A Level Results 2017

Sixth formers enjoyed an outstanding set of A level results and are now preparing to head off to a range of leading universities across the UK.  Even though the students were the first to face the more challenging reformed A levels based on final assessments in the second year, the sixth form students achieved the very highest grades.  Special mention goes to the following students who excelled:

Isobel Bolitho: A* A A, Biology, University of ManchesterJack Peace: A* A A, Business Management, University of Surrey
Georgia Stevens: A* A A, Astrophysics, Lancaster University
Natalie Hughes: A* A* C, Social Science, University of Bath
Thomas Collard: A* A B, Zoo Biology, Nottingham Evie Croxford: A A A, Psychology, University of Sheffield
Yanika Johnson: A A A D*, Medicine, University of Southampton
Adam Millward: A A A, Psychology, University of York
Tyler Paul: A A D*, Higher Apprenticeship, Hydrographic Office, Taunton
Nathan Clarke: A D*, Geography, Loughborough University

We are very proud of the achievements of our students who have all worked incredibly hard with the support of our staff. Their hard work has paid off with fantastic university and employment destinations for our students. 

We believe that our sixth form provides an excellent standard of education for the young people of Highbridge, Burnham on Sea and the surrounding areas.

Mrs Hurr







E Safety

Internet safety is a very important issue for us as a school and our community.  Sharing of videos and images of anybody without their consent is illegal and we work very hard to ensure that our students are aware of the law and everyone's right to privacy.  Please can you make sure that both you and your child are fully aware of this and that your privacy settings on Facebook and Snapchat are such that pictures and videos cannot be shared without other people knowing.  Together we can work to keep all our students safe. 

Prom Celebrations 2017


On Thursday 29 June the 2017 cohort of Year 11 pupils of King Alfred School celebrated the end of their GCSE exams and Secondary schooling in some style with a Formal Prom at Batch Country House, Lympsham.

Over 25 staff and 200 pupils pulled out all the stops in terms of style and class and looked amazing in their finest.

The evening began at 6.30pm with the arrival in all manner of vintage and modern vehicles. Following photographs around the stunning grounds Year 11 then enjoyed a three course meal inside a glittering ballroom decked in silver and blue. As well as further photographs, raffle and a disco Year 11 were also treated to local band 'Drop the mic' (which includes three students from the year group) who entertained the room with songs as varied as 'Johnny B. Goode' by Chuck Berry to Beyonce's Crazy in Love'!

The dancing then continued until midnight.

"It has been lovely to see everyone this evening having such a great time" said Mr Lockett, Head of Year. "These students have come a very long way in the last five years and they really deserve credit for their achievements. Tonight was about having fun and marking a very special milestone in their lives."

Mr Lockett
Head of Year 11









King Alfred Sixth form celebrated their annual prom at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare on Friday 30th June. Over a hundred Sixth Form students and staff members attended the stylish event to say their final goodbyes to the Year 13 students, poised to take up their University places and Apprenticeship positions this September.

The memorable evening was organised by the hard-working Sixth Form student committee with the whole hearted support of Miss Watkins. All attendees were blown away with the venue, the interpretation of the Space Theme and the Regency Suite with its stunning backdrop of the Weston-Super-Mare seafront.

The evening was full of fantastic food and entertainment with an opening speech from Year 13 student Sam Cain, followed by the latest instalment of Star Wars Episode with KAS subtitles and Miss Hewlitt’s unbelievable cover of Amy Winehouse’s Valerie. Towards the end of the night, Miss Watkins unveiled an emotional slideshow that compiled all their achievements from earlier years and the Sixth Form. Mr Jonathan Gaskell, Head of Sixth Form congratulated students on their hard work ethic during the year and said they would be sorely missed.

Overall, the night was considered “The perfect way to say goodbye”. The staff at The Grand Pier were full of praise for the students, mentioning how polite and sophisticated they were throughout the night.

A massive thank you to everyone who attended and to the staff involved.

J Gaskell
Head of 6th Form

Commitment to improvement at the King Alfred School

Strategies are already in place to address issues ahead of the publication of a disappointing OFSTED report published today (23rd June 2017).

Headteacher Denise Hurr said she and her staff are committed to addressing the issues in the report which judges the school to be inadequate. There have already been changes in teaching and to the curriculum, and expertise brought in to improve the evaluation and monitoring of students’ progress.


“I’m sure everyone involved with the school will be disappointed,” she said. “But we are already moving forward and I am confident that the whole school community will continue to pull together to make the improvements that are needed.”

The local Education Authority has arranged for the Clevedon Learning Trust to support the King Alfred School in delivering the post Ofsted improvement work.   The Executive Headteacher, John Wells, is now working alongside Mrs Hurr.

Mrs Hurr said: “We very much welcome the assistance which I know will accelerate the rate of improvement. This is a school at the heart of its community with a strong ethos of care and respect, these are great foundations on which we will build.”

Ofsted inspectors visited the school in April and the resulting report acknowledges the positive impact of recent changes. It notes some recent improvements in teaching, curriculum changes and the good attitudes shown by Sixth Form students.  The Ofsted team also noted the positive impact of the school’s Be Proud Plan on the experience of students in the classroom.  This plan enables staff and students to work together on a clear set of expectations, focusing on high quality learning and student leadership.

However, it also identifies variable quality of teaching, disappointing GCSE exam results and a need for teachers to have higher expectations of their pupils. It highlights various areas in need of improvement, including evaluation, behaviour and careers advice.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “The Council is committed to working with King Alfred’s to bring the rapid improvement that everyone wants to see. We have arranged for extra support and have every confidence that it will help take the school in the right direction.”

The school’s special measures status means it will become part of a Multi-Academy Trust. Details of the arrangements are yet to be finalised, but it will allow the school to benefit from support from other high-performing schools and good practice.

Please click here for the full Ofsted inspection report.



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