Thank you very much for your interest in applying for a post at Bridgnorth Endowed School. You will find details of any vacancies under the links. NQTs are welcome to apply for vacancies.
The school has over 500 years of tradition, being the Old Grammar School for the Bridgnorth area. It became a comprehensive school in 1974.
I joined the school in January 2009, moving from an outstanding school in York. The first thing I noticed on interview was the students; they are articulate, well mannered and confident in themselves. I also found staff to be warm and welcoming, and the longer I have spent here the more I find these things to be true.
Staff, students, parents and Governors developed a new vision for the school following the inspection of April 2016, looking towards the school that we are working towards:
Believe – Endeavour – Succeed
We are an inclusive and outward looking community which celebrates the individual and develops
open-minded and resilient young people, well prepared to take their place in 21st century society
The Ofsted judgment in October 2014 put the school in a difficult positon, but every monitoring visit (termly) by the attached HMI demonstrated that the school was making robust and rapid improvement. For this reason the monitoring visit of March 2016 was converted to section 5 inspection which moved the school out of SM. The inspection found that Leadership and Management, Personal development, welfare and behavior, and the sixth form were good, whilst the quality of teaching learning and assessment and the outcomes of students was judged as RI; this was mostly due to the fact that the results in 2015, whilst progress put the school in the top 40% of all schools nationally, were not as good as predicted.
As it was, the results in 2016 at GCSE were the best ever (71% 5+A*-C inc English and Maths), a new record for the school and the town; 44% of students achieved the EBacc and the progress 8 was +0.1. When performance across all five of the key Government measures is taken into consideration the school can be considered equal second best in Shropshire.
Unvalidated RAISEonline also notes the following strengths: Progress in humanities puts the school in the top 5% of all schools nationally for value added Progress in languages puts the school in the top 20% of all schools nationally for value added.
We are an 11-18 school and Value Added in sixth form has also made strong and robust improvement over the last three years so that students perform very well with us. Last summer 71% of grades were A*-C whilst 98% of grades were A*-E. The Value Added last summer wasn’t as good as hoped and still needs continued development.
We are a school that is going places with a staff who is committed to continuing the strong and rapid improvements of the last 18 months as we head towards outstanding.
The school is looking for potential new members of staff who are committed to go the extra mile for some of the best students you will have the pleasure to teach in a state school, who are reflective and always looking to improve on their practice and become part of the team.
I hope you will seriously consider applying for an advertised role should you feel you can subscribe to the vision and ethos of the school.
Mr. P Loveday