Award-winning COP26 TV students inspire others at one of Britain’s best sixth forms

By Jill Dando News

Two students who represented Britain at COP26 alongside Prince William and Sir David Attenborough are now inspiring younger ones at one of the country’s best sixth forms.

Jack Clark and Olivia Finch featured on national TV news in Glasgow COP26 in November shortly after leaving their award-winning roles pushing eco work as Head Boy and Girl at Worle Community School Academy, (WCSA).

Now they are helping to inspire younger students at The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA) in Highbridge, Somerset where they are studying for A Levels.

Both schools are part of The Priory Learning Trust, (TPLT).

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The sixth form itself is having an expensive expansion in September after a rapid increase in numbers over the past few years including from WCSA and other schools in Weston-super-Mare.

Jack, who is going to read Politics at university in 2023 at Nottingham or Southampton, helped WCSA to win international  awards amid a flurry of eco work over his years there.

He said: “I’m so delighted to be at TKASA. It is a fantastic sixth form and is allowing my studies to flourish alongside my passion to help the environment.”

Olivia, who was the founding member of Jill Dando News five years ago, is planning to go to Oxford University to study Medicine.

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She said: “I never thought sixth form could be this good. There is a tremendous buzz around the place and we get so much encouragement and support to go for our dreams. The expansion with new rooms with be the icing on the cake.”

The extension at TKASA will allow for more meeting rooms and offices, study zones and communal and cafe areas for students.

The Sixth Form is attracting students from across the area, including many from Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Bridgwater and even internationally as well as from Burnham and Highbridge. 

TKASA and its Sixth Form have had outstanding success in the last few years since becoming part of The Priory Learning Trust and seen its popularity soar with improvements to facilities of well over £1 million.

Students are securing places at the best universities and on the best apprenticeships, both locally and nationally. 

Principal Dan Milford said: “Jack and Olivia have settled in extremely quickly to TKASA and their very presence and enthusiasm for the environment is having a huge effect on others.

“TKASA is in a great place with numbers not only growing in the Sixth Form but also with our Year 7 intake for September where we will be welcoming over 250 students next academic year.”

For more details about joining the Sixth Form contact the school or email jgaskell@jdnc_tkasa

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