Record number of students and their parents and carers headed to Highbridge’s King Alfred School Academy sixth form for their annual open evening.

The school says it was buzzing with enthusiasm and activity as large numbers of visitors toured the school-based Sixth Form.

Dozens of current students met up with prospective students, and were able to show off the departments, and to meet teachers and staff. During the last two years the numbers studying at the Sixth Form has grown by over 100%.

Head of Sixth Form Jonathan Gaskell told “It was wonderful to see so many students, their parents and carers at our Open Evening. Something really special is happening at our Sixth Form.”

He adds that there has been constant success from students over the last few years with a 100% pass rate, and with 80% going to Russell Group Universities. This year, three students are heading off to study at Cambridge and Oxford universities.

Other students achieving places at Cardiff, St Andrews, Queen’s in Belfast, King’s College in London, Durham, Sheffield, University College London, the London School of Economics, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Lancaster, Exeter, Bristol and Loughborough.

In the three years since becoming part of The Priory Learning Trust the school and Sixth Form have thrived, attracting students from Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and even internationally.

Acting Principal Dan Milford adds: “We have a very high achieving and caring Sixth Form and we are delighted to see so many students coming to visit.”

The Sixth Form has benefitted from significant investment since joining TPLT and the facilities for students are outstanding.  Places are available for next year on a wide range of subjects.

Anyone looking to study A-levels in a high performing Sixth Form is encouraged to take a look at the  website and to make contact with Mr Gaskell via email


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