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GCSE results 2023
Posted on: 31/Aug/23

GCSE results 2023

A pleasant sunny morning at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy saw students arrive with their supportive families in order to collect examination results. A large number of staff were on hand to offer congratulations as well as advice and guidance to students on the next steps for Post-16 study.

In a year where it was suggested that results might be lower, outcomes at SBL have remained strong at grade 4 with English achieving 80% at grade 4 and 64% at grade 5. Maths achieved 77% at grade 4 and 63% at grade 5. Both subjects continue to provide an excellent grounding for students with good progress also in the full range of Science subjects. We are delighted with the number of students progressing into Post 16 study at SBL Academy as part of Futura Sixth.

A large number of students have achieved high quality outcomes that allow for strong progression into the future. In particular we would want to celebrate the results of the following students who achieved well in this challenging examination series:

Extremely strong progress:

Chloe T, Harry C, Madeline W, Charlie T, Edison G, Will A, Maisie S, Fin D, Ellie-May D, Esme B, Josh H, George S, Cody W.

Outstanding outcomes:

Harry C: 5 x grade 9, Zane J: 5 x grade 9, Ellie May D: 2 x grade 9 and 5 x grade 8

Principal Dean Anderson said: "This has been an outstanding group of young people, very well supported by family, SBL staff, their peers and the wider community. It is a great pleasure to see so many young people this morning who are able to have the full choice of what they can do next in life. As a school we are delighted with this excellent group and wish them all the best in the next phase of their education - they can be very proud of what they have achieved."

Exam Certificates 2022
Posted on: 07/Dec/22

Exam Certificates 2022

Exam certificates from 2022 are now ready for collection. Please collect from main reception between the hours of 10.00 – 15.00 from Thursday, 8th December,2022 - Thursday, 15th December, 2022.

After 15th December, please contact the school to arrange a mutually convenient time to collect.

If you wish someone to collect on your behalf, we require written permission from yourself allowing this arrangement and the designated person must present their ID please.

Please check your certificates carefully and report any errors by 19th December, 2022.

Christmas Concert 2022
Posted on: 06/Dec/22

Christmas Concert 2022

Christmas Concert poster: 14th December 2022Get in the Christmas spirit by coming to our annual Christmas Concert, being held on Wednesday 14 December at 7pm.

Full details on the poster (Pdf).

All welcome.

Tickets can be booked via TicketSource.

Arrangements for the end of term: December 2022
Posted on: 06/Dec/22

Arrangements for the end of term: December 2022

School closure: Monday 19 September 2022
Posted on: 13/Sep/22

School closure: Monday 19 September 2022

SBL Academy will be closed on Monday 19 September 2022.

This is the official date of the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when all schools in our country will be closed as a mark of respect.

Ofsted inspection: November 2021
Posted on: 02/Dec/21

Ofsted inspection: November 2021

SBL principal Dean Anderson and student principals and vice principals celebrate the academy’s Good rating from Ofsted.

We were pleased to be able to welcome the Ofsted inspectors in to the Academy on 4 and 5 November 2021. The section 5 inspection resulted in the school being judged as 'good' in all areas.

The inspectors said, 'Pupils value and appreciate the subjects they learn. They like coming to school. Staff have high expectations and pupils work hard to meet them. Leaders and staff have planned a well sequenced curriculum that enables most pupils to learn well.'

For more information please see the full Ofsted report (Pdf).

Year 11 PE kit dates
Posted on: 11/Sep/20

Year 11 PE kit dates

Learn how to cook jerk chicken, rice and peas at New Tracks Youth Club
Posted on: 24/Jan/20

Learn how to cook jerk chicken, rice and peas at New Tracks Youth Club

What: Help prepare and eat jerk chicken, rice and peas with homemade coleslaw.

When: Friday 31 January 2020

Where: New Tracks Youth Club, High Street, Oldland Common (the youth club building is to the rear of Redfield Edge Primary School)

Time: 7 – 9.30pm

Cost: 50p entry

Come along and help prepare and eat jerk chicken, rice and peas with homemade coleslaw.

Cookery events will take place on the last Friday of each month.

NB: This event has not been organised by the school, we are merely promoting it. If you would like further details please contact the youth club directly.

Child weight management: Reach
Posted on: 07/Jan/20

Child weight management: Reach

Reach is a free and fun programme, for those aged 4-16 who are above a healthy weight, to attend with their parents or carers. It focuses on helping children and young people to achieve a healthy weight by increasing physical activity, boosting emotional wellbeing and sharing ideas for healthy eating. New courses start from Tuesday 28 January in Bradley Stoke, Staple Hill and Yate. To find out more and book your place go to www.southglos.gov.uk/reach

Reach aims to:

  • Promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people by increasing physical activity, boosting mental health and wellbeing and improving nutritional intake
  • Support children and young people to reduce their BMI; this could be by weight maintenance and growing into a healthier weight, rather than weight loss, depending on the age of the child, stage of growth and degree of obesity
  • Provide a family based approach and offer group programmes and 1:1 support to encourage positive lifestyle changes
  • Support partners in their work with overweight or obese children, young people and families
Hard work pays off as SBL reports significant improvement in GCSE results
Posted on: 22/Aug/19

Hard work pays off as SBL reports significant improvement in GCSE results

‘Results day is an important day in the lives of our students.  It’s a day where we see the reward for five years of commitment and hard work so, this morning, it was wonderful to have the privilege of sharing these life-changing moments with our students and their families at SBL Academy in Oldland Common.’

Overall results have improved considerably this year, in particular, outcomes in Maths and English have continued to climb. At this early stage, 40% of students have achieved a pass at 5+ in Maths and English and 73% have secured a pass at grade 4+ in these subjects. This represents a strong improvement on 2018 results and is testament to the high levels of commitment shown by hard-working students, staff and our supportive parents.  Science results were strong once again this year as well as seeing improvements in History, Languages and a number of other subjects from the previous year.

Principal, Dean Anderson, was very pleased with the hard work of students in Year 11:

“Following last week’s Post 16 results, it is a delight to once again see so many SBL students do so well. In particular, it is a pleasure to be able to tangibly see the rewards for this group of students who have really responded positively to what we are offering at SBL. High standards and a wide range of opportunities to learn, both inside and outside of the classroom, has led to this group of students being in a position where the vast majority can make positive choices on what they want to do in the next phase of their lives. To have so many students staying with us in Post 16 study from September is a wonderful reflection of the improvements we continue to see at SBL and the positive attitudes of our students and their families.”

Mr Anderson went on to say:

“There are so many students I’d like to mention but I would like to publicly congratulate the following high achieving students:

Jack Davies, Harriet Harding, Marley Toghill, Jade Morgan, Emma Norris, Toby Godfrey and Tom Brodie.

Our highest attainers include:

  • Lucy Stott with 3 x Grade 9 passes and 5 x Grade 8.
  • Bailey Clark with 7 x Grade 9 passes and 2 x Grade 8.
  • Rebecca Griffin with 2 x grade 9s and 4 x Grade 8.
  • Danielle Wood with 5 x Grade 9 passes and 3 x Grade 8.
  • Stefan Mills with 4 x Grade 9 passes and 3 x Grade 8.

Last week it was a pleasure to see that all of our students heading to Higher Education were able to secure strong university placements.  This week, the next crop of Post 16 students has shown that they are also ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mind you
Posted on: 08/Feb/18

Mind you

New mental health and emotional wellbeing website for young people

South Gloucestershire has just launched Mind you which is a mental health and emotional wellbeing website for young people. Mind you aims to help children and young people look after their mental health, find out about mental health problems and where to go if they are finding things hard. There is also information for parents/carers and professionals.

Funded by the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Mind you, has been developed by the Public Health and Wellbeing division at South Gloucestershire Council. Children and young people have been involved in creating the website, including pupils and students from Digitech Studio School, Brimsham Green School, Yate Academy, Charborough Road Primary School, Abbotswood Primary School, and Callicroft Primary School, as well as young people from the Youth Council, Children in Care Council, Barnardo’s HYPE, and OTR Mentality Project.

For more information please see: www.mindyou.org.uk

Mental health advice
Posted on: 16/May/17

Mental health advice

If you are feeling so down that you can’t see a way out, know that others have felt this way and survived. You are not alone and however bad you feel, you can be helped. Here is some information about dealing with suicidal feelings.

Self harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Find out what self-harm means and what to do if you think you’re affected by it.


Anxiety toolkit
Posted on: 10/Mar/17

Anxiety toolkit

South Gloucestershire Council have put together some useful guides on successfully managing anxiety for children, young people and adults. For more information see http://bit.ly/2nmtdFi