Bulletin Board

November Ofsted Inspection

We have now received the Ofsted report from the inspection in November, and you can read it here

Road Closure Update

We are aware of the road closure between Wells and Cheddar and the inconvenience this will be to families living in the area of the closure. The road will be closed from 1 October - 21 December 2018 in the first instance

We have been in contact with County Transport and can pass on the following information

  • Students entitled to free transport will receive a letter on 27/09/18 from County Transport detailing the arrangements that will be put in place during the closure
  • If parents have any queries regarding entitlement to transport during the closure, they should complete the apply-for-school-transport application @ www.somerset.gov.uk or contact School Admissions on 0300 123 2224 choosing option 1, option 3, option 3

Firefly and Parent Reports

For more information on accessing Firefly please visit our Parents Online page here.

2018-19 Calendar

Calendar dates for the next academic year.


Schools Minister Praises Kings

The Kings of Wessex Academy is praised by Schools Minister Nick Gibb for being in the top 5% for student progress from Key Stage 2 to the end of Key Stage 4. Read his letter here

Kings Confirmed as Top School!

We were delighted to receive a letter from Rebecca Clark, the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West congratulating us on our provisional 2016 Progress 8 score. You can see the letter here.


The Kings of Wessex Academy recognises that the safety and welfare of children is paramount and that we have a responsibility to protect children in all the academy's activities. We take all reasonable steps to ensure, through appropriate procedures and training, that all students, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social status, are protected from abuse.

We foster a culture of vigilance amongst staff, students, parents and visitors. We always listen to students and take their concerns seriously. Please do not hesitate if you have any concerns or queries please contact the Academy immediately and you will be directed to a member of staff who will endeavour to help you.

See more at our safeguarding page

Tootoot allows students to be able to report incidents directly to the school, including screenshots and attachments using the online app or by downloading the app to an apple device. Login to Tootoot here.

Welcome to The Kings of Wessex Academy

As one of the top-performing schools in the South West, The Kings of Wessex Academy strives to provide a first class education for all. We have a dedicated team of staff who work hard to inspire our students to be the best that they can be and to stand out from the crowd. We have high expectations and work hard to provide all our students with the opportunities and support needed to enable them to achieve their full potential. Kings is an exciting place to learn with great teachers, superb facilities, a wide range of subject choices and a programme of exciting enrichment activities.

Please take time to read the welcome message from the Headteacher, Mr Gavin Ball.

Latest News

Students are Literary Luvvies for Reading Week

Students at The Kings of Wessex Academy turned literacy luvvies last week for the first ever Reading Week at The Academy. As part of lessons and enrichment time, all staff promoted the joy of reading and literacy throughout the week. As the reading heart of the school, the Learning Resource Centre had festive reads on offer and students could also borrow books by the new Author of the...... more

Creative for Christmas at Kings

Year 9 Art and Textiles students at The Kings of Wessex Academy got creative for Christmas when they entered the annual Christmas Card Design competition to be used as Executive Headteacher Mr Ball’s school card. There was an impressive range of entries on the theme of kings, exploring a range of media; including the use of tissue paper and paint, stitching and pencil and crayon and...... more

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Kings Students Achieve Outstanding Results in New GCSE Exams

Year 11 students at The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar are again celebrating superb exam results. This year saw the introduction of new, tougher GCSE exams in many subject areas and Kings students have risen to the challenge.

The core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science were among the many success stories. In Mathematics 86% of students achieved grades 9-4 (equivalent to the old grades A*-C). 81% of students achieved 9-4 grades in English Literature with 80% achieving this in English Language. Additionally, 78% of students secured grades 9-4 in at least two Science GCSEs.

An impressive 76% of students achieved a grade 9-4 in both English and in Mathematics whilst 52% of students achieved the "strong pass" in both English and Mathematics (a grade 5 or higher in both subjects). Very encouragingly, Kings had another strong result with the new Progress 8 measure (value added). Progress 8 measures the progress students make from Year 6 to Year 11. In 2017, Kings had one of the highest Progress 8 scores in the region and indications suggest that the 2018 figure is likely to be similar (+0.48). This represents Kings students making, on average, almost half a grade more than expected progress across all subject areas.

Kings offers a broad curriculum with students following a wide range of GCSE and vocational courses. BTEC courses performed particularly well at Kings with BTEC Business Studies and Performing Arts having the best value added scores of all courses at the academy. Another success story was the Humanities subjects with 75% of Geography students, 76% of RE students and 68% of History students achieving grades 9-4.

Executive Headteacher, Gavin Ball, was delighted with these exam results. He commented "In a year where Kings students have shone in public speaking, sports, charity fundraising and the expressive arts, we are very proud that they have also excelled in their academic achievements. These results reflect the fantastic dedication of our students and staff. I would like to thank our community for their support. We have a dynamic school of which we can all be very proud. We have amazing students at Kings and my congratulations go out to them all."

We are proud of each and every one of our students. There were excellent achievements from individual students across the entire grade range. Amongst these there were some exceptional performances. Anna Wadey achieved an incredible seven grade 9s (seven 9s, one 8, one 7, two 6s, an A* and an A). Matthew Bulman achieved an outstanding eleven GCSEs at grade 8+ or equivalent (one 9, eight 8s, one 5, two A*s and an A). Four students achieved an amazing ten 8+ grades or equivalent. These were: Lizzie Arnold (five 9s, four 8s, two 7s, one 6 and an A*), Alex Cullum (six 9s, three 8s, two 7s, one A* and an A), Sophie Frankpitt (six 9s, three 8s, two 7s and a distinction*) and Alice Stephens (four 9s, five 8s, one 7, one 5, one A* and an A). Students achieving a remarkable nine grades 8+ or equivalent were Bonnie Brown (five 9s, two 8s, three 7s, one A*, one A and a distinction*) and Lucy Caulfield (five 9s, four 8s, two 7s, one A and a B). We are also extremely proud of some students who attained fantastic grades despite significant adversity.

The majority of students will go on to study in Kings Sixth Form where a wide range of A Level and Vocational courses are offered.

New Timetable School Day

New Timetable (Mon-Thur)

Tutor Time ..... 8:45
Period 1 ........ 9:05
Period 2 ....... 10:05
Break .......... 11:05
Period 3 ....... 11:25
Period 4 ....... 12:30
Lunch ........... 1:30
Period 5 ........ 2:15
Finish ........... 3:15

New Timetable (Fri)

Tutor Time ..... 8:45
Period 1 ........ 9:25
Period 2 ....... 10:20
Break .......... 11:15
Period 3 ....... 11:35
Period 4 ....... 12:30
Lunch ........... 1:30
Period 5 ........ 2:15
Finish ........... 3:15

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