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Abbeywood exam results demonstrate school’s “remarkable turnaround”

Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013 at 8:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Students at Abbeywood Community School celebrate their GCSE results.

Abbeywood Community School has registered an increase of almost 20% in the number of students achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths in the last two years with 60% of students hitting or exceeding this important benchmark this week (up from 41% in 2011 and 47% in 2012).

The school also reports an increase in the number of top GCSE grades achieved.

Executive headteacher Dave Baker said:

“This is a remarkable turnaround for Abbeywood and validates the approach we have taken to ensure that there is a relentless focus on teaching and learning and a positive ethos in school.”

“These results confirm the findings from recent Ofsted monitoring visits which identified good progress.”

“Students deserve praise for the way in which they have applied themselves during a period of transition in the school in order to achieve these results. They have been given strong support and guidance by Judith Mee, Associate Headteacher, and her staff team.”

Associate headteacher Judith Mee said:

“These results show a significant improvement on last year and are a reflection of the tremendous efforts of students and staff with support from parents and governors. They are further evidence of the fantastic progress made since the school was placed in ‘special measures’ in December 2011. I couldn’t be more proud.”

More: School consolidates status as top post-16 centre »

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College receives keys to new Advanced Engineering Centre

Posted on Friday 23rd August 2013 at 1:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Advanced Engineering Centre key handover.

The keys to a significant new Bristol building were handed over on Wednesday (21st August), as City of Bristol College took possession of its new £12m Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) at New Road, Stoke Gifford.

The keys were handed over by Cowlin Construction after building work at the centre was successfully completed earlier this month.

College staff are now making final preparations inside the building in readiness for when the doors open to learners this September.

The AEC will provide a state-of-the-art learning and working environment for City of Bristol College learners and staff. It will bring together most of the College’s existing engineering, aeronautical, manufacturing and automotive courses in one place.

The centre is geared towards equipping learners with the skills and experience they need for employment in the sector. It will provide great industry facilities including workshops, laboratories and testing/diagnostic equipment. It will also provide learners with the latest technology and will house the highest standard of the latest industry equipment, including:

  • A vehicle brake testing station
  • An on-site commercial jet aircraft
  • 3D printing

More: College’s Parkway Transport Technology Centre refurbished » »

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Royal British Legion branch to stage tri-services military fundraiser

Posted on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 10:45 pm by SH (Editor)

85th anniversary of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion.

A local Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is celebrating its 85th birthday with a special fundraising event for the Poppy Appeal. The Stoke Gifford Branch was formed in 1928 and is only seven years younger than the Legion nationally.

The Stoke Gifford Branch has, for two years running, won the RBL Gloucestershire County Marling Cup for most efficient small branch.

As part of its 85th birthday celebrations the Branch is organising a special ‘Tri- Services Military Event’ in Stoke Gifford. The event should be a great day out day for all and will also be a fundraiser for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal/Welfare Fund.

The event is taking place on Sunday 1st September 2013 at the Mile Straight Sports and Social Club (MSSSC), New Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8SF and it will open to the public from 10.30am until 5pm. The club has donated its facilities free of charge. There will be local parking available.

A small entrance fee will be charged, this and all money raised from collections and trade stands will go directly into the 2012 – 2013 Poppy Appeal which helps to fund the Legion’s help and support for current and ex service personnel and their families.

On display at the event will be approximately 30 restored military vehicles form different eras, conflicts and countries, supplied by The Military Vehicle Trust.

The event will also have a number of Sea, Marine, Army and Air Cadet Units from Bristol and the surrounding areas. Each Unit will have their own display with a number of exciting and interesting activities and demonstrations.

Also attending will be members of The Royal British Legion Rider’s branch and their bikes. The Riders Branch of the Legion raises substantial amounts of money for the Poppy Appeal every year. At the event there will be a number of community groups, and it will also feature a 1940s Trio group singing live.

More: Branch has set £40k target for Poppy Appeal »

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