Alternative provision praised by Ofsted

One In A Million Alternative Education Provision has been rated GOOD after an inspection by Ofsted in February 2016.

The national school regulating body’s report marked all areas of the independent school – including leadership and quality of teaching and learning – as GOOD. It said: “Governors convey a well-articulated vision for the school, based on a set of core values, which promotes pupils’ achievement and well-being. Their determination and enthusiasm is infectious.” 

It added the provision is effective in helping young people “value their education, in many cases for the first time in several years”.

The school teaches 17 young people aged 13-17 from across Bradford who have faced difficulties in engaging successfully with traditional education. It is based in Bradford City’s former club shop next to the ground and is on the same site as the One In A Million Free School.

“Although many of the pupils come to the school with a poor history of education and behaviour, staff help them catch up to their peers and bad behaviour is rare,” the report added.

The Principal, Paddy Gallagher, said he was delighted the report identified the commitment of staff members, who “work tirelessly to not only secure academic achievements for the young people, but also to share the charity’s values of compassion, honesty, integrity and excellence”.

He added, “It’s extremely pleasing Ofsted identified and commended the efforts of the entire staff team in the work they do each and every day with the young people who attend the provision.

“As a team, we regard this report as an accurate reflection of the progress we, as a school, have made since securing independent school status.”

Mr Gallagher confirmed both he and the governing body regarded the Ofsted report in February as an incentive to continue working towards their goal of providing an outstanding school experience for the young people of Bradford.

He said: “Since the school opened, our shared objective has been, and remains, to provide an outstanding education to young people from across the City. This report has strengthened our resolve to achieve that goal.”

Ofsted was also commissioned by the Department Of Education to inspect the school’s compliance to the Independent School Standards. The school was judged to meet the requirements.

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