Wellsway Multi Academy Trust primary schools are celebrating some excellent results for children of all ages in 2017-18.
The provisional figures received from the Department for Education show strong outcomes in the tests taken by pupils at the age of 11, known as Key Stage 2 SATs.
All four schools saw an overall performance above the national average, with many improvements on 2017. A number of individuals made exceptional progress.
Saltford Primary School maintained its very high standard, with 84 per cent of children reaching or exceeding the expected standard for their age in reading, writing and maths combined. Its figures for the separate subjects were reading 93, writing 96 and maths 93.
St John’s Primary achieved 73 per cent combined and Chandag Juniors and The Meadows both hit 62 per cent. Chandag Juniors improved outcomes in all areas except reading while St John’s and The Meadows saw substantial improvements. At The Meadows, the writing result rose from 57 to 83 and maths from 69 to 85.
Younger children also performed well against national benchmarks, with Saltford and Chandag Infants again leading the way at reception level, where 82 and 85 per cent of children respectively achieved a Good Level of Development.
Phonics screening and Key Stage 1 Sats outcomes were strong at all the schools too.
Final results will be released in December when they have been validated by the DfE.
Director of Primary Dr Matthew Cottrell congratulated school leaders, staff, parents and most of all the children on their success, which he said was a reward for hard work throughout the year. “We are seeing the benefits of working closely together as a group of schools, sharing best practice and utilising the skills of our subject-specialist leading teachers,” he said. “I look forward to this close collaboration and the development of our Trust’s Teaching School leading to even more success in the years to come.”
TV and film students from Bath Studio School have recorded an introduction to an acclaimed film about pollution in our oceans. Michael Pitts, who was director of photography on A Plastic Ocean, visited the digital media and film academy ahead of a showing of the film at Babington House in Somerset. He told the students about his work with the BBC and Blue Planet and the effect that plastic was having on the wildlife across the planet. Michael’s talk was recorded to help promote the movie. It gave the students information about careers in TV and film - but also informed them about environmental damage and inspired them to action. Camera operator Harmony Leask said: "The presentation was extremely motivating and encourages you to think about where plastic comes from and difficulties in breaking down the components."
BSS creative director Sam Dare said: "Michael is truly inspirational and an extremely skilled cinematographer. The students were so enthused by his presentation that they were left wanting to do more to limit their use and the school’s use of plastic. They have started to get together a committee to start tackling the problem. They are encouraging students to use refillable drinks containers and identifying areas that we can improve around the school site such as plastic cups and cutlery."
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, has been named a national leader of education (NLE), and Wellsway School has become a national support school and a national teaching school.
National leaders of education use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.
Teaching schools work with partner schools in an alliance to provide teacher training and professional development.
Mrs Arlidge said: “We are delighted that the strength of Wellsway School and our multi academy trust has been recognised in this way. We are looking forward to developing our work as a teaching school, supporting school staff and new entrants to the teaching profession to make a difference in their schools and trusts.”
Schools Minister Lord Agnew said: “I’d like to congratulate Wellsway School and Andrea Arlidge on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement.
“Teaching schools and national leaders of education are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”
Children from 11 primary schools visited SBL Academy to hear a talk by the author-illustrator Cressida Cowell.
Cressida wrote the bestselling children’s series, How to Train Your Dragon, and is touring the UK to promote her new novel, The Wizards of Once, a magical adventure story of the warring worlds of Wizards and Warriors.
Nearly 600 children were welcomed by SBL principal Dean Anderson and many were inspired to hear about Cressida’s writing career, the inspiration behind her books, and her childhood spent on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. She also enthused staff and students alike about her new campaign #FreeWritingFriday, which encourages children to write creatively and independently.
Several of the schools that attended decided to initiative #FreeWritingFriday, in which each child is allowed to write whatever they want for ten minutes.
Cressida said: “Every child should have one notebook that no one corrects, in which the child writes and draws purely for the joy of it. Children are naturally creative and imaginative thinkers, but can get put off writing by the corrective red pen. In this one notebook, spelling, grammar and neatness should be completely irrelevant – what’s important should be the ideas, and that it’s fun.”
SBL librarian Laura Richards, who organised the visit, said: “The students that attended the event were impeccably behaved and asked some really insightful questions. We were very proud of our SBL Student Librarians and Book Club members who helped out and represented our school. They also got the opportunity to come and chat with Cressida while she signed books, and ask her questions about her work. We all had a fantastic time.”
The highly qualified and experienced team who have been running camps around the South West since 2001, will be at Wellsway between 26th-28th March, and SBL between 3rd-5th April.
Booking is highly recommended due to demand, please visit www.pro-coaching.co.uk for more details and to secure your place.
More than 100 students from Wellsway School were involved in a spectacular production entitled A Night at the Musicals.
The show, which was sold out on all three nights, showcased a variety of songs from West End shows. Students made up the cast, chorus and band.
Ingrid McLean, head of music, said rehearsals - many led by students - had been taking place since September to ensure slick performances.
“Staff were hugely proud of the dedication and commitment shown by all students involved,” she said. “The show featured solos from students in Year 7 to Year 13 and demonstrated what a promising future the performing arts department holds.”
Wellsway School principal Matthew Woodville thanks Ms McLean, head of drama Hannah Davies and other staff for giving up evenings and weekends to support the students on and off stage and praised the talented cast for sn outstanding production that included some impressive and moving performances.
“The students were extraordinary. What I was most pleased with was the inclusivity of the show; its breadth and depth with around 100 students participating in some way. Taking to the stage in front of a full house every night is a fantastic opportunity to build confidence and shape character,” Mr Woodville said.
Wellsway School remains a good school in the eyes of the education watchdog Ofsted.
Three inspectors who visited the 1350-pupil secondary in Keynsham in January said it continued to deserve the rating of good, which it received in 2014.
They noted a number of improvements brought about by the principal, Matthew Woodville, since his arrival in April 2016 and said senior leadership was very strong. They also praised the support given to the school by the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.
In a letter to Mr Woodville, lead inspector Kathy Maddocks said: “Senior leaders have an accurate understanding of what needs to be done to make sure pupils gain even greater successes. You are working well as a team. You provide and receive good training from the Wellsway Academy Trust which has benefited the school.”
Changes in staffing, expectations and procedures had led to improved teaching and learning, she reported. A greater focus on students with special educational needs was also noted..
Ms Maddocks said the school was right to be proud of the good progess being made by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. She also said the school had raised expectations for the high proportion of students who were most able.
“Too many teachers were not pushing pupils to gain grades that reflected their true potential. You have made teachers more aware of the capability of pupils. Now, pupils receive greater challenge in their learning,” she said.
Ms Maddocks described Wellsway as having a “positive and friendly atmosphere.”
“Inspectors observed and talked with pupils, noting they were relaxed and happy,” she said.
Pupils told the inspectors that the school handled incidents of bullying effectively.
Plans to introduce more careers guidance for children from Year 7 to help prepare them for life beyond school were highlighted..
Mr Woodville said he was delighted that Ofsted had recognised the strengths of Wellsway School.
“I am pleased that Ofsted agrees with the direction the school is going in as we continue our journey towards outstanding. We welcome this report, which acknowledges the changes we have made to support all students to reach their potential.
“We are confident the measures we have put in place will ensure students enjoy their time at Wellsway, make rapid progress and develop into confident, respectful and successful young people.
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, said: “Congratulations to Matthew Woodville and his team for this very successful Ofsted short inspection report. It is clear that staff, students and their families are benefiting from being part of a strong local partnership where everyone is working together to provide a high quality educational experience.”
The Meadows Primary School is part of the Wellsway Academy Trust. The Trust is the admission authority for the school and is consulting on the admission arrangements to apply to The Meadows in the 2019/20 academic year.
The admission arrangements comprise of the documents listed below and are available on the school’s website at www.themeadowsps.co.uk.
All admission applications for The Meadows Primary School will be coordinated by South Gloucestershire Council as part of the Council’s Coordinated Admission Scheme for maintained schools. The Coordinated Admission scheme for the academic year 2019/20 remains substantively the same as the scheme approved in 2018/19. A copy of the 2018/19 scheme is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/admissions.
All applications received during the academic year will be considered in line with South Gloucestershire Council’s In-year Admissions Scheme. The scheme applies to all applications from parents/carers for in year admission to schools and academies located in South Gloucestershire including admission to The Meadows Primary School. The In Year Admissions Scheme for the academic year 2019/20 remains substantively the same as the scheme approved in 2018/19. A copy of the 2018/19 scheme is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/admissions.
The Council will determine the Coordinated Admission Scheme and In-Year Admissions Scheme to apply to admission in the 2019/20 academic year by 28 February 2018.
What is the proposed change?
It is proposed to add a criterion to the existing oversubscription criteria to afford priority of admission to Children of Academy Staff. The criterion is as follows:
‘Children of staff where that member of staff has been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the Academy is made and/or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.’
The proposed oversubscription criteria for 2019/20 is set out below:
How do I make my views known?
Anyone may comment on the proposed arrangements. We are particularly interested to hear the views of:
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you may write to: The Meadows, Bath Road, Bitton, South Gloucestershire BS30 6HS
The deadline for the receipt of comments is Friday 31 January 2018.
When will a final decision be made?
Following the end of the consultation period, Wellsway Academy Trust will determine the admission arrangements to apply to The Meadows Primary School by 28 February 2018 and these will be published on the school’s website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.
This consultation on proposed admission arrangements for 2019/20 academic year is open to everyone and is particularly aimed at:
East Keynsham Church of England Primary School is consulting on their proposed admission arrangements and admission numbers for the 2019/20 school year.
The 2019/20 consultation documents are listed below:
The consultation starts on 18 December 2017 and will end on Friday 2 February 2018. Following the consultation period East Keynsham Church of England Primary School will determine its admission arrangements by 28 February 2018 and these will then be published on this website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to: email@example.com. Alternatively you can write to Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, Wellsway Multi Academy Trust Central Office, c/o SBL Academy, North Street, Oldland Common, Bristol BS30 8TS
The Local Authority may have been asked to publish details of the proposed admission arrangements for Foundation (including Trust) and Voluntary Aided Schools or Academies where the Governors/Academy Trust are the admission authority. Any such details will be listed below and the consultation period for the schools concerned will end by 28 February 2018.
Responses concerning Academies should be sent to Wellsway Multi Academy Trust for the attention of the CEO of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.