Spreading the Joy of Reading

At Oldbury Wells we are continuing to spread the joy of reading amongst our students and school community. It is an important skill to develop as evidence from research shows that reading every day, even for a short period of time, improves academic ability in all subjects. To read the full story, please click here.



Mr Swann-Horler reading in his classroom.

YA Book of the Month

the rest of us just live here pdf


As some of you know, I enjoy reading young adult fiction so I can recommend fantastic new titles to you all. The Library YA Book of the Month for November is: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by the award winning author, Patrick Ness. This is Patrick’s brand new novel and it is now available for you to borrow from OWS Library. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – let me know what you think or if there are titles you’d like to recommend for a future Book of the Month feature.

Your Library Needs You!

Would you like to become a Student Librarian and be part of a team running the library – issuing and returning books, helping people use the library, shelving books, promoting books and the library, organising and running exciting events such as book fairs?


In return you will gain work experience, learn new skills, receive librarian training and certificates, have the chance to take responsibility and be part of a team, preview new books and enjoy the satisfaction from doing a good job!

If you would like to apply for the role of Student Librarian, please see Miss Madden in the library for more information.

The Duke of Gloucester Pays a Flying Visit!

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited Bridgnorth today. He arrived by Royal Helicopter onto Oldbury Wells’ East fields, which overlook Bridgnorth town, where he was formally introduced to Mrs Godden. He was also greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of Year 7 pupils who were very pleased to have been selected to meet him. To read the full story and view a slideshow of the Royal visit, please click here.

Duke's visit Realsmart

New Schools’ Trust Established

New Schools’ Trust Established

We have led the establishment of a new Trust, which has been created to build on Oldbury Wells’ strengths.  Where appropriate the Trust can support schooling in Bridgnorth and the surrounding area.  It can also be used to coordinate the work of equally strong schools – leading to mutual benefits and economies of scale.  The Bridgnorth Area Schools’ Trust was registered with Companies’ House in June and was formed on 1st July 2015 – today!

In some ways nothing much has changed…  It has been business as usual at Oldbury Wells today.  However, behind the scenes the school does now have a new status as the lead school in a Multi Academy Trust. This lead school status is granted to high performing schools with a good or better Ofsted rating.

The Chair of Governors, Judy Mondon said, “We believe that our schools’ continued good performance and stability means that we have been granted this status; we are very pleased with the recognition.  We are very proud of the students and the school.”