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.”
The Meadows Primary School is part of the Wellsway Academy Trust. The Trust is the admission authority for the school and is consulting on the admission arrangements to apply to The Meadows in the 2019/20 academic year.
The admission arrangements comprise of the documents listed below and are available on the school’s website at www.themeadowsps.co.uk.
All admission applications for The Meadows Primary School will be coordinated by South Gloucestershire Council as part of the Council’s Coordinated Admission Scheme for maintained schools. The Coordinated Admission scheme for the academic year 2019/20 remains substantively the same as the scheme approved in 2018/19. A copy of the 2018/19 scheme is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/admissions.
All applications received during the academic year will be considered in line with South Gloucestershire Council’s In-year Admissions Scheme. The scheme applies to all applications from parents/carers for in year admission to schools and academies located in South Gloucestershire including admission to The Meadows Primary School. The In Year Admissions Scheme for the academic year 2019/20 remains substantively the same as the scheme approved in 2018/19. A copy of the 2018/19 scheme is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/admissions.
The Council will determine the Coordinated Admission Scheme and In-Year Admissions Scheme to apply to admission in the 2019/20 academic year by 28 February 2018.
What is the proposed change?
It is proposed to add a criterion to the existing oversubscription criteria to afford priority of admission to Children of Academy Staff. The criterion is as follows:
‘Children of staff where that member of staff has been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the Academy is made and/or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.’
The proposed oversubscription criteria for 2019/20 is set out below:
How do I make my views known?
Anyone may comment on the proposed arrangements. We are particularly interested to hear the views of:
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you may write to: The Meadows, Bath Road, Bitton, South Gloucestershire BS30 6HS
The deadline for the receipt of comments is Friday 31 January 2018.
When will a final decision be made?
Following the end of the consultation period, Wellsway Academy Trust will determine the admission arrangements to apply to The Meadows Primary School by 28 February 2018 and these will be published on the school’s website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.