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.”