Josh McTaggart has now set up The Bunker theatre and bar in London, after an incredible career starting as a student at Harvard University – one of the world’s best academic institutions.
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.”
INSPIRATIONAL Worle student is setting the cricketing world alight with some scintillating performances for the county team.
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.”
Enthusiastic students at WCSA have read every one of the books shortlisted for an international award.
The WCSA students are part of the Carnegie Reading Group who read all eight shortlisted books in the Carnegie Book Awards for 2017.
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.”
Students at Worle Community School are producing world-class writing, with a staggering 194 students selected to have their work published in a new book.
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.
Worle Community School student Megan Atkinson, aged 16, is fundraising for an elephant-helping expedition to Bangkok, Thailand next year.
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.”
DOZENS of ‘heroes’ from WCSA have been rewarded with leisure centre prizes, certificates and ice creams for their inspirational acts.
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.”
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TALENTED students at Worle Community School have produced a stunning performance in the Worle Youth Choir.
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.”
WCSA male and female students have taken a break from their intense GCSE revision by both stunningly making both Somerset county cup football finals.
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.”
Congratulations to Miss Scott, who has been Head of School since last June – now officially the Principal at WCSA.
Miss Scott starts as Principal from today.
James Reseigh said, ‘Jacqui was outstanding at the interviews we held before Easter and has our total support. She has been working very hard with all the great staff at Worle since last June so this is a logical next step. This gives all our community of parents and carers certainty. She will continue to work closely with the Executive Principal – we are delighted to make her our Principal. She will continue to take WCSA forward quickly’.
With a personality and academic performance akin to athletics superstar Paula Radcliffe, Year 10 WCSA student Georgina Goodwin also has a glittering sports career ahead of her.
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.”
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
WORLE Community School is on course for excellent GCSE results, just weeks after being given a positive bill of health by OfSTED bosses and joining The Priory Learning Trust.
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’.
Year 11 Priory Community School student Reece Coombes, aged 15, is currently preparing for his GCSE exams but is also planning out a political career.
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 exciting partnership will mean both schools can get increased numbers of exceptional staff, bigger resources, smaller class sizes and even more outstanding buildings and facilities.
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.
By Kieran Tasker, aged 14
George Cook, aged 13 has just achieved a range of accolades in the County Champtions at Milfield School.
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.”
The students are on a two-year programme of planning, money management and training in preparation for the trip in July 2017.
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.
A FORMER Worle Community School student is now working for one of the world’s best animation companies.
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.”
A WORLE Community School Student is aiming to be the first ever woman to referee a world cup final.
She is outstanding in her GCSE PE work, is studying Science, and also now wants to take Sport Science in a bid to get all her qualifications to achieve her dreams.
She is also coaching Year 7 hockey in her spare time, and has just been giving the prestigious Sports Tie for her dedication to PE at Worle.
She said: “Women can be great referees. I love watching games and learning from the best. I get paid for it and have lots of fun while doing it.”
“I have signed up to the Football Futures Leaders programme and am excited to get on doing it.”
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We are so proud of Elana for all her achievements. She has a big career ahead of her.”
Year 9 student Josh Harper, aged 14, is joining five other WCSA students in a World Challenge expedition to Myanmar near India in July.
His church Milton Baptist Church has also helped him out by allowing him to sell cakes and garden for members.
Now he aims to help the other five WCSA students to raise all of their money needed to go on the trip via fundraising and finding sponsors.
Josh, who aims to go to Cambridge, Bath or Edinburgh Universities before embarking on a career as an architect, said: “I am so excited to go on this expedition. My school and church have been really helpful and I was amazed to raise the money so soon.”
Head boys and girls from two Weston schools join together to find and celebrate achievements of their 2500 students in new ‘Be a Hero’ campaign.
Please note that students are not wearing uniform because it was a charity non-uniform day.
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.”
A health conscious Worle Community School student has started her new role as Deputy Head Girl and is determined to spread her passion for health food.
Her passion has already seen her influence the health and eating habits of fellow students.
She also eager to a biochemist when she graduates.
Phoebe said: “I have never felt healthier. Since transforming my eating habits I have had more energy, suffered only one cold, and can eat as much as I want. It even helps me in my studies to have a clearer mind and be more focussed.”
Head of School Jacqui Scott, herself a follower of health food, said: “Phoebe has such enthusiasm for her health food and has already had an effect on other students lifestyle habits. Healthy lifestyle definitely has a positive effect on a child’s whole life.”
Monthly prizes for Priory and Worle students showing kindness or outstanding attitude and character traits will get big rewards at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.
The aim is to encourage even more wonderful behaviour at school and the community.
Teachers, Tutors and members of the public are being encouraged to email positive experiences of students from both schools and nominate them for a monthly prize.
Prizes in the new The Priory Learning Trust initiative include family swim tickets, children’s basketball lessons, cycle workout classes, and other healthy activities.
Head of Careers James Wilmot says “We have hundreds of heroes across both schools. We want to find and reward all that is good about each and every student.
“It’s about reinforcement of positive behaviour such as kindness, improvement in timekeeping, better behaviour in class, helping someone with their shopping or helping someone across the road. It could even be picking up litter outside the school. Basically it can be anything positive that helps people in school or in the community.”
Dave Somers, General Manager of Hutton Moor, said: “We are really pleased to be working with The Priory Learning Trust on this exciting project that helps students raise their aspirations. We always welcome opportunities to engage with the local community and young people.
“This partnership with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre and Worle and Priory schools, will reward students who really want to make a difference to themselves, their school and their community.
“Our prizes have been deliberately selected to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for the students, their friends and their families.”
To nominate a student, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the student, their year group, school and the reason why they should be a rewarded as a hero.
A Worle Community School student has taken up her new role as Head Girl just weeks after working with African children at the Hope Village Project in Malawi.
Iona plans a career in archeology after doing A Levels and a University course possibly at UCL, but is determined to keep up her interest in oversees service especially areas like Nepal, where she lived with her family for 6 years.
Speaking about her recent trip to Africa she said: “My sister Sian and I enjoyed very much serving people in Malawi especially working alongside children who have very little and helping run medical programs with my mum who is an ITU nurse.
“I am also very excited to be starting at Worle as Head Girl and am determined to help here and make a difference in any way.”
As Worle Community School steps up its transformation, it has launched an expanded new alumni to gather a community of students from the past who can now inspire and encourage current students.
The latest person to join the Alumni is an Account Director at one of Britain’s fastest growing firms
Oli Ballard, aged 31, is an Account Director at the Ascot Group; which this week moved into big new premises near Worle Train Station after 1000% growth in the last seven years. The company employ many former students of Worle and Priory.
He is also Editor of their UK Business Leader magazine which has had interviews with Sir Richard Branson, Michelle Mone and other world business figures.
Now he plans to make return visits to Worle to motivate and inspire current students to make incredible careers.
Oli said: “I have fond memories of my time at Worle and I am so excited at all the latest changes at the school.”
The new Worle Community School are now giving out free 8am breakfasts to students.
Parent Becky Fuller said: “Free porridge would be great as my daughter cycles each day so it would warm her up before school starts!”
The free porridge idea is the latest of large scale changes made at the new Worle Community School. Things already to change include culture, staffing, buildings, and the placing of large colourful inspirational photos and quotes of inspirational world figures up on classrooms.
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. We would encourage as many students as possible to get in school early where there will be a positive atmosphere alongside a great breakfast.”
A WORLE Community School student is joining his high achieving siblings in making his mark in and out of the classroom.
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.”
A WORLE school has been celebrating the life of its former student Mary Collard by planning to help a charity that has raised multiple thousands this year.
Incredibly, family and friends have helped raised an unbelievable amount of £300,000 for the charity in the last four years.
Now in a special assembly to talk about charity, Worle students began their year of charity work in her memory.
This week the school also gave out the new Mary Collard prize to Bella Styles.
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We want to keep the memory alive of Mary with the award and also this year by raising a record amount. She was by all accounts a wonderful girl, and this work will give hope to others across the world.”
AN ambitious Weston school has launched a new world-wide search for its inspiring former students.
They want former students across the world to get in touch via Facebook, Twitter and email to start a big community to help current students to achieve all they dream of.
Since July, PCSA led by Head of School Jacqui Scott have driven large scale changes in the school including culture, staffing, buildings, and placing large colourful inspirational photos and quotes of inspirational world figures up on classrooms.
They are also placing great emphasis on reward and praise of students, and encouraging all staff to build excellent relationships with students.
The Ofsted-outstanding PCSA are implementing all of the techniques that have helped make that school one of Britain’s best over the last seven years.
Now Worle plans to become an Academy and to join The Priory Learning Trust led by Mr Coles.
Ms Scott said: “We want to hear from our former students who are doing amazing things, to celebrate their achievements, and also to inspire our current students also to do inspirational things.
“We want to find students all over the world and see what they are doing now.”
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