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.
11 year old Worle Community School student Mary Collard died in 2012 from Bone Cancer, and now the current students will be helping to raise thousands for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
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.
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.
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.”
Thank you to all parents, carers and students for their support in Term 1. A quick update as we come towards the end of Term 1.
Some parents / carers have asked us to host an evening to update on progress at the school – we are waiting for our OfSTED visit which we think will be in Term 2 (November). We will then host an evening in November / December and will be able to advise you then of progress made at the school and talk about plans for the Worle as an Academy in the future.
I toured new potential new parents around on Friday – they were very complimentary about our students and staff and we are very pleased with progress. Our focus has been on improving behaviour and developing teaching and learning this term. For example, we have new mock exams next week on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, 18th for certain Year 11s (60) and full mock exams in December (all students). Students have been advised and have been working towards these key dates. These are very much supportive progress checks with results published ASAP and students advised of next steps. Already these students have been attending additional Period 6 lessons with staff this term in GCSE English and maths ( 3.15 – 4.15) – thank you to staff and students for these extra lessons.
We hope you like the ‘Friday Fabulous Calls’ – each member of staff including myself and Mr Coles calls three families to say ‘well done’ each Friday – often many schools miss the students who ‘day-in and day-out’ just ‘get it right’. We hope that you may have received a call or an e-mail about this – more calls will follow! We are very keen on politeness and good manners and you may even get call just saying polite your son / daughter is.
Please do have a look at the new Worle Community School website, which is being developed and a new PLT website (Priory Learning Trust). Interestingly, these sites are managed by an ex-student who started doing the role whilst studying for his A Levels and now has a degree in Computer Science and a great ‘real job’ in Bristol. Thank you Joe.
Lastly, you may be interested to know that The Priory Learning Trust Teaching School Alliance has 14 places for teacher training next year. 4 in maths, 4 in science, 4 in ICT and 2 in primary teaching. So, if you know of local people who might like to train as a teacher through The PLT at either Worle School or Priory – please do contact us at Worle or Priory. We can provide more information and these roles come with bursaries. Clearly, this programme will add another 12 secondary teachers to our schools and this will create more staff in the classrooms teaching our children.
We welcome any feedback – uniform does again seem a concern for some parents – all thoughts on this are welcome here on FB and to us by e-mail. We are happy to listen to parental views and feedback.
Again my sincere thanks for your support this first term. We will post this on the website for all parents to see – please do pass on to friends and families.
Miss Scott (Head of School – Worle School)
Mr. Coles is the Executive Principal of The Priory Learning Trust.
The busy back to school period is over and believe it or not we are starting to prepare for next year, starting with our annual stock take on the weekend of the 1st of October. The shop will be open 09.00am-01.00pm on Saturday 1st October and we will then re open as normal on Monday the 3rd, online services will not be available whilst the stock take is completed.
Please note we will switch to our Autumn/Winter opening hours from October. On a Saturday we will be open 09.00am – 01.00pm, Monday to Friday is 09.00am-05.00pm as usual and obviously online is 24/7.
Any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
There are still spaces on the Easter 2017 Ski Trip! Please contact Miss Gibbins in PE for more details.
The Sir Richard Branson Centre was launched in 2010 in the Ofsted Outstanding PCSA to help students with a range of conditions including dyslexia.
It has proved such a success that Head Teachers across England and Wales have looked to install such a system in their schools.
Now a new Sir Richard Branson Centre has been set up at Worle Community School just a mile from PCSA, which is being led and assisted by Priory leaders.
Principal Neville Coles said: “Our Sir Richard Branson Centre has been a tremendous success and we are delighted that Sir Richard has been such an inspiration behind students achieving great things. We hope that his name and success story model will have the same effect now at Worle.”
Priory named its new £1.4 million ‘support to learn’ centre after Sir Richard Branson to draw on his inspiration as one of the world’s best entrepreneurs despite having dyslexia as a child.
PCSA student Samantha Sleeman is one of hundreds of students to benefit from the centre.
Samantha was called an inspiration by the Virgin tycoon after achieving incredible things despite having dyslexia like Branson himself.
Branson said: “Samantha is an inspiration for anyone with dyslexia and shows that with the right support and encouragement it’s possible to achieve incredible results.
“I hope the centre continues to change the lives of students at the Priory Community School for many years to come.”
When Priory achieved Ofsted outstanding status – the first in Weston-super-Mare in Ofsted’s 22 years history, Sir Richard praised the school and centre.
Pictured is PCSA student Samantha Sleeman and father Bernard outside the Sir Richard Branson Centre. Samantha was called an inspiration by the Branson after achieving incredible things at the centre.
SOME 42 young people enjoyed two weeks of fun and activities at Worle Community School
The summer school saw students enjoy non-stop fun ending with an Olympic ceremony.
They will all be starting at WCS in September. Activities were designed to help students make new friends, find their way around the school, get to know staff and have fun.
Activities included a Worle Pokemon Go, designing and creating hats, science experiments, and trampolining, dance and inflatable obstacle courses.
One day there was a visit to Noah’s Ark Zoo, where the students were able to learn about conservation and see a variety of animals.
They also spent a week at the Quantocks where they experienced kayaking, archery, high ropes, low ropes, raft building, team games, crate stacking and blind trails all chosen so the students can work together, gain in confidence and create lasting memories.
An Olympic style competition completed the activities with a BBQ for the families where over 60 people turned up and handed out certificates and special awards.
Jake Morford will start his role of Football Development Officer in September, alongside last year’s GCSE student Stanley Cunningham who starts his scholarship at Millfield School in Street to study football alongside his A Levels.
Millfield has footballing facilities that are superior to Manchester United, it is Britain’s most expensive school, and is known the world over.
Jake is a football coach and part time professional footballer for Weston-Super-Mare, and a recent graduate of Sports Studies with a 2:1 from UWE University.
Jake also leads the volunteer coaching staff at North Somerset Schools FA (NSSFA) and Somerset Schools FA (SSFA), acting as head coach to over 200 pupils aged 8 – 18 years old and building up a programme of fixtures and training opportunities from scratch.
Jake has also represented several football academies including Bristol City and Southampton during his professional career.
A budding graphic designer at Worle Community School has been helping a London firm design a website for “iDEA – The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award”. It’s a new venture run by The Duke of York’s office in Buckingham Palace.
Louis Macrides spent a week learning the trade from a world leading firm Toasted Digital in Covent Garden.
During his work he was involved with graphic design where he created a design of a skateboard which is going to be used on a website the firm are designing for Buckingham Palace.
Toasted Digital have won some very prestigious awards for web design and have worked for Coca-Cola, World War 1 archiving, Walt Disney and Play.com.
Worle Community School are supporting the children of Act One Drama Club as The Theatre In The Hut is undergoing structural repair.
The school has agreed to host the local theatre group’s performance for Alice in Wonderland.
The show will be performed on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th July at 7.30pm and 2 shows on Saturday 30th July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm in the school hall.
The ticket prices are: Adults £5.00 & Children £3.00.
To book your tickets please contact the Box Office – 07989 467736.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Company Director – Sharone Miller.
Year 11 student Stanley Cunningham finished his GCSEs at WCS and then discovered he had received a scholarship to Millfield School in Street to do football alongside his A Levels.
It comes on the back of news that ex-Worle student, and current WsM midfielder Jake Morford has been appointed Football Development Officer at Millfield.
Millfield has footballing facilities better even than Manchester United, is Britain’s most expensive school, and is known the world over.
Stanley now has a dream to become a top-level physio for the England or Northern Ireland team.
He said: “I really am so over the moon with this. Worle has been brilliant for me and now I’m excited for the next chapter of my education.”
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