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
This week Saltford School received the fantastic news that Modeshift have authorised Silver accreditation. Salford are not only the first school in B&NES, but also the joint first school in the West of England to achieve this award.
Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that havedemonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
This is an outstanding achievement and I would like to thank Mrs Brook who has co-ordinated the Travel to School activities that have helped us achieve this award and everyone who has taken part.
On Thursday 27th April the mixed Year 5 and Year 6 Tag Rugby Team from Saltford Primary School took part in the County Finals held at Bristol Grammar School. 16 teams took part. The team from Saltford played really well and got through to the quarter finals. In the quarter final we played against Headley Park and won 4-3 with a golden try scored by Billy S. In the semi final against St Stephens the score at the end was 3-3 and Oscar T scored the golden try. The final, where St Bonaventure was the opponent, was very exciting with the teams drawn at full time. Ollie B scored the final golden try of the tournament.
Harley B said, “There were some very good teams taking part in this tournament and I was really pleased that we played well enough to win.” Katie G added, “We worked well as a team and supported each other throughout the tournament. I am really pleased with my medal.”
Thank you to Geraint Lewis, Up and Under Sports for coaching the team and to Mrs Tovey and all the parents who provided transport and support for the children during the day.
In March the Y4 class at St John’s primary school, (along with Mrs Singleton and Mrs Yeoman their class teacher and teaching assistant), ran a very successful charity cake sale. This was a result of a local charity Rainforest Concern coming in to talk to the children about the destruction of the rainforest. The children were so inspired they decided to try and raise £50 themselves to buy one acre of rainforest in South America. They made cakes in school and bought in homemade cakes to sell after school and managed to raise £220 which was in fact enough to buy 4 acres of rainforest to protect for the future.
Both children and parents said it had been a fabulous day and they were very proud of their achievement.
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.