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  • Wellsway School
    Chandag Road
    BS31 1PH
  • Head: Matthew Woodville
  • T 01179 864751
  • F 01179 161039
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 1,300; sixth formers: 275
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th February 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 8th March 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Innovative and fabulous art department. Dedicated staff stay long after school hours to keep facilities open. Mad on musicals.  Highly motivated staff aged 22 to 60; seem far less frantic than most at large comprehensives. Many of them have own children here and the relationship between staff and pupils is that of a close-knit village school. Bulletin boards bursting with news or press cuttings of ex-pupils making local headlines. A weekly newsletter keeps parents well-informed and asks parents to monitor homework and control absence. Excellent, informative website...

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Since 2016, Matthew Woodville, previously head of Oldfield School in Bath. Degree in law from London; worked briefly in the corporate world before training as a geography teacher. He was rapidly promoted to senior leadership, including becoming director of post-16 education at St Laurence School in Wiltshire and assistant principal at Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Bristol. He is married with two children.

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Specialist sports and science college. Fine results for a non-selective school in a not solely middle class area. In 2017, 84 per cent got 4-9 in both English and maths. Some 60-70 per cent stay on for sixth form – average A level grade of C in 2017. Vocational students impressively averaged Distinction*. Sixth form study centre with computer suites and quiet study areas. Very strong departments led by specialist staff. Sound...

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