Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom
About Somervale School
Somervale is at an exciting time in its history. It entered into Federation with Norton Hill School in September 2009 and was given permission to become an early adopter Academy in October 2010 due to its outstanding partnership arrangements. Being a small school by design, we have the advantage of close working relationships and a positive climate for learning that Ofsted validated in 2013. However, the partnership with a large school, with its different strengths, gives parents real choice in the Midsomer Norton area.
Somervale School is one of two secondary schools within the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership multi-academy trust. There are currently 3 other schools: Norton Hill Secondary, High Littleton Primary and Clutton Primary. We are also due to open a brand new three form entry primary school in 2017 as part of the DFE Free School Programme. All of the schools in the partnership are graded as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. We are also expecting a further secondary school to join the group and a number of other local primary schools. This partnership enables best practice to be shared and economies of scale to be achieved, not to mention a significantly wide offer for all children educated by schools within the Trust.
The benefits that Federation bring to students and staff are:
- Increased leadership capacity at all levels of school leadership
- An increase in the range of curriculum opportunities for 14/16
- Enhancement of professional development opportunities across the Federation, including professional advancement within the Federation
- Increased spend on capital expenditure, I.T. and educational resources created by economies of scale within the Federation
- A shared Sixth Form between the two schools with 300+ students in the Sixth Form
The school is on a fantastic journey of success. Attainment rose sharply in 2015 to 63% A*/C placing the school in the top 12% for pupil progress. These results set us well on the way to an ‘Outstanding’ judgement at the time of the next inspection.
Over three million pounds has been spent on major refurbishment and new buildings over the last three years. This includes new windows and roofs, a new TV and radio studio, a new library, a refurbished Hall, Science labs and Dining facilities, and a new IT network. In April 2012, a new Sixth Form Centre was opened giving students outstanding facilities in which to learn. In addition to these fantastic refurbishments and new buildings, we opened a full size 3G Astro-Turf pitch in November 2014.
Somervale School serves Midsomer Norton, Radstock and the surrounding rural area where there is an abundance of attractive and affordable housing. The school is on the edge of the Mendips but close to both Bath and Wells.