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Stoke Gifford news round-up (January 2018)

Posted on Friday 9th February 2018 at 9:17 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

For many residents of Stoke Gifford, the start of the new year has been a busy one as local schools have started new topics and the St Michael’s Centre has been feeding the men of the community! Here is a round-up of some of the events that have been taking place throughout January and a few things to look forward to in February.

Abbeywood Community School

Whilst all of the students at Abbeywood have started the new year in a busy and productive way, there are some who have gone above and beyond their usual timetable of lessons. Two groups of Year 12 students are taking part in the ‘Envision Programme’, an inter-school competition where young people have to develop their own projects and then pitch their ideas to businesses in Bristol.

One group is looking at ways to tackle domestic violence and the other is trying to address the issue of homelessness across the city. After delivering brilliant presentations to the businesses, both groups have been awarded a sum of money to help develop their ideas even further. The final winners of the competition will be announced in June so look out for an update then!

Looking back to before Christmas, the Fundraising Club were busy putting on two film nights to raise money for Young Carers UK. In total they managed to raise almost £100 for the charity.

Year 8 students have also been spending time raising funds; only the money that they have raised will be going to the Children’s Hospice South West. So far, they have raised an impressive £182 and we look forward to hearing what their final total is.

St Michael’s Primary School

The children at St Michael’s have been enjoying starting their new topics in January, including; Toy Story, Robots and Vive la France! Year 4 enjoyed an exciting trip to the SS Great Britain for their topic ‘Shipshape’ and Year 5 had a visit from the Explorer Dome as part of their ‘Earth and Space’ topic.

Looking forward to exciting events throughout this month, Thursday 8th February is ‘Wear Red Day’ to mark the Chinese New Year and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the children need to start thinking about what character they are going to dress up as for World Book Day.

More: St Michael’s Church. Bristol One Act Drama Festival. »

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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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First Oxbridge offer for Abbeywood Post-16

Posted on Monday 15th February 2016 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Ethan Martin, the first-ever student at Abbeywood Community School to receive an offer of a place a Oxbridge.

Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School is celebrating the first-ever offer of an Oxbridge place to one of its Post-16 students. The news represents another important milestone in the school’s improvement journey, which began three years ago when Abbeywood became part of the Olympus Academy Trust following a disappointing Ofsted inspection in December 2011.

Ethan Martin joined the school (then known as Filton High) as a Year 7 student in 2009 and experienced the move into new premises a year later when successor school Abbeywood opened its doors on an adjacent site in September 2010.

Currently studying for A-levels in Maths, Computer Science, Physics and Further Maths, Ethan was encouraged by his teachers to apply for a place at Oxford or Cambridge on the basis of his excellent AS-level results (AAABB) and predicted A-level grades.

Having made an ‘open’ application to Oxford, meaning that he didn’t apply to a specific college, he says he was surprised but delighted to be called to attend a total of six interviews at three different colleges over the space of three days last November. Admitting to being very nervous for his first interview, Ethan says he performed well in the remaining ones and came away feeling “happy, but not overly confident”.

He was delighted to receive the news, on 6th January, that he has been offered a place to read Mathematics and Computer Science at St Catherine’s College, subject to achieving one A* and two A grades in his forthcoming A-level examinations. Ethan says he realises he will need to work hard in the coming months, but feels the target grades he has been set are “achievable”.

Explaining his choice of university course, Ethan says he has always been interested in maths and developed his interest in computing whilst at Abbeywood. Having learnt to code in the ‘Scratch’ visual programming language, he found himself “doing much more than asked”, leading him to consider programming as a future career.

More: Staff praised for assistance with university applications »

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Abbeywood Community School celebrates “positive” Post-16 outcomes

Posted on Friday 14th August 2015 at 9:18 am by SH (Editor)

Students at Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford, Bristol receive their A-level results.

Post-16 students and staff are celebrating positive outcomes at Abbeywood Community School this week, with more students than ever gaining grades to be accepted onto university courses.  The school has seen a slight dip in headline figures compared with previous years but has once again seen huge successes in BTEC and vocational outcomes.

Most students who were seeking places on higher education courses gained places or are currently seeking alternatives at other institutions and a number of others have secured apprenticeships.

The average A-level points score per entry was 185 (187 last year) and the average total points score per student was 670 (669 last year).  For vocational courses, the average points score per entry was 234 and average total points score was 807.

Significant individual successes highlighted by executive headteacher Dave Baker are:

A2 examination results

  • Kaya Baber ABB + A* (EPQ)
  • Freya Restall ABB

AS examination results

  • Joe Mansfield AAAA
  • Jamie Franks AAAA
  • Ethan Martin AAABB

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) reported “stability across the grades” at A-level, with A*-A declining marginally by 0.1 percentage points to 25.9 percent; A*-B increasing by 0.4 percentage points to 52.8 percent and the pass rate (A*-E) rising by 0.1 percentage points to 98.1 percent.

Photo (l-r): Jacob Peters, Ethan Dyke, Gemma Shafto (Director of Post-16), Emily Morris and Sophie Bailey.

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