Bradford Alternative Provision Academy Central


Name Bradford Alternative Provision Academy Central
Website http://www.bapacentral.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 February 2015
Address Baker Street, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3JE
Phone Number 01274585318
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils unknown
Local Authority Bradford
Percentage Free School Meals 45.8%

Information about this school

Bradford Central PRU takes students from the whole of Bradford Metropolitan District and comprises of two separate sites, Aireview and Jesse Street, which are several miles apart. Bradford Central PRU provides places for up to 10 weeks for students who have either been permanently excluded from their mainstream school or are at risk of permanent exclusion. Since the previous inspection, Bradford Central PRU has received a delegated budget and there has been a significant change in its staffing structure. A headteacher now oversees both sites and each has a head of centre, four class teachers, four behaviour support workers and an administrator. A higher than average proportion of students is disadvantaged. While many students are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority, this money remains with the students’ mainstream school. This means that the pupil premium is not received by the Bradford Central PRU. The largest group of students are of White British heritage and a few are from Asian British/Pakistani backgrounds.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The Bradford Central PRU leaders have brought about rapid improvement across all aspects of its provision since the previous inspection. The purposeful learning that prevails across the Bradford Central PRU is a credit to all staff. The same high quality of provision is consistent on both sites. The Bradford Central PRU’s leaders have the trust and support of staff. The management committee provide clear strategic direction and set ambitious medium and short-term goals for the management team. The management committee does not use the full range of information available to it, including the views of parents and mainstream schools, to assess teachers’ performance. The management committee holds senior leaders sharply to account for the progress made by students. Students enjoy coming to the Central Bradford PRU and this leads to significant improvement in their behaviour and attendance. Students’ attitudes to learning are greatly improved while at the Bradford Central PRU. The quality of teaching over time is never less than good and it is outstanding in most aspects. Students make excellent progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Students’ behaviour is managed in a calm, kind and positive manner and learning is rarely interrupted. The development of students’ social and emotional well-being is outstanding. Provision for students’ safety at Bradford Central PRU is outstanding. Parents are delighted with how their children are cared for and the progress they make. The great majority of students re-engage with their learning and are successfully returned to their mainstream school.