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Adopt a School

Adopt a School

Adopt a School

Adopt a School programme links IKB Academy and Campbell Reith


A new partnership between one of our academies and an engineering consultancy is being built on firm foundations.

IKB Academy, which specialises in science and engineering, has formed a link with Campbell Reith, a long-established international practice that has its Bristol base in Pixash Lane, Keynsham.

Campbell Reith has partnered with IKB, which opened in Keynsham two years ago for students aged 14 to 19, under the construction industry's Adopt a School programme.

This is aimed at ensuring that talented young people discover all the options available for a career in construction.

Campbell Reith and IKB marked the launch of their partnership with an immersion day, in which employees spent time in the classroom and students visited the company's Holburne Park development on the Warminster Road, Bath, where Campbell Reith is building luxury homes. This enabled them to see various stages of the construction process, visit the marketing suite and talk to the contractors. 

The students, who are pursuing academic A-level and GCSE courses as well as undertaking regular work experience with employers linked to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects were fired with enthusiasm.

Riana Cano said: “There were so many interesting things to see on site and I really enjoyed looking at the different aspects of construction”.

Saule Bausyte said: “It was great to see the houses that were almost finished and try to imagine how they’ll look when all the furnishings are in as I’d like to be an interior designer”

Debbie Gibbs, principal of IKB Academy, said: “It is really important for us to collaborate with local employers in the STEM sector. The Adopt a School programme is a great way to make those links for the benefit of the students and the businesses that are involved.

“Partnering an engineering consultancy covers so many areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and these subjects are at the heart of what we offer students here at IKB. It is also important that we partner an organisation with many different routes into the industry as our students leave to study at university as well as via higher and degree apprenticeships.  Working with a local company offering a full range of employability options is a real bonus.  I am very excited about the benefits this will bring to the classroom and to the industry.”

Jamie Siggers, from Campbell Reith, said: “We are very pleased to formalise this relationship with IKB Academy through Constructing Excellence South West's Adopt-A-School initiative. We have held a relationship with IKB as our local academy since their inception, but this new relationship provides more scope to support the curriculum and to encourage students into our diverse and rewarding industry. “The launch event was a special occasion for CampbellReith, allowing us to talk to the students about Holburne Park, which is a key project for our Bristol office with many interesting challenges, but more importantly to introduce them to a live construction site, where every stage of house-building is evident on a very prestigious development. ”We are proud to be involved in the scheme and look forward to organising future events with IKB Academy”.








Mayden Academy Trip

Mayden Academy Trip

Mayden Academy Trip

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.


As part of the visit, students were shown around the business and met with employees in every functional area; from server and system maintenance, to marketing, software testing and human resources. Following their tour, our students took part in a short coding activity where they were required to build a web-based game from scratch using HTML, CSS and Javascript with the guidance of some of Mayden's highly skilled team, furthering their existing skills in programming.


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.

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.