Wellsway Multi Academy Trust has appointed an executive headteacher to oversee the launch of its new primary school in Keynsham.
Mrs Smart, a highly experienced and successful primary school leader, will be responsible for establishing the new school, which will open with one reception class in purpose-built temporary accommodation on the Wellsway School campus in September.
She will take up the post after Easter, working with the trust’s director of primary Dr Matthew Cottrell and colleagues on the pre-opening phase.
Mrs Smart will also oversee the school’s move to its new permanent building on the Hygge Park development as soon as it is completed, during the academic year 2021/22. At that time, the trust will appoint a permanent headteacher for Two Rivers school to lead it in developing its own distinctive identity as a Church of England primary.
The new school, which is being opened to address a shortage of primary places in East Keynsham, will take in two reception classes a year from 2021 - up to 60 children - until it reaches its planned admission number of 420 pupils.
It will benefit from collaborating with other trust schools in the Keynsham and Saltford area and from the wealth of expertise and skills available across the trust, which runs 13 schools in Bath, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Mrs Smart said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of setting up Two Rivers primary and making sure that from Day One it delivers the high-quality education that all children deserve.
“I am confident that with the backing of the trust and the Diocese of Bath and Wells, plus the strong roots we already have in our community, we can build an outstanding team of staff to work with parents and children and achieve great things.”
Dr Cottrell said: “I am looking forward to Two Rivers CofE Primary becoming part of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust’s family of schools. Mrs Smart is an excellent leader who knows the Keynsham community well and I am delighted that she is taking on this role as executive headteacher.”
Wansdyke Primary pupils Connor and Rosie went to London with two teachers to represent the school after it was nominated for a Dementia Friendly Award.
The school was put forward in the youth organisation of the year category because of its work in raising awareness of dementia.
Connor and Rosie said that although they did not win they were very proud to attend the event at The Royal Horseguards and to hear about other projects like theirs in which people work to support people with dementia and those affected by it. They said: “Last year we met Mike and Lynn who taught us all about living well with dementia. This year, we will welcome them back. We are ready to take on new challenges and welcome new members into our community.”
The trip was funded by Bristol’s Dementia Wellbeing Service.
One of the projects at Wansyke involves Year 6 organising an afternoon tea for elderly people in the community. This is supported by Re-Engage UK.
Two pupils from The Meadows Primary were put forward for the South Gloucestershire Education Awards 2019 Jess and Will in Year 6 received awards for their hard work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and attended the ceremony in the Concorde hangar at Aerospace Bristol.
The speakers were Tim Harrison from Bristol University and author Rob Eastaway. South Gloucestershire Council organised the event and its cabinet member for schools Erica Williams said: “Well done to all of our winners, who are a testament to the fact that, whatever level of study you are in, having the right attitude and putting in hard work always pays off.”
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Two Roman visitors came to Chandag Junior School to bring learning to life. Children in Pod 4 were immersed in Roman daily life and the role of a Roman soldier. They had the opportunity to explore artefacts from the Roman period, try on a soldier’s uniform and also come close to weaponry.
The highlight of the day for all the children seemed to be the epic mock battle between the girls and the boys, where the children were taught the traditional techniques of protecting themselves with the Roman soldier’s shield.
Two Rivers CofE Primary is a new school for Keynsham and will admit its first reception class pupils in September 2020.
Wellsway Multi Academy Trust is working with B&NES Council and the Department for Education to open the primary school, which will have a Church of England ethos and will be open to everyone.
The school will take its name from an important geographical feature of Keynsham, the confluence of the rivers Chew and Avon, and will serve the growing population in the town.
Its permanent site will be in the Hygge Park housing development near Wellsway School in east Keynsham. Until the state-of-the-art buildings are ready, sometime in 2021/22, children and staff will be housed in purpose-built temporary accommodation on the Wellsway campus.
Four of the 13 schools already run by Wellsway Multi Academy Trust - Wellsway School, IKB Academy, Chandag Infants and Chandag Juniors - are already on this site.
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, said: “I am delighted to be involved in opening this new primary school for Keynsham. As a trust we have a family of 13 other schools from Bristol to Bath. We are really excited about opening Two Rivers CofE Primary School which is an important development for families in Keynsham.”
Wellsway Multi Academy Trust has an excellent track record of primary school performance. Like others in the trust, pupils at Two Rivers Primary will enjoy access to trust facilities at other schools, such as science experience days at IKB Academy and sports events at Wellsway Sports Centre.
Staff will benefit from collaborating with other schools in the trust and can draw on a wealth of skills and expertise.
School meals will be provided by the trust’s own Zest Catering, which recently won ‘Best In House Caterer’ at the national EduCatering Awards.
If you are interested in finding out more, come along to one of the information events, which will be held at the Crest Nicholson marketing suite in the Hygge Park development, as follows:
Please visit Two Rivers CofE Primary School website for more details.
Staff, students and parents are celebrating news that Wellsway School has been confirmed as Good in all areas.
A full, two-day Ofsted inspection in June showed that the school deserved the rating it was given in January 2018 and has continued to improve ever since. Wellsway was judged to be “Good” for results; quality of teaching; effective leadership; behaviour and welfare and for its sixth form.
Principal Matthew Woodville said he was delighted at the validation from Ofsted and the report’s many positive comments and he vowed to ensure the school kept on getting better.
The inspectors said that Mr Woodville had been “determined and purposeful in his efforts to drive up the quality of teaching and behaviour”.
Lead inspector, Steve Smith, praised teachers’ strong subject knowledge and the school’s curriculum that met the needs of all. The inspection team agreed that students at all levels made good progress and higher-ability students were challenged.
“Leadership at different levels in the school is strong. Leaders have raised expectations of staff and pupils,” the report said.
Mr Smith said Wellsway School felt harmonious to visitors. He highlighted the positive relationships, tolerance and mutual respect in the school and that absence and exclusion rates were found to be reducing.
“Pupils are polite, personable and good humoured. They generally get on well together and are tolerant and accepting of difference,” his report said.
“Leaders are shaping the school’s provision to ensure that pupils have a rounded school experience that promotes pastoral well-being and academic success equally.” The wide range of extra-curricular activities and the high-quality careers advice was highlighted.
The sixth form was also judged to be Good. The inspector noted that in 2018, more than 40 per cent of students achieved places at Russell Group universities.
The inspection team acknowledged that some of the many changes to systems, routines and culture in the school in recent years had not been popular with everyone but said they had been made with good reason to drive up standards.
Ofsted praised Wellsway Multi Academy Trust for providing leadership expertise, resourcing and financial support, creating opportunities for staff and holding the school to account. The important role played by governors was also recognised.
Mr Woodville commented: “The report and grading reflects the improvements made since 2016 and is the result of everyone’s hard work and collaboration to make the school the best it can be for the young people we serve. I extend my thanks to the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust for the support it provides; to staff for their commitment and hard work, to parents and to students.
“While we want to celebrate this success, we intend to build on it to ensure that Wellsway School provides the best all-round education possible.”
Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Wellsway School on a very positive Ofsted report. WMAT is very proud of Wellsway School and appreciates Mr Woodville’s strong leadership and the hard work he and his team of staff have put in to achieve this judgement.
“We also know how determined everyone is to continue to improve and we look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength.”
A student at The Bath Studio School has won a national prize for his TV and film work.
Sam Pope was named BTEC creative media student of the year 2019 and received his gold award at a ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster from financial journalist and television presenter Steph McGovern.
Parents and teachers accompanied award winners at the event, which was organised by Pearson BTEC to highlight vocational talent. Members of Parliament and celebrities, including Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock, were also there to hear the students’ success stories and present awards.
BTECs are recognised qualifications which are heavily in demand from employers and universities.
Sam, 17, has been at the Bath school, which is part of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, for three years. He plans to go to university to study film next year.
Sam Pope at the award ceremony with its host Steph McGovern and Shane Mann, one of the judges
It is a future that Sam, from Oldland Common, near Bristol, would not have thought possible when he was younger. “I was bottom of every class I was in and had an awful time at school before I came to The Bath Studio School,” he said.
Head of Sixth Form at The Bath Studio School Max Weedon said: “I am delighted that Sam has exceeded all previous expectations while studying the TV & Film pathway at a Wellsway Multi Academy Trust school.
Sam Pope with headteacher Pete Headeach and teacher Max Weedon
“Sam has overcome many difficulties to thrive in his subject areas and his success is a vindication of our unique curriculum design, which puts the student at the heart of an experiential and industry-focused learning process. By treating the learner as the creative talent, for example by giving them the autonomy to direct their own movies, we find that students like Sam have been encouraged to unlock their potential, harnessing their innate enthusiasm and motivation to create valuable intellectual property such as original films.
“We are so proud and happy for Sam that his hard work and talent has been recognised by both the professional film industry and by the awarding body at BTEC.”
More than 200 students who will be joining the three sixth forms in Wellsway Multi Academy Trust had an awayday at the main UWE Bristol campus.
It was the first time the post-16 teams from Wellsway School, Sir Bernard Lovell Academy and IKB Academy had held a joint induction event and it was a great success.
Students took part in a range of activities to develop team building and study skills and they had the chance to visit the university’s state-of-the-art business school.
Debbie Gibbs, principal of IKB and one of the organisers, said: “We were really grateful to UWE, who hosted the event for us, as this not only allowed all the students to get together but also gave students the experience of a day on a university campus. The student ambassadors were also able to talk to students about their own journeys through post-16 education on to higher education.”
The induction day gave students an insight into what to expect; they were able to experience the wider opportunities of being in a small sixth form that is part of a wider Trust. They get the best of both worlds – being in a setting where they are treated as an individual taught and tutored by staff who really know them well, but also gaining the wider opportunities of being part of a large sixth-form body across the Trust.
By enrolling into a WMAT sixth form, they know they are part of a group of schools with a strong track record of academic and Level 3 vocational success.
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Malcolm Broad, a former chair and current trustee, said: “Being a governor brings opportunities for personal and professional development especially as chair, which is an important leadership role. It is very satisfying to help a school grow, and being part of a growing academy trust is exciting. Training and coaching is provided.
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A student at Bedminster Down School has been making the headlines in more ways than one.
Fourteen-year-old Zakoor, a refugee who fled Afghanistan at the age of ten, is a great sportsman and has broken school records for sprinting and shot putt.
His success was featured on local TV and caught the attention of retired RAF engineer Chris Reynolds, who attended Bedminster Down School more than 50 years ago.
Chris heard that Zakoor, who lives with a foster family, had ambitions to be a pilot, so he offered the teenager a flight in his light aircraft.
Zakoor’s first time in the air - he came to the UK in the back of a lorry - was also captured by BBC Points West, as was Chris’s first return visit to the school he left in 1967.
Dan Goater, PE teacher, said Zakoor was a brilliant sportsman who showed great resilience. “He is an inspiration and a pleasure to teach,” he said.
Pictures: BBC West
Having considered the views of parents and other interested parties, following a listening period that ran for 5 weeks from 23 October to 27 November 2018, Ministers have now made a final decision to close The Bath Studio School at the end of the summer term 2020.
Thursday 14th February 2019