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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).

Exam certificate collection 2021
Posted on: 02/Dec/21

Exam certificate collection 2021

Exam certificates from 2021 are now ready for collection. Please collect from the sports centre reception between the hours of 10.00-15.00 from Monday 6th to Friday 10th December.

After the 10th 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.


Year 6 Orientation Visits
Posted on: 24/Jun/21

Year 6 Orientation Visits

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:

  • Monday 28 June 2021: Wick Primary School
  • Tuesday 29 June 2021: Meadows Primary School
  • Thursday 1 July 2021: Longwell Green Primary School
  • Friday 2 July 2021: St Anne’s Primary School (to be confirmed)
  • Monday 5 July 2021: Parkwall Primary School
  • Thursday 15 July 2021: Cadbury Heath Primary School
  • Thursday 15 July 2021: St Barnabas Primary School
  • Friday 16 July: Cherry Garden Primary School

Further information

On the Radar newsletter: November 2020
Posted on: 04/Nov/20

On the Radar newsletter: November 2020

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
SBL's Christmas Concert 2019
Posted on: 13/Dec/19

SBL's Christmas Concert 2019

SBL's Christmas Concert 2019 flyerWe 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.

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.”

GCSE results 2019
Posted on: 22/Aug/19

GCSE results 2019

GCSE results 2019

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.’ 

A level and vocational results: Summer 2019
Posted on: 15/Aug/19

A level and vocational results: Summer 2019

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
Posted on: 21/Jun/19

GCSE Fine Art and Textiles Exhibition

GCSE Fine art and textiles exhibition, 4th July 2019 at SBL Academy in the Giotto Arts space. All welcome

GCSE Fine Art and Textiles exhibition, 4th July 2019 at SBL Academy in the Giotto Arts space. All welcome

Summer concert
Posted on: 21/Jun/19

Summer concert

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.

Additional Inset day on 15 July 2019
Posted on: 15/May/19

Additional Inset day on 15 July 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

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


Community Christmas Dinner
Posted on: 06/Dec/18

Community Christmas Dinner

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.

Remembrance Day
Posted on: 12/Nov/18

Remembrance Day

Whole school Remembrance Service 2018

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.”


Post-16 options: how to avoid understandable confusion
Posted on: 03/Oct/18

Post-16 options: how to avoid understandable confusion

Post-16 options: how to avoid understandable confusion (Pdf, 124kb)

A presentation for parents and carers by Mr Clompus, Director of Sixth Form.

Changes to the Academy detention system, May 2018
Posted on: 03/May/18

Changes to the Academy detention system, May 2018

Easter holiday multi-sport camps
Posted on: 13/Mar/18

Easter holiday multi-sport camps

Pro-Coaching logoWellsway Sports Centre and SBL Sports Centre have joined forces with local company Pro-Coaching to host camps this Easter for children aged 5-13 years.

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.

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

Help and support with mental health issues
Posted on: 10/Mar/17

Help and support with mental health issues

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

 Bullying UK
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

The Mix
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

Winston's Wish
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
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