Ofsted praise for Brooke School in Rugby

Brooke School was recently awarded a good Ofsted Report.''Pictured: Pupils and Staff, together with Head Teacher Chris Pollitt.
Brooke School was recently awarded a good Ofsted Report.''Pictured: Pupils and Staff, together with Head Teacher Chris Pollitt.

A Rugby school that has gone through major changes has been praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Brooke School appointed Chris Pollitt as its new headteacher last year and since then has seen a wide range of new initiatives introduced for its pupils.

“I was really happy that the report reflected everything we had worked so hard on developing over the last two years,” said Mr Pollitt.

“It reflected this massive focus on the individual needs of the children, but also the school’s desire to make the time of the children, at Brooke, spectacular.”

The report stresses how the school, which is in Overslade Lane, is preparing students for real life with the cafe being mentioned several times.

Mr Pollitt added: “I feel the report demonstrates that we are a hard-working community who will continue to drive this vision.

“I love how the report shows our students off as everything they are – polite, hardworking and caring. These are the Brooke students and children I see everyday, and I was pleased that the inspectors saw this and felt it fair to write about it. Our children do feel safe, that they are listened to, and that they learn well. As a headteacher that gives me the greatest joy in reading the report.

“I feel incredibly proud and honoured to be the head teacher at Brooke and the report goes a long way to show just a little bit of why i am so proud.”

The report rated the school as good - the second-highest possible on a four-point scale - with only a couple of recommendations to push it up to the top rating of outstanding. It has about 150 students.

Inspectors described it as “a happy, caring school where everyone cares for each other” and said “all groups of pupils achieve well because they are offered an interesting and varied range of subjects, which meets their needs and interests.”

The report went on to say the teaching is “generally good and sometimes outstanding”.

Developments to come include a café which is due to open to the public after Christmas as the school continues to develop opportunities for pupils to prepare for the world of work.