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  • Wellsway School
    Chandag Road
    BS31 1PH
  • Head: Matthew Woodville
  • T 01179 864751
  • F 01179 161039
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • 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 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 9th January 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 13th February 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


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.

Academic matters

Specialist sports and science college. Fine results for a non-selective school in a not solely middle class area. In 2018, 80 per cent got 9-4 in both English and maths. Some 60-70 per cent stay on for sixth form – 81 per cent A*-C grades at A level in 2018. Vocational students impressively averaged Distinction*. Sixth form study centre with computer suites and quiet study areas. Very strong departments led by specialist...

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The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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