The Kings of Wessex Academy, formerly known as The Kings of Wessex School, is a coeducational comprehensive school located in Cheddar, Somerset, England. It has 1,185 students aged 13 to 18, of both genders and all ability levels. Kings is a Church of England school. It was awarded the specialist status of Technology College in 2001, enabling it to develop its IT facilities and improve courses in Science, Mathematics and Design Technology. In June 2011, the school became an academy following its outstanding rating by Ofsted in 2010. It received the rating under a tough new inspection regime instituted in September 2009, which meant that it was one of only 9% of schools inspected to receive the outstanding grade. The school runs a leisure centre, Kings Fitness & Leisure, which has a swimming pool and sports facilities that are used by its students and the pupils of other schools in the surrounding area, as well as being open to members of the public. The school grounds contain the ruins of an ancient Saxon palace and chapel.
The school has achieved accreditation from Investors in People. It has also received a Sportsmark award and two Artsmark awards in the 2001–2002 and 2004–2005 academic years.
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