Number 2 - Monday 25 September 2017 – Learning Cycle 1, Week 4
Open Evening and More
Last week saw one of our biggest events of the year. On Thursday, over 300 families came along to WCSA to see what goes on here. Our students did us proud. We started the evening with a fantastic solo from Naomi Blowers. Our Year 11 student leadership team spoke with confidence and clarity to the Year 6 children and their parents / carers. We were then able to offer guided tours of the school and I have been inundated with praise for our tour guides. I have personally written home to parents as I think they should be proud of their children – we are proud of them.
Not only was Thursday the Open Evening, but we saw the official opening of our Jill Dando Centre. This is our good news centre which aims to promote WCSA students’ achievements across the school and wider community. Named after Jill herself who came to Worle School and tragically died 20 years ago. Jill’s brother Nigel has been very interested in the work that we do to promote journalism and we were delighted when he was able to open the centre for us. Pictured below are some of our great young reporters.
Once again this week, I have been delighted to celebrate with our high fliers. I have written to the five parents of the students who achieved the most amount of positives in each year group again this week. The students came up to see me on Friday morning and have a badge to wear on their blazers. Pictured below is Evie Dolphin who is holder of the greatest number of achievements points in the school to date. Evie currently has 74 positive achievement points. It is, of course, quite possible that this amount will have been exceeded as you read this blog. So, we will be awarding another five badges on Friday.
If you like what you read and see, perhaps you would consider becoming a WCSA Academy Councillor (Governor)? Our Academy Council is the equivalent of the governing body – the group of people who support and challenge an Academy. I am lucky to have an incredibly supportive and helpful AC. However, we are keen to expand. If you are interested, please do contact me here at the school: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, if you would like to come to one of our homework booklet workshops (Year 7 Parents) these will run directly after “Catch up with the Tutor” on Thursday 28 September. Catch Up is from 3.30pm and the workshops will run from 5 pm.
With thanks, as always, for your support and encouragement.
Monday 18 September 2017 – Number 2
Our second full week back at school and this week’s blog is all about celebrating success.
I have written to the five parents of the students who achieved the most amount of positives in each year group. The students came up to see me on Friday morning and have a badge to wear on their WCSA blazers.
Pictured below is Bradley Ellam who is holder of the greatest number of achievements points in the school after two weeks. Bradley currently has 51 positive achievement points.
It is, of course, quite possible that this amount will have been exceeded as you read this blog. So, we will be awarding another five badges next Friday. Again, I will make sure that I write to parents so that you know that your son / daughter has done exceptionally well here at WCSA.
Josh Clay as Head Boy
Daisy Game as Head Girl.
Their Deputies are Josh Chilcott and Dionne Meintjes (all pictured below).
The student leadership team will play a key part in the direction of the school over the next year. As well as supporting us with marketing and publicity, they will attend leadership team meetings monthly. I have charged the team with investigating attitudes of students in lessons as their first job.
I would also like to mention some very successful visits to primary schools that I made this week. Teaching a Year 7 Maths class myself, I have been impressed by the mathematical ability of our students. So, it was interesting for me to go down to some of the primaries and chat to the Year 6s and their teachers. Our Trust mascot, Percy PLT, came along with us and answered some of the questions that the children had.
We are looking forward to seeing the Year 6s at our Open Evening on Thursday 21 September from 5 – 8 pm. Please do let your friends and neighbours know that we will be showcasing our school and do encourage them to come along. Everyone will be very welcome.
Finally, I would like to thank you the parents for supporting us with our new homework system. This is brand new and I am aware that we are likely to make some changes after the first cycle. We have had lots of comments from Year 7 and are keen to action these.
Please do note that while we are getting the system up and running, students will not be penalised for non-completion of homework. In the long term, I feel very sure that you will be pleased that your children are getting regular homework that supports knowledge acquisition. The new GCSEs are very much testing knowledge – what do students know in an examination situation. Our homework booklets make sure that students can practise over and over the sorts of things that they need to commit to memory.
If you would like to come to one of our homework booklet workshops (Year 7 Parents) these will run directly after “Catch up with the Tutor” on Thursday 28 September. Catch Up is at 3.30pm and the workshops will run from 5 pm.
With thanks, as always, for your support and encouragement.
Principal – WCSA
Keeping you informed of events at WCSA
Monday 8 September 2017 – Number 1
Welcome to my Principal’s Blog. I will be writing this weekly for the WCSA website. The aim is to further improve communication with our parents / carers and students. Every week, I get questions, comments and suggestions from parents, students and the local community. I will use this blog to discuss common themes arising, as well as sharing our success. You will know how very pleased we were to see the results of the school improve by 17% this last year – there is now much more to do but I am delighted to lead our rapidly improving school and want to further improve our communication weekly.
Thank you for your support.
Our big push this term is “Ready to Learn”.
Have full uniform and wear it with Worle pride – no boots – a phenomenal effort from WCSA students in Week 1. Everyone looked really smart. Please do keep this up all year! A few shirts slip out during the day. Each week, I shall be compiling a list of the students who are the “top ten un-tuckers” and asking parents to support us in keeping shirts tucked in and looking smart. Be a tucker not an un-tucker!
Be equipped with a pencil case and the appropriate pens / pencils. I have no complaints here; in fact, as I have walked through many lessons, I enjoy seeing the variety of pencil cases on show!
Be in possession of a homework folder with all homework booklets for the learning cycle. All students should have the full set of homework and folders by tomorrow.
We will be running an evening on Thursday 2 November from 5.30 – 6.30 to thoroughly explain our new PLT ‘modular curriculum’ which is made up of four learning cycles. Please do come along. In the meantime, we are happy to answer any questions via e-mail or through form tutors or heads of year. I know that many parents are keen to know how their children are progressing.
Our first set of reports will be posted home at the end of November. However, subject teachers are always happy to discuss progress if you drop them an e mail.
In terms of events coming up, please note the following dates:
Thursday 21 September – Open Evening from 5pm (please do tell friends and neighbours – Year 6s)
Tuesday 26 September – 100% attendance evening – by invite to celebrate our students’ fantastic attendance in 2016-17
Thursday 5 October – Annual Awards Evening – to celebrate the best ever WCSA examination results (top in the town on the 9-5 measure) and congratulate our Year 11s for their hard work achieving these.
Saturday 7 October – Family Breakfast for those families thinking about joining us.
Friday 13 October – break up for TWO weeks – some fantastic deals to be had on holidays.
Thursday 28th September from 4 – 4.45pm – “Catch up with the Tutor” Evening for Year 7 parents.
No appointments – just an informal session where form tutors are available should you have any questions a month into secondary school.
5pm – Homework Booklet – workshop available.
I am writing to you early in this new school year to inform you of some important changes to our homework and curriculum system at WCSA. Teachers have worked hard last year to re-design the way in which the curriculum is organised and assessed. Our new modular curriculum structure will underpin the learning and assessment in all subjects throughout the school year. There are also changes to the way in which we set and check homework. This means that our system for ensuring students are ready to learn will be further embedded.
North Somerset have replaced the old free school meal (FSM) paper application forms with an online checker. Parents will have to apply online and will get an instant decision on eligibility. If successful, the system will generate a confirmation that parents can then print off and give to the school. Where parents do not have printers, Worle can accept either an email (email@example.com) or by coming into school and showing the confirmation to the admin office on a smart phone.
The FSM entitlement only lasts for one school term. This means parents will have to apply every term break (so 6 times per year). You will need to apply for each child individually as the online checker creates a system code for each child.
The new checker can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fsm. This is the only way to apply for FSM. If you have not applied already this school year you will need to do so immediately, and again every holiday, otherwise the free school meal cannot be allocated to your child.
Please remember that all students need their PE kit, even if they have a note.
It’s not all about examinations of course. I chatted to a lot of parents about timetables and provision and getting the right option choices. I do hope that everyone is happy with what we have in place for the new school year (if not, please get in touch with me directly). I am excited about our new staff – we made some excellent appointments in the summer term and a couple more staff were recruited over the summer break. So, we open our doors fully staffed. We have our cover teaching team in place, should someone fall sick, so that we can avoid supply agencies and unknown faces for our students.
Personally, I have always looked forward to lunchtime here at WCSA, largely due to Steve Spofford in the Willow Restaurant who cooks us all our lunch. In a bid to encourage students to enjoy a healthy lunch, through a joint contract within the Priory Trust we have reduced the cost of a meal to £1.70. This will buy a hot meal and a pudding. There are also vegetarian options and oven-cooked jacket potatoes are always on offer. I have worked in a number of schools and can honestly say that you would have to travel far and wide to find a school chef much better than Steve. All biometric fingerprints have been redone but there will be additional opportunities on Monday to do this.
Listening to parents, I am aware that you would appreciate even more communication. So, every Friday, I will post on our Facebook page and also on the new-look Worle website, key messages for the week ahead. Please be aware that we will happily reply by e-mail but cannot reply personally on Facebook. The main communication channel is through our e-mail system and we will get back to you quickly. Mr Coles is insistent on quick communication so please also e-mail him if you need help.
Coming up, please note the 100% attendance Celebration Evening on Tuesday, 26 September. We have our Open Evening on Thursday, 21 September – please share that date with friends and neighbours. This will be followed by a family breakfast on Saturday, 7 October. I know that many of you have attended one of your family breakfasts this last year and enjoyed getting to know us. We do have the two-week half term break this Autumn. School will finish on Friday 13 October for two weeks, and holidays home and abroad are much cheaper during the first week.
Finally, we have again improved our approach to teaching and learning. All students will be provided with homework booklets and folders. It is an expectation that these are carried at all times. Please do support us with this. We have also introduced a modular curriculum – learning cycles every 9 weeks. This will help with the new demands of GCSEs. Essentially, we have divided the year up into four learning cycles. We would like to tell you more about this and are currently planning an information evening. I will publish the date for this early next week.
I look forward to seeing students on Monday at 8.40, smart and ready to learn.
Thank you for your great support in 2016-17.
9-4 English and Maths at 61.4%. Well done to all students! We are proud of you.
We are very pleased to see 280 new students joining the school at Worle this September. This is very good news for us all, as it helps the financial picture greatly to be full with students. We are just 20 students away from this at Year 7 level, but even so, 280 makes Worle the biggest school in WSM. THANK YOU.
Please do encourage anyone you can to join the school at WCSA. We are extremely pleased to say that some students, who were intending to leave at the end of Year 9, to join the local ‘Free School’ have now decided to stay at WCSA – again this helps the school and our plans going forward. We are planning to develop the student toilets facilities and the sporting facilities at Worle but need the school to be as full as possible to fund these projects. This will happen as quickly as we can make it happen – please do visit Worle at any time to see the changes we have already made to toilets, classrooms and the site. We actually did quite a lot of refurbishment in the summer to the site – do visit at any time.
We have a new business manager at Worle (Mark Antoine). Mark has done a great job over the summer with our superb site staff. Over the break we fitted a new roof to the mathematics block and completed the external painting of the entire school. We passionately believe in a tidy, litter-free and welcoming school. The Worle site team are fantastic. I hope you have noticed a brighter feel to the school in the last year. In October (start of Term 2) the main reception, with our wonderful main receptionist Carol, will move to the very front of Redwing Drive so parents, carers and students will not have to go to the middle of the site for reception. The old reception area will become a brand new ‘Student Services’ zone as part of the new Jill Dando Centre. You may be aware that during this term the administration / Student Services / library block is being renamed The Jill Dando Centre in honour of probably our most famous ex-student, Jill Dando.
On the note of ex-students … we’d like to hear from any ex-student who can provide us with a photograph to inspire students. We are creating ‘walls of success’ going back over the years. PLEASE do not be shy and please help us by sending any e-mail or photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss Scott (Principal) and the whole team at Worle did a great job last year. This year we aim to further improve communication. One simple step will be that Miss Scott will be writing a weekly communication message to all parents / carers and students. This will appear each week on our website at Worle and it will also be posted on social media – both on Worle Facebook / Worle Twitter @worleschool. There will also be a new homework system. Both these initiatives are much needed. We spent a great deal of time last year improving staffing levels and improving student behaviour last year. We will now introduce a ‘modular curriculum’ with four simple progress reports per year (we had three last year) with an end of school written report from a tutor. Miss Scott will be holding information evenings in Term 1 to explain the modular system. Details will be on her weekly communication message.
All Worle key dates will be published on our website and posted here again (please share) to help you over the course of the school year. This will be especially useful for the issuing of progress reports and for parents’ evenings.
Please do understand that you can contact the school by e-mail at any time. That is the route to WCSA staff – not through Facebook.
• We have our annual Open Evening on Thursday September 21st. Please can you help publicise this evening to any Year 6s parents that you may know. We welcome your support.
• A quick reminder – we have a two-week October break starting after we break on Friday, October 13th.
• The Willow Restaurant will be refurbished over the October break alongside Reception’s move. Meal prices from this September have been reduced with an upgraded biometrics system in place.
• There is now just one tie at WCSA. The house tie may still be worn but the traditional while striped tie used at Y7 level is now the main school tie. We will continue, and even extend, PE ‘colour’ ties, school badges for our blazers and ambassadors / prefects ties of different colours.
• We will consult this year (following some parental feedback) about a summer uniform. If we do anything this will just simply be an optional WCSA polo shirt foerms 5 and 6. Thoughts on this are welcome by e-mail to MIss Scott.
Our very top priority remains to ensure that all our students are happy and safe at Worle and they get outstanding exam results.
Thank you for your super support.
We start on Monday 4 September at 8.40 am (apart from Year 7 who will be with us on Friday 1st September from 8.40 – 11am).
Please can I remind you of uniform basics:
No trainers or boots
No facial piercings – clear studs should be used
Maximum two studs per ear (no hoops)
Blazers to be worn
Hair colour to be natural
Please e-mail Miss Scott (Principal) if you have any questions before the start of term.
The headline measures for the percentage of students gaining grades 9-4 in English and maths is 61% and the percentage of students gaining grades 9-5 in English and maths is 36%.
Amidst a host of excellent results, some 61% of students gained a pass or above for English, 74% for English literature and 68% for mathematics, which will be recognised by colleges and employers in the future as the equivalent to the previous good grade ‘C’.
More excellent results and improvements were across the majority of subjects, including business studies, drama, design technology, French, geography, history, ICT and computing, science and Spanish.
Along with students all across England and Wales, students at WCSA sat new-style reformed GCSEs in English, English literature and mathematics, which are graded on a 9-1 scale.
Several students gained grade 9s, the highest new grade available, which shows achievement in the region of the top 1% of students nationally.
Students collectively gained a total 365 grade 7, 8, 9, A* or A.
Some individual success stories include Huw Pearse who gained 3 grade 9 and 6 A* grades and Olly Cunningham who gained 2 grade 9, 1 grade 8, 3 A* and 3A grades.
New WCSA Principal, Jacqui Scott, said: “These results are an indication of just how hard both Year 11 students and staff at Worle Community School have worked in the last year.
“I am thrilled to see the smiles on the faces of so many of our dedicated young people. I would like to wish our students every success for the next steps of their education and careers.”
Neville Coles, a National Leader in Education and the Executive Principal of both PCSA and WCSA through The Priory Learning Trust said: “It is great to see both schools in North Worle now doing so well. This year has seen significant changes in the exam system which has produced big challenges for students, staff and parents.
“We are delighted with our outcomes and we will improve again next year. It is worth remembering school is not just about exam results. We are absolutely committed to ensure that at both Priory and Worle we continue our very long tradition of sport, drama, music and trips – such activities are a very important part of what good schools do. We thank parents, carers, governors and all in our community for the great support.”
Evie Kirkham left WCSA in 2012 after being deputy head girl in her final year.
Now she has graduated and is about to embark on a Masters Degree in Social Work at Birmingham University.
With hobbies including playing the flute, surfing, working out, gym and running, she is also aiming for a career in Social Work.
WCSA is a high-performing school that encourages students to be high-achievers in their chosen career.
Please get in touch if you know of other ex-students achieving great success across the world www.facebook.com/worlecommunityschool
Year 10 WCSA student Jack Press has been selected to play cricket for the Somerset U17 Development squad this week after a string of impressive displays.
A highlight of his time with Somerset was touring Sri Lanka, playing at their international stadium in Galle where he opened the batting and scored 76.
For Weston, he played against the All Stars Lashings team which included Alfonso Thomas, Charl Willoughby, Simon Jones and Yasir Arafat.
This week he is taking time out from his work experience at Yeo Moor Primary School – where he will be supporting their sports coaches.
Jack started playing cricket at Weston super Mare cricket club at the age of 7 and started playing in the U11 team from then on.
He played his first adult game aged 11 and last year he made his first team debut at the age of 14.
Principal Jacqui Scott said: “A massive well done to Jack. We are extremely proud of him and his achievements.”
The year 7 and year 8 students won through out of 18,000 entries nationally to have their work published in the ‘Wonderland-Somerset Sagas’.
The competition was organised by Young Writers, a company dedicated to running national competitions for creative writing.
Head of English, Gemma Harris, said: “This is incredible success for the students. Well done to them all and we are so proud.”
WCSA is run by the exceptional The Priory Learning Trust which also runs PCSA.
As from September 2017, the following Pastoral structure will be in place:
Head of Year 7 – Mrs J Pratlett
Head of Year 8 (Current Year 7) – Mr N Whittaker
Head(s) of Year 9 (Current Year 8) – Mrs S Jackson and Miss J Millar
Head(s) of Year 10 (Current Year 9) – Mr S McLeod and Mrs M Lewis
Head(s) of Year 11 (Current Year 10) – Mrs G McLorinan and Mr L Symiakos.
Over the coming weeks, these members of staff will be starting the process of working in these year groups so preparatory work can be done and Year Heads can get to know their students for September.
Please ensure any correspondence is directed to the correct Year Head.
Megan has had a life-long dream to save elephants and is now raising £2000 for the trip with WCSA cake sales, car washes and other events.
The sanctuary she will be based at helps to prevent extinction in elephants, moon bears, sun bears, primates and birds and rehabilitates them after they are abused.
With the support of WCSA and PCSA-based local young people non-profit group ‘The Weston Eagles’, she plans to host more events which will allow her to achieve her dream.
She said: “I can’t wait to travel to Thailand and help with some animals that have been hurt.”
Principal Jacqui Scott said: “Megan is an inspiring young lady and we are right behind her plans.”
If you would like to support Megan, please email Katie@WestonEagles.org.uk
A WORLE Community School student is excelling in the exciting world of martial arts.
In her first year aged 7 in the sport she won student of the year and has since continued to achieve excellent things – becoming an instructor in Tiverton to younger people a year later.
She also assists the head instructor with the younger classes.
Debbie is currently training towards her next grading which will be a 4 hour panel grading on the 22nd of July.
Principal Jacqui Scott said: “We are very proud of Debbie and all of her successes and achievements.”
STUDENTS of Worle Community School are being inspired and trained by professional golf players in a new partnership between the Academy and Weston-Super-Mare Golf Club.
WCSA believes in inspiring students to high-academic performance and also to learn a rich variety of other skills including music, performing arts and sport.
WCSA teacher Oliver Finch said: “Our students are loving learning golf. The professional have been teaching them how to swing correctly, how to chip and how to putt.
“The after-school club has had an extremely positive uptake from all age groups and will hopefully provide students with a gateway into the game.”
In sweltering heat, students at Worle Community School were commended by Principal Jacqui Scott and Executive Principal Neville Coles for their heroics.
The Priory Learning Trust are partnering with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to give prizes for ‘heroes’ including family swim tickets, children’s basketball lessons, cycle workout classes, and other healthy activities.
Students have been demonstrating exceptional acts of kindness, courage, and other character and attitude traits. They have also been raising money for charity, and excelling in sport.
Jacqui said: “We are so proud of all our students. A massive well done to each and evhero1e. We love to celebrate achievement at WCSA.”
To nominate a student hero email email@example.com
A sell-out packed crowd were treated to a spectacular production of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed man: A Mass For Peace, at Worle Community School.
Worle School Youth Choir and the Shine Drama Group joined Weston Choral and live orchestra Ensemble Inspirita.
This week the students were congratulated by Principal Jacqui Scott and enjoyed celebratory cake.
They produced a wonderful evening singing performance at the weekend at the school, with the audience showing their appreciation and many reduced to tears.
Based at Worle Community school, the choir is open to young singers in the area aged 13 and over and regularly sings abroad.
Miss Scott, who attended the event, said: “The students were absolutely magnificent! They produced a wonderful performances with energy, confidence and huge talent. We are very proud of them.”
Starting with English and maths, GCSE grades in England will be graded from 9 to 1. Find out more:
Thank you for pupils who have handed in reply slips for the 2018 ski trip. Names have been added to parentpay so parents can secure their childs place by paying the deposit. There are still spaces available, speak to Miss Gibbins for a letter/info.
This inspection lasted for two days in November 2016 and was undertaken by three inspectors. The report is from Simon Rowe (One of Her Majesty’s Inspector of schools – HMI). As you will read it is a very good summary of the progress made at Worle in recent months.
Well done to all staff and students. We sincerely thank all parents and carers for your great support.
Please do read the report. A paper copy will be sent out later this week with our winter newsletter.
Miss Scott – Head of School
He returned to his former school Worle Community School – 10 years to the day since he left. He now plans to come back for further sessions and to bring students back to his theatre.
He inspired current students including Joshua Clay, 14, and Rhianna Tester, 15, to be high achievers in their fields.
Josh said: “It is wonderful to be back. Worle Community School helped me to launch out and to go for my dreams.”
After leaving WCSA, Josh studied for 5 A Levels before attending a summer programme run by Eton School. He then received funding to study at Harvard.
He directed 12 plays at the University while studying history – one of the youngest ever directors.
Principal Jacqui Scott said: “Josh really is an inspiration and it was wonderful to hear his story and for him to inspire our current students.”
The WCSA students are part of the Carnegie Reading Group who read all eight shortlisted books in the Carnegie Book Awards for 2017.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals for an outstanding book for children and young people.
The Students each had a Carnegie Booklet in which they could keep a record of the books they had read, and give each one a rating.
WCSA is a high-performing school that puts reading at the very heart of everything it does. The school is part of the inspirational Priory Learning Trust.
Librarian Kay Sellers said: “The students really engaged with these books which were all top-class reads. Reading is so important for every subject at our school.”
Inspirational Worle Community School students are on course for fantastic GCSE results this summer as they prepare for great careers.
But both boy and girl Year 11 football teams have taken a break from their hard work with staggering performances for their football teams – to incredibly BOTH be in their respective Somerset county cup finals.
They have been celebrating with cake at the school along with Principal Jacqui Scott, and Executive Principal of The Priory Learning Trust, Neville Coles – who oversees both WCSA and PCSA.
The girls team will now play Frome who could be crowned the best in Britain in their age group.
WCSA Principal Jacqui Scott said: “We are so incredibly proud of all of them. Students have been working incredibly hard for their GCSEs and so to both get to the final is a terrific success.”
She is the only student from a state school to be selected to play for the elite Somerset U15 county Cricket team.
And as a brilliant runner, she also is aiming to run the 100 metres for Team GB in the 2024 Olympics
Alongside her talents in these two sports, she is the captain of the U18 Weston Netball team and also excels when she plays Football, Hockey and rounders and more.
She is also a determined and disciplined student – just like Paula Radcliffe who achieved a First Class Degree at the University of Loughborough and also became Britain’s women athletics captain and a world record holder.
Georgina has come through adversity after failing to gain a place in the Somerset cricket set up last year. Her hard work has paid off with her selection this year.
All this comes as WCSA, which is on the road to becoming an outstanding school, is bidding to build a £2.4 million sports centre in the future, to further help unearth new talent like Georgina.
Georgina said “Sport is my passion. I want to be able to represent England and Great Britain in as many sports as possible. My biggest ambition is to go to the olympics and represent Team GB in the 100 metres sprint.”
WCSA is now using the motivational praise and student tracking, smaller class sizes and other tried and tested rigorous exam preparation and teaching methods that have secured partner school PCSA as one of the highest performing around.
In December, OfSTED inspectors praised WCSA for its safe atmosphere and fast-improving environment for learning – prompting an increase in local parent interest in putting their children into the school.
Head of School at Worle Jacqui Scott said that GCSE results are in line to be excellent this year with also significant sporting and music success in recent weeks.
She added: “With OfSTED’s very positive comments in November and significant changes inside the school, things are moving ahead in a very, very positive direction.
“We were absolutely delighted to see 260 students and families choose WCSA for a September start. We have another 20 places still left that we can fill for September.
“We have received several recent requests after parents have seen the Academy changes – we became an Academy on March 1st”
“The Worle GCSE results are in line to be excellent this summer. We are really excited about the future and, clearly, WCSA will continue to be a strong community school.
“There is now a strong imperative to improve exam results quickly and many parents have clearly seen this as a very good thing. We now have Evening School and even Saturday School underway – just like our partner school at Priory.”
The Priory Learning Trust’s Executive Principal Neville Coles, who is an OFSTED inspector and a National Leader in Education, will be leading both schools, aided by excellent Heads of Schools Jane McBride at Priory and Jacqui Scott at Worle.
Neville said: “We are delighted to have such brilliant students and staff at both schools and are very excited about the future.”
Martin Kerslake, a former National Bursar of the Year and one of Britain’s best school business leaders, is the Chief Operating Officer for the new Trust.
In recent years PCSA has become one of Britain’s best schools, earning numerous accolades, and now has some of the best education processes and teachers in the UK. It is rated by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’.
As deputy head boy after five years at one of the country’s best schools, encouraging students to go for their dreams, he now aims to be the Prime Minister.He is currently learning skills needed in politics such as PR, publicity and journalism, at the school’s journalism club.
PCSA is a high-achieving Academy with an outstanding extra-curricular programme including performing arts, sports, music.
Reece said: “I would love to be Prime Minister one day. Politicians have come in for a lot of stick over the years and young people have not been that interested in what is going on, but I am very eager to get involved and to change things.”
The Priory Learning Trust’s Executive Principal Neville Coles, who is an OFSTED inspector and a National Leader in Education, will be leading both schools, aided by excellent Heads of Schools Jane McBride at Priory and Jacqui Scott at Worle. Martin Kerslake, a former National Bursar of the Year and one of Britain’s best school business leaders, is the Chief Operating Officer for the new Trust.
In recent years PCSA has become one of Britain’s best schools, earning numerous accolades, and now has some of the best education processes and teachers in the UK. It is rated by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’.
Now both 11-16 schools will have ambitious plans to become beyond outstanding. It is likely they will also be joined in September by St Anne’s Primary School and Castle Batch Primary School.
The Chair of The PLT John Richardson said: “This is good news all around. Working together will mean even better education for all students. This is a really exciting time for students, parents and the community in Worle and North Worle.”
Neville Coles said: “We are passionate about taking all our schools to beyond outstanding in the years to come, and working together can help us to achieve this even faster. We will hope to provide smaller class sizes, more teachers and improved facilities at both Worle and Priory. Education in WSM is changing rapidly.
“We will now have a combined £16million + budget which will enable very quickly even smaller class sizes at both schools. This will lead to better exam outcomes for the students within WSM.
“Schools everywhere will be facing budget shortages in the future but we aim to stay ahead of the curve.
“For example, we hope to have 14 additional teaching members of staff joining in September adding to capacity through our Teaching School Alliance – this will add to staff – student ratios.
“Capital bids will soon be placed with the DfE at both schools under the new Trust arrangements.
“Already we are looking at bidding for a new sports hall at Worle and The Spencer Science Centre at Priory will open in September. Both will cost around £2.5 million. PCSA has an outstanding record in recent years of attracting successful capital money.“
The annual Open Evening at Priory will be in the summer term this year where Mr Coles will announce further ambitious plans for education within WSM. Worle’s Open Evening will be in early September.
George Cook, aged 13 has just achieved a range of accolades in the County Champtions at Milfield School.
He carried off 1st place in his age group for 100m butterfly, 2nd in the Junior age group for 100m butterfly, and 1st in the 200m Individual Medallion event.
The Year 9 student has been swimming since the age of 5 and is now aiming high to win the National Gold event before heading for Tokyo in 2020.
He said: “I was scared of the water for the first year but after that found it really fun and discovered butterfly when when I was 9 or 10, and then I beat my coach!”
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We are very proud of George and all his achievements.”
They need to raise £4500 each to help fund their student-led three-week World Challenge Expedition.
The trip will include helping villagers, school children and a community with building work, as well as helping in an elephant orphanage, and trekking around mountains.
It aims to encourage students to learn about responsibility, leadership, planning, teamwork, and physical and emotional challenges.
Teachers Eliza Slade and Emma Gibbins will be leading the trip.
Emma said: “They are wonderful students. This expedition will help a lot of people and also build life-long skills for the students.
Keith Kilpin designs games, apps and websites for Aardman Animations and received official credits for his work on the highly popular Shaun the Sheep film.After studying at Worle and then Weston College, Keith received a First Class foundation degree in graphic design before landing his dream role at the Bristol-based animations firm.Aardman have made nearly £1 billion worldwide and are responsible for a string of top animations including Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away.
Keith, aged 26, said: “said: “From an early age I was doodling and creating new things. I started drawing as a hobby and never stopped.
“Working at Aardman Animations is a dream come true.”
Please note that students are not wearing uniform because it was a charity non-uniform day.
Head boys and girls from two ambitious schools are working together to find and celebrate the achievements of 2500 students.Priory and Worle’s Head’s leadership teams want to let the entire community know how brilliant their students and schools are.
This week the Head Boys and Girls, and Deputy Head Boys and Girls, met together at the launch of the ‘Be a Hero’ campaign in partnership with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. The campaign aims to find inspirational students and to tell the community about them.
PCSA is the first member of the new The Priory Learning Trust (The PLT) and it is now assisting at WCSA, bringing the sharing of ideas, resources and support together.
PCSA Head Boy Will Bailey said: “The Be a Hero campaign is a great way for us to find out all about our inspirational students and to tell the whole community about them.”
WCSA Head Girl Iona Kempton said: “Our students are doing incredible things inside and outside of school. There is a real excitement around our community about the future.”
PCSA Head of School Jane McBride said: “It was wonderful to bring both schools together with the students sharing ideas. The Be a Hero campaign is already going down extremely well.”
WCSA Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “These are exciting days ahead for all of us and it was a joy to see students already joined together helping and supporting each other with a common aim.”
Oliver Cunningham is deputy head boy and has just achieved his sports tie because of his sporting prowess, and is high-flying in his GCSE work.He also plays football for the school and for local teams at the weekend, as well hockey for the men’s and Under 16s teams at Weston Hockey Club club.
He also finds the time to referee boys and girls football at the weekend.
Incredibly, Oliver’s two siblings were collecting awards at the school’s awards evenings last week.
His older brother Stan was back to collect a sporting award weeks into his scholarship at Millfield, one of the world’s best public schools.
And his younger sister Annabel was also picking up a sports award.
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “Well done to all three members of the Cunningham family.”
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