Newly Appointed Headteacher, Barry Worth, has, quite literally, hit the ground running. Just a few weeks into the new academic year has seen him consistently walking around the school, sitting in lessons, scrutinising exercise books, and chatting to the students and teachers.
His vision for Bridgnorth Endowed is simple, an outstanding school with high standards of academic achievement for all students, underpinned by traditional values of discipline, courtesy and good manners.
He understands that parents and students want a school with a safe, friendly atmosphere, where teachers inspire students to achieve beyond what they believe is possible, and where a broad range of subjects and exciting extra-curricular activities are available.
The school’s positive learning environment was recognised in a recent inspection, with Ofsted reporting: “Pupils are proud of their school and achieve well. They show respect for staff and are keen to help and support one another.”
Exam results have also been positive and Mr Worth comments: “We are very proud of our academic results. For the second year running, over 70% of our students have achieved a Grade C or above in their maths and English GCSEs.”
“This is well above the national average and places Bridgnorth Endowed amongst the highest performing schools in Shropshire.”
Although this is certainly a great starting point, the new headteacher is ambitious for the school, with plenty of improvements planned ahead.
For some years, he has been implementing Visible Learning, a proven teaching approach, which has seen results rise to record levels and now places his previous school, Wolgarston High, in the top five per cent of state schools in England for progression at GCSE.
The concept of mastery for all is now at the heart of teaching at Bridgnorth Endowed. This means that every student is given support to enable them to master individual topics before moving on in the curriculum.
Students are encouraged to feel success through their individual progress, rather than constantly being graded, with the aim of motivating them and challenging any negative perceptions they may have about their abilities.
Mr Worth’s impressive track-record includes a solid foundation of teaching experience, with a steady rise towards headship. The father-of-three, is passionate about education and firmly believes that every young person should have opportunity, whether that’s going to university or securing a high-quality apprenticeship.
To visit the school and find out more, please contact Reception on 01746 762103.