Pastoral Structure changes

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.

Thank you

Outdoor Enrichment Days – 17 & 18 July 2017

Year 11 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Final assembly/Dress up/Shirt signing date has changed to Wednesday July 5th at 9.30 in the auditorium.

This will be your final ‘Goodbye’ at school before the Prom on 6th July at Rookery Manor 7.15-11 (arriving from 6.45)

Prom tickets will be available from the Finance office from Monday 19th June, as long as you have paid! Final date for payment of tickets is June 23rd – after that we have to confirm numbers so please get your tickets organised as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you at both events!

Mrs Mac

Worle student plans life-changing trip to help elephants in Bangkok

Worle Community School student Megan Atkinson, aged 16, is fundraising for an elephant-helping expedition to Bangkok, Thailand next year.

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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

Worle student excelling in the world of martial arts

A WORLE Community School student is excelling in the exciting world of martial arts.

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Year 7 student Debbie Sander is achieving awards and commendations for her flourishing skills.

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.”

WCSA students learn golf skills from two professional players

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.

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The students were encouraged and given coached by professionals Dan Toogood and Bethany Popel in an after-school Period 6 project backed by Golf England.

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.

DOZENS of ‘heroes’ from WCSA have been rewarded with leisure centre prizes, certificates and ice creams for their inspirational acts.

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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 editor@priorylearningtrust.org.uk

WCSA students produce stunning choir performance to sell-out audience

TALENTED students at Worle Community School have produced a stunning performance in the Worle Youth Choir.

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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.”

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WCSA students in stunning sporting success

WCSA male and female students have taken a break from their intense GCSE revision by both stunningly making both Somerset county cup football finals.

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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.
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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.”

Mr. Coles (Executive Principal - The PLT) welcoming our new Principal today.

Congratulations to Miss Scott, who has been Head of School since last June – now officially the Principal at WCSA.

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Miss Scott said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed by the Academy Council at WCSA as Principal. I look forward to working closely with both Mr. Coles and James Reseigh, who is our Chair of the Academy Council (Governors). Clearly, working with Neville and James will be a great help to me and I am really looking forward to continuing all the good work we have started at Worle over the last few months. Our GCSE results this summer are looking great and we have big plans to continue to improve the site. I want to thank all parents, carers and students at Worle who have been so supportive in recent months’.

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’.

Paula Radcliffe style ambitious winning Worle cricket star also aiming to win sprinting gold for Team GB in 2024 olympics

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.

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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 student a world champion and winner of 60 trophies in kickboxing and boxing despite being only 15

A WORLD champion 15 year old from Worle Community School is lining up a career in boxing after winning 60 trophies over the last 10 years.

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Blackbelt champion Brooklyn Chamberlain won top prize in the 13-16 section at the Wako World Cup kickboxing in Rimini to add to his estimated 60 trophies in regional, national and international events in the sport.Now he is lining up a career in boxing after turning to the event over the last year and since winning two fights in Liverpool and Manchester.

He is aiming to win the national championship next year and hopes to go to a boxing academy when he leaves school.

He is a member of the Weston Warriors and Warrior Gym at Worle and helps to train the younger children there.

Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We are very proud of Brooklyn. He has achieved incredible success and is still only 15.”

WCSA student an inspirational success in rugby

WORLE student Katie Reynolds has received the prestigious WCSA Sports Tie after achieving great success in the world of rugby.

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The inspiring 15 year old Year 10 student has already captained the Hornettes to be The South West Plate Champions and represented Somerset County RFU in the South West Division Championship.

This week she was Captain of the successful Hornettes Girls Under 15, and helped the South West to win their match 32-0 against the Midlands in Solihull.

Her sporting achievements saw her presented with the WCSA Sports Tie for outstanding leadership, commitment and excellence in sports by Head of School Jacqui Scott.

Miss Scott said: “Katie is a brilliant student and outstanding sportswoman doing great things. She thoroughly deserves this award and all her success.”

In this week’s tournament Somerset won all four of their matches and were crowned champions for the second year running.

England World Cup winner and former Somerset player, Danielle Waterman, said that she had never seen an Under 15 side show such a level of ability.

Katie thanked Hornets RFC, Somerset County RFU, South West RFU and in particular the coaches who have helped her achieve this standard of rugby.

She also thanked her proud parents Richard and Catherine Reynolds for their support and transport to all of the matches and training sessions.

She also plays football, hockey and rugby for WCSA with distinction, helping her school to reach the final of this year’s Somerset Under 16s football cup.

Curriculum Enrichment Day Information

Cambridge-University-bound Worle student one of world's best maths performers

A WCSA student is 19th in the UK and 203rd in the entire world – and one of best young global performers – after a staggering machine-gun-speed recitation of a maths Pi challenge.

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Inspirational Year 9 student Tom Garlick recited 446 digits of the infinite Pi number – making him 19th in the UK, one of the best young performers in the world. He is also officially 204th in all ages.The Competition Pi challenged Worle students to remember as many digits as they can – with 5 trillion the current estimated number.He won £31.41 – a multiple of Pi – for finishing first place and now wants to be best in the UK to beat the current record holder who has 22,000 digits.

Top set Maths Tom spent a whole year learning the digits. He can also do a Rubic’s cube in three minutes. Now he sets his sights on Oxford or Cambridge University.

His feat is even more remarkable considering doctors say he has an Arachnoid Cyst on the right hand side of the brain. It means he has to inject himself once a day with a growth hormone.

Tom said: “Last year someone said I would not be smart enough. So I decided to prove them wrong so did it as a hobby for a year. Every night I would do it before I went to bed. I like to learn. I put my mind to it and just did it.”

Maths teacher Lois Kerrison said: “Tom showed amazing determination and ambition to do so many. It was a phenomenal task. He reels the numbers off so quickly.”

Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “Tom is truly inspirational. We are so proud of him and he has a fantastic future.”

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GCSE grades in England are changing

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Starting with English and maths, GCSE grades in England will be graded from 9 to 1. Find out more:

A message from Mr. Coles

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Worle Community School officially becomes an Academy – March 1st 2017

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

As you may know, The Priory Learning Trust (The PLT) is a multi-academy trust (MAT) serving Worle in WSM.  After being the Principal at Priory Community School – an Academy Trust since 2007 I am now the Executive Principal of The PLT. As you may know, Martin Kerslake is our Chief Operating Officer – he is in charge of the ‘business’ side of the Trust, while I work with the teachers and support staff on educational outcomes. Priory was made OfSTED ‘outstanding’ in November of 2014 and is now a national Teaching School. Being a Teaching School brings additional funding into The PLT and allows us to “home grow” excellent teachers. We aspire to appoint 12 trainee teachers next year. This will allow us to reduce class sizes in the Upper School at both Worle and Priory.

Worle Community School was placed in ‘special measures’ by OfSTED in April 2016. Since that time a lot has happened at Worle and we are beginning to see significant progress as a result of the very hard work and commitment of both teaching and support staff. As of Wednesday March 1st, Worle becomes an Academy and joins The PLT. From thereon, it will be known as, Worle Community School – an Academy Trust (WCSA). We believe that this is good news for the staff, students and wider community of Worle. Together, we can do amazing things! As the November 2016 OFSTED inspection reported, things are going very well at Worle; joining The PLT is just another ‘stepping stone’ on the road to becoming even better. Worle is the second school to join The PLT – Priory being the first. In the near future, we hope that St Anne’s and Castle Batch primary schools may well join The PLT.

So what does the future hold for Worle?  Well, Miss Jacqui Scott will continue as the Head of School. She is doing a first class job. She and the whole staff team are committed to improving outcomes for the students. All staff at Worle will now be employed by The PLT – although their terms and conditions of service will remain the same. As an Academy, Worle will be able to bid for major capital projects, such as a new sports hall, new roofs and other needed repairs and improvements. You will see significant capital investment at Worle in the near future. Whilst both Worle and Priory schools will remain distinct, it is mutually beneficial that they work together, in terms of improving teaching and from a “back office” or financial/operational perspective. Both schools will retain their own distinctive uniform and both will offer great education to our community. It is, in my view, a great time to be part of education in WSM. I am very pleased to report that student numbers at both schools are very healthy for the September 2017 intake – this is really good news.

Thank you for your support.

Best,
Neville Coles
Executive Principal

Evening School

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.

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Update for parents/carers from Mr Coles

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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:

jscott@worle-school.org.uk
neville.coles@priorylearningtrust.org.uk

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 chris.sherring@pcsa.org.uk,  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.

Neville Coles
Executive Principal
The PLT

Ski Trip 2018

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.

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OfSTED Update

ofstedPlease click here to download a copy of our most recent OfSTED inspection.

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

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Worle student already a Weston FC photographer

A WORLE Community School student is already a photographer for Weston-super-Mare FC.

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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.
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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.”

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Parents increasingly choosing Worle after exam boost, Ofsted comments and other positive changes

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.

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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’.

PCSA deputy head boy eyes up role as future Prime Minister

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.

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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.”

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Wonder of Worle - Year 8 County Hockey Champions!

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STUDENTS will be the big winners after Worle joins with the award-winning PCSA within The Priory Learning Trust from 1st March in a bid to take both schools beyond outstanding.

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.

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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.

A WORLE Community School student has overcome his fear of water to win prestigious swimming events and is now aiming for the 2020 Olympics.

By Kieran Tasker, aged 14

George Cook, aged 13 has just achieved a range of accolades in the County Champtions at Milfield School.

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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.”

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FIVE inspirational WCSA students are looking for sponsorship for a life-changing expedition to help poverty-stricken Myanma

The students are on a two-year programme of planning, money management and training in preparation for the trip in July 2017.

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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.

“If anyone is able to support the students with sponsorship or would like more information, please contact us via email at egibbins@worle-school.org.uk or eslade@worle-school.org.uk

Former Worle student high flying at one of world's best animation firms responsible for Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep

A FORMER Worle Community School student is now working for one of the world’s best animation companies.

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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.”

Worle student sets sight on refereeing world cup final

A WORLE Community School Student is aiming to be the first ever woman to referee a world cup final.

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Year 10 Elana Titcombe, aged 15, is already refereeing games in the Woodspring League and has all her refereeing qualifications to set her up for a career in the profession.

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.”

An entrepreneurial Worle student has raised an incredible £4000 in only nine months so he can help children living in poverty near India next summer

Year 9 student Josh Harper, aged 14, is joining five other WCSA students in a World Challenge expedition to Myanmar near India in July.

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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.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.”

ONE TEAM: Student Leaders from PCSA and WCSA pictured together during Non-Uniform Day for charity

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.

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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.”

Meet Worle's own Deliciously Ella

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.

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Phoebe Kibble, aged 15, is a follower and advocate of world health food expert and author Ella Woodward – known as Deliciously Ella.Now she is determined to further boost the health of students which she said will have knock on effects on their energy, sport and GCSE studies.

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.”

Hundreds of good samaritan student 'heroes' across two Weston schools are to be rewarded for their achievements

Monthly prizes for Priory and Worle students showing kindness or outstanding attitude and character traits will get big rewards at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

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The ‘Be a Hero’ campaign at both Priory Community School and Worle Community School will be available to every student in every year group.

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 hero@pcsa.org.uk with the name of the student, their year group, school and the reason why they should be a rewarded as a hero.

Worle Community School student starts new role as Head Girl after two weeks helping poverty-hit children in Africa

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.

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Iona Kempton, aged 16, is now helping Worle Community School with her leadership and influence, after returning from Malawi where she spent two weeks helping out in rural communities.

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.”

A 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.

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Free 8am healthy breakfasts on offer for students at Worle Community School

The new Worle Community School are now giving out free 8am breakfasts to students.

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All students who turn up early to school will be given a healthy and delicious porridge with optional honey or jam, and orange juice to start their day.Research has showed that children who start the day with nutritious food and exercise are more likely to achieve higher grades in their studies.

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.”

Worle Community School student stars in New York Post for his singing and guitar playing

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.

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He got into music aged only four and is now performing a wide range of Elvis Presley songs in pubs and bars across Somerset in front of hundred of people.He also is a very talented footballer, playing centre back for title winning teams North Somerset Development Centre and Milton Nomads, and featured in Worle’s Holland football tour last week.

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.”

Worle Community School deputy head boy joins high achieving siblings in achieving in and out of the classroom

A WORLE Community School student is joining his high achieving siblings in making his mark in and out of the classroom.

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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.”

Worle students to raise thousands in memory of former student

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.

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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.”

Ambitious Weston school launches new world-wide search for inspiring former students for partnership links

AN ambitious Weston school has launched a new world-wide search for its inspiring former students.

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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.”

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