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A WOMAN who has worked setting up charities in poverty-stricken Malawi and Sri Lanka has become the latest exciting trainee on Priory's teaching school.

Sarah O’ Gorman is part of the Priory’s successful teacher-training school run by the The Priory Learning Trust.



Now training as an English teacher, she has got a long background behind her setting up a charity in Malawi, Africa – the third poorest country in the world – and helping young people and communities in other parts of the world including Sri Lanka.

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.

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Start of Term 3 Update from Mrs McBride (Head of School)

I would like to wish everyone a very warm welcome back to Term 3. I hope that everyone feels rested and revitalised after a good Christmas break.

During the fortnight off, you should have received a copy of our latest newsletter and your child’s report. Many of you have mailed me and the PCSA team. We are always pleased to receive your feedback – so thank you. Please remember you will get three major newsletters per year – the next at Easter and we will continue to issue PASS Praising Stars letters at each report window (3 times a year). You will also get a written report from your child’s tutor at the end of the school year. Year 11 will get these in February.

Please continue to contact me and my team by e-mail and we will swiftly reply and try to assist in all matters. Please do use e-mail as the point of contact. I would also ask you to check out the new YouTube on our website. It is a fabulous film made by our students reminding us what makes us Proud to be Priory. Really heart-warming. Thank you to all the students and staff who participated.

As you will see, we have some fantastic opportunities coming up for our students this year. Already we have held several parent / carer information evenings and were delighted to meet so many of you (over 1000 last term!). On the performing arts front we can look forward to a very exciting production of the musical ‘Our House’. There will be performances beginning the week commencing 6th February. I very much hope we will see many of you at these events. It will be a true celebration from the Creative Arts faculty involving vast numbers of students.

I am incredibly proud of the student staff relationships at PCSA. All staff agree that we learn something new everyday from our students. As I hope you will see I firmly believe in being very visible and on the school gates most days. We are also out and about in the Sainsbury’s precinct most days as well. Mr. Johns continues to be at MacDonald’s after school – he enjoys the coffee! I know that parents and carers are keen to know when school is and isn’t open and key dates. We have NO MORE INSET DAYS this year. We will, however, be having a closure day for target setting – as advertised for Wednesday 25 January. Please do attend. It is a great opportunity to discuss specific data and targets relating to your child – more details will follow shortly.

I should mention that we are very busy at the moment working on changes to the curriculum and assessment. In terms of Year 11 and GCSEs, there is plenty of talk about the reformed curriculum. Certainly, we talk to students about it all of the time. There is more to actually learn and there is more which will need to be applied in terms of answering questions in examinations. We are working hard to get our Year 11 students, ‘examination ready’. We will be running an “Evening School” which will provide additional study sessions, staffed by qualified teachers and support staff. Our Period 6 intervention carries on P6i. We also offer an extensive enrichment programme. Details of this will be coming home with students next week – please do look out for this – we will also post information on our website.

It is a key term for Year 8 as they choose the first of their subject preferences to start their GCSE courses in Year 9. This year we are introducing Year 8 subject exams held throughout the week of 27th March. This will help to further inform option choices.

A message from Mr. Coles (Executive Principal)You might be interested to all look at the new website of The Priory Learning Trust. Please have a look at the link You will see details here of the developing PLT team. The core values of PCSA remain very clear. We will put ‘students first’ and we will cherish our staff. We are very clear on holding very high expectations of both staff and students. PCSA is proud to be part of the Priory Learning Trust. We keep our own unique identify whilst working in partnership to improve and maximize the chances of all students in Worle. Developing world class support systems is also very much part of The PLT way of thinking – superb services such as financial planning, site, HR, cover and IT are highly valued by the Trust. It is very much a business with high class teaching and learning and educational outcomes for students at its core. Career progression and professional development is a very strong feature of the Trust led through the PLT TSA alliance. It is expected that Worle will join The PLT later this year and will be the second school within The PLT – Priory being the first school to join The PLT.Our Term 3 focus is now affectionately called going ‘Year 11 crazy’ at PCSA and is very much to make sure Year 11 have a great run up to the exams and achieve their very best. Evening School and attendance at Period 6i will certainly help.

Happy New Year!
Mrs. McBride (Head of School)

Year 11 Men/ACWY Vaccinations

Year 11 Men/ACWY vaccinations (boys and girls) will take place in the Main Hall on the morning of 19th January. Consent letters and information leaflets will be sent home and should be returned to Student Services by 17th January.

On the 23rd March Year 9 boys and girls will receive their Td/IPV and Men/ACWY in the Main Hall. Consent forms and information leaflets to follow.

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Free Christmas present for every PCSA student and staff member

Students and staff at Priory Community School have all received a Christmas present of a classic book.



They will be able to enjoy ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’ by JM Barrie – one of the world’s classic stories.

Priory is a high-achieving school that ensures reading and English is involved in every subject.

Head of School Jane McBride said: “Reading is such a key part of students being a success in life in every area. This is an excellent idea that will guarantee that every student will own a literary classic for their lifetimes.

“We champion reading every day in every lesson. We tell the students that reading is the best brain exercise to help you revise. In short, the more you read the better the exam outcomes.”

DOZENS of student 'heroes' across Priory and Worle schools have been celebrated in an Oscar-style ceremony.

The students were the first to be honoured under the new ‘Be a Hero’ campaign at Priory Community School and Worle Community School.



The Priory Learning Trust initiative saw them rewarded with prizes sponsored by Hutton Moor Leisure Centre including family swim tickets, children’s basketball lessons, cycle workout classes, and other healthy activities.

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

Priory students beat off Blyton and Dickens with their new Christmas book

PRIORY students have incredibly beat off author legends Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens after publishing a book of short Christmas stories.



Their book ‘Christmas Stories’ has become a top five bestseller on Amazon – and listed as a ‘hot new release’ ahead of books by Blyton and Dickens – and bought by people from all corners of the globe.

Fifteen students wrote short stories and then had the book published on Amazon. This week they were startled to see they had reached near the top of the charts.

Head of Careers James Wilmot – himself a published author – co-ordinated the project and launched a celebrating evening this week.

He said: “Their stories were absolutely fantastic. Everyone has been amazed at their success. Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens are quite rightly legends, and to pip them in the charts is wonderful for the students.”

Head of School Jane McBride said: “We are absolutely thrilled and so proud of every single one of them. We believe many of these will go on to have tremendous writing careers.”

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Priory driving force celebrates early Christmas miracle after returning to the scene of a horrific accident on Weston Beach a year ago when he almost lost his foot

By Priory Student Journalists Jack Branton and Jacob Esgate, age 12 and 11

A DRIVING force behind the success of Priory is now celebrating an early Christmas miracle of returning to his running career after a dramatic and horrific accident last year.



Priory driving force celebrates early Christmas miracle after returning to the scene of a horrific accident on Weston Beach a year ago when he almost lost his foot

A DRIVING force behind the success of Priory is now celebrating an early Christmas miracle of returning to his running career after a dramatic and horrific accident last year.

Brave John Richardson, aged 72, nearly lost his foot after a terrible running accident on Weston beach last Christmas. He was airlifted to Bristol Royal Infirmary where surgeons rebuilt his foot. He needed a long operation to insert metal to repair the bones and a large skin graft to cover the hole where the leg bones came out.

But now a year on he returned to the scene of the accident where he ran the 10km Christmas Cracker event- again on Weston Beach.

Courageous John has been connected with Priory for decades and for the last 10 years has been a governor, as well as a governor at WCSA, and also a Trustee of the new The Priory Learning Trust.

John said: “I am delighted to be running again. I have woken up with nightmares on occasion. It feels like a miracle but I was so thrilled to be able to take part in this Christmas event. I am so grateful to the medical teams who cared for me over the nine days at South Mead Hospital.

“Priory has been a major part of my life for years, and I have received great encouragement and support from everyone there.”

Executive Principal of The PLT Neville Coles said: “This is great news and John has been such a major part of our past and will be in the future.”

He was sponsored to raise money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity who rescued him a year ago.

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Contract for the provision of grounds maintenance services on behalf of The Priory Learning Trust

Location: Priory Community School and Worle Community School, Weston Super Mare

Expressions of interest are invited from appropriately experienced and qualified contractors for the supply of bespoke Grounds Maintenance Services to the above schools.

Services to be provided will include the maintenance of sports facilities, the tending of ornamental borders, hedge cutting and various ancillary works including planting and minor improvement /landscape construction projects to school grounds. The contract will be let for a period of three years initially, with an option to extend for a further two years at the discretion of the trust. The new arrangement will be formulated on the basis of one contract, with each site being billed appropriately. The planned start date is 1st April 2017 and tenders will be dispatched in January 2017.Applicants will in the first instance be required to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire covering financial, economic, technical, professional and environmental matters.Prospective applicants should note that the closing date for receipt of completed Pre-Qualification Questionnaires is 20th December 2016.

Requests for Pre-Qualification Questionnaires and all applications should be made to:

Miss A Boyle
Project Support Manager
Priory Community School
Weston Super Mare
North Somerset
BS22 6BP

Tel: 01934 511411

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ONE TEAM: Student Leaders from PCSA and WCSA pictured together during Non-Uniform Day for charity

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.

Head boys and girls from two ambitious schools are working together to find and celebrate the achievements of 2500 students.

Priory and Worle’s Head’s leadership teams want to let the entire community know how brilliant their students and schools are.

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.”

PRIORY'S Community Police liaison officer popped in to tell students of his journey from journalism to the law.

Kemo Jarju told students on the Period 6 journalism club about his career from being in the Media to a Weston community policeman.



Kemo explained about how he started out on the Daily Observer Newspaper in Gambia and The Independent Newspaper, before joining the JollofNews Online Newspaper in Birmingham.

He became Police Community Support Officer in Weston in April 2014.

PCSA aims to introduce students to a variety of exciting careers with visiting professionals always popping in to inspire.

Head of School Jane McBride said: “Kemo is such a popular figure around PCSA and it was lovely to hear about his exciting career.”

Students buzzing after entire Year group receive a free new book

Students at Priory Community School are buzzing after they all received a free new book to read



Year 7 students received a free ‘BookBuzz’ book as part of a reading programme from the Book Trust to boost reading for pleasure.The students all chose their own book and are now able to enter competitions and go into an interactive website.

Head of PCSA’s Library Rachel Harris said: “Our students have entered this new scheme with enthusiasm. Reading is not only fantastic for pleasure but is also critical for every other subject in schools.”

Head of School Jane McBride said: “We champion reading every day in every lesson. We tell the students that reading is the best brain exercise to help you revise. In short, the more you read the better the exam outcomes.”

Hundreds of good samaritan student 'heroes' across two Weston schools are to be rewarded for their achievements

Monthly prizes for Priory and Worle students showing kindness or outstanding attitude and character traits will get big rewards at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.



The ‘Be a Hero’ campaign at both Priory Community School and Worle Community School will be available to every student in every year group.

The aim is to encourage even more wonderful behaviour at school and the community.

Teachers, Tutors and members of the public are being encouraged to email positive experiences of students from both schools and nominate them for a monthly prize.

Prizes in the new The Priory Learning Trust initiative include family swim tickets, children’s basketball lessons, cycle workout classes, and other healthy activities.

Head of Careers James Wilmot says “We have hundreds of heroes across both schools. We want to find and reward all that is good about each and every student.

“It’s about reinforcement of positive behaviour such as kindness, improvement in timekeeping, better behaviour in class, helping someone with their shopping or helping someone across the road. It could even be picking up litter outside the school. Basically it can be anything positive that helps people in school or in the community.”

Dave Somers, General Manager of Hutton Moor, said: “We are really pleased to be working with The Priory Learning Trust on this exciting project that helps students raise their aspirations. We always welcome opportunities to engage with the local community and young people.

“This partnership with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre and Worle and Priory schools, will reward students who really want to make a difference to themselves, their school and their community.

“Our prizes have been deliberately selected to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for the students, their friends and their families.”

To nominate a student, please email with the name of the student, their year group, school and the reason why they should be a rewarded as a hero.

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Priory student following in footsteps of Billy Elliot and string of ex-students in his ambition to be a star on the stage

Story by student journalist Liam Byrne

PCSA student Oliver Taylor is already nearly at the Gold Bar Grade in Dance – the third highest possible standard, yet is still only 12.


The talented student has been dancing since the age of 3, and has an ambition to perform on the West End.

Priory has numerous success stories on stage and screen who have been at the school.

Head of School Jane McBride said: “Congratulations to Oliver who is showing real promise and has a great career ahead of him.”

These include Corrine Priest, aged 22, who was named 2014’s performer of the year by the Stephen Sondheim Society while at the London School of Music Theatre. Morgan Rooke, 18, has been in the National Youth Choir that performed at the Royal Albert Hall, and Jake Fisher, 21, is at one of the leading performing arts colleges in the world – the Arts Educational College in London.

Priory Community School also has the Artsmark award and seeks to inspire hundreds of students to become passionate experts in music, drama art and dance and to go on to UK careers in the performing arts.

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PRIORY'S head of careers is enlisting the help of students to finish his second published book in time for Christmas - after his first one became a best seller.

James Wilmot’s first book ‘The Boy who became Father Christmas’, published in 2014 by The Difference Press became a best selling book on Amazon.



Now James’ second book ‘Con of the Crannog’ will be published on December 1st but this time PCSA students are helping to finish it.Before the book is published, James has recruited a team of students from the school to act as a focus group to make last minute changes to the story.

The students took a draft home with them and provided James with detailed feedback and ideas on how the story could be improved.

James said: “The students have been a massive help. Young readers are very discerning now. They are accomplished readers and know what makes a good book. Their feedback has been really valuable to the story and I will be making some significant changes to the book before it is published at Christmas time.”

‘Con of the Crannog’ is a children’s story spanning thousands of years from prehistory to the present day – inspired by James’ childhood experiences while growing up in rural Ireland.

It focuses on the lives of three children who all have a shared destiny on a mysterious island.

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