Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people
Developing confident, respectful and successful young people
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.”
Dear Year 9 Parents and Carers,
I’m sure you will expect us to have kept a close eye on the weather forecast this week and may be aware there is now a higher grade Amber warning in place for our area.
In light of the current forecast of snow setting in around 5pm this afternoon, and having received advice from our Health & Safety advisors - Delegated Services, I am advising all staff to leave promptly after the students this afternoon. Therefore, with regret, the Year 9 Pathways Evening planned for this evening will be postponed. We will notify you of the new date in due course.
We hope to open the school as usual tomorrow. We have tested our systems and if we do need to close the school, we will notify parents via: Insight message; a notice on the banner on the school website; as well as via the BaNES website www.bathnes.gov.uk/school-closures and local radio stations.
Wrap up warm and take care!
Mr Matthew Woodville