Bridgewater High School

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About Bridgewater High School


Name Bridgewater High School
Website http://www.bridgewaterhigh.com
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Address Broomfields Road, Appleton, Warrington, WA4 3AE
Phone Number 01925263919
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1547 (51.1% boys 48.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.3
Academy Sponsor The Challenge Academy Trust
Local Authority Warrington
Percentage Free School Meals 9.60%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.3%
Persistent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.4%
Highlights from Latest Inspection
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Main findings

This is an outstanding school in which students from Year 7 to Year 13 display highly positive attitudes and attributes in their personal development, nearly all of which have improved since the previous inspection. High levels of attendance, excellent behaviour and outstanding contributions to the community are typical of Bridgewater's students. The achievement of students by the time they reach the end of Year 11 is outstanding and good in the sixth form: both have improved well since the previous inspection.

Students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, reach consistently high standards in their GCSE examinations and equivalent courses, making good progress from gene...rally above-average starting points. The progress students in Years 7 to 11 make is the result of an outstandingly rich and varied curriculum and excellent levels of care, guidance and support. These engage students very well and challenge them to give of their best.

Support for students whose circumstances make them vulnerable is particularly strong, with all groups, including those diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, making progress in line with their peers. Significant improvements to the previously satisfactory sixth form have led to students in Years 12 and 13 also making good progress in their learning to achieve better outcomes in their AS and A levels than in the past. The overall good quality of teaching students across the school receive also contributes well to this engagement and challenge, but not always consistently so.

This is because teachers' use of day-to-day assessment in lessons, such as their marking of students' work and their dialogue with them, does not always push students on to the next steps in their learning. In addition, and while teaching quality ensures standards are high and progress is good, teachers are not always consistent in promoting good levels of literacy across all subjects. Leadership across the school, including in the sixth form, is outstanding.

Morale is high throughout the school and all members of staff and the governing body are clear in their roles. Robust monitoring and evaluation mean the school identifies very well its many strengths and is crystal clear about what it needs to improve and enhance. Parents are positive about the school and appreciate how well it runs across two sites on a day-to-day basis.

As a result of leaders' actions, the school has improved well from an already strong position to secure outstanding outcomes for its students in Years 7 to 11 and good outcomes in Years 12 and 13. The school is in an excellent position to improve further and has outstanding capacity to sustain this improvement.

Information about the school

This is a large school operating on two sites approximately half a mile apart.

Most students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. Also below average is the proportion of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities, although the proportion with a statement of special educational needs is slightly above average.

The school serves the area of south Warrington and takes students diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder from throughout the local authority. The sixth form is known as Appleton College. The school, a Leading Edge School, has specialisms in art, science and mathematics.

It has also received a wide range of awards, including Sports Mark, Arts Mark Gold, Investors in People, Investors in Careers and the Healthy School award. In addition, it has received a Certificate of Commendation from Cheshire Constabulary in 2011 for its work in promoting community cohesion. It also holds licences for the Adventurous Activity Licensing Authority and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms