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Message From The Headteacher

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I am delighted to be the new headteacher of Bristol Free School. This is clearly a vibrant and successful school, serving the community of North West Bristol. The school’s impressive ‘A’ Level and GCSE results in 2018 are the best possible foundation for my headship and I am grateful to our staff for enabling our students to do so well. I am also grateful to  parents for working in such effective partnership with our staff.

The aim at BFS is to ensure that every child who comes here receives the highest quality educational experience and leaves us ready to thrive and succeed in the adult world. We understand that each child is unique and has his or her own set of talents and aspirations. For that reason Bristol Free School offers not only high academic standards, with the support and challenge each child needs, but a wide range of responsibilities and extra-curricular opportunities, to suit all aptitudes and tastes. Since arriving, I have been delighted by the range and depth of all that Bristol Free School has to offer – both inside and outside the classroom – including music, drama and competitive sport.  This is an essential part of this school’s success and character. 

Under my leadership this school will continue to expect every student to work hard, behave well and make the best of everything that is on offer here.

Susan King

Headteacher

Our Vision

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We will create a learning environment that ensures success. We will ensure a safe, caring, supportive and inclusive school in which academic success will be delivered and the development of individual flair, creativity, talent and personality will be encouraged.

Our mission is to establish a school that is the natural choice for the parents of North West Bristol, within a mixed economy of provision. This will be achieved through ensuring a culture of success and achievement, a refusal to compromise on “excellence” and a commitment to ensuring that all children achieve their maximum potential. We will focus on attainment within traditional core subjects (English, Maths, the sciences, (ICT) humanities and at least one language), whilst providing a rich and exciting curriculum. We also believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sporting activity, as part of the curriculum, as an extra-curricular activity; and in competition with other schools.

Our school will play an active and enthusiastic role in the local community. We fully recognise our responsibilities to our neighbours and the environment.

We aim to rapidly secure the confidence and support of the local community and will fully reciprocate this.

We will never lose sight of the fact that our school only exists because of the vision, aspirations and positive support of parents and carers.

Parents typically ask three things about a school. “Will my child be safe & happy?” “Will s/he achieve well?” “Are parents taken seriously?” These questions inform the seven main principles of our ethos:

  • Achievement: BFS will deliver a full range of outcomes, but with an uncompromising focus on attainment, driven by outstanding progress for all pupil groups in turn driven by outstanding teaching, where pupils learn how to learn.
  • Enjoyment and safety: we want pupils to experience the ‘everyday excitement’ of successful learning, augmented by special events and extra-curricular ‘add-ons’. Unobtrusive but reliable behaviour and safeguarding systems will ensure pupils feel safe and secure in their schooling.
  • Core competencies: examination success in the curriculum ‘backbone’ will be a basic entitlement, underpinning the broader curriculum, and the musical and sporting engagement we value.
  • Best practice: our starting point is putting in place tried and tested practice (leadership and management, curriculum, teaching) to secure outstanding learning. Innovation is in the form of outstanding teaching leading to outstanding outcomes for students.
  • Accountability and Quality Assurance: excellence is as much about attention to detail, as it is about inspiration. Staff will be trained to thrive in a ‘No Excuses’ culture where responsibility, accountability and quality assurance are everyday processes.
  • Transparency: parents will get clear, frequent feedback on their child’s learning
  • Responsibility and Self- Esteem: pupils will be given increasing levels of responsibility within the school, and in community service for our local and wider communities, so the self-esteem they develop through high achievement is mirrored by an understanding of other people’s needs and entitlements.

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