The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre is a foundation comprehensive school in Bewdley, serving north-west Worcestershire, England. Its campus is very close to the River Severn. In late 2009 pink football socks youth, The Bewdley School was awarded Specialist Art College status. The Bewdley School is currently in the top 15% of schools nationally. At post 16 level, The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre achieved 83% of students gaining 3+ A*-E A-Level qualifications in 2015, which was within the top 5% of all sixth forms and colleges nationally.
The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre is a member of the Stourport SCITT (school centered initial teacher training) group, a collection of outstanding ‘model’ schools used to train new teachers in partnership with Birmingham City University.
In January 2016, OFSTED reconfirmed during a short inspection that The Bewdley School was ‘Good with Outstanding features’, following on from a longer section five report in 2012.
In April 2016, it was confirmed that current headteacher Julie Reilly would be retiring after 10 years of service at The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre, to be replaced by Mr Hadley-Pryce in January 2017. Mr Hadley-Pryce is leaving his current headteacher post at North Bromsgrove High School to take up the position, and described it as a ‘Wonderful opportunity to lead an outstanding school”.
The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre has its origins in the Bewdley County Secondary School which opened in April 1956. In 1972 the area adopted a three-tier system, and the school became Bewdley High School. When the area returned to a two-tier system in 2007, the High School was amalgamated with the two local middle schools to form the Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre, with Mrs Reilly as the new headteacher.
The Bewdley School is a part of ContinU, a trust set up to offer a wider range of courses across a number of schools. Bewdley school works with:
In September 2009, The Bewdley School gained Specialist Art college status. This specialism was later awarded the Arts Mark Gold Award for excellent practice amongst the department.
In September 2010, The Bewdley School received an OFSTED inspection report for PHSE as part of the new Ofsted system. Every section of the report that required a grade was judged as being “Good” (Grade 2, with 1 being Outstanding, 3 satisfactory and 4 inadequate). The report included “Students are friendly, polite and well behaved. They are confident, able to work independently and show respect for the views of others. They feel safe and secure and are able to develop skills of reflection. Many have positive attitudes to PSHE education and enjoy their learning.”. The overall quality of PHSE education, leadership and management of PHSE education, achievement in PHSE education, and PHSE in the curriculum was all judged as being “Good, if not better”.
In January 2012, The Bewdley School was inspected by OFSTED which graded the school “Good” in every category. The report included “Teaching is good with some outstanding practice”.
In August 2012, The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre achieved 81% of students gaining 5+ A* to C Grades, with 73% including English and Maths. 27% achieved the new English baccalaureate qualification. These results placed the school in the top 8 in the county.
The Bewdley School is made up of six teaching blocks. The school was listed as one of the schools to be rebuilt through the Building Schools for the Future project which was scrapped in 2010. However, the school has seen many new buildings and improvements since the scrapping of the scheme. The schools largest building block (E) was newly constructed by Yorkon in 2007, and cost around £3.5 million to build.