West Somerset College

Secondary
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Bircham Road
Alcombe
Minehead
TA24 6AY
01643706061
Pupils
709
Ages
13 - 19
Gender
Mixed
Type
Academy - Converter mainstream
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(18/5/16)
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60%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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West Somerset College is an average-sized secondary school that admits pupils from the start of Year 9. The college was a converter academy when it was inspected and placed in special measures in October 2014. The college became part of the Bridgwater College Trust, a multi-academy trust, on 1 February 2016. At that point, the college’s status changed from a converter academy to a sponsored academy. The arrangements for the governance of the college changed. Overall responsibility now lies with the Bridgwater College Trust Board. A local governing body has responsibility for most aspects of the college’s work, other than currently for finance. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is above average. This is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The proportion of pupils who have special education needs or disability is above the national average. The current acting principal, who took up post in September 2015, will lead the college until a new principal takes up post in September 2016. The college is supported by the Taunton Teaching Alliance. The college does not use any alternative provision. Acorns Nursery and Pre-School operate from the college site and are managed by the governing body. The college met the government’s floor standards in 2015, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Inspection report: West Somerset College, 17–18 May 2016 8 of 10 Information about this inspection Inspectors held discussions with the college’s acting principal, senior leaders and subject leaders. They also met formally with two groups of pupils, one from Year 9 and one from Year 10. Inspectors also had informal discussions with many pupils and learners in the sixth form around the college site at break and lunchtimes and at the end of the college day. At the time of the inspection, Year 11 learners were preparing for GCSE examinations. Inspectors met with seven members of the local governing body, including the chair, who also represented the trust. Inspectors visited lessons in Years 9 and 10 and in the sixth form, many with college leaders. In lessons, they looked at pupils’ work and talked with them about it. Inspectors also looked at a wide range of work for pupils they selected from Years 9 and 10. The responses to Parent View, Ofsted’s online survey, were too few to be taken into account.

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West Somerset College Reviews

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BY PARENTS, FOR PARENTS

“Proud of WSC”
AUTHOR:
"> The school has improved rapidly, amazing transformation. Third highest GCSE results in Somerset last summer.
“Bright Future”
AUTHOR:
"> A much improved school. Excellent results. The investment of the opportunity area fund is supporting much development within the school.
“Still a poor school”
AUTHOR:
"> A little reported fact is that despite an OFSTED rating of good, approximately 50 to 60 staff left this summer either through choice, redundancy or non renewal of contracts. Many remaining staff have had cuts both in pay and hours.
“Ofsted rate this school as "GOOD" in all categories”
AUTHOR:
"> The review dated 15th January 2016 is accurate BUT two years out of date. The College is definitely on the up after a complete clear-out of senior staff and governors. Please see the latest Ofsted Report (May 2016) which clearly shows that the College is now "GOOD" in ALL categories. GCSE results just out (August 2016) are continuing the upward trend at a time when the national trend is downward.
“"Inadequate"”
AUTHOR:
"> Some good teachers but generally poor. Very poor results for GCSEs were received. If you're going to come here, don't in my opinion. In the last OFSTED, the college received the lowest rating in every field. If you have college-age children, move to Taunton. Hope this helps!
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