The Ridings' Federation Winterbourne International Academy

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Winterbourne International Academy
Established 1957
Type Academy
Trust The Olympus Academy Trust and CSET
Headteacher Peter Smart
Location High Street
South Gloucestershire
DfE number 803/6908
DfE URN 135944 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,808
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

The Ridings' Federation Winterbourne International Academy, is a school in South Gloucestershire the school is 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.

Academy proposal[edit]

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 was going to be resigning in 2015. Mr Richard Haupt took his place of Principal on 1 June 2015.

Academic standards[edit]

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.[1] 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: and the inspection reports at:

New build[edit]

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[edit]


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Coordinates: 51°31′29″N 2°30′25″W / 51.52473°N 2.50703°W / 51.52473; -2.50703