Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is a truly diverse Academy that welcomes students and staff from all backgrounds. Becoming a member of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy means a welcome into the Bluecoat family. Under the sponsorship of Bluecoat Academy, we have grown to become a strong member of the Archway Learning Trust, playing our part in continuing the tradition of excellent education for children from the City of Nottingham and beyond.
We are thrilled that, in February 2017, Ofsted recognised the many wonderful opportunities that we are providing for our students. In particular Ofsted acknowledged the tremendous progress that has been made at the school since the last inspection of our predecessor school in 2013. It is a great source of pride for everyone connected with Bluecoat Beechdale Academy that we have made huge strides to improve in all key areas and received ‘Good’ judgements in teaching and learning, outcomes, leadership and the overall effectiveness of the Academy.
We have high aspirations for ourselves, our students and the community we serve and our intention is to improve life chances and life experiences for the children and families we work with. This was evident to the Ofsted inspection team who made the following observations:
“All pupils are being well prepared for [the] next stage of their education, training and employment, because the school ensures that they leave with the skills they need to prosper”
“Teaching assistants provide effective support to help pupils who have complex learning needs."
Ofsted, February 2017
As Principal, I am passionately committed to excellence for all. We make no apologies for the unequivocally high standards that we have here at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy; we expect students to have excellent behaviour, attendance and attitudes to learning following role modelled behaviours from our staff. We also expect our staff to be excellent too, by delivering inspirational teaching that ignites a love of learning and instils a belief in learners that anything is possible.
BLUECOAT BEECHDALE ACADEMY
Central to the success of any Academy is the partnership between students, the Academy and parents/carers. Our hope and expectation is that our students leave Bluecoat Beechdale Academy as well rounded, happy learners, able to deal confidently with the challenges of the world around them to which every member of teaching and support staff have contributed to in some form.
BELIEVE – Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is part of Archway Learning Trust whose ethos is summed up by its mission statement: ‘Believe – in yourself, in others, in God’. Although Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is not a Church of England Academy, it was decided that this word – ‘Believe’ – encapsulates the strong links we have with the Trust, while also expressing the commitment to encourage self-belief in our students. Believe speaks of aspiration, ambition, hard work, commitment and setting and achieving goals, all of which are central to our work at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy.
BELONG – The academy has always had a strong sense of community, both amongst its staff team and through its close ties with local primary schools, sports teams and the local community. Bluecoat Beechdale Academy set out to build on these foundations as a successful local school, for local children. The word ‘Belong’ expresses this commitment to our community and a strong sense of togetherness, service to others, inclusion, pastoral care and a shared common purpose.
ACHIEVE – Coming to Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is about students gaining the best possible grades in academic qualifications which will help young people make the next step in their lives. It is also about fulfilling potential in vocational learning, sport, the arts, outward bounds activities and student leadership awards. Our success as an academy is rightly measured by the extent to which our students achieve a range of qualifications and other skills, enabling them to lead successful lives which, in turn, enrich the lives of others