Families of Year 5 and 6 children will be welcomed to view the high-achieving Academy Trust from 9.30am until 12noon on Saturday 30th September.
Fun entertainment including face-painting, stalls, circus skills, Fizz Pop Science will be on offer alongside a free full English breakfast.
PCSA is part of The Priory Learning Trust.
Principal Jane McBride said: “We are delighted to welcome children, parents and careers to see our wonderful school.”
Thanks to all that were able to attend the year 11 maths information evening on Thursday. For those that were unable attend, the PowerPoint is available here. The P6e sessions on Tuesday and Thursday after school begin this week. The Wednesday night P6i sessions will begin in the next couple of weeks.
Parents or carers in receipt of the following benefits can apply for the service:
Apply on-line via www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fsm
You will be given a voucher code which you will need to print off and send to Student Services, Priory Community School. Alternatively you can email a copy to email@example.com.
The second HPV vaccination for Year 9 girls will be held between 9.30 and 12.20 on the 26th September in the Main Hall, students will be given their time by their tutors in due course
Imogen Cracknell, aged 14, has been selected for the England U18s squad against Wales at Clevedon Bowls Club on 16th and 17th September.
PCSA is a high-achieving school that also encourages its students to Dare to Dream in a wide variety of academic, sporting and performing arts pursuits.
Principal Jane McBride said: “This is a really great achievement for Imogen. She is an outstanding student who is very passionate about bowls.
‘We always try to encourage students to try new things to enrich their learning and Imogen’s sporting success epitomises that.
“We are really proud of Imogen and the school is right behind her England campaign. Go Imogen!”
The book was inspired by the kinds of stories Sophie’s granddad told her as a child.
Over time the adventures featured familiar locations and characters and ‘La La Land’ – location for the story – was developed. – These characters are based on real life people from within the family.
The Purple Juice Tree’ is the first of a series of stories from this land. The second, ‘The Great Globby Slobe’ is due to become available in November.
The book was written, illustrated and edited by Sophie and her husband Thomas.
PCSA is a high-performing Academy Trust that encourages students to go for their dreams.
Sophie said: “This was written as a response to a lack of fun and interesting bedtime stories for 4+ year olds that are an appropriate length for kids and adults to enjoy as part of the bedtime routine.
“This story in particular was written for our 6 year old daughter, Isabelle when she was 4 years old.”
The book is currently available through Amazon and through T.S. Gilbert directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On your return to school this year you will see a number of changes to the site that were accomplished over the summer. The Spencer Science Centre is now open to students and is a breath-taking, teaching facility second to none. We have also carried several technology updates, replaced flooring and painted the school just about everywhere! A variety of additional projects were completed this summer, not necessarily visible, all aimed at improving the daily teaching and learning experience for our students and improving the overall experience for families visiting PCSA. PCSA is a vibrant exciting school that never stops evolving!
So much happens at PCSA to continually improve the quality of the teaching and learning in our school. At PCSA we have developed some really great learning habits, like managing mobile phones in lessons with the phone boxes. Habits are important to us as they become routines. It is important that we develop these positive habits so that there is more time for learning. This year we have invested in pencil cases for all students. They have the minimum, essential equipment needed for every lesson and a copy of their personal timetable. The expectation will be students carry these around in their hands as they go from lesson to lesson so they are visible. They do not put them in their bags. In the first few weeks all staff will challenge students every lesson to encourage this. We aim to start learning in each lesson on the buzzer!
Another great and essential habit is that of reading every day. Please do encourage this at home. It is a great way to improve outcomes and as I say every year in assemblies one of the best things you can do is lose yourself in a book. After the success of last year, we will again be investing in the ‘Big Read” this year, where ALL students and ALL staff are given a copy of a novel to read and it is celebrated for a whole week in school. More news on that to follow.
School uniform is important to us at PCSA. Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student. I believe uniforms show that you are part of PCSA. Wearing it says “we’re all in this together”. Also, if you wear your uniform with pride, it means you are half way there to being respectful, buying into what the organisation is all about. Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community. If you have any queries regarding uniform please do contact your child’s tutor or Head of Year.
Social media and our website is our friend and a key part of school life. Please do take the time to look at our website. There are regular updates and You Tubes throughout the year informing you of events and news. We love to get your positive stories and feedback via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. There is nothing better than celebrating the successes of our young people and their school. If you do have any issues I ask you to e-mail/phone me or the school directly us so we can deal with any issues as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support with this.
I hope you are as excited about returning to school as I am. We celebrate another year of outstanding results and send warmest wishes to our leavers as they start a new part of their learning chapter. To our newest students, Year 7 2017, I offer you my warmest welcome to this school year. We have a wonderful journey of teaching and learning to walk together. Let’s do so together and be proud of Priory.
Very best wishes,
In terms of the Priory Learning Trust we have now fully welcomed Worle School – an Academy Trust (WCSA). We strongly believe that both St Anne’s and Castle Batch primaries will join the Trust next year. We also hope another secondary school will will join our Trust in 2018. All of this is pending us doing ‘due diligence’. More news in Term 1.
We were again delighted to see the good results at PCSA this August. We were also very pleased to see another 256 new students join PCSA. We had over 350 first choices for our 256 places. I am very pleased to say that from September 2018 we will move the PCSA admission number to 300 in Year 7. This will mean that over time the school will move to 1,500 students. To meet this demand, we will be re-designing and enlarging the restaurant and we will renovate the old science block into 8 new classrooms. You will be aware that the Spencer Science Centre (SSC) will open on Monday. In the first year the SSC will share facilities with our language department (LGU). We move languages to the renovated science block in September 2018.
You may have heard that Michelle Terry (Brown) has been appointed Artistic Director of The Globe Theatre in London – WOW – Shakespeare’s theatre. This is a great accolade for Michelle and we are very pleased to see a former Priory student achieving this level of success in the world of the dramatic arts. On the note of ex-students … we’d like to hear from any Priory ex-student who can provide us with a photograph to inspire students. We are creating ‘walls of success’ going back over the years. PLEASE do not be shy and please help us by sending any e-mail or photographs to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. McBride (Principal) and the whole team at PCSA did a great job last year. During the course of this school year there will be an improved homework system and we will introduce a new modular curriculum. This will help with the demands of the new GCESs. The new ‘modular curriculum’ will have four simple progress reports per year (PCSA had three last year) with an end of school written report from a tutor. The system will have Praising Stars reports and letters. All Priory key dates will be published on the new website and posted here again (please share) to help you over the course of the school year. This will be especially useful for the issuing of progress reports and for parents’ evenings. Please do understand that you can contact the school by e-mail at any time.
• A quick reminder – we have a two-week October break starting. We break at end of school on Friday, October 13th.
• The PCSA restaurant is now being run by Pabullum catering. Meal prices from this September have been reduced with a new very new biometrics system in place. Please let us know by e-mail of nay teething problems.
Our very top priority remains to ensure that all our students are happy and safe at PCSA and they get outstanding exam results.
Thank you for your super support.
Please be aware e-mail is the contact route to PCSA staff not through Facebook.
TOP WINNERS: Chloe Carchrie with mum Victrix Ludorum and Amiee Carchrie Year 7 sportswoman of the year.
Sports Volunteer of the Year Erin Norris with parents
Students at PCSA were rewarded for their sporting achievements throughout the year on a night of celebrations which included a red carpet, student photographers, a visit of Weston’s Mayor Jos Holder, guest speaker and ex Olympic triple jumper, Vernon Samuels and current Exeter Chiefs rugby player Olly Woodburn
There were awards for student stars of Netball, Hockey, Rounders, Cricket, Rugby, Football, Athletics, sports person of the year, male and female sports team of the year and many more.
There were also video message links from England netball captain Ama Agbeze, GB hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh and Samoan rugby players Kahn Fotuali’l and Tusi Pisi to name a few.
Principal Jane McBride said: “We are big on sports excellence and attitude at PCSA and are delighted to present such outstanding talent with their much-deserved awards.”
Executive Principal Neville Coles said: “As always our students and staff have put together an incredible night of sports awards. We are very proud of them all.”
Head of Faculty Tina Delaney said: “This evening allowed us to show off the talent and dedication of our students and staff at our outstanding school. This was the pinnacle of another successful year for us and to celebrate with our fantastic students and supporting parents was amazing.”
Students have risen to this additional challenge and 68% have achieved a pass in English, 76% in English literature and 75% in maths.
Schools have new key measures to indicate their performance, based on the number of students who gain a pass in English and maths. Some 66% of PCSA students gained an English and maths pass grade 4 or above, with 33% of students gaining an English and maths pass grade 5 or above.
Success stories include Joel Crinson who gained a total of 7 grade 9 or A* grades.
Jane McBride, Principal at PCSA, said, “I am immensely proud of our students and staff. Students at PCSA know just how important these results are to their future. ”They have truly attained excellent results across the board and these are a reflection of the commitment Year 11 have shown throughout their time at Priory. They will all face a bright future with these results to back them up.”
Neville Coles, a National Leader in Education and the Executive Principal of both PCSA and WCSA through The Priory Learning Trust said: “It is great to see both schools in North Worle now doing so well. This year has seen significant changes in the exam system which has produced big challenges for students, staff and parents.
“We are delighted with our outcomes and we will improve again next year. It is worth remembering school is not just about exam results. We are absolutely committed to ensure that at both Priory and Worle we continue our very long tradition of sport, drama, music and trips – such activities are a very important part of what good schools do. We thank parents, carers, governors and all in our community for the great support.”
STEM ambassadors greeted the ambitious students and discussed their work including how they could visit and help out at Priory in the future.
BAE Systems, Hewlett Packard, SpecSavers and South West Nuclear Hub were some of the big-name firms to attend the event.
The ‘Fair’ consisted of University exhibits including research into alien life and spacecrafts while students were also encouraged to learn about the types of research that universities carry out.
Neville Coles, Executive Principal of The Priory Learning Trust which runs PCSA, said: “This was a brilliant event. We want to give students the very best in activities and experiences to help them choose high-flying careers. Maths and science are key areas.
“Students were able to work hands on with demonstrations such as making cells glow under microscopes or making bath bombs to take home, and even dismantling and rebuilding a computer.”
The PCSA students wrote ‘How to Survive and Thrive’ as a survival guide to high school and life in general.
Within weeks of release, the book published by the school’s own innovative Priory Press made number 5 in the Amazon best-seller charts.
Their first book ‘Christmas Stories’ shared the top 10 with Blyton and Dickens in the Christmas bestseller chart.
Head of Careers James Wilmot launched a celebration evening for the authors and their friends and family.
He said: “Our students should be very proud of themselves and it is a great achievement. Everyone has a story to tell and we want to give our students every opportunity to be a published author during their time at Priory. We have the full support of Angela Lauria & Paul Brycock – the world’s most successful author coaches – to help us along.”
Principal Jane McBride said: “Well done to all our students involved in this. We are very proud of them. We take the business of reading extremely seriously and we see books as ‘portable magic’.”
The book’s blurb says: ‘Learn how to overcome the daily obstacles of school life while developing skills in leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication’.
We understand from Mr. Coles (Executive Principal) that from September 2018 the Regional Schools Commissioner has agreed to allow Priory to admit 300 new students, not the current 256 each year.
There will be another 44 places for entry in 2018.
A new 11 classroom ‘Spencer Science Centre’, plus a new restaurant facility and play area are planned for this expansion.
The annual Open Evening at PCSA is Thursday, June 29th for all Year 5s and families.
So please do come along to the evening. Hope to see you Thursday!
James Cracknell OBE, who won two olympic gold medals in rowing, opened the event and then took part in many of the activities.
The Family Fitness Day was held to encourage families to get fit together and highlight what local clubs and sporting activities are available in the area.
The event raised hundreds of pounds for PCSA’s charity the Bone Cancer Trust.
Organiser Vanessa Mawford said: “This was an amazing event. James Cracknell’s appearance capped off a fantastic day.”
Weston students to grow ‘miracle outer-space super plants’ without soil in first UK school hydroponics centre as part of their new £2.5 million science centre
Some 1300 Weston students will get to enjoy a space-emulating unique super-plant-making-without-soil hydroponics centre as part of their £2.5 million new science centre.
PCSA students will have a new Spencer Science Centre complete with Britain’s first school futuristic hydroponics centre at its heart – enabling plants to be grown bigger and better without soil such as is used in space voyages.
The new centre will open in September with 12 futuristic interactive new science labs, two ICT suites, a staff workroom and office all equipped with the latest hi-tech learning kit.
The development comes as The Priory Learning Trust appointed a new Director of Science, Janet Criddle.
Executive Principal Neville Coles said: “This £2.5 million science centre will enable us to further deliver exceptional science lessons for thousands of students in the years to come.
“The icing on the cake is the hydroponic centre, which will give the students something not seen before in a UK school.”
Hydroponic systems remove soil from the plant growing, so plants grow bigger, healthier and reach maturity faster than their soil-grown counterparts.
By removing soil, plants do not work as hard to obtain nutrients, so the plant focuses more on growing upstairs instead of expanding the root system downstairs.”
The building is being named after former Head Teacher Arthur Spencer who is now 95. He was the first Head of Priory some 41 years ago. Before that in World War Two he was the navigator on board the famous Lancaster Bombers.
PCSA is Ofsted outstanding and one of Britain’s best schools.
And all of them were born premature and are miracle babies in their own right.
Incredibly, the mums of Lewis and Ella linked up as mentors in Bristol Royal Infirmary during the time around their birth but lost touch. Then some 11 years later the students found themselves in the same tutor group at Priory, and then discovered they were the premature babies together in the hospital 11 years before.
Now they have all won through a rigorous process to become PCSA’s latest inspirational student leaders.
Principal Jane McBride said: “They are an absolutely brilliant team of student leaders. We are very proud of them all.”
James Cracknell OBE, who won two olympic gold medals in rowing, will be part of the Family Fitness Day at Priory Community School Academy on Saturday 10th June from 9.30am till 12.30pm.
Hundreds of children and families will attend to take part in the host of free sporting activities including dancing, gymnastics, beat the goalie football, athletics, tennis, and archery.
The Family Fitness Day is being held to encourage families to get fit together and highlight what local clubs and sporting activities are available in the area.
There will be a range of displays throughout the day as well as free gym sessions at the Paula Radcliffe Centre and free physio appointments.
The event will be raising money for the Bone Cancer Trust by holding a raffle with many fantastic prizes to be won.
Organiser Vanessa Mawford said: “We welcome families and visitors to what is going to be a tremendous Family Fitness Day. James Cracknell is an olympic hero and it will be great to hear what he has to say.”
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The award was given by Business West and The Local Enterprise Partnership.
Inspectors praised their extended range of activities including entrepreneurship, guest speakers, business enterprise projects, visits to employers, online resources, college taster days, university visits, work experience and more.
Head of Careers James Wilmot brings it all together using his extensive experience in recruitment, community careers advice and further education.
He said: “We are delighted at this award. PCSA is my old school and is a fantastic example of how schools can prepare their students for a lifetime of success.
“Every student leaves Priory with a career plan, work experience, interview skills, a CV and the resilience to make their way in life.”
Now, according to the Weston Mercury this week, house prices are rising near outstanding schools such as Priory. Figures from the Department of Education show that living near a top secondary school in this area can swell house prices by as much as £16,100.
PCSA, with grades consistently in the top few per cent in Britain over the last 7 years, and with regularly 600 applications for its 240 places, has seen parents move home to get into the school.
Now The Priory Learning Trust is leading Worle School, and predicting hugely improved outcomes at WCSA this summer, meaning that both schools in North Worle will be attractive to potential parents.
WCSA, as part of The Priory Learning Trust, will also be run with the same tried and tested methods that made PCSA so high performing and successful.
OfSTED praised WCSA in December and saw it on a fast-track to become outstanding, just like its sister school.
One estate agent, Abbie Elkins of Palmer Snell Estate Agents, said: “With Priory a lot of people say they want to be near there, so that higher demand will naturally push up the price.
“A lot of people will come in and say they want to be in the Priory catchment area – probably more than any other thing. We get a lot of families moving from out of the area and say they want to be near Priory.”
By Jack Branton, aged 12
Only months after they had their first book published that stormed to the top of the Amazon charts, they have now put in place Priory Press.The five Year 10 students, Oskaar Boyce, Lewis Westcott, Ella Minty, Jacob Robins and Lewis Jarvis are all months into the project.PCSA is an entrepreneurial school that allows and encourages students to come up with their own business, organisations and creations. Two years ago student Alex Crowther set up Weston Eagles, which is growing at a rapid pace with dozens of young people volunteering to make Weston a better place to live.
PCSA Principal Jane McBride, who was once a business leader, said: “Our students are brilliant and we enjoy seeing them come up with new organisations and businesses. Well done to all involved in our new Priory Press.”
The inspirational lecturer was one of dozens of ex-students joining other successes to meet current students as they prepare for their dream careers.
Priory aim to make their school the best around in motivating and preparing students for a lifetime of fantastic jobs.
Dan said “I really enjoyed coming back to my old school. The students have been great and it’s fantastic to see such energy and enthusiasm.”
This visit was part of National Careers Week – celebrated in style at with daily talks, activities and returning students.
Other alumni included Sam Brannigan who spoke to students about her Apprenticeship with Glentworth Lettings, Pamela Wesley-Adams talked about her law degree, Andy Dockrell from Hutton Moor offered students lifeguard training in the summer and Sasha Copper from Upper Cut Hair Studios helped students with hair styling.
Michelle Michael from The Grand Pier even delivered an impromptu travel and tourism lecture to business students while staff from Burges Salmon discussed the pathway to becoming a Solicitor.
The University Centre Weston Team spent the whole week at the school speaking to students in all year groups about degrees on their doorstep.
Head of Careers James Wilmot – a former PCSA student himself – said: “We take our student’s career plans very seriously at PCSA. Even in Year 7 we have budding Paleontologists, Speech & Language Therapists, Actors, Artists, Doctors and so much more.
“It’s a great mix of face to face inspiration, and an array of online career resources available on our website too!”
Starting with English and maths, GCSE grades in England will be graded from 9 to 1. Find out more:
Makayla Nunn, aged 13, recently received a supportive letter sent from America via PCSA after winning a Heroes award at the school for her amazing work raising money for the volunteer-run charity ‘Invest in ME Research’.
Now the inspiring PCSA student has lined up her next charity fund raiser – getting her dog to swim on sitting in his boat for 20 minutes in a vet-approved sponsored swim.
Makayla, who suffers from M.E. has become one of Britain’s best fundraisers in her work raising money for the charity, and previously had done a sponsored horse walk.
This week she was interviewed by another inspirational PCSA student journalist Liam Byrne, aged 15 and pictured, who himself has had to cope with M.E.
Makayla, said: “I decided to fight the illness head on and want to keep raising money for the charity. My dog Marley is going to participate in a swimming contest and I’m so happy even he can help in the fundraising.”
The Priory Learning Trust’s Executive Principal Neville Coles, who is an OFSTED inspector and a National Leader in Education, will be leading both schools, aided by excellent Heads of Schools Jane McBride at Priory and Jacqui Scott at Worle. Martin Kerslake, a former National Bursar of the Year and one of Britain’s best school business leaders, is the Chief Operating Officer for the new Trust.
In recent years PCSA has become one of Britain’s best schools, earning numerous accolades, and now has some of the best education processes and teachers in the UK. It is rated by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’.
Now both 11-16 schools will have ambitious plans to become beyond outstanding. It is likely they will also be joined in September by St Anne’s Primary School and Castle Batch Primary School.
The Chair of The PLT John Richardson said: “This is good news all around. Working together will mean even better education for all students. This is a really exciting time for students, parents and the community in Worle and North Worle.”
Neville Coles said: “We are passionate about taking all our schools to beyond outstanding in the years to come, and working together can help us to achieve this even faster. We will hope to provide smaller class sizes, more teachers and improved facilities at both Worle and Priory. Education in WSM is changing rapidly.
“We will now have a combined £16million + budget which will enable very quickly even smaller class sizes at both schools. This will lead to better exam outcomes for the students within WSM.
“Schools everywhere will be facing budget shortages in the future but we aim to stay ahead of the curve.
“For example, we hope to have 14 additional teaching members of staff joining in September adding to capacity through our Teaching School Alliance – this will add to staff – student ratios.
“Capital bids will soon be placed with the DfE at both schools under the new Trust arrangements.
“Already we are looking at bidding for a new sports hall at Worle and The Spencer Science Centre at Priory will open in September. Both will cost around £2.5 million. PCSA has an outstanding record in recent years of attracting successful capital money.“
The annual Open Evening at Priory will be in the summer term this year where Mr Coles will announce further ambitious plans for education within WSM. Worle’s Open Evening will be in early September.
On the 23rd March Year 9 boys and girls will receive their Td/IPV and Men/ACWY in the Main Hall. Consent forms and information leaflets to follow.
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