that they can meet ambitious targets quickly.
A further extract from this monitoring letter
stated ‘you and the other senior leaders are taking determined and
rapid action to implement precise and ambitious plans to improve
teaching and learning’.