Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people
Developing confident, respectful and successful young people
If you need to request childcare provision please complete the relevant form:
The clear message from government is:
“YOU SHOULD ONLY SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF YOU HAVE TO, BECAUSE YOUR WORK IS CRITICAL TO OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME YOU SHOULD”
IKB/Wellsway Hub for key workers and vulnerable students will be at IKB from Monday 1st June.
At the start of the Easter holiday we received the sad news of the death of former Wellsway School headteacher, Mr John Narey. Mr Narey made an outstanding contribution to the school and to the community it serves; our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. The following tribute has been written by Mr John Smith who served alongside Mr Narey as deputy headteacher:
“John Narey who died at home on Saturday 4th April after a long battle against illness was appointed Headteacher of Wellsway School in 1974 and held the post until his retirement in December 1989. He had held earlier teaching posts in the north of England and in Birmingham.
A man of considerable intellect and great energy who was passionate about education, he worked tirelessly to make Wellsway one of the most successful schools in the county. The school was well known for its high academic and sporting standards and for achievements in all fields.
A graduate in modern languages, John was a key figure in the establishment and promotion of the Keynsham/Libourne link. The school held very successful annual exchange programmes for students with the lycee and college in Libourne and with a gymnasium in Hannover, and John would often accompany visits. He and his wife were very hospitable and would accommodate foreign teachers from partner schools visiting Keynsham in their home.
As a firm believer in involving parents in the school, John helped build up a very successful PTA which through regular dances, craft fairs entertainment evenings, auctions and the ever-popular Autumn Fair raised thousands of pounds for the school. Not one to sit back and let others do the work he was always there with his sleeves rolled up in the middle of the action.
When the management of school budgets was passed from the local authority to schools, Wellsway was chosen to be one of the first in the county to trial the scheme and so successful was John's management that he was asked to advise others.
John's interests were varied. A keen sportsman who played soccer and cricket in his younger days, he took up golf when he moved to Keynsham and as an active member of the course at Saltford, he wrote a history of the club. He also enjoyed ski-ing and would often accompany the annual school ski-ing trip. Well-read and with a wide general knowledge he wrote numerous quizzes as well as participating in competitions himself. He worshipped at St Dunstan's church in Keynsham.
John is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Val, and his son, Dominic, and daughter, Catherine. Another son, Damian, pre-deceased him”.
Update Regarding Plans During School Closure
Dear parents/ carers and students,
Please can I firstly thank you for your support this week – I have been humbled by the community’s calm response to this ever changing situation.
There will be central communication coming from the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, but in the meantime, I wanted to provide some guidance about how students can keep up with their learning at the same time as keeping some sense of normality.
To ensure students get a broad coverage of the curriculum, they are advised to follow their normal timetable as far as possible – using Insight to see what they would have each day.
Staff will be setting weekly tasks and activities for students to undertake – please be aware this may well not be their subject teacher and will not be adapted on an individual basis. Students can either work in their exercise books if they brought them home (don’t worry if they didn’t), in electronic form e.g. Word or can work on paper. We are not expecting students to send work in at this moment and we thank you for understanding the fact that at this uncertain time, we are unable to offer this.
I’m sure you’re aware that we have a number of staff absent and this will be changing on a daily basis. Some may be unwell; some are self-isolating but fit to work; some will be also looking after young children. Additionally, staff will have limited access to remote online facilities. For these reasons, we will be directing staff time to safeguarding our most vulnerable students and to creating and disseminating weekly tasks and resources that as far as possible, will be appropriate for remote learning. It is highly likely that resources created and sent will not be by class teachers. Due to these reasons, we will not be providing individual feedback and are asking parents/ carers not to contact teachers directly by email as this would create an unfair workload on staff who have been identified by the government as key workers.
After today (Friday 20th March), the entire Wellsway School site will be closed. Therefore there will be no administrative service to respond to queries from parents and carers. We may have some limited capacity to respond to administrative queries regarding the Insight platform (not related to the work set) via email@example.com
The government advice has been clear that those students that can stay at home, should stay at home. Parents of vulnerable students (those with an allocated social worker or an EHCP), have today already been contacted personally by a member of staff; and parents/ carers working in positions identified as key workers (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision) have been asked to complete the form on the school website. Childcare provision for students in those categories who cannot stay at home will be provided at IKB Academy from 9am to 3pm with staff from across the Trust who have identified as fit to work on a rota, based on demand.
Thank you, as always, for your support and understanding. As the situation changes, we will update you via Insight.
Please follow the link to the Front Line Workers - School Placement Request Form. Please also see the Key Worker List for further information on those parents/carers who are eligible to access our childcare provision.
Please note the message from the government that ‘children who can stay at home, should stay at home’.
The Challenge Programme – Update for Parents
As you may be aware of from information evenings or our website, the Challenge Programme is a series of extra-curricular activities designed to enhance our provision for those students looking to extend their learning beyond the classroom. The aim is to give students the skills and motivation to deepen their understanding and inspire their ambitions to apply for the most competitive destinations and support them in achieving their ambitions. The programme is open to all, but most appropriate for more able students aiming to achieve the highest grades at GCSE and beyond.
Our next event is on Wednesday 18th March 3:15-4:15pm in Lansdown Hall where we will be looking at the Science behind the headlines of Climate Change. This event is open to all students – just turn up!
The Challenge Programme is open to all students – find out more including how to join on the presentation that can be found here:
Information from Public Health England:
The following groups of people should seek advice from their GP if they are exposed to chickenpox and do not remember if they have been previously infected with the virus:
I am delighted to offer prospective parents and carers the opportunity to visit Wellsway School to meet our students and staff and find out more about the school. We have two open evenings this term, one for prospective Year 7 students and one for prospective Sixth Form students. For any parents of current Year 6 students unable to make Open Evening, there is the opportunity to attend Open Morning.
Sixth Form Open Evening
The Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 10th October from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. You will have a chance to meet teachers and students and find out about the wide range of subjects we have on offer as well as how we support sixth form students prepare for their next steps and for adult life. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about sixth form life.
Phone: 0117 986 4751
We look forward to seeing you there.
Outstanding GCSE Achievement for Year 11 students at Wellsway School
Outstanding GCSE Achievement for Year 11 students at Wellsway School
We are delighted that we have maintained and improved on the excellent results from last year, with a sharp rise in the percentage of GCSE or equivalent entries graded at 7 or better from 22% in 2018 to 27% this year, whilst the basics measure for Grade 5+ in English and mathematics has remained steady at close to 60% and over three quarters of students gained 5 or more good passes including English and maths!
An impressive 7% of all entries achieved a Grade 9 (reserved for the highest attaining students nationally), significantly higher than the national average of 4% in 2018. Particularly pleasing was a significant improvement in the attainment of students across the sciences, including an incredible 30% achieving a grade 9 in Chemistry; 26% a 9 in Biology and 21% a 9 in Physics.
We would like to say particular congratulations to these students who have achieved the following outstanding individual successes:
Milly Comber and Libby-Mai Harris both achieving 10 grade 9s;
Kieran McCarthy and Finnola Stratton both with 8 grade 9s and 2 grade 8;
Adriana Newbury (6 x 9s, 3 x 8 and 1 x 7);
Eve Day, Isabel Harper and Nuala Hawker-Worley each with 4 x 9s, 3 x 8s and 2 x 7s;
Tristan McCarthy (4 x 9s, 2 x 8s and 2 x 7s);
Chloe Kennedy (3 x 9s, 4 x 8s, 2 x 7s, 2 x 6s); Joseph Bainbridge (3 x 9s, 5 x 8s, 2 x 7s); and Catya Moran (2 x 9s, 3 x 8s, 2 x 7s).
“These fantastic results are testament to the hard work of students, the dedication from staff and the support of parents and carers and the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust. We are immensely proud of the students’ achievements and look forward to welcoming many of them back to continue their journey with us in the Sixth Form September.” Matthew Woodville, Principal.
Another Year of Excellent A Level Results for Students of Wellsway School
Wellsway School has a tradition of excellent Sixth Form achievement. We are delighted that students have achieved another set of excellent results and that Wellsway has maintained last year’s significant improvement in students achieving the highest grades, with over a fifth of all grades at A* or A and 10% of students securing 3 A* or A grades.
Wellsway School’s Sixth Form offers a wide range of opportunities, including the chance to complete the Extended Project Qualification, demonstrating students’ independence, and an impressive 100% of all students who completed the Extended Project Qualification achieved A*-B.
Principal Matthew Woodville said "We are extremely proud of the year group and of their achievements. These results mean that this talented group of young people will go on to pursue their ambitions in the work place, at universities and colleges, or in apprenticeships and other training courses. We wish them every success for the future.”
"I would like to take this opportunity to formally acknowledge the focus and determination shown by the Year 13 students to their studies and congratulate them on their success.”
These excellent results are thanks to the hard work and commitment shown by staff at Wellsway School and across the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust’s Collaborative Post-16 Provision. Thank you to the families of our students and the wider Keynsham community for the support provided.
We would also like to say congratulations to the following students who have achieved the following outstanding individual successes at A Level or their Level 3 equivalent:
Alice Marks (A*A*A*A*); Abigail Seeley (A*A*A*), Eve Nolan (A*A*A); Sam Harris (A*A*A A); Will Humble (A*AA); Georgia Burleton (A*A A A); Emily Perfect (A A A A); Jacob Dent (A A A A); Greg Dubios (AAA); and Phoebe Beauchamp (Triple Distinction*).
We are proud of all of our students and feel honoured to have had this Year 13 group learning with us, as individuals and collectively. We look forward to hearing of their further successes and achievements in the future.
Staff, students and parents are celebrating news that Wellsway School has been confirmed as Good in all areas.
A full, two-day Ofsted inspection in June showed that the school deserved the rating it was given in January 2018 and has continued to improve ever since. Wellsway was judged to be “Good” for results; quality of teaching; effective leadership; behaviour and welfare and for its sixth form.
Principal Matthew Woodville said he was delighted at the validation from Ofsted and the report’s many positive comments and he vowed to ensure the school kept on getting better.
The inspectors said that Mr Woodville had been “determined and purposeful in his efforts to drive up the quality of teaching and behaviour”.
Lead inspector, Steve Smith, praised teachers’ strong subject knowledge and the school’s curriculum that met the needs of all. The inspection team agreed that students at all levels made good progress and higher-ability students were challenged.
“Leadership at different levels in the school is strong. Leaders have raised expectations of staff and pupils,” the report said.
Mr Smith said Wellsway School felt harmonious to visitors. He highlighted the positive relationships, tolerance and mutual respect in the school and that absence and exclusion rates were found to be reducing.
“Pupils are polite, personable and good humoured. They generally get on well together and are tolerant and accepting of difference,” his report said.
“Leaders are shaping the school’s provision to ensure that pupils have a rounded school experience that promotes pastoral well-being and academic success equally.” The wide range of extra-curricular activities and the high-quality careers advice was highlighted.
The sixth form was also judged to be Good. The inspector noted that in 2018, more than 40 per cent of students achieved places at Russell Group universities.
The inspection team acknowledged that some of the many changes to systems, routines and culture in the school in recent years had not been popular with everyone but said they had been made with good reason to drive up standards.
Ofsted praised Wellsway Multi Academy Trust for providing leadership expertise, resourcing and financial support, creating opportunities for staff and holding the school to account. The important role played by governors was also recognised.
Mr Woodville commented: “The report and grading reflects the improvements made since 2016 and is the result of everyone’s hard work and collaboration to make the school the best it can be for the young people we serve. I extend my thanks to the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust for the support it provides; to staff for their commitment and hard work, to parents and to students.
“While we want to celebrate this success, we intend to build on it to ensure that Wellsway School provides the best all-round education possible.”
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Wellsway School on a very positive Ofsted report. WMAT is very proud of Wellsway School and appreciates Mr Woodville’s strong leadership and the hard work he and his team of staff have put in to achieve this judgement.
“We also know how determined everyone is to continue to improve and we look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength.”