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Nationally acclaimed Sir Richard Branson Centre at Priory Community School now set up at nearby Worle Community School

THE nationally acclaimed Sir Richard Branson Centre at Priory Community School has now been set up at the nearby Worle Community School.

The Sir Richard Branson Centre was launched in 2010 in the Ofsted Outstanding PCSA to help students with a range of conditions including dyslexia.

It has proved such a success that Head Teachers across England and Wales have looked to install such a system in their schools.

Now a new Sir Richard Branson Centre has been set up at Worle Community School just a mile from PCSA, which is being led and assisted by Priory leaders.

Principal Neville Coles said: “Our Sir Richard Branson Centre has been a tremendous success and we are delighted that Sir Richard has been such an inspiration behind students achieving great things. We hope that his name and success story model will have the same effect now at Worle.”

Priory named its new £1.4 million ‘support to learn’ centre after Sir Richard Branson to draw on his inspiration as one of the world’s best entrepreneurs despite having dyslexia as a child.

PCSA student Samantha Sleeman is one of hundreds of students to benefit from the centre.

Samantha was called an inspiration by the Virgin tycoon after achieving incredible things despite having dyslexia like Branson himself.

Branson said: “Samantha is an inspiration for anyone with dyslexia and shows that with the right support and encouragement it’s possible to achieve incredible results.

“I hope the centre continues to change the lives of students at the Priory Community School for many years to come.”

When Priory achieved Ofsted outstanding status – the first in Weston-super-Mare in Ofsted’s 22 years history, Sir Richard praised the school and centre.

Pictured is PCSA student Samantha Sleeman and father Bernard outside the Sir Richard Branson Centre. Samantha was called an inspiration by the Branson after achieving incredible things at the centre.

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PCSA awarded prestigious National Teaching School status

PCSA has been awarded the prestigious title of National Teaching School after years of exceptional work.

The high-achieving Academy Trust was this week presented with the rare status fulfiling a wide range of criteria in training teachers and supporting other schools.

Priory’s success over years has in large part been to attracting the best teachers, and training up their own, as well as focussing on students first as their philosophy.

To become a teaching school, schools must be judged outstanding and have a proven track record of delivering exceptional teacher training and supporting other schools – all elements of which Priory has excelled.

Teaching schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable schools to take increasing responsibility for managing the education system.

Principal Neville Coles said: “We are delighted to be given this status. Our work in training up teachers over the years has been exceptional.”

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Multi-million pound centre opens at Worle school

Priory Community School has now officially opened the doors of its £1.4million Sir Richard Branson Centre.

Weston’s MP John Penrose attended the ceremony at Priory Community School and staff looked on as 15-year-old pupil Lloyd Bunyan cut the ribbon.

The centre is a support-to-learn hub which will help thousands of children overcome a range of issues to achieve success.

Click here to read more at The Weston Mercury.


The school is building the £1.4M Sir Richard Branson Centre to inspire thousands of students to achieve their dreams.

Sir Richard said this week: “Very proud that Priory Community School have named their support-to-learn centre after me. Education is very important, and having the right environment to learn is vital”.

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