Wellsway School was established in 1971, by
amalgamating Keynsham Grammar School and Wellsway County Secondary
School both of which opened on a shared site in the mid-fifties.
developments have taken place on the school site including a new
art block, drama studio, science labs, Sixth Form areas, Staff
Centre, Languages Building, extension to Technology and an all
weather pitch, completed in 2005. Our new Sports Centre
opened in 2012 and has a large sports hall, state of the art
fitness suite, a beautifully appointed dance/activities studio and
full changing and shower facilities. The fitness suite has gym
equipment from the Olympic Park in London. This equipment (from
Technogym) is of the very highest quality and will allow us to
compete with any gym/fitness facility available locally or
In 2007, we became a specialist Sports and
Science College and in September 2008 we are very pleased to have
been asked by the DCSF to host the two B&NES Council School Sports
In October 2011, we became an Academy which
was possible as a result of the 'Outstanding' Ofsted judgement
that we received in March earlier that year.
The vast majority of the students of
Wellsway School live in Keynsham and Saltford or the surrounding
villages. There are 1357 students aged between 11–18 (260 in sixth
form), and 84 members of the teaching staff and 36 support staff.
||Students are well
motivated and self-disciplined. All students in Years 7-11
wear school uniform and high standards in all aspects of
school life are expected. Academic performance is
exceptionally good and the school’s results are consistently
among the best in the southwest.
The Sixth Form has grown significantly
during the past few years. Over 60% of Year 11 stay on for
the Sixth Form although we also offer places to students from
other local schools.
Most students study four subjects and the
majority go on to University. The Sixth Form is undoubtedly a
strength of the school and we have recently invested in a new
Sixth Form Study Centre as part of our on-going site development
With 260 students and 24 A Level courses, it
is one of the largest Sixth Forms in the surrounding area.
Support is given by the Governing Body which
takes a keen interest in the school and offers expertise in a
variety of fields. Parents, too, serve the school well by
encouraging their children in their studies, offering practical
help in the maintenance of the building and grounds, supporting
school events in large numbers and participating in the activities
of the 'Friends of Wellsway' PTA which each year raises several
thousands of pounds to enrich the school.
|Wellsway is renowned for
extra-curricular activities including sport, music and drama
where it has achieved widespread success. Students represent
the district, county or region in various sports, with many
school teams playing in the evenings or at weekends. Ofsted
(2007) judged this aspect of our work to be ‘outstanding’.
Concerts and plays are also a regular
feature of school life and every two years we put together a
large, whole school musical. Previous productions have included
Les Miserables and West Side Story. The production for 2013 is the
Oilvier award-winning musical Honk!
Wellsway has extensive links with the local
community and with Europe. The careers and work experience
programmes benefit from the good relations established with
businesses in the immediate area and in Bath and Bristol. Students
are encouraged to participate in charity events supporting local,
national and international charities. Visits to France and Germany
are well developed and throughout the year students have the
opportunity to participate in educational visits to venues in the
UK and abroad. There are close working relationships with partner
primary schools and with other local secondary schools, with
extensive collaborative work being undertaken.
Wellsway has enjoyed good reports from
Sportsmark Gold in the past, and have since gained the
new Active award
and the Investors in People standard. It is, therefore, an
invigorating and exciting school in which to work and there are
opportunities to contribute in many ways. We are all committed to
the central purpose of our work which is teaching and learning but
we are also keen to improve by taking on new ideas and new people
and look forward to an exciting future.