A Week in the Life of your Child
Monday 13 November 2017 – Learning Cycle 1 – week 9
The second favourite part of my job is walking round the school to see what happens in the classroom. My favourite part is to take a parent with me. I genuinely believe that students at WCSA are taught by a highly talented staff. If you would like to take a walk with me, please do get in contact with my excellent PA – Tracy Humphris. However, next best is last week in pictures.
As you know, last week was assessment week. Our new modular curriculum has four learning cycles. The culmination of each cycle is assessment week. Students sat an assessment in each curriculum area. I am fully aware that this is a lot of work and pressure for students – however, we are doing our very best to use the five years to fully prepare for an examination series which is knowledge intensive. As I walked the school this week, I saw students engrossed in assessments or prepping for assessment. The change at WCSA over the lasr year or so has been immense in terms of attitudes of staff and students to achieving the very top grades.
Over in the music department this week, two students (pictures below) invited me to listen to their string quartet. Samantha Woolley and Charlotte Doswell (both Year 9) have composed a really amazing piece of classical music. Once completed, it will be performed by Bournemouth String Quartet. Suffice to say, I am very much looking forward to getting an invitation to this event.
As it was Remembrance this week, Mrs. Rand (Head of History) asked two of our Year 7 students to lead assemblies. They did an amazing job, telling the sad story of Jack and his friend George who lied about their ages to sign up for WW1. As the story unfolded, George died and Jack returned home at the end of the war; changed forever by what he saw and did. I was personally incredibly moved by this assembly. Lest we Forget.
Then, on Friday, we observed a two minute silence around the school. This was marked by The Last Post – played by Year 11 student Grace Linfield on her cornet.
Finally, I must remind you that we reward effort weekly with “Student of the Week”. This is my personal favourite time of the week, when students come up to see me to receive a badge and some chocolate. I always write home to parents so that they know how pleased we are as a school. Pictured below are last week’s “Students of the Week”.
Well done – you are a credit to the school and to your families.
Thursday 16th November at 4pm – GCSE results certificate collection
Friday 17th November – Non Uniform Day
Wed 22nd – Sat 25th November – School Of Rock (whole school production)
Thursday 30th November – Year 10 Parents Evening
Principal – WCSA
23/11 12pm – 3pm @ PCSA
23/11 6pm – 8pm @ PCSA
30/11 10am – 1pm @ PCSA
For anyone interested in finding out more about training to teach with The PLT in 2018-19, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place on one of our T2T events. Please state your name and preferred date.
Monday 6 November 2017 – Learning Cycle 1 – week 8
This week, I would like to talk about our new modular curriculum.
Our evening last week was really well attended – thank you for coming along to find out about how we teach your children here at WCSA. For those of you who were unable to make it, I would like to dedicate this week’s update to a brief summary of what we talked about (as well as a couple of additional bits on reporting assessment information home to you the parents/carers).
To do this, we have introduced a modular curriculum: we have 4 learning cycles of nine weeks which run throughout the year.
The homework booklets sit alongside each learning cycle – thank you for your feedback and support with homework.
So, as you will see from the title of this update, we are in Learning Cycle 1 – Week 8. Week 8 is the assessment week across the school. Hopefully, your children will have been talking about this over the weekend and revising for their assessments which are taking place this week.
Once the assessments are marked, next week is ‘super teaching’ week. This is the time that will be used to re-teach anything that was misunderstood. At the same time, we will report home to you using our ‘Praising Stars’ system. Before the end of Term 2, you will have received a copy of your child’s ‘Praising Stars’ data report. This will detail how well they have done in the assessments, as well as indicate to you how much effort they have put in. Then, the week beginning Monday 20 November, Learning Cycle 2 will start, and so it happens all over again.
This is the theory. In practice, I walk the school daily to see it in action. Pictured in this update are a Maths class and a phonics class, both taken in week 7 – so lots of assessment prep is going on.
Finally, I would like to remind you that we reward effort weekly with “Student of the Week”. This is my personal favourite time of the week, when students come up to see me to receive a badge and some chocolate. I always write home to parents so that they know how pleased we are as a school. Pictured below are last week’s “Students of the Week”.
Thank you for your great support.
Principal – WCSA
Monday 30 October – Learning Cycle 1, Week 7
In this week’s update, I would like to welcome you back to Term 2; I hope that you all had a lovely two week break. I have received a number of comments from parents who appreciated being able to get a cheaper family holiday. Given the popularity of the extended half term, we plan to repeat this again in October 2018. Dates will be available on our website as soon as they are confirmed.
During the half-term I visited a “free school” in Wembley Park, known as The Michaela. I have been interested in a lot of their work for some time. In particular, their focus on knowledge acquisition. I often talk about how broad the reformed curriculum has become and how important it is to learn and remember information. Indeed, our homework push has been about doing exactly this. Interestingly, students at Michaela do two hours of homework a night. Personally, I think this is too much, but I am always open to hear parents’ thoughts on the matter.
Another part of our Teaching and Learning drive has been our Modular Curriculum. You will notice, from reading the top of this update, that we are still in ‘Learning Cycle 1’, now in Week 7. This means that next week is “assessment week”. We have talked to our students a lot about our learning cycles – the year is structured around four ‘cycles’. However, if you as a parent/carer would like to find out for yourself the logic behind the modular curriculum, how it is structured and what students can expect in the classroom, then please come to our information evening this week:
Thursday 2 November @ 5.30pm
Modular Curriculum Information Meeting
In the auditorium – refreshments available after the presentation
Thank you for your great support
There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?
This show is described as “a big hearted show. Loud and cheeky, a feel-good experience with a hint of anarchic wildness”
Come and see the students of Horace Green “stick it to the man” in the attempt to make their parents finally listen to their future hopes and dreams.
Tickets are £6 each available on ParentPay and from the WCSA finance office.
Monday 9 October
Learning Cycle 1, Week 6
This week, I want to talk about celebrating achievement in the community, which started last Wednesday with the Sports Breakfast. Mrs. Britton did a fantastic job organising this event for parents and students, in order to recognise sporting excellence over the year. There were awards given for netball, rugby, football and cricket, as well as the presentation of the prestigious sports colours ties. The breakfast celebration was well attended by you – the proud parents and grandparents.
THANK YOU FOR COMING TO CELEBRATE WITH US!!
On Thursday, we celebrated achievement with our annual Awards Evening on the Grand Pier in Weston. I was delighted to see so many of our ex-Year 11 students return to receive awards. Judge David Ticehurst gave a really motivational talk and the student leadership team did a great job compering the evening. As always, Naomi Blower and Steph Buttery did us proud with some solo performances. I was particularly delighted to see Huw Pearce receive three awards – his examination results in August put him as one of the highest achieving students nationally. For those of you who don’t know, Huw got three Grade 9s and 7 A*s – we are very PROUD of all our students.
Friday afternoon is my regular “Student of the Week” slot. At the moment, we are rewarding students for the highest number of achievement points in each year group. However, this week, we rewarded some students (see below) for contribution to the community. A member of the public e-mailed me direct to say how a group of WCSA students had cleared up some spilled charity bags. On being given £10 as a reward, they would not take the money, and returned it back through the letterbox. As I said to the students on Friday, I am really proud of them – this is exactly the sort of behaviour and attitude we want from our students.
Finally, Saturday saw our community breakfast for our Year 6 students still making up their minds where to come to secondary school. It was also Steve Spofford’s final fling as Restaurant Manager, as he has now left us for pastures new. The morning was a great success with a “School of Rock” rehearsal in the auditorium. Once again, we were able to showcase our fantastic music achievements. The Year 9 student leadership team were a great help clearing up plates and trays. All in all, it was a very successful morning.
It just falls to me to thank you for in the community for celebrating success with us this week. I am lucky that there are so many things to celebrate here at WCSA. To catch up with even more “good news” stories, take a look at Facebook and Twitter. And, if you have a story or have witnessed some great things from our students, please do let me know (as many of you already do).
Please also remember we have the October break starting on Friday 13th. This is a two-week break and we return to school on Monday, October 30th.
An update from Mr. Coles – Executive Principal Neville.coles@
As we come towards the end of Term 1 I thought it was time for an update. It has been a busy, but very productive six weeks; things are moving quickly in a good way. Staff and students will break at Priory and at Worle next week for a 2-week Autumn break. We will be repeating this in 2018-19.
The good news is that we will probably have six schools within our Trust by April 2018. As you may know, at present we have PCSA and WCSA within the Trust. Two local primary schools, St Anne’s and Castle Batch have also asked to join us; I am pleased to say that the Academy orders are now in place for both these excellent schools to join. We have also been asked to sponsor The King Alfred School at Highbridge and the primary school in Pawlett. A family of six schools will make a strong unit going forward. It will involve around 4,500 children and 700 staff. We will then be able to further add to site improvements and make a real difference to families in our region. I am a very big believer in creating pleasant learning environments and the sites at both Priory and Worle look very clean and tidy with excellent signage – they hopefully make both students and staff want to work and learn at our schools.
There are many advantages in working as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) but the main focus must always be to improve the quality of teaching and to gain even better results for our children. I am delighted to see GCSE results remaining very strong at Priory this last year. Priory was again the very top school in WSM, by some way, for the Grade 4 + English and Maths score. Almost 70% of students at Priory gained a 4+ in both maths and English. This is the measure that gets students into College and into local Sixth Forms – more below about that! Worle improved by a massive 14% and had 62% 4+ with English and maths – the second best in WSM by about 10%. We are working on the 5+ figures and the new ‘Progress 8’. Results are robust at both schools. Priory has consistently had around 10 years of great results and Worle is coming up strongly. Let’s also not forget all the other super things on offer in terms of music, sport and the wider arts. Both new Principals (Miss Scott and Mrs. McBride) are doing a great job.
Fundamentally, both schools in Worle (WCSA and PCSA) now provide a really good education for our children – this is a really virtuous thing to be able to say – we are very proud of our students, staff and community.
We have held open community events at both PCSA and WCSA this term for potential new parents carers. All were welcomed warmly and I hope everyone went away thinking good things – the feedback to me has been very positive. New parents need to choose a secondary school by the end of October. It benefits us all at both schools if Priory and Worle are full at Year 7 level – so I hope you can spread the good news. Should current parents wish to visit please do let me know. You will see that the fantastic new Spencer Science Centre (2.4million) is now fully open at Priory. We will be opening a new reception area at Worle in November of this year. Both developments are really good for the students and staff. Over the course of the next 12 months we will continue the re-roofing of Worle – not something that is easy to see but vital! We will improve the restaurant facilities at Priory as this school will take in 300 students for the first time in September 2018; the ‘old science block’ will be re-modelled to accommodate new students. Clearly, we will continue to make strong capital bids. These bids are made stronger by us being together as part of a small family of schools.
I am delighted to announce that we have secured 33 teacher training places for 2018-19. We have a Teaching School Alliance based at Priory and this works across all our schools. All of these places are salaried to train as a teacher – 29 secondary places and 4 primary places. This will allow us to have an additional 33 members of staff working across our schools free of charge! This will greatly add to our ability to create smaller class sizes and offer great 1-1 teaching. At the end of the programme we will also hopefully to able to choose the very best of these trainees to work with our children in our schools. So, if you know anyone who wishes to train as a teacher from September 2018 please do contact us at The PLT. This is really significant for the future great results at both Priory and Worle.
It is a very good time to join either school – our children will continue to benefit from small class sizes and we will continue to be able to recruit the best teachers in the South West.
Lastly, a brief note about The King Alfred School (KAS) in Highbridge. This is about 20 minutes from WSM. It is likely that this school will also join us in April 2018. We are supporting KAS at present. I recently attended the Sixth Form evening at KAS, which was really well delivered. The Head of Sixth Form is a charismatic man called Jonathan Gaskell. The Sixth Form is currently around 100 students. Outcomes are truly excellent in terms of progression to some of the top UK universities. Whilst we have always made sure all students have opportunities to visit local colleges we have not had KAS Sixth on our radar. Clearly, it is now. I can only say how impressed I was with the destinations and the facilities. We will now arrange visits to KAS Sixth for our students at both WCSA and PCSA who might want a school based 6th form experience. I know that many parents over the years have asked me about a Priory 6th Form. In some ways it is now likely to be ‘based’ at KAS and this will be the 6th form option within The PLT. Even at this stage please do contact myself or Mr. Gaskell for a talk or a private visit - email@example.com.
As always, please do have a look at our website for more details about The Priory Learning Trust (PLT) - www.priorylearningtrust.org.
Thank you for your support – please do contact me at anytime and please do visit.
The Priory Learning Trust
Josh finished Worle School in 2008 with 9 GCSEs A*- C and then completed 4 A-levels in Communication and Culture, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Sociology.
Alongside university studies, with gifts in talking to people, training and teaching, he has been continually promoted at the national shop chain McColls – and this month is celebrating yet another promotion.
Principal Jacqui Scott said: “We are very proud of Josh and his achievements.”
Please get in touch if you know of other ex-students achieving great success across the world www.facebook.com/worlecommunityschool
Monday 2 October – Learning Cycle 1, Week 5
This week I would like to talk about homework. Here at WCSA, we are really proud of the work that teachers have put in to produce bespoke homework booklets for all classes. As I walk round the school, I see folders with homework on tables as a regular feature, alongside pencil cases and planners. This is a fantastic start to any lesson as it means that learning time can be maximised.
If you are a parent of a student in Years 8 – 11, you will recognise the homework booklets used in maths, and will probably notice that we have now used this format for all of our other subjects. Homework at WCSA is a simple booklet based system.
If you are a new Year 7 parent, you will just notice that your child has up to eight homework booklets in a plastic wallet. This is a new system across the school. We are centralising homework so that we can see, across all subjects who is doing what. This will allow us to chase up students not doing homework, as well as rewarding students who regularly complete homework to a high standard. We believe that homework is a very important part of what we do at WCSA. We certainly think it will help greatly with the more demanding GCSEs now in place – there is a great deal more knowledge to learn.Of course, with any new system, there will always be things to improve upon. So, as we have had the system in place for a month, these are the (slight) changes to note for Learning Cycle 2:
Please be aware that every evening at WCSA we offer HOMEWORK SESSIONS – staffed in our library so students could leave school at 4.15 with some homework completed!
We do hope that this simplifies things. I am particularly proud of our new system as it ensures that all students have access to high quality learning outside of the classroom. We have spoken to a lot of parents / carers to get to this new set of guidelines. Many of you have given freely of your time to help us to get this absolutely right. I am a great believer that we can always tweak and improve, so always contact us here at the school in the first instance.
Finally, here are two photos from our annual ‘100% Attendance Evening’ which we held last Tuesday. I think that it was probably my favourite evening to date, as it was fantastic to reward students who come to school come rain or shine, aches or pains. We do acknowledge that sometimes students have illnesses which necessitate time off school but we still feel we should reward our 100% students. We will be rewarding more success on the Pier this coming Thursday at our AWARDS NIGHT and I will write about that in next week’s update.
Lastly, a reminder that for all Year 5s and 6s we have our COMMUNITY BREAKFAST MORNING this coming Saturday, October 7th at 9.30am – please do come along to see WCSA and meet our staff in an informal morning. Hope to see you there – please be aware it is not an Open Morning but Year 5s and Year 6s will be able to familiarise themselves with our site ready for transfer to WCSA in September 2018 and 19.
Thank you for your great support
You may be aware that The Priory Learning Trust (The PLT) have been asked to work with The King Alfred School (KAS) in Highbridge.
KAS is a 11-19 schools with a sixth form that is growing rapidly.
This Thursday evening, October 5th, at 6pm there is an information at KAS about joining ‘KAS SIXTH’ in 2018.
If you have not previously looked at KAS SIXTH why not come along this Thursday to hear the KAS team talk about the results and choices that KAS can provide.
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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