Brigshaw High School
Leeds, United Kingdom
About Brigshaw High School
Brigshaw High School is a very successful and inclusive 11-19 comprehensive school of over 1320 students serving communities across outer east of Leeds. The school has outstanding teaching accommodation, sporting facilities and strong learning and community partnerships.
On 1st September 2016 Brigshaw converted to an Academy status as part of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership, a multi-academy trust consisting of ourselves and five other primary schools.
Mrs Maria Williams
Brigshaw is a thriving, popular school, occupying a large, attractive campus between Kippax and Allerton Bywater. Pupils come to us from these two “villages”, as well as from Great and Little Preston, Swillington, Micklefield, Methley, Woodlesford, Garforth and the outer Leeds suburbs. About 25% attract Pupil Premium funding. There are currently 1320 pupils on roll, including 160 in the Sixth Form. Our planned admission limit is 240 per year and we are once again fully subscribed in Year 7 for 2019. On September 1st 2016 we converted to Academy status alongside five of our partner primary schools as part of The Brigshaw Learning Partnership. Having worked together for several years as a very successful Trust, this conversion has been a natural progression. Our new status is helping attract additional school improvement resources and we are actively seeking further challenge and scrutiny for ourselves to help us raise achievement.
Our most recent Ofsted Report (June 2019) judged us as a good school. Ofsted noted:
“There’s something really special here” HMI Ofsted
● Highly effective leadership… all highly ambitious for staff and pupils
● Resolutely committed and determined to embed a ‘culture of excellence’ across the school.
● Pupils are “proud… of their school and … appreciate the recent changes”.
● Pupils’ attitudes to learning are strong… they actively participate in and support their peers with their learning.
● Governors and trustees know the school well… they are realistic and reflective…they are extremely effective in their roles.
● Parents and carers are supportive.
● Sixth-form leadership is a strength of the school and, consequently, the sixth form is good.
However, we are not complacent. We believe that pupils can make faster progress. There is still more we can do to further raise attainment. Current priorities in our School Improvement Plan are centred on raising achievement at all levels and ensuring all students are stretched; developing improved outcomes through our Vertical Tutoring and House System; and developing and consolidating partnerships. Under-pinning these objectives is an over-arching commitment to personalising learning and encouraging student leadership and parent/carer engagement at all levels of our work.