The Ridings' Federation Winterbourne International Academy
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The Ridings' Federation Winterbourne International Academy, formerly The Ridings High School, is a large secondary school located in the village of Winterbourne in South Gloucestershire, on the outskirts of Bristol, England.
The Ridings High School was founded in 1957 and opened by the eminent Labour politician, Tony Benn.
In 2007, Rob Gibson (Old Headteacher) was invited by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to consider a move to Academy status as the Lead (non-financial) sponsor in a Hard Federation, incorporating King Edmund Community School in Yate. As a result, in September 2009, The Ridings' Federation of Academies was established with two independent academies, Winterbourne International Academy (formerly 'The Ridings High School' and the lead sponsor) and Yate International Academy (formerly King Edmund Community School).
Rob Gibson became the Chief Executive Principal in 2009 of the Federation but left at the end of 2014. Beverley Martin became Chief Executive Principal of the Federation in 2015 and Principal of Yate International Academy. The Winterbourne International Academy has approximately 1,820 students on roll including 370 in its sixth form. The Yate International Academy has approximately 700 students on roll including 95 in its sixth form. The Federation and both academies base their curriculum models upon the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. The Winterbourne International Academy delivers the International Baccalaureate Diploma (post-16). International Baccalaureate results have been consistently above the International benchmark pass rate of 80%. Since 2008, The Winterbourne International Academy has had three students awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Global Fellowship: students have used these awards to travel to China and Brazil.
The Principal of Winterbourne Mr Rob Evans announced that he is going to be resigning in 2015. Mr Richard Haupt will be taking his place of Principal on 1 June 2015.
The school (and now Academy) has expanded since its inception, providing services such as a technology college, Arts Centre and Sixth Form. Since 2006 it has offered the International Baccalaureate, becoming the first school in South Gloucestershire to offer this qualification, and even attracting students from abroad. It hosts the most popular Sixth Form in the county, with children joining at the age of 16 from all of the other local secondary schools.
The OFSTED dashboard for WIA may be found at: http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk/dash.php?urn=135944 and the inspection reports at: http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/135944.
The school was granted £19.3 million to finance their new build. In January 2013, the new school opened at the end of 2014.
Notable former pupils
- Former Bristol Rovers goalkeeper, Mike Green 
- Author, Nathan Filer
- Winter Olympic Bronze medallist, Jenny Jones 
- International rugby player, Dave Attwood
- Singer in duo Bars and Melody, Charlie Lenehan
- State school draws foreign pupils
- "Mike Green makes Bristol Rovers debut in 6-1 defeat at Oxford". The Gazette (Newsquest Media Group). 12 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- MacCormick, Ken. "Bristol author Nathan Filer wins Costa Book of the Year award". Bristol Post. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- Official website
- Charity Commission. The Ridings' Federation of Academies Trust, registered charity no. 1132342.