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Communication from the Headteacher,

BJAB Administration

Our Recent Inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

Written the 26 May 2016

Dear Parents,
As you will know, the British Junior Academy of Brussels was inspected by ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) between April 11th and 14th of this year.

The inspectors considered eight areas of school life and graded them accordingly:

Area Grade The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning EXCELLENT

The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision EXCELLENT

The contribution of teaching EXCELLENT

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils EXCELLENT

The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety EXCELLENT

The quality of governance EXCELLENT The quality of leadership and management EXCELLENT

The quality of links with parents, carers and guardians EXCELLENT
As you can see, every area was graded EXCELLENT.

This is the second time that the British Junior Academy has been graded excellent in all areas and we are now one of only a few schools that have been awarded this accolade; and one of an even more select group of schools who have been awarded excellent in all areas twice.
The inspectors were particularly impressed by the following:
 Pupils’ achievement is excellent in relation to British age-related expectations

 The curriculum provision is excellent; it is rich in content, balanced and exciting

 From the EYFS onwards, pupils follow a rich and varied programme with facilities, resources and educational visits matched well to pupils’ needs

 Teaching engages and motivates pupils to be inquisitive learners. Teaching captures the pupils’ interests and enthusiasm

 Teachers have established an excellent rapport with their pupils. The teaching sets high expectations for pupils

 A distinctive feature of the teaching is the degree of independence pupils have in their learning, and they are positively encouraged to be involved in making choices with regard to the levels of challenge they undertake. The school has developed an outstanding and original system of grading tasks. Tasks are graded by difficulty and described as mild, spicy and hot with ‘vindaloo’ extension tasks.

 The quality of pupils’ spiritual development is of the highest quality

 They demonstrate acts of simple, genuine courtesy in an unforced fashion

 They are, in a very positive sense, charming

 Staff provide extremely effective support and guidance for all pupils

 Few rules are needed and behaviour is excellent. Positive behaviour reinforcement systems are well embedded

 Clear and effective safety emergency procedures are put into action should the need arise and this ensures the children’s safety and welfare

 The quality of governance is excellent

 The proprietor and members of the advisory committee act as the school’s governors and are highly supportive of the school

 The quality of leadership and management is excellent

 A sense of unity among staff has quickly developed

 Under the guidance of the recently appointed headmaster, policies and procedures are highly effective

 The leadership is approachable and accessible, and its passion and commitment to the school are evident in the strong pastoral care and personal development of pupils across the school

 Staffing levels are excellent and staff are well qualified

 All those working with children are suitably checked and recorded through recruitment procedures which are followed scrupulously

 From the EYFS onwards, the school fosters extremely constructive relationships with parents through its highly organised and effective communication systems and the many opportunities parents have to be involved in school life
I would like to thank everyone who has had an impact on this excellent report. I am extremely grateful to Mme de Maertelaere, Mrs Harland and Mr Willan who, as a governing body, provide me with excellent support and challenge. The inspection highlighted many strengths of BJAB and I must thank both Mrs Perry and Mrs White, who contributed to building such a wonderful school. I would also like to thank all the parents who have been so supportive since I started here at BJAB, this is very much appreciated.
I cannot thank the whole school staff enough for their hard work and commitment to the school. As you can see from the report, it is reflected in everything we do. They are truly an inspiration and I am honoured to work with such an amazing group of people.
Finally, I would like to thank the wonderful children, who impressed the inspection team with everything they did. The inspection process is for the benefit of the children as well as to celebrate their successes.
You may see that there are two areas for development. All schools are given these, so BJAB is no exception. We have already started work on revising our marking and feedback policy and will shortly introduce peer observations between staff.
With my very best wishes,
Gareth Evans