OFSTED UPDATE: February 2015.
We were pleased to welcome Her Majesty’s Inspector, Michelle Parker, who carried out the school’s first monitoring inspection on Wednesday 28th January.
Prior to this visit we had submitted a “Statement of Action” and our Post Ofsted Action Plan to Ofsted setting out in considerable detail how the school is working to improve in the key areas highlighted by the Ofsted report. The Statement of Action covered the following areas:
We moved quickly following publication of the Ofsted report to ensure a thorough and rapid change in the quality of governance arrangements. The governing body has been substantially reconfigured in order to ensure that we are properly equipped to monitor implementation of the plan and the resulting increased progress made by our students.
* the new Performance & Standards Committee holds Head to account for the curriculum and the quality of teaching and evaluates efforts to ensure that all students are supported to make progress;
* the new Community & Communications Committee is developing the school website; relationships with parents and parental participation, partnerships and transition arrangements;
* the new Post-Ofsted Strategy Committee ensures the effectiveness of our governance arrangements, monitors the action plan and coordinates the work of GB committees;
* the Link Governor role has been redefined to improve our understanding of teaching and learning in school;
* Three new governors have joined the governing body to enhance our capacity to drive improvement in the school.
External Support and Partnerships
* Caroline Hoddinott (National Leader in Education) provided valuable input to our Pupil Premium Policy immediately before the Inspection and helped to kick start improved performance in this Key Area.
* Formal external reviews of Governance and our Pupil Premium plans are nearing completion.
* Governors and the Senior Leadership Team have been working with two Consultant Headteachers who have provided initial impetus and focus on leadership and management issues, identifying actions that will make most difference to the outcomes for students most quickly.
* We have established partnerships with Independent and State Schools to increase the range of external input and capacity available to the school
We will review our arrangements for external support to ensure that they are sustainable in the medium to longer term and that the school and governors will continue to have access to reliable external validation of plans and outcomes.
* With support and advice from the Consultant Headteachers we have reviewed and refocused the roles of the Senior Leaders to provide more capacity for strategic management and greater accountability.
Teaching and Learning
* We have detailed plans to address the issues with teaching and learning highlighted by the Ofsted report in October. This includes revised processes for assessment to ensure that teachers know accurately how students are progressing and differentiation to provide support and challenge to all students that is appropriate to their ability.
The Ofsted guidance for inspecting schools that are subject to special measures sets down the purpose of the first monitoring inspection and the judgements that the HMI is expected to make on that occasion.
Recognising the limits on feedback from the first HMI visit, we were very happy to receive such a positive report, it is encouraging to have confirmation that we are on the right track to remove the school from Special Measures and that our plans are sound.
The reports following the second and subsequent monitoring visits will include the judgement made about progress towards the removal of special measures and describe the progress made against each of the areas for improvement identified in the October Ofsted report. We expect that our second monitoring visit will take place in the first half of the summer term, in the meantime you can read the outcome letter from the first visit here.
We remain totally committed to ensuring that all our students get the opportunity to fulfil their potential and to maintaining the school as a central part of our community.
If you have any questions or comments, or want to help, please contact me,
Chair of Governors.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.