The PLT is a Multi-Academy trust which supports primary and secondary schools in the South West of England.
At our heart is a passion to put Students First and deliver exceptional education, beyond outstanding for every single child.
We do this with a relentless drive for academic excellence, shared moral purpose and values, and lots of fun and happiness.
Happy schools are also high-achieving successful schools.
We strive for partnerships between students, parents, carers, staff and the wider community to create exceptional student outcomes.
And we also Cherish Staff, believe they are amazing, and are passionate to empower them through support, training and career opportunities.
With such brilliant people all aiming for the same goals, we are able to ensure every student achieves all that they are capable of and more, regardless of background or ability.
Families enjoyed a wide range of free sports activities at Priory Community School including dancing, gymnastics, athletics, and tennis. There was also free healthy food, a free giant bouncy castle, displays, physio appointments, a raffle, and free gym sessions at the Paula Radcliffe Centre along with cycling, rowing and ‘plank’ competitions.
The Family Fitness Day was held to encourage families to get fit together and highlight what local clubs and sporting activities are available in the area.
The event raised hundreds of pounds for PCSA’s charity the Bone Cancer Trust.
Organiser Vanessa Mawford said: “This was an amazing event. James Cracknell’s appearance capped off a fantastic day.”
Worle Community School student Megan Atkinson, aged 16, is fundraising for an elephant-helping expedition to Bangkok, Thailand next year.
The sanctuary she will be based at helps to prevent extinction in elephants, moon bears, sun bears, primates and birds and rehabilitates them after they are abused.
With the support of WCSA and PCSA-based local young people non-profit group ‘The Weston Eagles’, she plans to host more events which will allow her to achieve her dream.
She said: “I can’t wait to travel to Thailand and help with some animals that have been hurt.”
Principal Jacqui Scott said: “Megan is an inspiring young lady and we are right behind her plans.”
If you would like to support Megan, please email Katie@WestonEagles.org.uk
TALENTED students at Worle Community School have produced a stunning performance in the Worle Youth Choir.
Worle School Youth Choir and the Shine Drama Group joined Weston Choral and live orchestra Ensemble Inspirita.
This week the students were congratulated by Principal Jacqui Scott and enjoyed celebratory cake.
They produced a wonderful evening singing performance at the weekend at the school, with the audience showing their appreciation and many reduced to tears.
Based at Worle Community school, the choir is open to young singers in the area aged 13 and over and regularly sings abroad.
Miss Scott, who attended the event, said: “The students were absolutely magnificent! They produced a wonderful performances with energy, confidence and huge talent. We are very proud of them.”
The talented Year 8 Priory Community School students won the North Somerset football tournament at Gordano school, beating Churchill 4 1 in the final.
Head of Year 8 Simon Johns said: “Well done to our Year 8 football team. We are absolutely delighted at the result and all the boys played magnificently.”
By Jack Branton, aged 12
Former World War Two bomber navigator Arthur Spencer got to see the state-of-the-art 16-room Spencer Science Centre which will open in September.
Arthur, aged 95, was the first Head of Priory some 41 years ago. Before that in World War Two he was the navigator on board the famous Lancaster Bombers.
He was back to visit the site, talk to students and hear about the latest exciting developments.
Arthur said: “I have really enjoyed coming back to Priory again where I have so many happy memories. The new science centre is going to be impressive.”
Head of School Jane McBride said: “It was so pleasing to have Arthur Spencer back to visit his old school and the incredible new science centre which is being built and named after him.”
PCSA is Ofsted outstanding and one of Britain’s best schools.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the students will be bringing the house down with their performance of the classic production.
One example of this is the lead role in the production going to Year 11 student Jack Evison – who is now raising thousands to get to a dream acting school place on a London stage.
After impressing during his auditions dancer and actor Jack was an obvious choice to play the role of ‘Joe Casey’.
Priory has a growing tradition of creating spectacular shows and producing spectacular performers. Jacob Fisher and Corinne Priest are just two who have gone on to incredible things.
Jess Hall said: “We are so excited about this production. They are incredible students and have been having a lot of fun preparing it. Our House is a fantastic story about love, friendships and moral choices.”
A FORMER Worle Community School student is now working for one of the world’s best animation companies.
Keith, aged 26, said: “said: “From an early age I was doodling and creating new things. I started drawing as a hobby and never stopped.
“Working at Aardman Animations is a dream come true.”
Head boys and girls from two Weston schools join together to find and celebrate achievements of their 2500 students in new ‘Be a Hero’ campaign.
Please note that students are not wearing uniform because it was a charity non-uniform day.
This week the Head Boys and Girls, and Deputy Head Boys and Girls, met together at the launch of the ‘Be a Hero’ campaign in partnership with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. The campaign aims to find inspirational students and to tell the community about them.
PCSA is the first member of the new The Priory Learning Trust (The PLT) and it is now assisting at WCSA, bringing the sharing of ideas, resources and support together.
PCSA Head Boy Will Bailey said: “The Be a Hero campaign is a great way for us to find out all about our inspirational students and to tell the whole community about them.”
WCSA Head Girl Iona Kempton said: “Our students are doing incredible things inside and outside of school. There is a real excitement around our community about the future.”
PCSA Head of School Jane McBride said: “It was wonderful to bring both schools together with the students sharing ideas. The Be a Hero campaign is already going down extremely well.”
WCSA Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “These are exciting days ahead for all of us and it was a joy to see students already joined together helping and supporting each other with a common aim.”
Emilio Santoro, aged 13, has starred in the world’s Media for his singing and guitar playing talent.
Year 9 student Emilio featured in the New York Post and Daily Mail after performing at the annual Porthcawl Elvis festival attended by hundreds.
Emilio said: “I enjoy singing and guitar playing and would love to be doing this as a career one day.”
WCSA Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “Emilio is obviously a fantastic talent and we are very proud of his achievements inside and outside of school.”
The Real Schools Guide 2016 has listed PCSA as one of the top 10 schools in the Bristol area.
SCIENCE CENTRE: Executive Principal of The Priory Learning Trust, Neville Coles is pictured with the new Director of Science, Janet Criddle and students outside PCSA – home for their unique hydroponics facility in their new £2.5 science centre.
Some 1300 Weston students will get to enjoy a space-emulating unique super-plant-making-without-soil hydroponics centre as part of their £2.5 million new science centre.
PCSA students will have a new Spencer Science Centre complete with Britain’s first school futuristic hydroponics centre at its heart – enabling plants to be grown bigger and better without soil such as is used in space voyages.
The new centre will open in September with 12 futuristic interactive new science labs, two ICT suites, a staff workroom and office all equipped with the latest hi-tech learning kit.
The development comes as The Priory Learning Trust appointed a new Director of Science, Janet Criddle.
Executive Principal Neville Coles said: “This £2.5 million science centre will enable us to further deliver exceptional science lessons for thousands of students in the years to come.
“The icing on the cake is the hydroponic centre, which will give the students something not seen before in a UK school.”
Hydroponic systems remove soil from the plant growing, so plants grow bigger, healthier and reach maturity faster than their soil-grown counterparts.
By removing soil, plants do not work as hard to obtain nutrients, so the plant focuses more on growing upstairs instead of expanding the root system downstairs.”
The building is being named after former Head Teacher Arthur Spencer who is now 95. He was the first Head of Priory some 41 years ago. Before that in World War Two he was the navigator on board the famous Lancaster Bombers.
PCSA is Ofsted outstanding and one of Britain’s best schools.
Congratulations to Miss Scott, who has been Head of School since last June – now officially the Principal at WCSA.
Miss Scott starts as Principal from today.
James Reseigh said, ‘Jacqui was outstanding at the interviews we held before Easter and has our total support. She has been working very hard with all the great staff at Worle since last June so this is a logical next step. This gives all our community of parents and carers certainty. She will continue to work closely with the Executive Principal – we are delighted to make her our Principal. She will continue to take WCSA forward quickly’.
Mr. Coles, a National Leader in Education, has been made Executive Principal of The PLT to oversee Priory and also Worle. At the same time Jacqui Scott has been made Principal at Worle. The appointments follow predictions of excellent academic results at both schools this year, with the prospect of further bidding for multi-million pound new facilities at both schools. This year PCSA has a stunning £2.5 million new Spencer Science Centre opening in September.
John Richardson, Chair of The Priory Learning Trust said, “local parents have seen Priory’s success in recent years and they will be well aware of the uncompromising approach to standards and the way in which great relationships are paramount to the way we do things. We cannot, and will not, stand still. It is a great time to join either Priory and Worle with energetic new Principals working very closely with Neville Coles, our Executive Principal on a range of exciting projects. For example, the £2.4 million Spencer Science Centre will open at PCSA this year – this really does need to be seen to be believed’.
PCSA’s Open Evening for current Year 5 children will take place on Thursday 29th June at 5pm and 6pm.
Priory Community School has become one of Britain’s best in recent years with exceptional GCSE results, OfSTED Outstanding, smaller class sizes in the upper years, brilliant facilities, sports, performing arts and music, and a host of other successes.
PCSA, with grades consistently in the top few per cent in Britain over the last 7 years, and with regularly 600 applications for its 240 places, has seen parents move home to get into the school.
Now The Priory Learning Trust is leading Worle School, and predicting hugely improved outcomes at WCSA this summer, meaning that both schools in North Worle will be attractive to potential parents.
WCSA, as part of The Priory Learning Trust, will also be run with the same tried and tested methods that made PCSA so high performing and successful.
OfSTED praised WCSA in December and saw it on a fast-track to become outstanding, just like its sister school.
One estate agent, Abbie Elkins of Palmer Snell Estate Agents, said: “With Priory a lot of people say they want to be near there, so that higher demand will naturally push up the price.
“A lot of people will come in and say they want to be in the Priory catchment area – probably more than any other thing. We get a lot of families moving from out of the area and say they want to be near Priory.”
By Jack Branton, aged 12
Self-starting entrepreneurial students at Priory Community School have launched their own publishing Press to get out even more of their books to the world.
PCSA is an entrepreneurial school that allows and encourages students to come up with their own business, organisations and creations. Two years ago student Alex Crowther set up Weston Eagles, which is growing at a rapid pace with dozens of young people volunteering to make Weston a better place to live.
PCSA Principal Jane McBride, who was once a business leader, said: “Our students are brilliant and we enjoy seeing them come up with new organisations and businesses. Well done to all involved in our new Priory Press.”
WORLE Community School is on course for excellent GCSE results, just weeks after being given a positive bill of health by OfSTED bosses and joining The Priory Learning Trust.
In December, OfSTED inspectors praised WCSA for its safe atmosphere and fast-improving environment for learning – prompting an increase in local parent interest in putting their children into the school.
Head of School at Worle Jacqui Scott said that GCSE results are in line to be excellent this year with also significant sporting and music success in recent weeks.
She added: “With OfSTED’s very positive comments in November and significant changes inside the school, things are moving ahead in a very, very positive direction.
“We were absolutely delighted to see 260 students and families choose WCSA for a September start. We have another 20 places still left that we can fill for September.
“We have received several recent requests after parents have seen the Academy changes – we became an Academy on March 1st”
“The Worle GCSE results are in line to be excellent this summer. We are really excited about the future and, clearly, WCSA will continue to be a strong community school.
“There is now a strong imperative to improve exam results quickly and many parents have clearly seen this as a very good thing. We now have Evening School and even Saturday School underway – just like our partner school at Priory.”
The Priory Learning Trust’s Executive Principal Neville Coles, who is an OFSTED inspector and a National Leader in Education, will be leading both schools, aided by excellent Heads of Schools Jane McBride at Priory and Jacqui Scott at Worle.
Neville said: “We are delighted to have such brilliant students and staff at both schools and are very excited about the future.”
Martin Kerslake, a former National Bursar of the Year and one of Britain’s best school business leaders, is the Chief Operating Officer for the new Trust.
In recent years PCSA has become one of Britain’s best schools, earning numerous accolades, and now has some of the best education processes and teachers in the UK. It is rated by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’.
The exciting partnership will mean both schools can get increased numbers of exceptional staff, bigger resources, smaller class sizes and even more outstanding buildings and facilities.
In recent years PCSA has become one of Britain’s best schools, earning numerous accolades, and now has some of the best education processes and teachers in the UK. It is rated by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’.
Now both 11-16 schools will have ambitious plans to become beyond outstanding. It is likely they will also be joined in September by St Anne’s Primary School and Castle Batch Primary School.
The Chair of The PLT John Richardson said: “This is good news all around. Working together will mean even better education for all students. This is a really exciting time for students, parents and the community in Worle and North Worle.”
Neville Coles said: “We are passionate about taking all our schools to beyond outstanding in the years to come, and working together can help us to achieve this even faster. We will hope to provide smaller class sizes, more teachers and improved facilities at both Worle and Priory. Education in WSM is changing rapidly.
“We will now have a combined £16million + budget which will enable very quickly even smaller class sizes at both schools. This will lead to better exam outcomes for the students within WSM.
“Schools everywhere will be facing budget shortages in the future but we aim to stay ahead of the curve.
“For example, we hope to have 14 additional teaching members of staff joining in September adding to capacity through our Teaching School Alliance – this will add to staff – student ratios.
“Capital bids will soon be placed with the DfE at both schools under the new Trust arrangements.
“Already we are looking at bidding for a new sports hall at Worle and The Spencer Science Centre at Priory will open in September. Both will cost around £2.5 million. PCSA has an outstanding record in recent years of attracting successful capital money.“
The annual Open Evening at Priory will be in the summer term this year where Mr Coles will announce further ambitious plans for education within WSM. Worle’s Open Evening will be in early September.
Worle Community School officially becomes an Academy – March 1st 2017
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
As you may know, The Priory Learning Trust (The PLT) is a multi-academy trust (MAT) serving Worle in WSM. After being the Principal at Priory Community School – an Academy Trust since 2007 I am now the Executive Principal of The PLT. As you may know, Martin Kerslake is our Chief Operating Officer – he is in charge of the ‘business’ side of the Trust, while I work with the teachers and support staff on educational outcomes. Priory was made OfSTED ‘outstanding’ in November of 2014 and is now a national Teaching School. Being a Teaching School brings additional funding into The PLT and allows us to “home grow” excellent teachers. We aspire to appoint 12 trainee teachers next year. This will allow us to reduce class sizes in the Upper School at both Worle and Priory.
Worle Community School was placed in ‘special measures’ by OfSTED in April 2016. Since that time a lot has happened at Worle and we are beginning to see significant progress as a result of the very hard work and commitment of both teaching and support staff. As of Wednesday March 1st, Worle becomes an Academy and joins The PLT. From thereon, it will be known as, Worle Community School – an Academy Trust (WCSA). We believe that this is good news for the staff, students and wider community of Worle. Together, we can do amazing things! As the November 2016 OFSTED inspection reported, things are going very well at Worle; joining The PLT is just another ‘stepping stone’ on the road to becoming even better. Worle is the second school to join The PLT – Priory being the first. In the near future, we hope that St Anne’s and Castle Batch primary schools may well join The PLT.
So what does the future hold for Worle? Well, Miss Jacqui Scott will continue as the Head of School. She is doing a first class job. She and the whole staff team are committed to improving outcomes for the students. All staff at Worle will now be employed by The PLT – although their terms and conditions of service will remain the same. As an Academy, Worle will be able to bid for major capital projects, such as a new sports hall, new roofs and other needed repairs and improvements. You will see significant capital investment at Worle in the near future. Whilst both Worle and Priory schools will remain distinct, it is mutually beneficial that they work together, in terms of improving teaching and from a “back office” or financial/operational perspective. Both schools will retain their own distinctive uniform and both will offer great education to our community. It is, in my view, a great time to be part of education in WSM. I am very pleased to report that student numbers at both schools are very healthy for the September 2017 intake – this is really good news.
Thank you for your support.
Sarah O’ Gorman is part of the Priory’s successful teacher-training school run by the The Priory Learning Trust.
She has been a trainer across the world in areas such as youth engagement, social action, HIV and AIDS, and child protection.
A graduate of University of London, she is now eager to be a full-time teacher and to release the creative energy, talent and enthusiasm of students.
She said: “I’m so excited to be part of the teaching school at Priory which is well known as one of the best in the country.”
In 2016 The PLT was awarded the prestigious National Teaching School status – a rare accolade after it fulfilled a wide range of criteria in training teachers and supporting other schools.
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.
A WORLE Community School Student is aiming to be the first ever woman to referee a world cup final.
She is outstanding in her GCSE PE work, is studying Science, and also now wants to take Sport Science in a bid to get all her qualifications to achieve her dreams.
She is also coaching Year 7 hockey in her spare time, and has just been giving the prestigious Sports Tie for her dedication to PE at Worle.
She said: “Women can be great referees. I love watching games and learning from the best. I get paid for it and have lots of fun while doing it.”
“I have signed up to the Football Futures Leaders programme and am excited to get on doing it.”
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We are so proud of Elana for all her achievements. She has a big career ahead of her.”
Year 9 student Josh Harper, aged 14, is joining five other WCSA students in a World Challenge expedition to Myanmar near India in July.
His church Milton Baptist Church has also helped him out by allowing him to sell cakes and garden for members.
Now he aims to help the other five WCSA students to raise all of their money needed to go on the trip via fundraising and finding sponsors.
Josh, who aims to go to Cambridge, Bath or Edinburgh Universities before embarking on a career as an architect, said: “I am so excited to go on this expedition. My school and church have been really helpful and I was amazed to raise the money so soon.”
A health conscious Worle Community School student has started her new role as Deputy Head Girl and is determined to spread her passion for health food.
Her passion has already seen her influence the health and eating habits of fellow students.
She also eager to a biochemist when she graduates.
Phoebe said: “I have never felt healthier. Since transforming my eating habits I have had more energy, suffered only one cold, and can eat as much as I want. It even helps me in my studies to have a clearer mind and be more focussed.”
Head of School Jacqui Scott, herself a follower of health food, said: “Phoebe has such enthusiasm for her health food and has already had an effect on other students lifestyle habits. Healthy lifestyle definitely has a positive effect on a child’s whole life.”
A WORLE school has been celebrating the life of its former student Mary Collard by planning to help a charity that has raised multiple thousands this year.
Incredibly, family and friends have helped raised an unbelievable amount of £300,000 for the charity in the last four years.
Now in a special assembly to talk about charity, Worle students began their year of charity work in her memory.
This week the school also gave out the new Mary Collard prize to Bella Styles.
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We want to keep the memory alive of Mary with the award and also this year by raising a record amount. She was by all accounts a wonderful girl, and this work will give hope to others across the world.”
Written by Jack Branton Aged 12 and Liam Byrne Aged 15
Makayla Nunn, aged 13, recently received a supportive letter sent from America via PCSA after winning a Heroes award at the school for her amazing work raising money for the volunteer-run charity ‘Invest in ME Research’.
Makayla, who suffers from M.E. has become one of Britain’s best fundraisers in her work raising money for the charity, and previously had done a sponsored horse walk.
This week she was interviewed by another inspirational PCSA student journalist Liam Byrne, aged 15 and pictured, who himself has had to cope with M.E.
Makayla, said: “I decided to fight the illness head on and want to keep raising money for the charity. My dog Marley is going to participate in a swimming contest and I’m so happy even he can help in the fundraising.”
Families of Year 7 children will be welcomed by the high-achieving Academy Trust on Saturday, after receiving confirmation this week that they have successfully secured a place.
Once again PCSA – part of The Priory Learning Trust – is oversubscribed with 360 first choice applications for 256 places.
The school intends to raise its admission number to 300 for 2018 entry.
Head of School Jane McBride said: “We are delighted to welcome all the students, parents and carers to wcsay a fun-packed morning with us and to meet staff. We are one big family and even our mascot Percy Priory will be dropping by!”
PCSA is Ofsted Outstanding and is one of the Britain’s top schools.
By Kieran Tasker, aged 14
George Cook, aged 13 has just achieved a range of accolades in the County Champtions at Milfield School.
The Year 9 student has been swimming since the age of 5 and is now aiming high to win the National Gold event before heading for Tokyo in 2020.
He said: “I was scared of the water for the first year but after that found it really fun and discovered butterfly when when I was 9 or 10, and then I beat my coach!”
Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We are very proud of George and all his achievements.”
The inspirational PCSA students were putting on a production of the Madness inspired musical, Our House in front of packed audiences.
Head of Performing Arts Jess Hall said: “This was one of the best productions I have ever been part of. The students were magnificent and I’m so proud of all of them.”
Executive Principal Neville Coles said: “This was a show of exceptional brilliance. West End stars Jake and Corinne are a terrific example of our excellent performing arts offering at Priory.”
The students were the first to be honoured under the new ‘Be a Hero’ campaign at Priory Community School and Worle Community School.
Students from both schools had been demonstrating exceptional acts of kindness, courage, and other character and attitude traits.
PCSA Head of School Jane McBride said: “Well done to every single student. Praise is a powerful motivator and we aim to spend as much time as we can celebrating achievement.”
WCSA Head of School Jacqui Scott said: “We see so much positive behaviour and actions of students right across the school. This is a great way to ensure it is celebrated.”
To nominate a student hero email firstname.lastname@example.org
A PCSA student who is one of Britain’s best fundraisers in her work raising money for an ME charity has completed a challenging four-foot jump on her horse Tommy to raise more funds.
Makayla said: “It will be 5 years in October that I have been ill, but this summer the hospital have said if I can manage and pace myself I can spend extra time with my horse Tommy. So because of this I wanted to challenge myself and Tommy to jump a 4ft jump.
“I’ve lost my friends because of M.E, I’ve had to cut my hours down at school, give up my dancing and sport. People say because this illness I’ve lost my childhood as I became ill at 8 years of age yet no one can give me answers as to why I got ill, or ‘will I get better’ because at the moment there are no answers. My hope is that Invest in M.E can give me these answers so that’s why I’m raising money for them.”
Neville Coles, Executive Principal at PCSA, said: “This is another inspirational achievement by Makayla. We are very proud of her and her charity fundraising work.”
AN ambitious Weston school has launched a new world-wide search for its inspiring former students.
They want former students across the world to get in touch via Facebook, Twitter and email to start a big community to help current students to achieve all they dream of.
Since July, PCSA led by Head of School Jacqui Scott have driven large scale changes in the school including culture, staffing, buildings, and placing large colourful inspirational photos and quotes of inspirational world figures up on classrooms.
They are also placing great emphasis on reward and praise of students, and encouraging all staff to build excellent relationships with students.
The Ofsted-outstanding PCSA are implementing all of the techniques that have helped make that school one of Britain’s best over the last seven years.
Now Worle plans to become an Academy and to join The Priory Learning Trust led by Mr Coles.
Ms Scott said: “We want to hear from our former students who are doing amazing things, to celebrate their achievements, and also to inspire our current students also to do inspirational things.
“We want to find students all over the world and see what they are doing now.”