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Abbeywood School rated ‘good’ but must face ‘full’ inspection next time

Posted on Monday 23rd April 2018 at 9:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of three students walking in front of the main entrance of Abbeywood Community School.

Ofsted inspectors who visited Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School at the end of February have confirmed the academy’s ‘good’ grading but at the same time identified priorities for improvement.

The ‘short’ inspection was the first carried out since the school was rated ‘good’ in October 2014, following its incorporation into the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) on 1st January 2013.

Inspectors noted that the headteacher, Dr David Howe, who was appointed in January 2015, has successfully developed a culture of collaboration among staff and secured the confidence and support of the vast majority of parents. As a result, the school has grown in popularity and the number of pupils on roll is steadily rising.

The report points out that pupils’ progress fell in 2017, but acknowledges that support from the trust and other sources has been used to ensure that “the progress of most groups of pupils currently in the school is now better”.

Inspectors describe the school as “highly inclusive”, adding that it provides a “friendly, orderly environment”.

On the topic of safeguarding, the report states: “The school’s policies and procedures for keeping pupils safe are well organised and effective.”

“Pupils feel safe and well cared for in school. They are aware of how to keep themselves safe when using the internet.”

“Both pupils and parents say that any bullying that happens is dealt with quickly and effectively.”

Senior leaders at the school are praised for continually seeking improvements in teaching and learning, while governors are said to be knowledgeable and prepared to “challenge senior leaders robustly”.

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Abbeywood students break generational barriers with Osbourne Court residents

Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018 at 5:46 pm by Laura Mortimore

Year 9 student Liv Lewis, reading a selection of her own work to the residents of Osborne Court.

A group of Year 9 students at Abbeywood Community School have met with residents of Osbourne Court to form an ‘Intergenerational Book Group’ as a way of meeting and interacting with members of the community and to share some of their favourite pieces of writing.

On Wednesday 6th December, seven ladies from the residential home travelled to Abbeywood and were greeted with coffee, cake and a friendly group of students. The generational barrier didn’t take long to break through as students and residents both interacted happily with each other, sharing stories about their different lives.

After some warm beverages and sweet treats were enjoyed, the students read out some poems that they had written as well as reading extracts from some Christmas stories which were all met with claps from the Osbourne Court residents.

Debbie Swindail, school librarian and organiser of the group, explained:

“The Intergenerational Book Group aims to bring together different generations from the same community and create opportunities to learn from each other in a relaxed environment, breaking down barriers and building bridges over tea, cake and books. All of our students really enjoyed helping and meeting the ladies and cannot wait to meet them again.”

Fortunately, the students didn’t have to wait long as another book group session was arranged for Monday 22nd January; this time being held at Osbourne Court. The residents enjoyed hosting the event, talking to the students about a variety of topics including the war, pets and their own school lives. The topic of conversation then moved onto books as one of the students read a chapter from Andrew Norriss’ ‘Jessica’s Ghost’, a story about the power of friendship, with one of the residents commenting that they “have never heard anything like that before”.

More: Group helps "Break down barriers and negative stereotypes" »

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Grades up in Abbeywood Post-16 exam results

Posted on Friday 8th September 2017 at 11:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Post-16 students receive exam results at Abbeywood Community School.

Abbeywood Community School’s Post-16 students have once again achieved some very positive A-level results which saw the average grade per entry increase by a  whole grade.

Fourteen percent of grades awarded were A* or A, and 32 percent of students achieved A*-B grades in A-level subjects.

In vocational subjects, 88 percent of students achieved the highest grades of Distinction and Distinction*.

The school reported that “nearly all” students secured places at their first choice university, or on apprenticeships.

Outstanding individual performances:

  • Andras Varady  – 3A* (Maths, Further Maths and Physics ) and B in Computing
  • Thaminah Chowdhury – A in Psychology and 2 Distinction*s in Health & Social Care and Applied Science
  • Alex Higgins – A* in Culture and Communication, A in Psychology and B in Sociology
  • Kyle Ivers – 3 Distinction*s in Business, Applied Science and Sport BTEC
  • Bryony Constance – A* in English Literature, B in English Language and B in Culture and Communication
  • Charlotte Davidge – A* in English Literature and B in Sociology

Photo (l-r): Damaris Sibi, Thaminah Chowdhury, Chloe Luton, Esther Humphrey, Becca Ryan, Lucy Daniel and Aimee Russell

More: GCSE examination results »

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School’s parental engagement earns national award

Posted on Saturday 24th June 2017 at 7:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School standing behind a LPPA banner.

A local primary school has been recognised through a national award scheme for enhancing and strengthening its links with parents and carers.
Achieving the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) is the culmination of 18 months of hard work by the whole school community, including parents, children, staff and governors.

The LPPA programme is intended to help schools meet longer term success criteria, such as improved pupil progress, punctuality, attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement in school life.

Anne Sargent, deputy head and LPPA coordinator at Little Stoke Primary School, said:

“Everyone has contributed to the process of reflecting on, developing, and increasing the ways we link with parents and the impact this has on children’s learning. We are very proud that this respected organisation has recognised our progress and achievements.”

Over the last two years, the school has developed and increased the opportunities offered to parents to find out about how children learn and how to offer the best support at home. It has run information and training sessions and also increased opportunities for parents to get involved with children’s learning through parent and child learning events linked to its curriculum themes.

The school reports that an enormous number of parents and grandparents have attended sessions that have included building volcanoes, giant Picasso paintings, designing and building alien buggies, building giant skeletons and underwater dioramas.

More: "School has transformed … into a genuine learning community" »

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