News from The Kings of Wessex Academy


Benvenuto á Kings!

8th March, 2019 by Jude Owens

Last week The Kings of Wessex Academy was pleased to welcome some visiting Italian students as part of the Bridgwater Town Twinning event.

The 16 students were aged 14 and 15 years and travelled to Somerset from Teodosio Rossi School in Priverno, south of Rome to practise their English, visit some places of interest and learn more about the British culture. The students demonstrated a good level of English and also study Maths and Science in English. For many it was their first ever visit to England.

During their visit to Kings the students attended an assembly and then divided into three groups with some Year 9 students. They then enjoyed a walk and talk tour of the Academy in the bright early spring sunshine; taught their British counterparts some key Italian phrases and tested their knowledge with a quiz:

Name three plays by Shakespeare.



Who is the famous British (film) secret agent?



Which British city has more miles of canal than Venice?



Students at Kings can study either/ or both French and German at GCSE and A Level. Lessons are in a dedicated Languages block and teaching and learning is stimulating and students can listen to French and German news broadcast on the television in the foyer.

Bridgwater has enjoyed links with Priverno since 2015 as the town’s fifth twinning partner (the others being in France, Germany, Malta and Czech Republic). Priverno is a small hilltop town in the foothills of the Apennines and between it and the coast stretches the former Pontine Marshes reclaimed from the sea and drained as is the case in Sedgemoor. Not dissimilar to the Mendips.

Commenting on the visit Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball said:

“We were delighted to welcome our Italian visitors to Kings and our students enjoyed their cultural experience and the joy of speaking another language.”