On Friday 15th September Saltford Primary School, celebrated the Official Opening of their new build. Chair of the Council, Councillor Cherry Beath, performed a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Councillors, the B&NES Project Team, the architects, the contractors, school Governors and members of the School Council. Following the ceremony everyone enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.
The school is delighted with the design and construction of the new six classroom block. The learning spaces are light and airy and we like the contemporary feel of the building. Staff and pupils are inspired by these outstanding facilities.
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, said: “It is wonderful to see the children and staff settling in to these lovely new classrooms, which are giving Saltford Primary the learning environment it deserves.
The headteacher, governors and parents have shown vision and determination in driving forward developments at the school, including a new ‘secret garden’ and early years play area as well as the sports pitch. Congratulations to them all.”
Thank you to Mrs Arnott, mother of Ben in Class HR, who made this beautiful cake for the occasion. Mrs Arnott also made cupcakes for the children in the School Council.
Bishop Peter – Blessing the New Build – On Monday 25th September Saltford Primary School welcomed Bishop Peter, the Bishop of Bath and Wells to the school to lead a service to bless the new building. Bishop Peter, accompanied by Rev Daile Wilshire and David Williams, Andrea Arlidge, CEO of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust and Dr Matthew Cottrell, the Deputy CEO of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, took part in the whole school assembly and then blessed the new build. He toured the new building and spoke to the children in the new classes. The children really enjoyed his visit.
Our year 13 students at The Bath Student School are celebrating well deserved success having received excellent A level and BTEC Level 3 Technical qualifications. In particular, the number of students achieving the best possible grades A* - B equivalent has increased dramatically by 9% to 25% of the year group reflecting the strong, aspirational ethos of our sixth form.
Colin Cattanach, Principal, welcomed the results:
‘Our Sixth form this year was recognised by Ofsted as being ‘Good’ based on last year’s very good results. Today we celebrate even better year 13 results with significantly more of our students achieving top grades. The standards of teaching in the sixth form are excellent and the students over the last 2 years have responded with enormous commitment to secure the best possible grades. All of our year 13 students have been outstanding ambassadors for our school. Our unique approach to education in the city, grounded in academic excellence but also uniquely tailored to prepare young people for the world of work and University has clearly delivered our mission to transform life chances and enabled all of our students to experience success. We are profoundly proud of their achievements reflected in today’s results. We look forward to welcoming new students to our sixth form in September and still have places available’
25% of our students achieved the top grades of A*- B in 2017 compared to 16% in 2016. We have improved the % of top grade achievement by 9% in one year.
Our sixth form results in 2017 show a marked improvement in top grade achievement. Our students have performed magnificently across both academic and technical subjects and nearly 40% are Progressing to University with the remaining 60% moving on to apprenticeships or gaining employment with local employers such as Future Publishing.
Notable individual success stories
Colin Cattanach, Principal added ‘I am delighted with these results. Our students have worked very hard to achieve incredible success. Coupled with their extensive work experience, they are really well prepared for the next stage in their lives. All of our students who applied to University have been offered their 1st choice places.’
Andrea Arlidge, CEO of Wellsway Multi-academy Trust who runs The Bath Studio School said: ‘I am delighted with the results at The Bath Studio School and congratulate all the students and staff for all their hard work. What is particularly pleasing is the 100% pass rate and the fact that all of the students are able to progress in their chosen careers and university courses.’
As part of the Level 3 BTEC in Information Technology, The Bath Studio School took a class of 6 Year 12 students to visit the Mayden Academy in Widcombe, Bath. The Mayden Academy is an initiative setup by healthcare software company, Mayden, offering an intensive 16 week training program to people aged over 18 interested in learning the ins and outs of programming and software development.
When asked how they felt about the trip, students had the following to say:
"I really enjoyed the trip to the Mayden Academy, it showed me that there are more options available to me after sixth form other than university and it helped to further develop my coding skills using JQuery" - Sam Adams, Year 12 "It was really cool, I might look into the academy after I finish at TBSS" - Aletia Spencer-Jones, Year 12
The short outing was a great success for students and further strengthens links between The Bath Studio School and its partners in industry. We look forward to being able to offer more trips like this for our students and would like to thank Mayden for the opportunity.
On Tuesday morning, Saltford Primary School welcomed Hannah Brittain , the Travel Officer for B&NES, to present the whole school with their Silver Award from Modeshift.
She is delighted with the school’s efforts for encouraging more sustainable modes of transport and said, “It was lovely to share in the celebration of Saltford Primary’s achievement of the Modeshift STARS Silver accreditation this morning. I have been so impressed by everyone’s enthusiasm and hard work over the last couple of years to get active travel on the agenda at the school. In particular, I would like to thank the Active Ambassadors for their ideas and for helping out at events such as the Active Travel Breakfast.
Big thanks also goes to Mrs Brook for developing a fantastic School Travel Plan and coordinating ongoing initiatives and events to encourage walking and cycling to school. Her passion and enthusiasm are a credit to the school.”
Children from Year 6 at Saltford Primary School set off on their camp on Monday morning to the Forest of Dean.
Arriving at an Activity Centre before lunch they chose two activities they wanted to do from Abseiling, Caving, Climbing, Archery and High Ropes. After lunch they changed activity and then set off for the Wye Valley Youth Hostel. Gloucester Cathedral was the destination for Tuesday morning and in the afternoon they went skiing and tubing at the Gloucester Ski Centre. On Wednesday the Year 6 were joined by Mrs Hathaway and Mr Mason on the river for a day of canoeing and kayaking. Well done to all the children who showed their resilience and had an enjoyable day. On Thursday they went on a long walk through the Wye Valley and enjoyed a game of rounders after lunch. They also participated in nature art and drama activities. Friday was the last day and the children enjoyed a day at the railway.
On Monday 12th June, St John's primary school held their annual 'Odd Day'.
The theme this year was 'Our Earth'.
Odd day enables classes to get into mixed-aged groups, from reception to year 6. The children rotate around the school, enjoying workshops such as: world dance, making dream catchers, painting dragonflies and composing ocean soundscapes.
The children shared their great art, dance and music work in an assembly at the end of the day.
Great fun was had by all!
Wellsway 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.
Dr 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.
This week the School Council at Saltford School have put together a time capsule which will be hidden in the retaining wall of the new school building. All the classes were consulted, but they had to narrow down the list to make sure everything could fit in the container. In the end we decided on the following items:
Old and new £1 coins
List of children and staff at the school
Photos from around the school 2016-2017
Examples of classroom objects – rubber, pencil, pen, glue stick
Saltford School Badge