Nailsea School

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Nailsea School
Nailsea School New Building.JPG
Established 1960
Type Academy
Headteacher Mrs Dionne Elliott
Chair of Governors Mrs S Hancock
Location Mizzymead Road
North Somerset
BS48 2HN
United Kingdom
Local authority North Somerset
DfE URN 138466 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,009 as of 2015[1]
Ages 11–18



Nailsea School, located in Nailsea, North Somerset, England, is a mixed secondary school and sixth form. It has Technology and Media Arts College specialist school status, and is an academy.

Nailsea School was opened in 1959 as a grammar school with just over 90 students. In 1966 the school became a Secondary Comprehensive,[2] catering for students from 11 to 18 years[3]

In 2006, the school population was more than 1,350, with a planned admission number of 240 students per year. As of 2015, the enrollment was 1,009 including 190 in the sixth form.[1]

In 2009, a brand new building was opened to house the school.

Academic performance[edit]


Its A/AS-Level performance and pupils' improvement was only slightly below the national average, and its overall performance then was 4th in North Somerset.[4]


In 2007, its GCSE performance rose by 8%[5] from 51% to 65%.

Its A/AS-Level points rose [5] and its overall performance was maintained as 4th in North Somerset.[6]


In 2009, described by the school as a 'truly outstanding year', 74% of year 11 students achieved 5 A* to C grades at GCSE.[7] This represents the highest achievement at GCSE level in the school's history, despite the possible disruption caused by the impending move to the new school site.

2009 saw excellent results from the Nailsea School Sixth Form students. Six students achieved at least three A grades at A-level with one fifth of all exams taken by the students resulting in A grades. 62 per cent were at least a C grade.[8] In addition, 6 A Level students achieved offers from Oxford/cambridge.


GCSE results at the school broke all previous records set by previous year groups. The results for 2010 showed that 79% of students gained at least five grades at A*-C,[9] while 65% obtained five A* to C including maths and English.

Nailsea School Sixth Form students also obtained excellent results in 2010. Nailsea School staff described this year's A-level results as 'outstanding' as they beat records set last year.[10] Almost 79 per cent of all students achieved A*-C grades. 12 per cent of students achieved three or more A or A* grades. Six students gained places at either Oxford or Cambridge, while one student obtained a place at the Royal Academy of Music.

New building 2007–2010[edit]

In September 2006 Nailsea School was selected to be one of the schools in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). This approximately £28.8 million fund was one of the largest projects taken to date.[11] The new building, which now houses the whole school, was constructed within the grounds and completely replaced the previous buildings. The opening coincided with the celebration of Nailsea School's 50th year anniversary.

The new building comprises accommodation for all the students, and includes a dedicated Sixth Form area for years 12 and 13. The lower floor has a large walk through atrium, allowing access to the library and social areas. The building has a state-of-the art 350 seat theatre which is used for school performances, such as plays, fashions shows and music events. Science teaching can make use of a 150-seat lecture theatre and two large super-laboratories for practical work. Music has its own dedicated space with practice rooms as well as a recording studio. Sports facilities include a sports hall, a dance studio with a sprung floor and ballet bar, and a 4th generation rubber-crumb all-weather pitch for a variety of team sports. Outdoor facilities also include a running track around the playing field, a long jumping track with pit and a courtyard garden, designed by some of the students of the school.[12]

The annual Nailsea School Community Showcase was held at the new school building for the first time in March 2010.[13]

The new building was officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester in September 2010.[14]

Press coverage[edit]

During the lead up to the new school being built students were invited to contribute to the discussion about the facilities that they wished to see in the new school.[15]

During 2009 an issue about a brand of trousers caused controversy. The headteacher, David New, ruled that "Miss Sexy" trousers were unacceptable and they have been banned from the school, as they revealed the shape of the students underwear and created a "negative impression" of the school.[16] To coincide with the move to the new building a new uniform was designed by the students of the school and from September 2010 all students are wearing the uniform they chose. However, in September 2010, an issue concerning the banning of short skirts caused controversy when the parents of one of the students claimed that the recommended retailer for school uniforms did not stock a skirt which fitted their daughter and conformed to the school rules, and that because of their daughter's size it was difficult to find such a skirt.[17][18][19]

The summer of 2010 saw an It's a Knockout competition being held at Nailsea School.[20] This event was organised to raise money for the Livingstone Tanzania Trust. The trophy was won by a group of former students - their team was called Team Marine.

Notable alumni[edit]

Nailsea School Radio[edit]

Nailsea School Radio
Broadcast area Nailsea
Slogan The Heart of the Community
Format Speakers inside Nailsea School / Live Streams
Owner Nailsea School
Nailsea School Radio or NSR is a student-led Internet radio station broadcasting from Nailsea School in North Somerset.

The station started out as an idea by a Nailsea School pupil, Edd Burrell, who drew up a business case including budget and predicted costs before approaching the school to seek support.[23] He and a small team then began to create pilot episodes to show if the station would be viable in June 2007. In January 2008 the school approved the team's application and began to fund the radio station through its Technology and Media Arts College specialist school status. The team then worked on creating weekly podcasts until September 2008 where NSR in its current format was born, with daily live shows.

The station's primary output is aimed at the pupils of the school, with its daytime output consisting of school news and current hit music. After school output can vary, from the Live Requests Show to more specialist shows such as the Genre Show.[24] All the shows are created by the pupils, with students taking all roles within the station from presenting, producing, Web design, journalism and the station management. Currently the station has over 22 pupils working with the project.[25]

The station also takes part in many community based broadcasts covering a wide array of events within Nailsea and the wider area. As a specialist school status project, the station is constantly evolving by trying new technology and training its team with strong links to the schools media department offering advice on media practices.

A typical fortnight's output currently has 19 shows (approximately 1 hour per show), but will be expanding to a full 20 hours by April 2010 [25]

The station is currently recruiting new DJs, and will soon have another list of shows going out live.

A team from Nailsea School Radio also produced 6 shows which went out on Bristol's BCFM called "the voice", which was the teenage debate show on the station. The team explored some of the big issues of the day and gave teenagers in the city a voice, along with hearing about teenage projects and showing the cultural diversity of the city. The team behind this show was Edd, Matt, Greaeme, Josh, Jack and Seth, all from Nailsea School Radio.


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  18. ^ "Girl, 14, threatened with expulsion from school for 'too short' skirt after growth spurt sees her soar to 5ft 10in". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Chloe Mafia uses talent show to increase her call girl rates". Costa News. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
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