Starting next week 1/3/2017, every Wednesday and Thursday, 16:30-18:30.
We are delighted to announce the beginning of evening school on March 1 taking place on both Terms 4 and 5. Every Wednesday and Thursday, 16:30-18:30, students will have the opportunity to attend evening school and revise with the help of various members of staff. There will be available resources for all subjects, however, students are free to bring their own revision material. We hope to see as many Year 11 students as possible. Previous years have proved that students regularly attending evening school have made significant gains, improving their attainment overall. Come and revise with us every Wednesday and Thursday at the Learning Resource Centre.
A Message From Miss Scott, Head of School.
Welcome back to Term 4 here at WCSA. As I write, we are exactly half way through the school year. I am sure that all of the Year 11 students (and teachers) will agree that this is the final countdown to GCSE success. Personally, I enjoyed working with some of my maths students over half term; I hope they did too. We chatted a lot (in amongst algebra questions) about the new GCSEs and how hard it is with English and Maths to know about grade boundaries and how many marks to be aiming for. But, this is the same for everyone in the country; I remember being in a similar situation myself many years ago when I was the first cohort to sit GCSEs (departing for the old “O” level system). So, it has to be about gaining as much knowledge as possible in the next 4 months, setting aside a sensible amount of time for revision, and making the most of the additional sessions at school – watch this space to find out more about Evening School and Easter School. We are totally committed to putting in as much support as we can for every Year 11. And for this, I am truly thankful to the subject teachers who give so willingly of their time. I have never worked in a school where teachers stay so late! PLEASE as a Year 11 parent / carer encourage attendance at EVENING SCHOOL 2017. Details to follow.
In terms of whole school priorities, Mr. Coles (Executive Principal – Priory Learning Trust) and I have always been very clear that we want to employ a highly trained body of staff. Indeed, at “Meet the Head” and on Facebook, I would say that this is the issue that concerns parents / carers the most. I do believe this to be nationally as well as locally. So, I would like to update you. Three staff left just before half term; staff will always move on for any number of reasons. We were keen not to resort to supply agencies and worked very hard to recruit high quality staff. This has resulted in some timetable changes, as we have had to move staff around a little. I am pleased to say that we are fully staffed from Monday 20 February. If your child does have a different member of staff, please rest assured that we have looked holistically across the whole school to ensure that the next six months will be as smooth as possible. However, if you do have anything to discuss, as ever, please do e-mail here at the school. We really want parents and carers to contact us directly rather than through FaceBook – we are happy to reply very promptly.
If I had to name the second priority for parents, this past half year would suggest that it is the issue of homework. I do have to say that I am delighted at the amount of high quality homework that many of our students are producing. As I walk around school, I often see projects and pieces of display work done for homework. This is alongside the ‘bread and butter’ maths homework books, for example. However, I do hear (and read) your concerns and I believe that our priority is to get homework “right” on a number of levels. I personally read every FB post and we do reply on the Year 7 closed parents’ group as well – once a week. We need to be really clear with you, the parents (as well as the students) what we are setting, how long it should take and when it is due in. Once we have communicated this, we need to give high quality feedback in a timely fashion. We have had a good look at other schools to see how they manage to achieve this – there will be changes. We have also talked to many of you about our current system. Please do rest assured that I know we have work to do on homework and that we will get this right for students, staff and parents / carers at WCSA.
Worle will officially become an Academy in March. As we approach the end of February and move into spring, you will be aware that WCSA is due to join the Priory Learning Trust (PLT). I know that Mr Coles has provided some information about this and that the story has featured in the press. However, you may well be wondering what it means for day to day life here at WCSA. There will be very few major changes as we are doing well; I will still be here (as Head of School), as will all of the current staff. In terms of the running of the school, our IEB (Interim Executive Board) will be superseded by an AC (Academy Council). This will comprise of 12 volunteers and will be the ‘governing body’ for our Academy. By the time you read this, the AC will have met and we will have got to know each other. If you would like more information about the PLT, please do check out the latest PLT YouTube, which will be out next week and will be posted on websites.
I know that many people have asked about the current uniform. There are no plans to change the blazer and tie – NONE. Uniform will remain the same blazer and tie at Worle. However, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that jeans are not allowed. Trainers and boots should not be worn – nor boots please. I must say that the vast majority of the school population come to school well presented in the correct attire. We will no longer allow students to attend lessons if they do not adhere to the uniform policy – without a very good reason. Please do talk to us if you need support with uniform.
On a really positive note, I saw 30 “Students of the Half Year” on the Friday when we broke up and I understand Mr Coles phoned several parents as well. As I said to the students, to be in the ‘top’ 30 out of 1,500 is a huge achievement. These students were chosen by teachers for their hard work and achievement – academic and/or sporting – over a sustained period of time. To be quite honest, I was surprised when the nominations came flooding in. I was only planning on doing ten awards and had to do “three sittings” as it were. This was a highlight of my time at WCSA so far. I hope parents were proud as well. We will be looking for another thirty for the end of the year. You may also have enjoyed one of our weekly positive phone calls home. I have been looking at a lot of data over half term – as a result of some of the huge numbers of achievement points gained by students, I am asking pastoral staff to recognise these effrots by making parents aware.
It is now seven weeks until Easter with NO INSET days – good luck to Year 11s with revison and more mock exams coming up.
Please do ensure that your child attends school every day. We will be giving a £5 Amazon voucher to all students who do ALL 42 days – this is in recognition of the fact that it is a long term. We fully understand that some students will be ill (and that is natural) … but we will still reward full attendance.
Thank you for your great support – we have much work to do but I hope you will see we are moving quickly in a very positive direction. Great support from our students.
Another update from me at the start of Term 5. At Easter we will also send home our second major ‘magazine style’ newsletter of the year and further progress reports for all our students.
Miss Scott – Head of School
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.”
I intend to write a short occasional update about The Priory Learning Trust (PLT) and the work we are doing at Worle Community School. If you have a moment please see www.priorylearningtrust.org.uk. It would be very helpful if you could read on and then share on other forms of media as we try to keep everyone informed of progress and events at Worle. As you can see, the update will be posted here on the Worle website and on the official Worle Face Book page. We will also place an update in our magazine style newsletter @WCSA which goes out to all our parents and carers. The next @WCSA is due out in April. We will post up an informational ‘You Tube’ in the next couple of weeks. As always, the main form of communication is by e-mail to myself or Miss Scott. E-mail addresses are on the Worle website but again they are:
I hope you have received quick replies to e-mails and if you do not receive prompt replies please do e-mail me directly and I will assist. Many of you have asked me about the Headteacher position at Worle and I can now tell you that Mr.Binding has retired. Miss Scott will continue as our excellent Head of School. I hope you will agree with me that she is doing a grand job. We hope that Worle will become an Academy on March 1st. Worle will then formally become part of The PLT. Worle will continue with its own uniform (no changes) and carry with on its own traditional character. We are delighted to have a new and full Governing Body ready to start on March 1st as an ‘Academy Council’. There are 12 people on the Academy Council, several of whom are parents, and many have had experience of being Governors in local primary schools. They have a great set of skills. I thank everyone who applied or asked for details. I will continue to work alongside Miss Scott during the week splitting my time between Priory and Worle. Clearly, the aim is to make both 11-16 schools in Worle outstanding as part of the new multi-academy trust – The PLT. Our focus is on producing excellent exam results, alongside a wide offer of after school provision including academic studies and sport, music and arts. A very good example is Miss Gibbins, who as I write this is taking a group of Worle girls to see a hockey tournament – on a Sunday! This is going the ‘extra mile’.
Once Worle becomes an Academy we can start to bid for major capital projects. This is really needed, although I hope you have seen that we have begun to redecorate and spruce up the school. We have been very successful at Priory over the last few years with capital bids. This has been largely down to a colleague called Martin Kerslake. Priory have a new 2.4 million science block being built this year. Re-development will now start to happen at Worle with major bids being placed in the next month. I think we certainly need to bid for a new sports hall at Worle as a first step. More mundanely, but equally important, we need a re-roofing of the school. We will bid for more roofing money but the good news is that we have been successful in gaining £100,000 to start this work this year, but, we need more to do the whole school. So, if you know any millionaires with a good heart please let me know! By becoming a multi-academy trust (MAT) we can now use the expertise of Martin, formally the Director of Finance and Business Services at Priory. He is now the Chief Operations Officer of The PLT. He will make these bids for the Trust at Worle – we will be successful I am sure. It is a good time to be part of Worle. It is also likely that both St Anne’s and Castle Batch Primary Schools will also join our family of schools in September 2017. I am really keen to see this happen. Both schools are first class primary schools. We will also again assist here with capital bids but they will greatly add to our knowledge of primary – secondary transfer. I have long thought that Year 7 children know far more than we think they know on entry to secondary school and we often pitch lessons too low on entry. This again is a very good reason to join up as a MAT.
Worle has made rapid progress. I hope you will have seen the very good OfSTED report, published in November 2016. Miss Scott’s task now is to focus the Year 11s on getting superb exam results. Mrs. Mac is right there with all our Year 11s. Rightly we are really stressing the importance of maths and English. The students are working really hard. For the first time the Worle leavers will be able to wear leavers’ hoodies from next week. This will make them feel special and we hope it will create a ONE TEAM approach towards the exams. We are also opening an Evening School for Year 11s this year. This will start next month from 5.30 -7.30 and will be a place which is fully staffed for our students to get revision help and more teaching time. We hope parents will strongly encourage Year 11s to attend. In English and maths this year the ‘pass’ is likely to be Grade 4 or Grade 5. There is a new grading system from 1 – 9 in English and maths. 9 being the old A* – the top grade and 1 being the lowest grade. So, it is a new system with the GCSE grades and all schools are in the dark to a certain extent. I can tell you that all the staff at Worle, in all subjects, are working really hard and highlighting the importance of doing the very, very best to our students. I did an assembly last week on ‘growth mindset’, which is basically about working hard and showing lots of resilience. At Worle now we have new areas, such as The SRB which are very supportive places for anyone struggling with exams. The atmosphere must be one of ‘we can’ and I can assure parents that all Worle staff (many of whom are new) are working with this in mind. Of course, there will be staffing headaches ahead with less income for all schools – but as a MAT we are better placed to cope and we will only recruit and retain the very best staff at Worle.
I do not want to make these updates too long! However, lastly, I’d like to tell parents of a unique programme starting at both Worle and Priory next year through The Priory Learning Trust. We have been granted ‘Teaching School’ status. This comes with additional funding. This means from September we will have 12 extra members of staff teaching maths, science and ICT in our secondary schools. These 12 colleagues will be spread across both Worle and Priory. They will be part of the ‘Schools Direct’ programme. Colleagues employed will be trainee teachers. If you know anyone who’d like to train as a teacher please do ask them to e-mail me or Chris Sherring email@example.com, who is our Director of the Teaching School Alliance. The beauty of the system is that by November these 12 colleagues must be teaching small classes, if they are ready. This will allow us to create 12 new classes. We will then have smaller groups in maths, ICT and science (probably in Year 10 and Year 11) which will improve results even further. This model has worked at Priory as we improved C+ maths results from 34% in 2007 to 81% in 2014.
Best wishes and thank you for your support. There will be another update in March but, as always, please do e-mail if you’d like to know more about The PLT or specifically anything about Worle. Please go through Miss Scott about students, but I am always available if needed. Next month I will share more of our plans for Worle and write about a new homework system for September 2017.
Have a great week.
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.
Emilio Santoro, aged 13, headlined on ITV after appearing in the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on what would have been Elvis’s 82nd birthday.
He is also a very talented footballer, playing centre back for title winning teams North Somerset Development Centre and Milton Nomads.
WCSA Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “A big well done to Emilio. He has a big career ahead of him.”
Individual school photos are being taken on Monday 16th January for all students in years 8, 9 and 11. Photos will be taken in the auditorium. Year 11 during Period 1, Year 9 during Period 2 and Year 8 during Period 3.
WELCOME BACK – great start to the new term.
All – please note.
There are NO MORE INSET days this year.
January 25th is now NOT an INSET DAY.
Miss Scott and Team Worle want all students in school for rest of year.
We will publicise this widely again.
Please do share.
Happy New Year!
We are running the next Ski trip from Friday 7th April to Saturday 15th April 2017.
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
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 WORLE Community School student is already a photographer for Weston-super-Mare FC.
William Cooper, aged 12, has his own photography business and is now taking photos for Weston’s first team games that appear in the local news Media.
Along with ex-PCSA student Alex Crowther, he is part of a team that gets out news from Weston FC.
William said: “I really enjoy taking photos and would like to be a photographer when I’m older, so I thought I would help out the club and start now.”
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “What a wonderful thing for a student so young to be doing. He has real enthusiasm for photography. I’m sure he has a glittering career ahead of him.”
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.
Incredibly, he has already raised the £4000 needed for the trip through organising a ball in Lympsham, a day out at Bath Races and other events.
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.
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.”
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 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.”
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.”
Emilio Santoro, aged 13, has starred in the world’s Media for his singing and guitar playing talent.
Year 9 student Emilio featured in the New York Post and Daily Mail after performing at the annual Porthcawl Elvis festival attended by hundreds.
Emilio said: “I enjoy singing and guitar playing and would love to be doing this as a career one day.”
WCSA Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “Emilio is obviously a fantastic talent and we are very proud of his achievements inside and outside of school.”
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.”
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