Dear parents and carers,
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back in September. Please read this important letter which contains information regarding our planned return (Pdf). It includes details of testing, which will begin for students on Thursday 2 September 2021 with Year 7 and Year 12/13 being invited in to take their first LFD test in school. They will repeat this the following week as part of their timetabled lessons. We have included test times for each year group in tutor groups.
Students in Year 8 and above do not need to complete the consent forms as they did last year as the permission will carry forward. Parents and carers of the new Year 7 students will need to follow the link included in the letter and complete the sign-up consent form for testing in school.
If you know that you will be away when your child is due to test, there is no need to inform us. They will need to test on their first day in school, before they are able to begin their lessons.
I hope you all have a great and safe summer break.
Mr D Anderson
In recent years the Academy Open Evening has become a very popular event for the families in our local and wider community who are looking for a place in Year 7. In 2019, we had over a thousand visitors, but last year we were unable to hold any live events due to the pandemic. This year we will be holding a series of events to ensure that parents/carers and their children can view the Academy without the over-crowded Open Evening. Instead, we plan to run a series of Tour Evenings during the week beginning 4 October 2021. They will include:
There will be a range of times for you to be able to book your space. We will also be able to respond to the local Covid-19 circumstances and adapt this programme so that families from specific schools can visit at the same time if needed.
Our Transition events have gone very well, with schools coming up in their bubbles to avoid interacting with other groups and we are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7's in a few weeks: they will be the biggest year group in the Academy.
Please keep checking back with the website for updates on the Open Events. We have included last year's videos on this site to give you a flavour of SBL Academy and we look forward to welcoming you after the summer.
Virtual open evening
You may like to see our virtual open evening.
SBL Academy has worked with colleagues from our primary schools to arrange orientation visits for Year 6 students who are transferring to SBL Academy in September.
During this visit students will meet key members of staff and spend some time in our dedicated Year 6 Transition Hub.
If may be that your child is from a school where only a very small number of children are transferring to SBL Academy. Rest assured we are currently contacting all parents / carers of these students to arrange a visit to the SBL site.
Orientation visit dates:
Each year we arrange an Open Evening and Open Mornings for parents/carers and their children to see the school facilities, meet staff and students, and experience SBL in action on a typical day. Unfortunately, due to the current situation with COVID-19 and the restrictions placed upon us we are not able to host these events in person.
Our staff and students were keen not to miss an opportunity to show you our Academy and so we have a series of short videos to give you an insight into life at SBL.
Until we are able to welcome you on to site in person, we hope you enjoy the videos. We are always happy to receive any questions you might have so please email email@example.com and we will be pleased to answer your queries.
Information Technology (IT)
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Physical Education (PE)
Take a look at our school prospectus (Pdf, 321kb)
If you wish to request a keyworker childcare placement for week commencing 8th June please contact the school directly by phone or email.
Please note the message from the government that ‘children who can stay at home, should stay at home’.
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.
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:
We are pleased to announce that SBL's Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, 18/12/19 at 7pm.
Tickets avialable from main reception or student services. Adults: £3 and Conc: £2.
‘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:
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.”
Students and teachers hard work pays off as SBL reports significant improvement in GCSE results.
Students from Sir Bernard Lovell Academy will today be celebrating significantly improved results in a number of subjects including English and Maths. The Academy has seen a rise in the basics measure, English and Maths results where students achieving Grades 4-9 has risen by 13% and Grades 5-9 by 10%. Maths results have significantly improved with over 80% of students achieving at least a Grade 4 and almost 50% a Grade 5. In English, over 80% of students achieved a Grade 4, with 58% a Grade 5 or higher. In addition, results in all subject areas have improved which will enable more of our students to gain places in our WMAT Post-16 collaboration. There has also been a rise in students achieving Grades 7 and higher across all subject areas.
Principal, Dean Anderson stated, ‘I am extremely proud of the way this cohort of students approached their examinations and it is great to see their hard work has paid off. There have been a number of significant changes at SBL in the last couple of years all geared towards providing an educational environment our students can thrive in. We are heavily invested in our students to ensure they have the right teaching, support and tools to help them develop, achieve and be the best they can be. To see these improvements making such a significant impact on results is hugely rewarding for us as well as our students. The good grades they have achieved gives them the opportunity to continue the education or training of their choice.’
Congratulations to all of our students who have collected some outstanding A level and vocational results today.
We are very pleased to see that the number of students achieving the highest grades at A level has increased considerably and that results in vocational qualifications showed a 100% pass rate, with many students achieving the top grade.
We are very proud of students who have achieved outstanding results and who are going on to attend prestigious universities. Particular congratulations go to Jasmin Leaworthy who achieved 4 A* grades and will be studying at the University of Exeter and Emily Godfrey who achieved 3 A grades and a distinction and will be studying at the University of Bath.
A number of students will move on to university, apprenticeships and employment in order to take the next steps in their lives. We are proud as a school community to have been able to support them to achieve their goals.
GCSE Fine Art and Textiles exhibition, 4th July 2019 at SBL Academy in the Giotto Arts space. All welcome
Tickets on sale Monday 24 June, available from Student Services (students only) and Main Reception.
Cash (no change given) or cheque made payable to Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.
You may have seen the letter on our website as it was issued by the Trust in early April (Pdf). Apologies that some of you may not have received this via email.
You will remember that we took part in the pilot Ofsted Inspection in February 2019 which was an incredibly useful process for us to go through in order for us to measure the rate of progress we have made in the last 18 months. As I fed-back to you at the time, we have made impressive progress in a number of areas and our Intervention Board are really pleased, as am I as Principal.
In order to fully prepare for the year ahead, we need to ensure that our curriculum is further developed and embedded and of the best quality. We have an Inset Day planned for 17 June 2019 as per our calendar and we will use that to draft the first elements of our new curriculum in each subject area. To enable us to complete the work, the Academy Intervention Board have granted us an additional Inset Day on Monday 15 July 2019.
By doing so, we will be in a position where the new curriculum can be in place for the start of the Autumn Term. It will greatly benefit our students and ensure that we are able to deliver a cohesive curriculum that is well-sequenced and enables our students to make good and outstanding progress.
I recognise that this may inconvenience some of you but assure you that it is essential that we allow staff this time in order to ensure that the experience for our students is enhanced for next year.
Mr D Anderson
We are looking forward to hosting our Community Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 19 December 2018 for elderly residents in our local community. The event is due to start at 4.15pm.
Students who are interested in volunteering at this event can get a permission letter from Student Services or speak to their tutor. We are looking forward to welcoming members of our local community to enjoy a festive evening.
In the last week we have spent time focussing on the importance of remembrance. We gathered on Friday as a whole school to reflect in some detail in an assembly led by our Principal, Mr Anderson.
We then gathered as a whole school for a two minutes silence. As you would expect, this was observed immaculately by all present.
Poems were read by Megan, Cole, Lottie and Maddisen: ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon and ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.
‘Nimrod’ by Edward Elgar provided appropriate musical accompaniment.
Our gathering ended with a repeat reading of McCrae’s ‘Ode of Remembrance’:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”
Staff and students at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy are celebrating an Ofsted inspection that confirms their school is improving.
SBL was placed in Special Measures by the education watchdog in 2014, leading to the secondary school in Oldland Common becoming part of the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust in 2015.
In the first inspection since it became an academy, Ofsted has moved the school up a grade to Requires Improvement and has noted a number of strengths.
Pupil behaviour is said to be much better and achievement rising in a number of subjects.
Lead inspector Lee Northern said in his report: “The school is now set on a clear and secure path of improvement. Key to this has been strengthening the impact of leadership, governance and the trust.”
He said the Principal Dean Anderson, who took up his post in September last year, was providing effective and determined leadership. “There have been significant improvements to relationships, clarity of purpose and staff morale throughout the school,” the report said.
“There is a strong focus on building long-term, sustainable improvements, rather than seeking short-term gains which may not be sustained.”
The inspection team highlights the introduction of the Ready to Learn system which it says “has greatly reduced instances of poor behaviour.” The report notes that pupils say they feel safe in school and are confident they have adults they can turn to if they have any worries.
Mr Anderson said he recognised there is still a lot of work to be done.
“We are really pleased with the inspection report as it clearly supports our own judgements of the educational experience of our students. Nothing in the report has come as a surprise as leaders at all levels have thoroughly evaluated our provision. We know exactly what we need to do to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the academy,” he said.
“We are taking urgent action to introduce more challenging lessons, step up our extra-curricular provision and ensure our sixth-for provision overall prepares students for life beyond school. We are also continuing to work hard to reduce exclusions and improve attendance.”
The report acknowledges the impact of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust in helping to secure better outcomes for students. The proportion of Year 11s achieving a ‘standard pass’ in both GCSE English and mathematics in 2017 was up on the year before and was in line with other schools nationally.
“The trust has provided valuable support and challenge for improvement. Trust officers have a realistic and well-founded view of the school’s effectiveness, based on a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses,” Ofsted said.
Andrea Arlidge, WMAT CEO, said: “The inspection proved a very positive experience for the staff at the academy. All at WMAT are pleased that the hard work that has gone into improving the educational experience for learners at SBL is starting to pay off and outcomes are improving. We fully support the work of the Principal and leaders in the academy to build upon this rapid progress and further improve the quality of education for students in this community.”
For further information please see the Ofsted report.
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.
We have just told your child's school that we will inspect it on 28 February 2018. The lead inspector will be Lee Northern, HMI. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.
Your views about the school are important to us
If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child's school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.
To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.
Please complete the online survey by 11am on 28 February 2018 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 01 Mar 2018.
Speaking to an inspector
If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000131112. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.
School inspections: a guide for parents (Pdf, 363kb)
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
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.
We all have mental health, yet it's often something we find difficult to talk about when we're struggling. With one in ten children and young people in the UK - that's three in every classroom are suffering from a diagnosable mental health problem, we think it's important that you know who to turn to for help. Besides speaking to a member of staff at SBL or a trusted adult, here is a list of useful contacts offering advice and support:
Kooth is a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people, aged 11-25. Users can have a drop-in chat with a counsellor, therapist or book a one-to-one session. They have a monitored online forum and users can also record a journal. www.kooth.com
Off the Record
Off the Record provides free and confidential mental health support, information and workshops for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol. www.otrbristol.org.uk / 0808 808 9120
TESS is a text and email support service that is run by Self Injury Support, which offers help to girls and young women up to 24 in the UK who are affected by self-harm. 0780 047 2908 (Open Sunday - Friday, 7-9pm). Visit www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk to access their email service.
Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC)
ABC offers personal, ongoing, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with Anorexia Nervose, Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating, in addition to related self-harm. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk / 03000 11 12 13
BEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. www.b-eat.co.uk / Youthline: 0345 634 7650
Provides advice on all aspects of bullying. www.bullying.co.uk / 0808 800 2222
A 24-hour helpline for children and young people to discuss any issues they're concerned about. www.childline.org.uk / 0800 1111
National Self Harm Network
Support for individuals who self-harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. www.nshn.co.uk
NHS Choices - Young People and Mental Health
An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. www.nhs.uk/livewell/youth-mental-health
A national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide among young people. www.papyrus-uk.org / 0800 068 4141
Talk to Frank
Friendly, confidential advice on drugs. www.talktofrank.com / 0300 123 6600 / live chat, text: 82111
Support and information about how to cope with various issues, whether it's mental health, money, relationships, finding a job, or drugs. www.themix.org.uk / 0808 808 4994
Time to Change
Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. www.time-to-change.org.uk
A leading childhood bereavement charity offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. www.winstonswish.org.uk / 08452 03 04 05
Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. www.youngminds.org.uk / 020 7089 5050
For further information about our Tour Evenings for parents, carers and their children this autumn see news and events.