Principal’s Blog 2017 -18

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.


Around school, there was plenty to see, do, taste, hear, try and learn. From students setting their hands alight in science, to a medieval apothecary, modern day book doctors, cookies and cakes to sample, maths problems to solve, specialist SEND information, un peu de francais  and sport for everyone and Mr. Coles trampolining was a site to behold – trust me! There really was something for everyone. Our student buskers performed for the evening and the burgers were popular with everyone – Steve and his team produced 650 of them! I have thanked our staff and students for the huge amount of work they all put into making Open Evening 2017 such a success. Personally, I was keen to share examination success (14% increase on last year) and the staff and students really did demonstrate how we achieve this. If, for any reason, you know anyone who missed out, please do encourage them to get in touch with me here at WCSA. I am more than happy to offer additional tours during the day.

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:

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.

Jacqui Scott
Principal WCSA