Bridgnorth Endowed School becomes an Academy
On the first of March 2013, Bridgnorth Endowed School became a converter Academy, joining many other schools across the country that have proven they can make a difference in the education of the children entrusted to their care. The school has been supported in their move to become an Academy by the huge progress in student outcomes over the last three years, for which they have received an SSAT Outstanding Improvement Award.
During the conversion process, which started early in 2012, parents, students, staff, trade unions, other schools and the local authority were consulted. The thoughts and views gained were reflected upon and ideas that follow the vision of the school acted on. The path to conversion has not always been easy because of the reliance on those outside the school to provide certain information, but Governors and staff have worked very hard to overcome the obstacles and move forwards.
As an Academy, the school has far more control over the finances that are dedicated by the Department for Education to the education of children at the Endowed School. Initially, parents and students will see little difference in every day terms, but over time the ways in which we are able to improve the learning experience of students further will become more evident.
Anne Bamford, Chair of Governors at the school said,
“The school and the governing body are looking forward to working together with the added flexibility of academy status. Our shared aim is to continue to raise achievement and give our young people outstanding opportunities and experiences. Together, we want to continue to engender a love of learning in our students by enabling them to be fully engaged in their education and so equipped for their future lives and careers and we believe Academy status will help us to do this even better.”