“Building aspiration through great learning”

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About the school

About the school


The school follows South Gloucestershire’s admissions policy, which is based on:

  • Special educational needs
  • Local siblings
  • Geographical considerations (those living within a school’s area of prime responsibility)
  • Geographical considerations (those living outside a school’s area of prime responsibility)

Appeals process

If a place is not offered at a parent’s/carer’s preferred choice of school there is the right of appeal to an independent body under the School Standards and Framework Act of 1998 – Section 94 and Schedule 24. See the process of appeals for more information.

More information

If you require general information about admissions and transfer arrangements then this is available from South Gloucestershire schools admissions. Or alternatively contact the local education authority directly:

Department for Children, Adults and Health
PO Box 298
Civic Centre
High Street
Bristol BS15 0DQ

email: cis@southglos.gov.uk
tel: 01454 868008

Academy governance committee (AGC)

Academy governance committee (AGC)

Dean Anderson: Principal
Term of office: ex officio

John Artus: Parent Governor
Term of office:
19 April 2021 - 18 April 2025

Claire Banks: Co-opted Governor
Term of office: 11 December 2019 - 10 December 2023

Peter Langton: Co-opted Governor
Term of office:
19 April 2021 - 18 April 2025

Jane Lewis: Parent Governor
Term of office:
19 April 2021 - 18 April 2025

Julie Nicholson: Parent Governor
Term of office:
19 April 2021 - 18 April 2025

Matt Shiells: Staff Governor
Term of office: 24 June 2021 - 23 June 2025

Mark Skidmore: Co-opted Governor
Term of office:
19 April 2021 - 18 April 2025

Stephen Skidmore: Co-opted Governor
Term of office: 19 April 2021 - 18 April 2025

Jane Ware: Chair of Governors
Term of office: 19 April 2021 - 18 April 2025

Tom Winchester: Staff Governor
Term of office: 24 May 2022 - 23 May 2026

Previous Governors

Amy Morris: Staff Governor
Term of office: 19 April 2021 - 8 March 2022

Clerk to Governors 

To contact the academy governing committee please email the Clerk to Governors.

More information

Curriculum overview

Curriculum overview

For more information please see our curriculum overview section.

Free school meals

Free school meals

How to apply

Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals via the Citizen Portal. Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals. If your child is eligible you will receive a confirmation message, and the school will be notified directly. If you are not eligible you will be presented with a message stating this.

Please note, if you have already completed a secondary school place application for the next academic year via the portal, you do not need to re-register to apply for free school meals. Please use the login details that you have already set up.

Apply for free school meals



  • Looked after children: Mr Lyle 
  • Medical conditions: Deputy Heads of House

Joint area SEND revisit in South Gloucestershire

Ofsted have published their findings following the Ofsted/CQC SEND joint area SEND revisit in South Gloucestershire which took place from 10 to 12 February 2020, please also see the letter from Ofsted.

The improvements recognised in the findings have been delivered as a consequence of effective collaboration and collective ownership across our local education, health and social care system. We are committed to driving improvement across the system, to enable children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible. 

Hilary Smith - Head of Education, Learning and Skills, South Gloucestershire Council

More information

Supportive Parents provide advice and support about special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). They are the statutory special educational needs and disability information, advice and support (SENDIAS) service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The service they provide is free, confidential and impartial.

Local authority and government

Local authority and government

If you require more information on the work of the local authority please refer to South Gloucestershire Council.

For further information please refer to the Department for Education.


Request a printed copy

Request a printed copy

Should you require a paper copy of the information on our website, please contact the school office t: 0117 456 5900 or email: enquiries@sblacademy.org.uk where we will take details of your request and provide copies as soon as possible.

School performance

School performance

In 2019, SBL secured excellent improvement in the main measures used to judge school progress. 

Key stage 4 (Year 11)

  • English 4+: 81% (improvement from 78% in 2018)
  • English 5+: 58% (improved from 54%)
  • Maths 4+: 80% (improved from 72%)
  • Maths 5+: 50% (improved from 41%)
  • Basics (English and Maths) at grade 4+: 73% (improvement from 60% in 2018)
  • Basics (English and Maths) at grade 5+: 40% (improved from 30% in 2018)
  • Five passes including English and Maths: 66% (improved from 59% in 2018)
  • Progress 8: -0.32
  • Year 11 attainment 8 score (2019): 45.6
  • Percentage of students staying in education or employment after key stage 4: 94%

Key stage 5 (Sixth Form)

  • Progress: -0.32
  • Attainment: D+
  • English progress: N/A
  • Maths progress: 0.89
  • Retention: 83.3%
  • Destinations 86% (England average: 81%)

Overall school attendance: Improvements in 2018/19 see SBL Academy as the most improved school in the South Gloucestershire area in this measure. We value and promote good attendance and our attendance rate is now well above the national average.

For more information about our KS4 results please see DfE school performance.

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Statutory information

Statutory information

16 to 19 tuition fund statement

How Academy will use the 16-19 tuition fund

The purpose of this statement is to set out how SBL Academy will use its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation to support students who have been academically disadvantaged due to coronavirus (Covid-19).

The 16 to 19 tuition fund will be used to provide tuition for students aged 16 to 19 who have not yet achieved grade 4 or above in English and/or maths. The provision will not be limited to tuition for English and maths, but will also be used to provide support for students to complete vocational courses where learning has been disrupted by coronavirus. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – including those aged 19 to 24 who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies – will also be supported

Tuition groups will be no larger than three students and tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21. Tuition and additional support will be delivered using a blend of online and face to face delivery. Tuition offered will be based on an individual needs assessment.

Tuition support will be used for:

  • GCSE exam preparation using the National Tutoring Program with small groups of students
  • Individual and small group support for completion of vocational courses where learning has been disrupted by coronavirus

Our commitment

The Academy is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government's guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:

  • Producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students
  • Publishing this guidance on the Academy website
  • Recording the use of the fund
  • Deliver the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/1
  • Notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) of any underspend from the fund for it to be reclaimed.
Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Visions and values

Visions and values

“Building aspiration through great learning”

Our Vision

At SBL, each young person will be encouraged and supported to aim high and achieve her/his ambitions.  High quality teaching, a well-ordered environment and a rich curriculum will ensure that each individual enjoys a positive and fulfilling experience that will set them up for success in life. Their progress will be enhanced further through the wide range of enrichment opportunities they will experience and from the personalised and effective support they will receive.

‘Through cooperation, honesty and effort, all SBL students will learn and develop positivity and resilience that will help them to grow in confidence and achieve the highest possible aspirations for their futures’

Our Values

At the heart of our community lie the fundamental values of respect and tolerance. Sir Bernard Lovell Academy is a community where each person is valued as a unique individual and where individual difference is celebrated. We will work together to challenge discrimination and to promote the importance of respecting the beliefs and practices of others.

Building on this firm foundation, all governors, parents, students and staff believe the following behaviours and qualities will help us to achieve our vision. We value:

  • Cooperation
    • Working together
    • Showing kindness
    • Developing strong relationships
  • Effort
    • In our academic work at home as well as in school
    • In wider academy activities
  • Honesty
    • With each other
    • With ourselves
  • Resilience
    • Keeping our efforts up even when things are tough
    • Supporting others to be resilient
    • Developing emotional strength and well-being
  • Positivity
    • Taking a ‘can-do’ attitude into every task
    • Making the most of every opportunity
    • Enriching our own experiences and those of others
  • Confidence
    • Reflecting on and celebrating our successes
    • To try new things
    • To believe we can achieve anything

As a member of the SBL community, we will endeavour to demonstrate these values in everything we do.

Futura Learning Partnership

Futura Learning Partnership

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy converted to academy status on 1 April 2015 and is a Futura Learning Partnership school.

Contact details

Futura Learning Partnership
Registered office: Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1PH

Company number: 07746787

Tel: 0117 946 1229
Email: enquiries@futuralearning.co.uk

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