Bridge Learning Campus, the first all through school in Bristol, has achieved an Ofsted outcome of good, over-turning an evaluation three years ago that it had serious weaknesses.
The achievement was made while also adapting to the huge challenges of managing their response to Covid-19, including long periods of remote learning. The Hartcliffe school is part of Trust in Learning Academies Multi Academy Trust which supports five community schools in Bristol to deliver high quality education.
Students can start their learning journey in nursery at Bridge Learning Campus from the age of three, progressing through its primary provision until sitting their GCSE’s at sixteen.
Highlights from the report include:
- “Staff have high aspirations for their pupils”
- “It is an environment in which pupils can thrive, both academically and personally”
- “Trustees, governors and school leaders have …. been adaptable and resilient in the face of the difficulties presented by COVID-19 (coronavirus)”
- “Leaders have made great strides in the development of a curriculum spanning the early years to Year 11. This has been pivotal in improving the quality of education that pupils receive. Underpinning the schools’ curriculum are the carefully considered threads of reading, oracy and the broadening of pupils’ horizons”
- “Staff are aware of pupils who are vulnerable and take time to forge positive relationships with them. They are knowledgeable about pupils …. (and) this helps leaders to build trust and tailor the support provided”
Bridge Learning Campus headteacher Rupert Maule said:
“I am delighted that the improvements we have made were recognised by the inspection team across the whole campus. Achieving the good judgement within such a challenging climate of the last 18 months is a real testament to the skill, professionalism and dedication of every member of staff at the school. However, I am equally as proud of our students for their ambition to do well, their resilience and willingness to engage with all of our school activities.
“Our ambition, that has driven our improvement journey so far, will take us further still”
Tabitha Allen, whose daughter Olivia left this summer with one Grade 8, six grade 7s and one Grade 6 at GCSE. She said:
“Bridge Learning Campus has been a terrific school for our family and they thoroughly deserve to be known as a good school. They go above and beyond expectations and I would encourage anyone thinking about a local school to visit.”