King Alfred School Academy, Highbridge

Fast-improving King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge has been described by local MP James Heappey as “inspirational” as it steps up its improvements.

The school has enjoyed a positive year after a raft of good news with a new uniform including tie and blazer, an encouraging Ofsted visit, £1.2m of site improvements and improving GCSE results.

King Alfred Academy has also seen the launch of the Jill Dando News Centre and Britain’s first in-school scout group backed by Bear Grylls and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

The school’s sixth form has also achieved several plaudits, with statistics placing them as one of the best in the region.

MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “There is an amazing energy around the school and it was noticeable how everyone I spoke to from year seven to sixth form spoke positively about the changes in the school.”

“These things don’t happen by accident. The staff and leadership at the school have put in a huge amount of effort to make these improvements over the last eighteen months and it’s so pleasing to see that hard work rewarded with such glowing reviews from our young people.”

Principal Nathan Jenkins added: “We are enthusiastic and excited but there is much more to come. The community, parents and carers are really behind the changes and what is happening. This is a real partnership.”

“The students really look smart and ready for business in their uniform, and there is passion, positivity and expectation that more amazing things are about to happen.”

TKASA has been run by The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) since 1st October and was assisted for a year before that.

And Executive Principal of TPLT, Neville Coles, also said: “We have been relentless from the beginning on making the changes necessary to make TKASA an excellent school. There has been huge progress.”