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.
Start of Term 3 from Miss Scott (Head of School)
I would like to warmly welcome everyone back to Term 3 here at WCSA. I hope that everyone feels rested after a good Christmas break.
During the fortnight off, you should have received a copy of our latest newsletter, along with our latest OfSTED report and your child’s report. Many of you have mailed me, pleased with the greater level of communication – it’s always great to get your feedback – so thank you. Please remember you will get three major newsletters per year – the next at Easter and we will continue to issue Praising Stars letters at each report window (3 times a year). You will also get a written report from your child’s tutor at the end of the school year. Year 11 will get these in February.
Please continue to contact me and my great team by e-mail and we will swiftly reply and try to assist in all matters. Our official Facebook account this term will be information only with occasional replies to individual parents and carers. Please do use e-mail as the point of contact.
I know that parents and carers are keen to know when school is and isn’t open and key dates. We have NO MORE INSET DAYS this year. We will not be having a closure day / INSET for target setting this day (as advertised for Wednesday 25 January). After the additional INSET time last year, we want to maximise the number of days here in the classroom. Some Year 11 parents have been asking about Easter School for the purpose of booking family holidays. I can confirm that this will run during the first week of the Easter holiday – from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 April. This will predominantly be for Maths and English – further details will follow.
In terms of Year 11 and GCSEs, there is plenty of talk about the reformed curriculum. Certainly, we talk to students about it all of the time. There is more to actually learn and there is more which will need to be applied in terms of answering questions in examinations. We are working hard to get our Year 11 students, ‘examination ready’. We will be running an “Evening School” which will provide additional study sessions, staffed by qualified teachers. Our Period 6 intervention carries on (P6i). However, we also offer an enrichment programme. Details of this will be coming home with students next week – please do look out for this – we will also post information on our website – www.worle-school.org.uk. PLEASE do look at our own website and you might be interested to all look at the website of The Priory Learning Trust (click here). You will see details of the developing PLT team here.
The core values of The PLT and indeed Worle School are very clear. We will put ‘students first’ and we will cherish our staff. We are very clear on holding very high expectations of both staff and students working within PLT schools. We are crystal clear that safeguarding is very clearly the responsibility of everyone working within our Trust. Developing world class support systems is also very much part of The PLT way of thinking – superb services such as financial planning, site, HR, cover and IT are highly valued by the Trust. It is very much a business with high class teaching and learning and educational outcomes for students at its core. Career progression and professional development is a very strong feature of the Trust led through the PLT Teaching School Alliance. It is expected that Worle will join The PLT in March and will be the second school within The PLT – Priory being the first school to join The PLT.
Our aim now is very much to make sure Year 11 have a great run up to the exams and achieve their very best. The new ‘Evening School’ will certainly help. We hope parents and carers will very much support the Evening School for our students/children.
Happy New Year!
Miss Scott – Head of School
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.”
Location: Priory Community School and Worle Community School, Weston Super Mare
Expressions of interest are invited from appropriately experienced and qualified contractors for the supply of bespoke Grounds Maintenance Services to the above schools.
Services to be provided will include the maintenance of sports facilities, the tending of ornamental borders, hedge cutting and various ancillary works including planting and minor improvement /landscape construction projects to school grounds. The contract will be let for a period of three years initially, with an option to extend for a further two years at the discretion of the trust. The new arrangement will be formulated on the basis of one contract, with each site being billed appropriately. The planned start date is 1st April 2017 and tenders will be dispatched in January 2017.Applicants will in the first instance be required to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire covering financial, economic, technical, professional and environmental matters.Prospective applicants should note that the closing date for receipt of completed Pre-Qualification Questionnaires is 20th December 2016.
Requests for Pre-Qualification Questionnaires and all applications should be made to:
Miss A Boyle
Project Support Manager
Priory Community School
Weston Super Mare
Tel: 01934 511411
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 email@example.com 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.”
A WORLE school has been celebrating the life of its former student Mary Collard by planning to help a charity that has raised multiple thousands this year.
Incredibly, family and friends have helped raised an unbelievable amount of £300,000 for the charity in the last four years.
Now in a special assembly to talk about charity, Worle students began their year of charity work in her memory.
This week the school also gave out the new Mary Collard prize to Bella Styles.
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We want to keep the memory alive of Mary with the award and also this year by raising a record amount. She was by all accounts a wonderful girl, and this work will give hope to others across the world.”
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