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Aspire is a 'GOOD' School
27/Apr/17

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
27/Apr/17

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
06/Apr/17

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
23/Mar/17

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Visit
23/Mar/17

Inspirational Visit

Inspirational Visit

Students from IKB Academy have been inspired by a visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. 

During the February trip to Switzerland, the group discovered how CERN is helping to answer  fundamental questions about the origins of the universe.

The 18 students, who are all preparing to sit A-levels in physics or engineering in the summer, heard about the scientific discoveries taking place at CERN – including the breakthrough confirmation of the Higgs boson particle in 2012 - and viewed the huge experimental machines where the work  is carried out. 

CERN, the world's leading particle physics laboratory, has about 100,000 visitors a year.  The IKB group were among the small proportion of them given the chance to go 100 metres underground  to see the CMS machine where the particles collide.

Debbie Gibbs, principal of IKB Academy, which specialises in  preparing students to work in  science and engineering careers,  said it had been a privilege to view the scale  of the technical and engineering challenges at CERN. . 

“This was a unique experience for our young physicists and engineers to witness first hand the awe-inspiring culmination of years of scientific research coming together to unlock some of the secrets of the universe,” she said.

Curtis Grainger, 17. from Longwell Green, said the CERN scientists had been very knowledgeable – but it was the sheer size of the place that had the most impact.

“I didn't expect it to be that big  - it was humungous. The whole thing was proper cool,” he said.

Imogen McDermott, 18, from Saltford, said: “It was really interesting to see how what we are learning in school is applied in real life. Talking to the professors at CERN has really reignited my enthusiasm for physics.”

Many British scientists at all levels undertake research at CERN. The UK has been a member of  the multinational organisation since it was founded in 1954. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figuring it Out!
23/Mar/17

Figuring it Out!

Figuring it Out!

Figuring out the way to future success

A team from Wellsway School narrowly missed out on a place in the national final of a business competition.

The sixth formers were runners-up in the BASE contest run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales at the University of the West of England.

They were pitted against 18 teams from schools across the South West and got the chance to work with accountants working on a real-life business problems of a TV production company.

Ten Year 12 students from Wellsway, who are in their first year of studying for A-levels in Business and Economics, took part, making up two teams. One of the teams took second place.

The BASE competition gives students first-hand experience of what accountants do when they advise a business, and shows them that it not just about crunching the numbers.  A spokesman for the organisers said that all the local teams came up with some creative solutions, produced excellent presentations and faced questions from a panel of business experts.

Matt Elliott, Head of Business at Wellsway said “The BASE competition is a great opportunity for young people to find out about some of the fantastic opportunities there are in business, especially through the Apprenticeship route which is often overlooked as a way into traditional professions. Having a glimpse of what it’s like working in a commercial environment, dealing with complex issues and making quick decisions is great preparation for their A Levels. The chance to work alongside professionals is a real eye-opener and several past competitors have been inspired to go into Accounting as a result of this competition.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Level Progress
02/Mar/17

A Level Progress

A Level Progress

Bath Studio School has come second in a national league table for its A-level progress. 

The school's first ever Year 13 students achieved excellent results in 2016, placing the school second best in the Department for Education's progression league table for all studio schools and University Technology Colleges.

Nearly 70 per cent of students who joined Bath Studio School without a C grade in English and/or Mathematics at GCSE level, left the school with a C grade as well as Level 3 Advanced qualifications.

Bath Studio School was beaten to the top spot by Rye Studio School in East Sussex. It shared a second place progress score of 0.3 with Lincoln UTC.

Principal Colin Cattanach welcomed the DFE progress data. He said: "The DFE quite rightly is measuring the effectiveness of schools by considering rates of progress rather than raw exam results. It is clear that our post-16 students from their starting points made impressive progress in the two years with us.

"Our unique curriculum with dedicated weekly work placements has been very effective in transforming life chances for many students who indeed had been rejected by other local school sixth forms. As a fully inclusive school, we are deeply and profoundly proud of our young people who make our school such a special place.

"The government supported our free school bid in 2013 and we are now demonstrating that this investment really does improve social mobility, raise aspirations and allow young people the freedom of many more career pathways. Nearly 40 per cent of our year 13 went on to university and we are proud that all of our students are in education, employment or training.

"The standards of teaching at the school are excellent and the students over the last two years have responded with enormous commitment and relentless pursuit of high academic and technical standards. As a young and vibrant new academy, we are establishing the highest standards of success and promoting high levels of aspirations.

"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. The progress score for our school is outstanding and I am most grateful to our staff, parents, Trust and our students who have worked collectively to achieve this phenomenal position."

Read more at http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-studio-school-comes-second-on-national-league-table-for-a-level-progress/story-30155808-detail/story.html#BdvW47IDATFFu55Y.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

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