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Stoke Gifford technical college rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors

Posted on Wednesday 17th June 2015 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Bristol’s first University Technical College, the Bristol Technology and Engineering (BTE) Academy in New Road, Stoke Gifford, has been rated as ‘good’ following its inaugural Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors who visited the BTE Academy in April commended its principal Rhian Priest and other senior staff for providing “strong leadership, so that the academy has clear strengths less than two years after opening”.

They added: “The academy is well on its way to meeting its vision of becoming a centre of excellence in teaching engineering and environmental technologies.”

The BTE Academy is one of 30 University Technical Colleges across England, catering for pupils in Years 10 to 13 and with a strong focus on engineering and environmental technologies. It opened in September 2013 and currently has 333 students.

It is sponsored by the University of the West of England and GKN Aerospace, and also receives support from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and the Royal Navy. There are also strong links with the City of Bristol College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

BTE Academy was rated by Ofsted as being ‘good’ overall and it received the same rating in several other categories: leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and sixth form provision.

Inspectors describe the teaching of top ability sets in Years 10 and 11 maths and science as being “outstanding” and say its governing body “provides outstanding support and challenge to the academy’s senior leaders”. Provision for students who are disabled or who have special educational needs is also “outstanding”, as is support for students’ personal development and well-being.

The Ofsted report also highlights the “exceptionally mature relationship between teachers and students that creates an excellent climate for learning” in the sixth form. “These lessons often feel more like high-level seminars than typical school lessons,” it adds.

More: Academy has some places available for September 2015 »

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Stoke Gifford technical college officially opened by HRH Earl of Wessex

Posted on Wednesday 27th November 2013 at 11:14 am by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy in Stoke Gifford.

The Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTEA) in New Road, Stoke Gifford was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex yesterday (Tuesday 26th November).

The West of England’s first University Technical College (UTC) offers a revolutionary new concept in learning, providing 14-19 year-olds with an academic and specialist education combined with work-based skills.

Speaking to students at the academy, HRH The Earl of Wessex said:

“You are the pioneers of this Technology and Engineering Academy and future pioneers of the engineering industry. Best of luck to you all, you have a fantastic future ahead of you.”

The prince toured three project rooms where students work on engineering and science projects and met students and staff, as well as those involved in creating the academy, including staff from local businesses, UWE, contractors and partner schools.

The new state-of-the-art academy opened its doors in September 2013, providing students interested in engineering and environmental technology with an advantage for their next steps.

Speaking about the official opening, academy principal Rhian Priest said:

“A huge amount of work has gone into creating this brand new type of school, the first of its kind in the West of England, which provides a unique learning opportunity for young people.”

“Our opening today celebrates a new beginning. Our enthusiastic students are excelling in our project based learning approach; they have fully embraced this vibrant and exciting setting that has encouraged independent thought, self-discipline, motivation and confidence.”

More: Industry partners advise on curriculum »

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BTE Academy celebrates construction milestone with ‘topping out’ event

Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

BTE Academy Principal Rhian Priest, pictured at the 'topping out' event.

The Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTE Academy) being constructed on the site of the former Filton High School in New Road, Stoke Gifford, has reached a significant milestone with a “topping out” event being held to mark the building reaching its highest point.

Once complete, the building will house large workshop areas needed for increased levels of vocational project work as well as smaller classrooms, laboratory areas and indoor sports facilities. Externally, there will be a multi-use sports area and parkland where ecological studies can be undertaken.

Speaking about the Academy, College Principal, Rhian Priest said:

“Applications for the academy have far exceeded our expectations and we will be full when we open in September 2013. I look forward to welcoming students from a wide catchment area which covers from Weston-super-Mare in the South to Dursley in the north of the region.”

“I am also delighted that we have appointed two new members to the Academy’s senior team, Mark Kennedy as Vice Principal and Joseph Mulligan as Assistant Principal.”

More: High demand for places in Year 10 »

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Work starts on new technology and engineering academy

Posted on Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 10:18 am by SH (Editor)

Ceremony at the site of the new Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy.

Building work has started on the Bristol Technology and Engineering (BTE) Academy in New Road, Stoke Gifford, the first of its kind in the south west.

The academy will open in September 2013 to educate young people who are interested in a career in the engineering or environmental technology sectors.

As a University Technical College (UTC), the academy will give 14-19 year olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full time, technically-oriented course of study.

In its first year, the academy will have up to 120 students in Year 10 (14 year olds) and up to 60 in Year 12 (16 year olds). Once fully operational, in 2016/17, there will be 440 students and 33.5 full-time equivalent staff.

The academy has already had a large number of applications from a broad catchment area, from Weston-super-Mare in the south to Dursley in the north of the region.

Speaking about the new building, the academy’s newly-appointed principal Rhian Priest commented:

“The BTE Academy is part of a new style of education that will offer industry-related teaching, a direct link to top employers and a unique type of learning. All of this will be housed in a brand new, state-of-the-art building which is sure to inspire and engage students.”

More: Academy’s industrial sponsors are Airbus and GKN Aerospace »

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