- About Us
- Sixth Form
The Kings of Wessex Academy is in the Cheddar Valley on the southern side of the Mendip Hills and has its origins in the 18th Century when Hannah Moore established a church school in Cheddar. The school moved to its present location in the early 1960s and in 1976 it became an Upper School, taking in students within the age range of 13 - 18 years. There are currently 1000 students on our roll, including a popular Sixth Form and we are proud of our traditional values, commitment to academic success and the excellent reputation we enjoy within the community.
See more at a history of The Kings of Wessex Academy
The Kings of Wessex Academy provides a happy and caring environment in which all children can flourish. Considerable emphasis is placed on good behaviour and respect for each other. Students are taught largely in ability groups and this enables them to make good progress and receive the support they need to do well. All Year 11 students have a personal mentor who works with them to help them achieve the best grades. Extra sessions are provided by all departments at lunchtimes and after school, as well as our highly successful Easter Revision programme.
The academy has a rich and varied curriculum for all its students, and offers a wealth of extra-curricular activities for students in the Arts and Sports. Termly music concerts and two annual school productions involve a large cast of students. The school operates a highly successful Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Sports Leadership Programme. All students are encouraged to get involved in one of the many clubs and activities. There are also regular out of school visits with annual trips to France and Germany and more recently to New York.
Young people benefit from some fantastic facilities. All our subjects are taught in specialist rooms including modern well-equipped Science laboratories and a Design Technology Centre. The Kings Theatre provides our young people with access to superb drama facilities and we have an excellent Learning Resources Centre. The on-site Leisure Centre includes a swimming pool, dance studios and fitness suite and our students benefit from impressive up-to-date IT facilities and access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Firefly.)
Cheddar had a long association with Anglo-Saxon Kings, and the school is built on the site of a palace that dates back to the time of King Alfred. You can read more about the history of this in The Saxon and Medieval Palaces of Cheddar