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Abbeywood judged ‘good in all areas’ by Ofsted

Posted on Friday 17th January 2020 at 8:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of headteacher Dave Howe with students.

Staff, governors and students at Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School are celebrating after receiving an overall ‘good’ grading from Ofsted following an inspection which took place on 19th & 20th November 2019.

The full ‘Section 5’ inspection judged the school ‘good’ in all five assessment areas, replicating the result of the school’s last full inspection in October 2014 following its incorporation into the Olympus Academy Trust in January 2013.

In their report, the team of four inspectors observe that the trust, headteacher and school leaders are “ambitious to provide a high-quality education to all pupils,” adding that “the values of the school are clear and underpin the school’s management decisions”.

The inspectors found that students are happy at the school, noting that: “They say that it feels safe and that people are kind to each other. Pupils are very positive about their school; they value it and like it.”

Governors are praised for their role in driving the school forward. The inspectors noted that they are well informed and hold the headteacher and leaders to account. They also noted that governors visit the school, talk to pupils and survey staff.

Staff told inspectors they like working at the school and said they feel very well supported.

The Ofsted report adds: “Leaders are considerate of the workload of staff when developing new initiatives within the school and as a result there is a positive staff ethos.”

Areas identified for improvement are bringing detailed curriculum planning to the same standard across all subject areas and encouraging students to ask for help when they are unsure in class.

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Topping out ceremony marks milestone of UWE Bristol’s new engineering building

Posted on Monday 14th October 2019 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of guests at the UWE engineering building topping out ceremony.

The new multi-million pound engineering building at the University of the West of England’s (UWE’s) Frenchay campus has moved a step closer to completion.

A ceremony was held on Tuesday 17th September to mark construction of the state-of-the-art facility reaching the highest point of the landmark building.

Due to be completed in summer 2020, the building will house specialist digital engineering facilities, study areas and making facilities accommodating a wide range of engineering disciplines such as composite manufacturing, machining and metrology.

The building will help to attract a diverse, creative and innovative student body to engineering as a profession and help address future skills gaps regionally. The development supports the government’s commitment to increase the number of young people studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and the predicted increase in demand for skilled engineering graduates across the West of England.

With floor space of 8,500sqm, the building will accommodate 1,600 undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with 100 academic and technical staff. It will meet UWE Bristol’s ambition to become one of the top engineering schools in the country, through promoting multi-disciplinary, collaborative learning.

UWE Bristol’s vice-chancellor Professor Steve West said

“It has been hugely rewarding to see this landmark building taking shape at the heart of our Frenchay campus, as part of our ongoing commitment to investment in top class facilities. As it nears completion and we approach our move in date, a sense of excitement is starting to grow among our students and staff, and our industry collaborators.

“Benefiting from a practice-based curriculum and close links with leading engineering businesses in the region, our graduates are leaving with the right blend of industry skills, experience and knowledge for the workplace. This state-of-the-art building will significantly improve our engineering teaching and research facilities, ensuring we continue to attract and inspire the engineers of the future.”

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Abbeywood GCSE results maintain upward trend

Posted on Monday 16th September 2019 at 6:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of GCSE students with members of staff.

Abbeywood Community School (ACS) students are celebrating their GCSE results, which are said to show a strong trend of improvement for the school in all key performance measures.

Overall, students have achieved better progress than the national average, with over two-thirds achieving a standard (grade 4) pass in both English and maths.

In addition to the featured high-attaining students (see below), many others have made significant progress (measured in comparison to attainment in Year 6 SATs). Students identified by the school as being worthy of particular mention for their progress are:

  • Lies Dunn
  • Arielle Toko-Yaleu
  • Brad Pickford
  • Annabelle Thomas
  • Safira Taplin
  • Anish Kataria
  • Freddie Collins
  • Megan Eyres
  • Ella Goodman
  • Rosie Henson

ACS headteacher Dave Howe commented:

“We are absolutely delighted with these GCSE results and extremely proud of our students. Central to our school values is equipping our students with the belief that there is no limit to what they can achieve, and this is reflected in these excellent results. These strong exam outcomes represent a huge amount of hard work and I pay tribute to our amazing staff and wonderful students. I would also like to sincerely thank all our parents and carers for their belief and support, as the relationship between home and school is key to the success we are all celebrating today.”

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Abbeywood celebrates Post-16 success stories

Posted on Thursday 5th September 2019 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of some of the top-performing Post-16 students.

This year’s Post-16 exam results at Abbeywood Community School saw almost one-third of all grades awarded being at A*-B, with 15 percent in the top A*-A band. The overall pass rate was 96 percent.

Bursary students, in receipt of financial support, achieved an entire grade higher than last year, says the school.

All students on the IT and business courses achieved the top grade. Additionally, art, photography, media, physics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) all achieved above national expectation for every single student on these courses.

As always, many students are off to study a wide range of undergraduate courses, including law, philosophy, criminology, geography, journalism, nursing, engineering, sociology, psychology, politics, dentistry, computing and business.

Other students have taken up high-quality apprenticeships, moved directly into employment or are undertaking voluntary work or travelling the world during a gap year.

Top performers highlighted by the school include:

  • Olivia Jadeja who achieved 4As (biology, chemistry, psychology & EPQ) and is going to study medicine at Exeter University
  • Lauren Brenton who achieved 3As (art, English language & sociology) and is taking up an apprenticeship at a prestigious law firm
  • Ella Beven who achieved 3As (chemistry, geography & EPQ) and 1B (maths) and is going to Durham University to study geography

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