The Wordsley School
|Motto||High Expectations + Challenge = Success|
|Headteacher||Mr Michael Lambert|
|Location||Brierley Hill Road
|DfE URN||103858 Tables|
|Houses||Stuart (Blue), Doulton (Gold/Yellow), Webb (Silver/Grey), Tudor (Red)|
|Colours||Claret and Blue|
It opened in September 1972 as Buckpool School to serve the community of Wordsley, replacing Audnam Secondary School. It was renamed The Wordsley School in September 2002, and has gained specialisms in business & enterprise and music.
In 2008, a front-page article in the Stourbridge News newspaper was run, with headteacher Mike Lambert criticising Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls after Mr. Balls threatened the school with closure because it was not achieving the target of 30% A* to C GCSEs in Maths and English.
However, the school comfortably exceeded this target in 2009 when 37% of the school's GCSE students gained 5 or more grades at this level, though it was still the fourth lowest ranking school in the borough.
For every year after this initial percentage rise the percentage achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs has increased. In 2010 this was at 46%, in 2011 this was at 50% and then in 2012 this number was 53%.
Notable former pupils
- Carl Bridgewater, murder victim who was a third year (equivalent of today's Year 9) pupil at Buckpool School when he died on 19 September 1978
- S. J. Watson, writer whose most notable work is Before I Go to Sleep which is now being made into a film starring Nicole Kidman.
- "The Wordsley School — Business & Enterprise & Music College". Wordsley.dudley.sch.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
- "Specialisms and Vision". Wordsley.net. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
- "Head slams Schools Minister (From Stourbridge News)". Stourbridgenews.co.uk. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
- "Secondary schools in Dudley". BBC News. 15 January 2009.
- "School Percentage achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs". Department for Education. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- "S J Watson - Author". Stourbridgenews.co.uk. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
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