We are delighted to be able to tell you that Bridgnorth Endowed School is out of Special Measures following the latest Ofsted inspection led by HMI, Mel Ford and her team, who visited the school on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th March.
Ofsted now has confidence that the Leadership and Management team in the school can continue to drive future developments without termly monitoring by HMI. Their rating has moved by two levels and is now considered to be “Good”.
The Ofsted rating for The Endowed 6th Form is also “Good” as is Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of students. All areas of the new report show significant improvement since 2014.
I am particularly pleased to read that Ofsted reported that “Leadership at all levels, including governance, has improved significantly. There is now good capacity to drive further improvement because leaders have a clear and accurate view of the academy’s performance. Appropriate plans are in place to tackle those areas requiring further improvement”.
- HMI Mel Ford was very impressed by the students she met at BES, saying “Pupils conduct themselves well around the school…They are polite to visitors and are keen to demonstrate their pride in their school. As a result the school is calm and orderly… Pupils get on well with each other. Inspectors saw examples of them helping others having difficulties.”
Mr Loveday has picked out the Good rating of 6th Form for particular mention. “Strong leadership in the sixth form means that students are now making good progress in nearly all subjects and are well-supported to develop personal and employability skills.” The finding from OFSTED that teaching is consistently good in the sixth form follows BES 6th Form students good performance in the last two summer’s exams, when they achieved results comparable to, or better than, other local schools and colleges.
Teaching in key stages 3 and 4 has improved too. The report comments that “All teachers in the academy have good subject knowledge and know their pupils’ interests and what motivates them” and “inspectors noted that pupils were supported well to develop the skills required for different ways of working for different purposes. In nearly all instances, inspectors noted that pupils were able to work effectively in a range of situations including collaboratively, in pairs or groups, and individually.”
To get a full understanding of the improvements since the last inspection please read the report, which you can find here.
We would like to invite you to visit us on Wednesday 11th May at 7pm. We will meet in the Old Hall where you can listen to a review of OFSTEDs findings from Mr Loveday and his senior team, ask any questions about the school or OFSTED report and look at comparative data about progress in the school.
The whole school has responded with real energy and team work to the challenges of the last 16 months and we will continue to work together to achieve even more. We recognise that this is only the first milestone on a journey, and that whilst the school has moved forward faster than would normally be expected, we will not rest until we are providing the very best education for our students that we can.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given the school during what has been a difficult time for us all.
Chair of Governors