Blaise High School, formerly Henbury School, has opened its doors as the latest member of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
It was formerly a community school that was established in 1956 known with the name Henbury School and converted to an academy in June 2012. It was adopted its present name in September 2019 and is part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
On 2nd September 2019, Blaise High School in Bristol opened its doors as the latest member of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. Blaise High School is a co-educational, fully comprehensive school for young people aged 11 to 18 years in the west region of Bristol.
After consultation with the local community, the Governing Body of Henbury School agreed that the best way forward for the school was to join the Trust. Since January 2019, the Greenshaw Learning Trust has worked with the Department for Education, school governors and staff to prepare the school for transfer and has provided senior leadership support, which has already brought about significant improvements.
A significant milestone in the school’s development is the appointment of the new headteacher, Katherine Brown. Ms Brown was the Deputy Head Teacher at Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle, London and was instrumental in significantly improving outcomes for students. Ms Brown will be in post for the start of the new academic year.
Will Smith, CEO for the Greenshaw Learning Trust, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Blaise High School into our family. We have already been working closely with the school community to support the school on its improvement journey and we look forward to that continuing under new Headteacher, Katherine Brown.”
The Board of Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust has appointed Therese Gillespie as Chair of the Local Governing Body.
Blaise High School is an ambitious, welcoming and all-inclusive academy. We are a proud member of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, a ‘family’ of like-minded schools, that collaborate to provide mutual support, share their good practice and learn from each other, whilst retaining and developing their own distinctive character.
At Blaise High School we strive to ensure students leave Blaise High School with strong academic qualifications, a well-developed character and clear values that will carry them through to long term success. Our values of Ambition, Inclusion and Collaboration ensure all students are equipped with a Growth Mind-Set and can meet our common mission of Social Justice.
Students can achieve the very best academic qualifications and skills to ensure they are able to take the educational and career path of their choice. Ensuring this lies at the centre of our school and we wholeheartedly believe that these opportunities can be earned no matter the background or starting point of our students. For us, this is summarised in our mission of Social Justice. We work collaboratively with parents and carers to create an ethos where responsibility for success in this mission is shared.
Katherine Brown, Headteacher
Ethos and values
AmbitionBlaise High School is ambitious. We expect the very best from each other because we believe that every one of us can succeed.
This is reflected in our challenging curriculum: we read ambitious books; we put intervention in place for every student who is falling behind; we teach complex knowledge concepts so that every student leaves able to compete with others who have been to the very best schools in the country.
InclusionBlaise High School is inclusive. We are a diverse community who believe that equality of opportunity is essential to the success of our school.
This is reflected in our excellent provision for all students: each receives additional bespoke support where needed; we celebrate and respect the diversity in our community; we engage all pupils in rapidly developing their oracy and leadership skills and ensure everyone takes part in character development.
CollaborationBlaise High School is collaborative. We show respect to one another at all times and ensure everybody’s right to a professional safe learning environment.
This is reflected in disruption-free lessons day in, day out; lesson in, lesson out. This is a tough but important aspect of what sets us apart from other schools. We believe wholeheartedly that all our students can meet our high standards and therefore do not accept anything but their best behaviour at school. We will not settle for less. Our students enjoy being together at school because we invest in a collaborative approach to fun. We have a lot of fun together through our celebration assemblies, our Director of Fun, our trips, events and rewards system.
Growth Mind-setBlaise High School has a Growth Mind-set. This is the belief that your success is determined by hard work, resilience and a positive attitude to failure.
This is reflected in our approach to learning. Students are expected to uncover their gaps through regular low stakes quizzes; check the accuracy of their work through modelled answers and grow their vocabulary daily. Through this positive attitude to finding out what they can’t do yet, they can rapidly learn how to take the next step to ensure they can do soon. This mind-set is instilled in all of us, including staff, as we all believe we are on a journey to grow.
Social JusticeBlaise High School’s mission is Social Justice. We are determined to promote a fairer society. One in which everyone has an equal opportunity to determine their own future.
Our inclusive approach combined with our ambition and growth mind-set ensures students from any background or starting point will earn the future of their choice. Our students will become leaders in their community and beyond.
Source: Blaise High School