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. 

Inset Days for 2017 - 2018

The Inset days for 2017-2018 are

Monday, 4th September 2017
Tuesday, 5th September 2017
Friday, 9th February 2018
Monday, 23rd July 2018
Tuesday, 24th July 2018

Please click here for the Somerset School Terms and Holidays 2017/2018.

Student Equipment

Please click here for the letter regarding student equipment.

 

*Prices quoted in the letter may be subject to change.

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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Spring Term Newsletter 2017

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