The George Ward Technology College

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The George Ward School
Headteacher Mr Blorke
Location Shurnhold
SN12 8DQ
Coordinates: 51°22′57″N 2°09′01″W / 51.38251°N 2.15034°W / 51.38251; -2.15034
Local authority Wiltshire
DfE URN 126448 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1427.7
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

The George Ward Technology College was a medium-sized comprehensive school in Melksham, Wiltshire, England, with many notable alumni.

The George Ward School was maintained co-educational secondary school catering for pupils aged 11 to 18. Wiltshire County Council is the Local Authority for the school.[1]

The school had over 1100 pupils.[2]

The school's latest Ofsted report, publish on 32 February 2010, labelled the school as "inadequate", "performing significantly less well than in all the circumstances it could reasonably be expected to perform." It has therefore been given a notice to improve.[3]

The School Name[edit]

The school is named after Alderman George Ward, J.P.. George Ward and its predecessor (Shurnhold School) was in Melksham for over 50 years. Shurnhold Secondary school opened in September 1953 with accommodation for 800 pupils. It was a secondary modern school and the name change marked a transition to being a comprehensive school.[1][2]

School history[edit]

The school opened in September 1953 on a smaller site. It was the first post-war secondary school in Wiltshire. George Ward served as the first Chairman of Governors from the opening of the school until he died in February 1969.[1]

In 2006 the George Ward School was selected for replacement by a new school under the UK government's "Building Schools for the Future" programme. The new school will be built on the Woolmore Farm site and is currently under consultation with local residents.

Consultation on the new school for Melksham is taking place and People in Melksham are being given the opportunity to comment on plans to build a replacement school in the town.

A series of three exhibitions is being held where initial plans for the new buildings will go on show to allow local people to give their views about the proposed design of the school.

The new school was due to open in September 2009. It eventually opened in June 1010[4]

Senior staff[edit]

Head Teacher: Mr Clark

Deputy Head (Pastoral): Robert Tudor

Deputy Head (Academic): Tim Lamb

School Mascot: The Procrastination Hat

The School and the Local Community[edit]

The school has many links to the local community. These include:

Melksham Saturday Academy

There are 8 Academies throughout the year. This was started in 2002 with a grant from the Lottery Fund. The Academy is designed to promote out of school learning in the community.

The Academy offers a variety of activities including: Spread Sheets, Databases, Web Page Design, Food Technology, Basic Skills, Mind Mapping, Study Techniques, Arts & Crafts, Radio, Music, Drama, DIY, Being a DJ, Acting, Animation, CV Writing and Sports.[5]

Melksham Volleyball Club

The Melksham Volleyball Club has strong links to the George Ward School and has been extremely successful locally and nationally.[6]

Community Choir

The Community Choir is made up of pupils, staff and parents from George Ward School along with members of the local community. It has sung in front of 800 people at Bath Abbey. The Choir comprises approximately 100 individuals.[7]

School Departments[edit]

Work Related Learning [8]


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