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OFSTED UPDATE

The governors and Senior Leadership Team are working independently and collectively to address the areas for improvement highlighted in the Ofsted Report and governors have instigated a number of key changes:

* We have engaged the services of Dame Enid Bibby to advise Governors on their School Improvement Action Plan and assess how this aspect of leadership and governance may be improved’

* The committees of the Governing Body have been restructured to bring greater rigour, scrutiny and accountability to our work.

* Individual Governors have been assigned to work on the Key Issues which will help the school to move forward: monitoring the impact of teaching strategies more rigorously; understanding performance data; appropriate use of the Pupil Premium to “narrow the gap” in progress and attainment between disadvantaged students and their peers; curriculum design to ensure opportunities for all and the arrangements for 6th form provision, for example.

* A new programme of Governor Training will be put in place to ensure that all Governors have the capacity to challenge the Leaders and Middle Managers effectively.

* We will work more closely with the parents, pupils and community on improving the quality of education we offer at Bridgnorth Endowed School and have assigned a committee of governors specifically for that purpose

A number of steps have already been taken within the Senior Leadership Team:

* Preet Sahota is supporting the Headteacher in operational improvement planning. Dame Enid and Mr Sahota are working together and with the Governors, Head and Senior Leadership team to ensure the smooth integration of the plans, delivery and monitoring arrangements.

* The Senior Leadership Team’s capacity to lead will be monitored closely by Governors and the results of HMI monitoring inspections will be significant indicators of success in this regard.

* The Core Subjects of Maths, English and Science are required to show significant improvement that will improve the rate of progress of all students and attainment in assessments and summer exams this year

* Particular attention is being given to both ends of the attainment spectrum: increased stretch for potential high achievers and scrutiny of the use of the Pupil Premium to ‘narrow the gap’.

* Development for teaching and support staff will be directly related to the findings of the Inspection and Middle Leaders will be given support to increase and sustain the pace of improvement

* Collaborative relationships with ‘outstanding’ academies and excellent schools in the public and private sectors are being established to provide opportunities to learn from best practice elsewhere.

This is, of necessity, only a ‘snapshot’ of the intensity of work that is now underway. We are all determined to work ‘SMARTer’ to ensure that the pupils receive the quality of education they are entitled to and that the future of our school becomes secure.

I would welcome any comments or questions on this outline of the Governing Body’s aims and we will be publishing more detailed plans to parents and the wider community in the near future.

Mark Freathy (Chair of Governors) email: MFreathy@bridgnorthendowed.co.uk

Badminton at Bridgnorth Endowed

The East-Shropshire Schools Partnership is widely regarded as a hot-bed of a badminton talent and the recent first-round of the Centre Parcs National Badminton U16 Competition held at Bridgnorth Endowed School provided a perfect showcase for the game.

Teams from Bridgnorth Endowed, William Brookes, Oldbury Wells and Idsall Schools played for the right to represent East-Shropshire in the County finals.

After some tremendously exciting games played through a round-robin format, it was the Bridgnorth Endowed School team who managed to take the title.

Teacher James McAdam said ‘I am really proud of how well the boys played, the team has real strength in depth and  all the hard work they have put in has  really paid off.’

The team seen here are:

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Left to right: Jack Denton  Jordan Evans  Sam Baugh  Chris Fell

A week later the girls u16 team of Marsha Evenett, Ann-Marie Peerless, Meg Picken & Phoebe Sage  also won and are through to the County finals.

The team seen here are:

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Left to right: Marsha Evenett, Ann-Marie Peerless, Meg Picken & Phoebe Sage

Operation Christmas Child

Bridgnorth Endowed School students have been planning what gifts to put into their shoeboxes for the past month.

Many tutor groups decided to put together one shoebox for a boy and another for a girl. The shoeboxes were packed full of colourful age appropriate gifts and essentials.

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Students had watched a DVD showing excited and surprised children opening their shoeboxes last Christmas. As a result they wanted to help make a difference. One year 11 student said she had not realised how fortunate she was; as she was likely to receive many gifts this Christmas, while many children receive nothing.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the shoebox appeal

Best ever A level results for Endowed students,

out-performing many local rivals and colleges.

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There was excitement at Bridgnorth Endowed School as A- level results were announced.

The school is pleased to announce its best ever A-level results. 46% of A-level students were A*- B grades (this is the Government School comparison measure at A-level)

Of particular note is Ben Leather who achieved 3A* grades in Chemistry, Maths and Physics and an A in Further Maths who is going on to study Physics at Manchester University. Top performing students include Ben Spicer A*, A*, A, A who is hoping to go to Warwick to study Maths; Laura Yates A*, A*, B, B who goes to Nottingham to study Business with French; Thor Preston A, A, A, B who is going to Imperial College to study Chemistry. Sean O’Gara A, A, A, C and Xusha Andrews with A, A, A, B also did fantastically well.

Mr Loveday offered his congratulations to both staff and students saying, “We are delighted at the achievements of our students. The students and staff have worked very hard and this shows in the fantastic results achieved. These results open up many exciting opportunities for our students many of whom will go on to University or begin their careers and we will continue to support them to be the best that they can be.”

Bridgnorth Endowed School GCSE success

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Following on from the best ever A-level results at Bridgnorth Endowed school last week, we are really pleased with the progress made by our GCSE students and especially delighted for the following students who have done fantastically well, amongst others: 

Mary Spicer and Elliott Watters who achieved 11 A*/A grades; Imogen Edwards, Jess Knowles, Dom Wills, Callum Van de Weyer and Rebecca Wain who each achieved 10 A*/A grades, Nick Larsen and Tajwar Ahmed who achieved 9 A*/A grades and Meagan Broady who achieved 8 A*/A grades. 

Mr Loveday, headteacher at the Endowed school, said, ‘We have worked hard with the students over the last five years, preparing them for their exams and these students have done fantastically well, setting themselves up for the next stage of their education.’ Many parents spoke to Mr Loveday on results morning, pleased with the performance of their child, but one parent’s comment really summarised their thoughts, “The kids can work hard but without the care guidance and support and great teaching they get at the Endowed School my son would never have got close to these outstanding results.” 

‘The data’

71% of students achieved at least 5 higher passes

Over 20% of all grades were at A* or A and almost 80% of all grades were at A* to C

58% of students achieved at least 1 A or A* grade with over a third achieving at least 2 of these highest grades and more than 1 in 10 students achieving at least 5 A or A* grades

97% of students achieved at least 5 passes at A* to G

English and Maths results were both above the National pass-rate of 62% for each subject.