Worle Community School
|Local authority||North Somerset|
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Worle Community School is a coeducational foundation secondary school located in Worle, a suburb of Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset, England. There are currently 1,490 students aged 11 to 16 in the school.
Worle Community School was founded in 1850 located at Spring Hill, near Worle High Street which is now the present site of St Martin's C of E Junior School. In 1971, it moved to Redwing Drive where its present location is. It became the first school in the county of Somerset to be purposely built as a Comprehensive School and also became one of the first schools in the former Avon county as an Investor in People. In recent times, the school has achieved Arts College status and Specialist school status. In 2002, the school was renamed to Worle Community School in relation to its service to the community of the village of Worle.
In recent years, the school has invested in many new facilities, building a new sixth form centre linked with Weston College. In September 2007, the school opened a new restaurant within the school grounds, serving students with healthy choices. The school also has a drama studio and dance studio fitted with lighting and professional flooring. There is also a recording studio in the school called Redwing Studios and many students use it for GCSE composition recordings. There is also a new 3rd Generation Turf pitch and Sports Facility that were opened in January 2013.
The school's Rugby and Football team have a local rivalry with Priory Community School, which is usually a highly competitive game when the two sides meet.
In August 2008, 31% of students achieved at least five GCSE's at grade A* to C. This surpasses all other schools in Weston-super-Mare on GCSE results. In 2010, 44% of the school's students achieved five GCSE passes at grade A* to C including mathematics and English, behind nearby Priory Community School and lower than the North Somerset average of 56.1%.
Notable former pupils
- Jill Dando, journalist and broadcaster was a student at the school until 1978.
- Alexander Bishop, Royal Naval Officer was a student at the school until 2006.
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