BES Ofsted Report
Bridgnorth Endowed School was inspected by Ofsted on 21 and 22 October under the new framework, introduced in September 2014. The inspection lasted two days and focused strongly on achievement in the core subjects of English, Maths. and Science and particularly on the progress of a specific group of disadvantaged students for whom the school receives additional funding known as the pupil premium.
The key findings of the report refer to:
* Achievement in English and mathematics is inadequate. Too many students underachieve by the end of Key Stage 4.
* Disadvantaged students and those who are disabled or who have special educational needs make much less progress than they should.
GCSE results last summer were less good than the school had expected, particularly in English. This had a considerable impact on the progress and achievement of “Pupil Premium” students. Although other areas for development were identified, the Inspection focus on the inadequate progress of this group of young people meant that progress overall is described in the report as inadequate. The quality of teaching and leadership and management were consequently also drawn into this category. Headteacher Phil Loveday said “We were disappointed that good results in options subjects, such as MFL, history and art, and results at A Level did not feature in the report; neither did the offer of a wide range of excellent opportunities and experiences which enable young people to flourish outside the classroom.”
The report acknowledges that the school had recognized these issues and had taken steps to address them, saying “the strategies to drive improvements to teaching and learning have only recently been introduced and it is too soon to see if these are going to make any difference for students currently at the school.” but the date of the inspection so early in the academic year gave little time for evidence of the impact of these more rigorous strategies to have emerged.
The newly elected Chair of Governors, Mark Freathy, said “The governing body and school staff are deeply disappointed by the inspection outcomes but we accept that the school has to do better if its students are to achieve their best, particularly in the key areas of English and Maths. We are all committed to improving outcomes for our students and are working hard to address the issues highlighted by the report. We expect to see a significant improvement in the progress made by all our pupils and that this will be demonstrated in GCSE results next summer.”
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.