Located just to the east of Bristol city centre, Barton Hill Academy aspires to be a flagship school for high quality EAL provision in their Venturers Trust – and the flag is now flying proudly with their recent award of a Gold EAL Quality Mark. Despite high rates of child poverty in the local area of Lawrence Hill (around 35%, with almost 40% of pupils on Free School Meals, according to a recent report), this inclusive primary school is the first in Bristol to be recognised with a Gold award.
What’s the reason for this? There are many – and that is key. The children at Barton Hill Academy (85% of whom are learning through EAL) ‘feel safe, ready to learn and are respectful’ (the school’s Golden Rules) and aspire to be ‘doctors, artists, Islamic teachers’ due to a multitude of factors. These are linked to strategic senior and EAL leadership, inclusive quality first teaching, effective use of Teaching Assistants and active collaborations with parents, governors and the wider community.