Worle Community School
|Worle Community School|
|Local authority||North Somerset|
|Department for Education URN||143137 Tables|
|Age||11 to 16|
There are currently 1,392 students aged 11 to 16 in the school.
The school received lots of media attention during early 2016 due to the stabbing of a student. But the school has drastically changed over the years and many pupils feel a lot more comfortable with how the school is now, thanks to the help from Priory community school (An academy trust) the school has renewed its previous positive status and is a much safer school.
Pupils studying at the school included children's writer-illustrator and actor and songwriter (and former musician performer), Peter James Trapani.
Worle is now an Academy as part of The Priory Learning Trust since March 1, 2017
Neville Coles is Executive Principal of The PLT with Jacqui Scott Head of School at Worle - WCSA
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.
In August 2008, 31% of students achieved at least five GCSEs at grade A* to C.
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.
- Martha Taylor, graduate of Performers College Essex. Professional dancer, touring Asia and the Middle East - represented by AB Castings and Management.
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- "Secondary schools and colleges in North Somerset". 2010 league tables. BBC News. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.