Bradley Stoke Community School
Bradley Stoke Community School is a 4-18 all through school in South Gloucestershire with 1200 students on roll. The school was a brand new school in 2005, serving the catchment of Bradley Stoke, which did not previously have a secondary school, and added a Post 16 phase in 2010 and opened the Primary phase, starting with Reception aged children, in September of last year.
The school boasts some state of the art facilities in the Sport, Performing Arts and Product Design (Design Technology) areas and has had the benefit of recruiting a staff body from scratch, including an award winning non-teaching student support team and an excellent ethos of high quality teaching.
The intake of the school is comprehensive and we are proud to be a fully inclusive school, having excellent facilities to support those students with physical disabilities, and providing well-resourced learning support within the school. Our examination outcomes are consistently above national outcomes, with English being a particular strength of the school and a high percentage of Post 16 students go on to university courses and further education. We foster our values of being Responsible, Reflective, Resilient and Resourceful in all of our learning and across the curriculum.
We have worked with PGCE and GTP for many years now in a range of subject areas in school and have a strong ethos and energetic approach to continuous profession development for all our staff.
Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy
Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy opened in 2013 and is the only University Technical College in the West of England. We specialise in engineering and receive significant support from a range of organisations including GKN Aerospace, Airbus, Rolls Royce, The Royal Navy and UWE.
Our students start with us at the beginning of Year 10 and study both academic and high quality vocational courses complimented with a number of employer supported projects.
At KS5 the employer projects are directly linked to units within BTEC Engineering, which students study alongside A-Levels in Maths, Science and Product Design.
All students work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award in our ‘QED’ Passport – Qualities Employers Demand. This also contributes to the Duke of York Award for Technical Education which only UTC students are eligible for.
Patchway Community College
Patchway Community College is an 11-19 academy with approximately 650 students.
We are committed to securing the highest standards of education and care for our students within an inclusive learning environment. This year we are proud of our students excellent outcomes with 58.5% achieving A*-C in both English and maths. We believe that high academic outcomes can be life-changing for the young people within our care and we focus on the success of the individual, equipping every student with the skills for learning and their future success. We have developed a broad and balanced curriculum supported by some personalised provision and interventions. We have actively developed opportunities for student leadership and participation partly through our house system. Positive relationships and team work are central to our college community; this includes working with parents to support student learning and wellbeing. We also work hard to sustain an environment in which everyone is happy, cared for and safe. Finally, we continue to foster dynamic relationships with the local community, schools and organisations.
We deliver some of our KS4 and our post 16 curriculum through collaboration with four other secondary schools and an FE college within the Concorde Partnership.
The college has a challenging socio-economic context, and our Pupil Premium figure of just under 30% does not reflect the fact that in many families both parents work long hours in low paid employment and claim a working tax credit so do not access benefits such as FSM. A high proportion of our students' parents have not accessed higher education. Overall students' attainment on entry is below national expectations. Approximately half of our students live within the Patchway Priority Neighbourhood ward, one of the most deprived wards in South Gloucestershire and in the second most deprived quintile nationally.
Abbeywood Community School
Abbeywood Community School looks forward to a promising future. The school has gone from strength to strength, recently achieving record GCSE and A level results demonstrating the impressive and significant progress that has taken place throughout the school. Abbeywood Community School is amongst the most improved secondary schools in the whole of the Bristol area. Our aim is for Abbeywood to become the school of choice for local families, offering an exceptional learning experience for all students. The staff are committed to providing students with an inspiring and stimulating learning environment in which they can all succeed, achieve and excel. Abbeywood Community School has established itself in its state-of-the-art new building, providing students with stunning learning and recreational facilities, complemented by a new ethos, culture and a clear focus on rigour and attainment. Students are encouraged to have high aspirations and to believe in their own ability. This is encouraged both within the classroom and through our growing number of opportunities beyond the classroom.
All students in Years 7-13 receive a broad, balanced and dynamic curriculum. Learning is personalised to meet the full age and ability range and there are two ‘pathway’ processes in Years 9 and 11 when students select their academic route and options linked to their skills, interests and future ambitions.
Despite a changing landscape in terms of educational provision and Government directive, we remain committed to providing a school experience that parents and students will recognise but also one that will prepare students for life in the 21st Century.
We embrace the need for academic rigour ensuring that students who are potential English Baccalaureate candidates know what this involves and the benefits it can bring. Equally, we offer a broad range of courses and qualifications that will prepare students for further study at Post 16 and beyond.
It is our expectation that every student will continue in full time education or employment related training until the age of 18. We interview every Year 9 and Year 11 student and work hard to develop a personalised pathway for their progression route through to Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5. For the vast majority, this means making Abbeywood their home centre for Key Stage 4 but for Post 16 studies but we can offer even greater variety by studying some courses in other centres within the Concorde Partnership.
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
Within our Sixth Form Centre we deliver over 20 academic subjects covering Maths, Science, English, Humanities and Business. We deliver these subjects across our GCSE (KS4), AS and A2 (KS5) programmes. In additional to these academic courses we also deliver a suite of vocation level 2 and 3 BTEC qualifications, thus providing students with wide variety of choices to suit their specific career pathways.
As a recognised STEM centre we are able to offer outstanding facilities and students have access to state of the art laboratories; we deliver biology, chemistry, physics, and maths across all programmes and have recently started to deliver Applied Science and Core Mathematics at AS. With technology playing an ever-increasing role in today’s society, we also offer AS and A2 Computing; this is also delivered on our vocational programmes, giving us vital access to the latest facilities and software. Our teaching staff draw their experiences from education, but perhaps as importantly, industry and commerce.
There are nearly 1300 students in the Faculty of Academic Studies and we have a rich and diverse cohort of learners. Our broad curriculum offer not only makes SGS an excellent place for learners to study, but also, an ideal placement for someone starting out in teaching. For the last decade we have supported scores of PGCE students, giving them access to outstanding mentors, and almost without exception, ensuring they successfully secure their first teaching post.