Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people
Developing confident, respectful and successful young people
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
Tickets are now SOLD OUT
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Well done to all involved in rehearsals for Grease. We’re making great progress and look forward to showing you the final result.
Our sincere thanks to parents and carers who continue to be so supportive.
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.”