Since my arrival at Brine Leas in 2000 I have had the pleasure of being part of a school that helps our young people excel across a broad range of disciplines. Taking over as Head of School in January 2019, I now have the privilege of leading this school on the next part of its journey.

Brine Leas students are exposed to a wealth of opportunities both within the classroom and beyond, in a school that places a strong emphasis on the development of well-rounded individuals. The school and parents can and do feel justifiably proud of the achievements made by students in their time at the school. I am fortunate to be supported by a first-class team of staff, by strong governors and by a highly supportive parent body who, quite rightly, expect only the very best for their children.

From the moment they arrive in Year 7, our students are expected to achieve in a happy, caring and supportive environment. Regardless of their ability, students are set ambitious targets for their academic progress. Our curriculum enables students of all abilities to be both supported and challenged. Expectations are high in relation to attitudes, behaviour, effort and uniform.

BL6 is an outstanding sixth form where both Brine Leas students and a significantly large number from other local secondary schools come to study in our sixth form and enjoy a broad and rich curriculum – a curriculum which prepares them for work, apprenticeships and universities. It is a thriving community that insists on the same high expectations as the rest of school.

To the visitor, the warm, friendly and positive relationships both between staff and students and within the student body itself are immediately apparent. These are an obvious characteristic of a happy school where young people learn in an environment where creative and engaging lessons, delivered by a dedicated team of staff, are the norm.

We have well-established links with local primary schools and this allows students to gain first-hand experience of secondary school life from the earliest opportunity. An extensive transition programme allows children to make a smooth move from primary school to secondary school. All of our Year 7 students go on a residential trip to aid their transition and make lifelong memories.

Alongside the many mainstream school clubs, students have the chance to become involved in bigger opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Classroom learning is enhanced with local, national and international trips. Recent visits have included trips to Iceland, Uganda, Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands to name a few.

Feel free to learn more about the achievements of our staff and students by making an appointment or by reading the most recent Ofsted Report from 2017. I or a member of my team would be delighted to meet you in person, to show you around the school and answer any queries you may have.

David Cole
Head of School