Welcome from Head
Welcome to our website. Back in 1994, I started at Brine Leas with ten years’ experience under my belt. For the last eleven years, I have been Headteacher and enjoyed being in charge of a very successful school.
We are fortunate in that our extensive playing fields have been retained and improved, and our sports facilities are excellent. BL6 opened in 2010 and has become the pathway of choice for the majority of Year 11s as well as students from other schools.
Of course the danger of being in one school for such a long time is that you no longer see the problems or things that could be better and that complacency creeps in. The other danger is that I am teaching children of children who I taught! I work with a team of staff and Governors who are committed to continual improvement. Student Services has been remodelled and we have a new prospectus and Mission Statement that reflects our on-going commitment to providing an outstanding education.
Children at BLS are well taught, enjoy coming to school and can take advantage of a wealth of extra-curricular activities that broaden, support and enrich their lives. The House system provides a conduit for student participation in school and is in addition to the plethora of clubs and extra-curricular activities that take place. Every student takes part in House Activities and it is a way of increasing loyalty to the school and making a large school a bit smaller. As a result our examination success remains excellent and 2018 sees our best ever set of GCSE results. All we ask is that our students do the very best that they can do; if success means a clutch of 3’s and 2’s then that is of equal worth to a set of 9’s.
Although I will retire at the end of the Autumn Term I will still be CEO of the Brine MAT and will (still) remain ultimately responsible for standards. I hope that you come and look around the school, talk to staff and students and see if our enviable reputation is merited
Andrew Cliffe Head Teacher.