Bramhall High School: over­sub­scribed and out­stand­ing

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

Bramhall High School is an out­stand­ingly suc­cess­ful school of just un­der 1300 stu­dents, which is con­sis­tently over­sub­scribed.

Our pop­u­lar­ity is based on ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults as well as ex­cel­lent sport­ing achieve­ments in a range of dis­ci­plines, a wide rang­ing ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar pro­gramme and the high qual­ity of pas­toral care for stu­dents.

By way of il­lus­tra­tion, in 2013, 87 per cent of year 11 stu­dents gained five or more GCSEs at grade C and above: 60 per cent in­clud­ing English and Maths. Many de­part­ments have more than twice the na­tional av­er­age num­ber of A* grades.

The staff are proud of the fact that al­most no stu­dents leave with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions and that al­most all of the stu­dents who re­main there full time, leave with at least 5 GCSEs at grade G or above.

They work hard to pro­vide learn­ing path­ways which are per­son­alised to suit all stu­dents, and work con­struc­tively with other lo­cal agen­cies. A con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment has been made in the de­vel­op­ment of al­ter­na­tive path­ways and a vo­ca­tional route at Key Stage 4. Ap­plied GCSEs, col­lege cour­ses and work ex­pe­ri­ence are all used as ap­pro­pri­ate for a per­cent­age of se­nior stu­dents.

There have been re­cent build­ing pro­grammes of a new refectory, class­rooms, and in­ter­nal adap­ta­tions. The work has cre­ated a block of class­rooms for maths and English and a learn­ing point. It has also made pos­si­ble in­ter­nal changes to im­prove the mu­sic and drama fa­cil­i­ties.

The sports hall and drama stu­dio are at­trac­tive, and the school does its best to al­lo­cate a room to in­di­vid­ual teach­ers next door to col­leagues in their depart­ment.

The cur­ricu­lum is pro­moted both by sub­ject lead­ers and by cur­ricu­lum co­or­di­na­tors, where sub­jects ex­tend across the cur­ricu­lum. There has been ex­ten­sive ICT in­vest­ment in re­cent years and the school­wide net­work of­fers full in­ter­net ac­cess and mod­ern soft­ware.

The school’s learn­ing plat­form is highly re­garded and grow­ing in use­ful­ness and range of ap­pli­ca­tions.

The Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA) in­cludes mem­bers of staff, stu­dents and par­ents and regularly raise up to £20,000 for the school. Each year group has its own Par­ents Dis­cus­sion Group that meets at least twice per year to dis­cuss mat­ters of mu­tual con­cern and to en­cour­age un­der­stand­ing, sup­port and good prac­tice. Bramhall High School has a good rep­u­ta­tion, both for the qual­ity of teach­ing and for the care of the stu­dents and their par­ents.

There are stu­dent house coun­cils and a school coun­cil, and stu­dents are ac­tively in­volved in as many ways as pos­si­ble in the full life of the school. A highly ef­fec­tive year 11 stu­dent leader sys­tem is sup­ported by year 10 stu­dent lead­ers, who are trained to aid tran­si­tion and to be there as a help point as part of an an­tibul­ly­ing pro­gramme.

Trips and vis­its flour­ish both abroad and in Eng­land, and like sport, they are a ma­jor fea­ture of Bramhall High School life. An open evening will run on Wed­nes­day 14 Oc­to­ber from 6pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the school on 0161 439 8045.

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