Haybridge High School
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Haybridge High School and Sixth Form is an 11–18 mixed academy school with approximately 1,250 students (420 in the sixth form) in Hagley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom, serving North West Worcestershire and the West Midlands. The school is a Technology College, with the two additional specialisms of Applied Learning and Sports. It is also a Training School and a Leading Edge School.
The school was built on a greenfield site and opened in 1976 with approximately 10 students. At the beginning of the 2004–2005 school term Haybridge (at the time a 13–18 high school) merged with Hagley Middle School (a 9–13 middle school) and became an 11–18 secondary school, as part of the move across the local region from a three- to two-tier system. Hagley Middle School was served by a number of smaller first schools; these first schools have now been made primary schools to serve Haybridge. Initially the one high school was still located on two sites, until September 2007 when both halves of Haybridge moved to the one campus on Brake Lane. To accommodate the extra students an expansion of the existing buildings was undertaken.
An Ofsted report of December 2008 awarded the school a Grade 1 (outstanding in all aspects), stating that the school is nationally among the top 10%. The school has consistently been one of the highest performing state schools in Worcestershire at GCSE age.
Haybridge Academy is part of a Worcestershire organization called ContinU, a trust that creates more courses for students attending secondary and high schools in the Wyre Forest and Hagley area. Haybridge is currently working with:
- Baxter College, Business and Enterprise
- The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre
- Hagley RC High School
- King Charles I School
- Stourminster and Blakebrook Special Needs Schools
- Stourport High School
- Wolverley CE Secondary School
In August, Haybridge High School achieved 85% of students gaining 5+ A* to C GCSE grades including Maths and English. In 2010, the government introduced The new English baccalaureate qualification, which gives an indication of the percentage of students gaining tradition academic GCSE's. Haybridge High School achieved 22% of students gaining the English baccalaureate, as did The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre and Pershore High School.
- Healthy Schools.
- The ICT Mark.
- Eco School.
- NACE award for work with gifted and talented students.
- The school is a specialist school with technology status, and vocational and sport as second specialisms. Foundation status was achieved in 2007. The school is a Training School and in the Leading Edge Partnership.
Notable staff and pupils
- Jacqui Smith (Home Secretary 2007–2009, Labour MP for Redditch, 1997–2010) was Head of Economics 1990–1997.
- "Specialist Schools". The Standards Site. Department for Children, Schools and Families. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
- "Ofsted report 2008". Retrieved 29 September 2010.
- Hoddinott, Caroline. "Introduction for Applicants - An introduction to Haybridge School from Headteacher Caroline Hoddinott" (pdf). FEJobs - Haybridge High School and Sixth Form. Eteach UK. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- Lee, Rebecca; Barnard, Sarsh (2012). "Haybridge High School". Hagley Societies and Organisations: A look at their history. Hagley Historical and Field Society. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- Secondary School League Tables in Worcestershire
- The ContinU Trust.
- "Secondary schools and colleges in Worcestershire". BBC News. 12 January 2011.
- Ofsted report December 2008 Retrieved 24 July 2009
- "Jacqui Smith is the new home secretary" (Press release). Home Office. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2009-04-30.