Henbury School in Bristol achieves ‘stunning’ improvement

This Is Bristol is reporting that Henbury School in Bristol has been named in the top 10 per cent of the most improved secondary schools in Britain. The school was one of the worst performing in Bristol in 2004 and has recently converted to academy status.

HENBURY School has been named in the top 10 per cent of the most improved secondary schools in Britain.

The school was one of the worst performing in Bristol in 2004.

It has been singled out for the huge rise in the number of its students earning 5 A*-C grades including maths and English over the last four years.

Those achieving the grades almost doubled, shooting up from 25 per cent in 2008 to 46 per cent last year.

The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) described the school’s improvement as “stunning”.

Clare Bradford, the school’s head teacher, expects the figure to jump by another seven per cent when the latest set of GCSE results are released next month.

She puts the improvement in academic achievement at the school, which became an academy in June, down to increasing the aspirations of students.

When she arrived at the school in 2004, just 13 per cent of pupils managed 5 A*-C grades including maths and English. This rose to 25 per cent in 2008 then 27 per cent in 2009 before a dramatic leap to 39 per cent in 2010.

Ms Bradford said: “It’s about working closely with the students and families to increase their aspirations and motivation, as well as focused hard work from staff and students. It’s about children realising they have the chance to do as well here as anyone can anywhere else.”

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