Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people
Developing confident, respectful and successful young people
Please note this event is intended for families who were unable to join us for the open morning in July.
A welcome from the Principal and members of the senior leadership team from 9.00am in Mendip Hall; before prosepective parents (and children) are able to tour the school with students. The morning will provide an opportunity to see the school in action; to visit curriculum areas and discuss the Wellsway School experience with students and staff. Pleae be advised that the morning finishes at 10.45am but that the last tour will depart at 10.20am.
Limited car parking is available on site; should the weather be fine we advise those living within walking distance to enjoy the fresh air and arrive on foot. Please contact us in advance if you have any mobility needs.
Year 11 students at Wellsway School have yet again achieved an outstanding set of GCSE results.
All schools have had to deal with significant changes to GCSEs and the uncertainty this brings. We are delighted that over 80% of students have passed English and maths at Grade 4 or better and 77% gained 5 or more good passes including English and maths. Particularly pleasing was a significant improvement in the attainment of students across the Sciences, including an incredible 13% achieving a grade 9 in Chemistry (a grade reserved for the highest attaining student nationally).
We would also like to say congratulations to the following students who have achieved the following outstanding individual successes: Megan Sullivan (8 x 9s, 2 x 8s, 1 x 7), Samuel Their (7 x 9s, 2 x 8s, 1 x 6), Alyssa Hunt (6 x 9s, 2 x 8s, 2 x 7s, 1 x 6), James Spincer (3 x 9s, 5 x 8s, 2 x 7s, 1 x 6), Andrew Dubois (4 x 9s, 2 x 8s, 1 x 7, 2 x 6s) and Nathan Coltart (4 x 9s, 4 x 8s, 1 x 7, 2 x 6s).
“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 Mulit-Academy Trust. We are immensely proud of the students' achievements and look forward to welcoming many of them back to continue thier journey with us in September”
Significant Improvements at all A Level Grades for Wellsway School
Wellsway School has a tradition of excellent Sixth Form achievement. We are delighted that there has been a significant rise in results at all grades with 81% at A*-C.
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:
Nathan Tozer 3 A*s, Tom Davies 2 A*s and 2 As, Beth Gledhill 1 A* and 3 As, Alex Pusey 1 A* and 3 As, James Gulliford 1 A* and 2 As, Freya Money 3 As, and Rebecca Masters, Jade Brown, Rose Ford and Rebecca Rogers triple Distinction*s.
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.
Due to very high temperatures forecast for the remainder of the week we will continue to allow students to wear their PE kit with trainers OR their school uniform without a blazer or tie, with school shoes.
We will provide further updates in due course regarding week commencing 9th July.
We urge all students to drink plenty of water and to wear sunscreen to stay safe in the Sun.
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, has been named a national leader of education (NLE), and Wellsway School has become a national support school and a national teaching school.
National leaders of education use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.
Teaching schools work with partner schools in an alliance to provide teacher training and professional development.
Mrs Arlidge said: “We are delighted that the strength of Wellsway School and our multi academy trust has been recognised in this way. We are looking forward to developing our work as a teaching school, supporting school staff and new entrants to the teaching profession to make a difference in their schools and trusts.”
Schools Minister Lord Agnew said: “I’d like to congratulate Wellsway School and Andrea Arlidge on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement.
“Teaching schools and national leaders of education are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”
The highly qualified and experienced team who have been running camps around the South West since 2001, will be at Wellsway between 26th-28th March, and SBL between 3rd-5th April.
Booking is highly recommended due to demand, please visit www.pro-coaching.co.uk for more details and to secure your place.
South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company recently announced that it intends to cease operating the 432 bus from 8th February. This service is used by some students from Longwell Green, North Common, Oldland Common and Willsbridge to travel to and from Wellsway School and IKB Academy.
Representatives of the parents affected, the Bus Company and the Principal of Wellsway School are meeting tomorrow in an attempt to resolve this matter. We will continue to work with families in an attempt to ensure a transport provision that meets their needs.
Wellsway School remains a good school in the eyes of the education watchdog Ofsted.
Three inspectors who visited the 1350-pupil secondary in Keynsham in January said it continued to deserve the rating of good, which it received in 2014.
They noted a number of improvements brought about by the principal, Matthew Woodville, since his arrival in April 2016 and said senior leadership was very strong. They also praised the support given to the school by the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.
In a letter to Mr Woodville, lead inspector Kathy Maddocks said: “Senior leaders have an accurate understanding of what needs to be done to make sure pupils gain even greater successes. You are working well as a team. You provide and receive good training from the Wellsway Academy Trust which has benefited the school.”
Changes in staffing, expectations and procedures had led to improved teaching and learning, she reported. A greater focus on students with special educational needs was also noted..
Ms Maddocks said the school was right to be proud of the good progess being made by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. She also said the school had raised expectations for the high proportion of students who were most able.
“Too many teachers were not pushing pupils to gain grades that reflected their true potential. You have made teachers more aware of the capability of pupils. Now, pupils receive greater challenge in their learning,” she said.
Ms Maddocks described Wellsway as having a “positive and friendly atmosphere.”
“Inspectors observed and talked with pupils, noting they were relaxed and happy,” she said.
Pupils told the inspectors that the school handled incidents of bullying effectively.
Plans to introduce more careers guidance for children from Year 7 to help prepare them for life beyond school were highlighted..
Mr Woodville said he was delighted that Ofsted had recognised the strengths of Wellsway School.
“I am pleased that Ofsted agrees with the direction the school is going in as we continue our journey towards outstanding. We welcome this report, which acknowledges the changes we have made to support all students to reach their potential.
“We are confident the measures we have put in place will ensure students enjoy their time at Wellsway, make rapid progress and develop into confident, respectful and successful young people.
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, said: “Congratulations to Matthew Woodville and his team for this very successful Ofsted short inspection report. It is clear that staff, students and their families are benefiting from being part of a strong local partnership where everyone is working together to provide a high quality educational experience.”
Tickets for the Christmas Concert can be purchased online through TicketSource. Please note the concert will take place on both Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December, 7pm-8.30pm. We sell out every year so we recommend you purchase your tickets as soon as possible.
The Christmas Concert features our 50 strong orchestra, 70 strong choir, Year 7 choir, the whole cast of the school production and a few other treats along the way.
Our Year 11 Food Technology students are kindly making, and selling, refreshments. It promises to be a wonderful evening and we look forward to welcoming you. If you child is pupil premium please contact Ms McLean directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can organise tickets for you.
Wellsway School gift & craft fair bake off on Saturday 11th Nov 2017 at 10:30am. Star bake will win £30, 2nd prize £20 and 3rd prize £10. House points for all Wellsway students who enter. Open to everyone! Bake a cake for our craft fair and you may win a prize. Please deliver your cakes to Lansdown Hall for the craft fair from 9am - 10am Saturday, 11 November where it can be judged by our guest judge Mrs Allez. Please contact Wellsway PTA for more information and rules. After the competition your cakes will be donated to the craft fair to raise money for the PTA.
Calling all year 9 students: Duke of Edinburgh's award is on its way
All year 9 students, parents and carers need to be thinking seriously about signing up to complete DofE at Wellsway! There will be an assembly for all year 9 students on Monday 25th September (normal tutor time). This will be followed by a parents' information evening at school on Monday 2nd October, 6.30-7.30 pm, Lansdown Hall. Both meetings will explain the benefits of DofE and what it involves, in terms of time, commitment and cost.
An invitation letter and enrolment form have been sent on Insight to all year 9 students. A deadline for return of the completed form and £50 deposit (online payment) will be given in the letter.
Thank you very much for coming and meeting us last night, we hope you found the event useful and started to build some great relationships with our tutor team.
Meet the tutor - presentation (pdf, 470kb)