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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.

Further 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 nationally.

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 Partnerships.

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 work.

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.

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