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The WMAT Welcomes Two New Schools

The WMAT Welcomes Two New Schools

Chandag Infants School logoWellsway Multi Academy Trust is delighted to announce two new additions to our family of schools.

Chandag Infant School and Chandag Junior School, whose sites adjoin our Keynsham campus, have been given approval in principle to become members of the trust.

They will join our two successful mainstream primary schools, St John’s Church of England in Keynsham and  Saltford Church of England, as well as our primary provision at Aspire Academy, and the new Bishop Hancock Church of England Primary in east Keynsham, which will open in 2018.

The move will enable even stronger collaboration, building on best practice and sharing expertise to the benefit of all the children and families we serve.

Governors of both the infant and junior schools have been told their academy orders have been approved by the Regional School Commissioner’s Office and both schools are expected to become trust members later this year.

Chandag Junior School logoDr Matthew Cottrell, Director of Primary and Deputy Chief Executive of WMAT, said: “We are thrilled that these two schools have chosen to join the trust after consulting their staff and parents. We already work closely with other schools in our locality but this formal partnership will enable us to develop those links still further and support one another to provide the very best education for all.

“We will have a centre of excellence in Keynsham, with an infant and junior school, a large secondary and sixth form at Wellsway and specialist vocational provision at IKB Academy providing unrivalled opportunities for children and young people.”

The new additions will mean that by September 2018, Wellsway Multi Academy Trust will be educating about 4,000 children aged four to 19 in ten schools. 

Aspire is a 'GOOD' School

Aspire is a 'GOOD' School

Aspire is a 'GOOD' School

Aspire Academy receives excellent report from Ofsted

Aspire Academy has been judged as Good in its recent Ofsted inspection.  This is the first time in the school’s history that it has received a Good rating.

The school, formerly the Link Special School, has been on a rigorous journey of improvement which has been accelerated since becoming an academy three years ago when it joined the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. In this inspection, the school achieved a Good rating in all five categories of the inspection framework. 

Principal, Colin Cattanach, said: ‘‘The transformation in the standards of education at Aspire Academy is due to my dedicated and professional team who are passionate about ensuring students achieve well. I am incredibly proud to be the leader of Aspire Academy.  This Ofsted judgement for the school and its community validates our work in securing the best outcomes for some of the most vulnerable young people in Bath and North East Somerset.  I am determined to develop the school further, building on our current successes, and secure an outstanding education for our students.’’

Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, said: "We are very proud of Aspire Academy and the excellent work it does. Congratulations to Colin and his team for achieving this success. We are delighted that the school has received the recognition it deserves.”

Aspire Academy is an all-age special school providing education for students with identified social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Currently it has 24 students on roll, all bouys,

The academy shares its learning campus with The Bath Studio School, which is also part of Wellsway MAT.













A Night At The Oscars

A Night At The Oscars

A Night At The Oscars

SBL’s Night at the Oscars


They rolled out the red carpet at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy for a Night at the Oscars.


The glittering awards ceremony at the Oldland Common secondary school was to celebrate the film-making talents  of students.


It received endorsements from the organisers of the Academy Awards in America and the Baftas in the UK.


The school’s theatre was packed for the event, which showcased films in various genres and animations made by students in their tutor groups .


Principal Rupert Maule said: “This was a wonderful event, with all the razzamatazz of the real thing. SBL has a proud tradition in the creative and performing arts and it is lovely to see our current students maintaining those standards.


The successful students received celebrity messages from wellwishers, including Alex Lovell from BBC Points West and Ian Downs from Sam FM.


A message from the Oscars organisers in the US said:  “A lot of the famous directors of today started off making home movies with super 16mm films (most famously Steven Spielberg) and now with mobile phone technology who knows where thenew superstars of tomorrow will come from? Hopefully Sir Bernard Lovell Academy.”


The Bafta organisers said: “There was a great mix of genres from supernatural to spaghetti westerns and classic thrillers to technically brilliant animation. It was lovely to see some homages as well as original storytelling.


“All the films used different techniques to make them creatively more interesting. Most notable was the strong use of music across a number of the films but I also wanted to congratulate those responsible for directing, editing and special effects.’


The Oscars night was raising money for Unicef and to support a group of students who are going to Tanzania with Camps International in the summer.


Local businesses including Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Krispy Kreme , Bowlplex, Pizza Hut and Vue Cinema supported the event. 











Saltford Topping Out Ceremony

Saltford Topping Out Ceremony

Saltford Topping Out Ceremony

On Friday 24th March, Saltford Primary School welcomed visitors to the school to the Topping Out Ceremony for our new six classroom build.  This symbolic event, based on ancient Scandinavian tradition, will mark the exciting milestone of completion of the roof construction on the new building.

The building has been designed by BBA Architects of Bath.  The project is being funded by Bath and North East Somerset Council and managed by Project Delivery in association with the Schools Capital and Organisation Team within the Council’s People and Communities Directorate. The main contractor H Mealing and Sons of Bath has been working on site since October 2016. 

The school has had significant input into the design and finish of the new teaching block and the School Council presented the builders with an ammonite and a time capsule which will be included in a wall of the new building.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Alan Hale attended the topping out ceremony, together with Governors, Local Councillors, our CEO Andrea Arlidge, members of staff and School Council representatives.

Wellsway MAT chief executive, Andrea Arlidge, said: “This is an exciting occasion for us all. The new classrooms are much needed and will further enhance the quality of the learning environment in this wonderful school. Congratulations to the Headteacher and governing body whose vision and determination have made this possible.”

This is a very exciting time for Saltford Primary School and they are looking forward to the celebration when the building opens to classes in September. 









Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Saltford C of E Primary School welcomed Local Councillor Emma Dixon, Rev Daile Wilshire, Governors, PTA Committee Members, staff and children to the opening of their newly created Secret Garden on Friday 17th March.

The garden was officially opened by Councillor Emma Dixon, who is also a parent at the school.  Headteacher, Miss Dawn Elliott, said, “We were very grateful when the Local Authority agreed to allow the school to create a garden on land adjacent to the school.”

The garden was designed around original ideas from the children and teacher Mr Baker sketched these into a plan.  Work began on the garden in the summer holidays with Mr Hayden, husband of teacher Mrs Hayden, playing a key role.  Mr Hayden was joined by other volunteers, staff, parents and children and the results are stunning and the garden looks absolutely fantastic.

Councillor Dixon kindly donated funds to enable the school to purchase a beautifully carved bench and animal sculptures – these were sculpted from the trunk of a lime tree felled during building work at the school by local sculptor Andy O’Neill.  The PTA donated the funds to purchase items for the garden, including the wood required to build the stage and pergola, and items the children have created during Arts Week.  The stage was designed and built by Mr John Knight.

Mrs Hayden, who is the Arts and Music Leader at the school said, “This project is forming part of our Artsmark Gold award.  Everyone has worked very hard on this project and we are looking forward to using the garden for outside learning, performing on the stage and to hold some of our assemblies.”

Miss Elliott concluded, “I hope that children for many years to come will enjoy watching the garden grow and mature.”