Beaumont Leys is a vibrant school, with a real heart and soul and I am very proud to have been its headteacher for over eleven years
The school has come a considerable distance since 1998 when the exam results were 26% 5+A*-C. In 2012 we achieved 81% 5+ A*-C, and 49 % including English and Maths, both results being the highest in the school’s history.
We were also significantly above the national average for English, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, RE and the value we add to students’ attainment in their time with us. We are proud that our hard work is paying off.
Our wonderful new school, which we moved into in April 2009, has a real ‘wow’ factor and has had a huge impact on students’ attitude and morale. In November 2009 we won two Partnership for Schools Excellence Awards for our transformational work on Building Schools for the Future. Out of over 100 projects we were chosen as ‘BSF School of the Year’ and we also won the Overarching ‘Grand Prix’ Excellence Award.
We were really delighted that, under a tougher Ofsted regime, in May 2010 the school was judged to be good in all aspects, with five areas judged to be outstanding, namely: students’ positive contribution to the school community and beyond, our curriculum, our care, guidance and support for students, our partnership working and how we promote equal opportunities and tackle discrimination. The full report is posted on the Ofsted website and we would urge you to read it.
In April we were invited to join a group of 70 dynamic primary and secondary schools to form Challenge Partners a pioneering national initiative which is focused on school-to-school challenge and support. In December we had a Challenge Partner Quality Assurance Review. We were very pleased to have been judged Outstanding with two particular areas of excellence namely: English and Literacy and Embedding Ambition in a Challenging Urban Setting.
The school’s reputation is reflected in the fact that we have been invited to contribute to national policy. We hosted a meeting of the Education Select Committee in November 2010 as part of their investigation into Discipline in schools. We feature prominently, as an example of good practice, in the Parliamentary report which was produced as at the end of the investigation. I was invited to appear before the Education Bill Scrutiny Committee in March 2011 along with Sir Michael Wilshaw the new Chief HMCI. In March 2011 we also hosted a visit from Prince Edward who came to see the work that we do with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for our students and are constantly looking for ways of promoting the achievements of the school within the community. The pursuit of awards and kitemarks is part of our philosophy of recognising and celebrating achievement at every opportunity, but also of signalling that good schools are about more than just exam results. In addition to being a member of Challenge Partners we currently have Investors in People Status, Careermark, National Healthy School Status, Geography Mark, Anti-Bullying Community Award and Quality in Study Support.
Like many urban schools Beaumont Leys requires high levels of maintenance and energy and is constantly looking for ways of evolving and improving. The success of the school is down to the incredible efforts of the staff, the hard work of the students and, very importantly, the support of parents. We look forward to working with you.