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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

More: Headteacher says students "have done us and themselves proud" »

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Abbeywood sixth formers reach final of Community Apprentice challenge

Posted on Friday 2nd August 2019 at 9:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of team SOS pitching to a panel of judges.

A group of six Year 12 students who attend Abbeywood Community School have reached the final of the Envision Project which they have been working towards for the last eight months. The final took place on Wednesday 12th June at the Wills Memorial building in Bristol city centre, where the group were up against four other Bristol schools.

Envision is an organisation, mainly run by volunteers, whose aim is to develop young people’s employability by empowering them to tackle real-life social problems. They have been working with secondary schools in Bristol, Birmingham and London for the last 15 years, seeking to instil character and values in young people. They run a programme called ‘Community Apprentice’ which is loosely based on the TV series ‘The Apprentice’. It is an inter-school competition between five schools which requires students to develop and demonstrate the competencies most valued by employers.

At Abbeywood, two groups of students decided that they wanted to take part in the Community Apprentice challenge and so created two teams; Team SOS (Stop Occupational Sexism) and Team Islam No Phobia. Their first task was the film challenge where they had to work as a team to communicate why the issue they had chosen matters. This had to be done in under two minutes and in a single take. Then they had to prepare a project plan and pitch it to a panel of judges at school – this included the headteacher, Mr Howe and their Envision mentors. After a successful pitch and with a score of 43/45, Team SOS won their place at the final.

Team SOS consists of Chris Yalamov, Bianca Gornea, Galin Zhelyazkov, Lara Dalton, Adnan Evans and Denisa Racaceanu. They decided that their passion lay with tackling occupational sexism in Bristol. They have spent the last eight months developing their ideas by delivering workshops to Year 7 and Year 8 students, as well by creating a board game that is aimed at people over 12 years old that has been put up in two boardgame cafés in Bristol; Playground Café and Chance & Counters.

More: "This has really developed my skills in teamwork & leadership" »

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