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Curriculum overview

Curriculum overview

The curriculum is designed to be broad-based and balanced, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of our students, and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The curriculum

In Year 7, students are divided into two groups of equal size and equally mixed ability. Within these two groups, students are further grouped into ability-related sets for Mathematics, English and Languages. For all other subjects, we teach students in mixed-ability groups.  

From Year 8 onwards, ability-setting by subject will continue throughout the school in Mathematics and English. Setting occurs by individual subject so the set a student is in for one subject is not related to the set they are in for any other subject. We review these sets regularly and make changes wherever we feel it is necessary or appropriate to ensure that each student is receiving the right level of challenge.  

Subjects for Years 7, 8 and 9 

All students are taught the core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and PE.

In addition, they are also taught the following:

  • Humanities subjects: History, Geography, and Philosophy and Belief. 
  • Modern Languages: either French or German.
  • Arts: Art, Drama and Music.
  • Design and Technology: Product Design and Food
  • Learning for Life (including elements of citizenship, health education, business and sustainability.
  • ICT

Subjects for Year 10 and 11

All students study English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, PE and Learning for Life.  Students select a further four option subjects. These include:

  •  Modern Languages: French or German.
  • Humanities: Geography, History, Philosophy and Belief, Health and Social Care or Business Studies.
  • Arts: Music, Drama, Dance or Photography.
  • ICT & Business Studies: Computing GCSE or IT OCR Cambridge Nationals, GCSE and OCR Business Studies
  • Design and Technology:  Product Design, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality or Food.
  • Physical Education. GCSE Theory and practical examination.

Homework

We believe that homework makes an invaluable contribution to our students’ progress, and so we support them to develop good independent learning habits, either at home or in the school library with its extensive IT facilities.

Students have told us that they prefer variety in the tasks set and to have choice. Therefore tasks and projects range from interviews and experiments to research and essay writing. Every student has a personal homework organiser and guidelines on the appropriate length of study. We ask parents to check and sign these organisers on a weekly basis as a signal of their engagement in the 'home-school contract'.

The subjects pages of our website will also give assistance for students completing homework and further extension tasks away from Wellsway. 

SBL’s curriculum

The curriculum of SBL is designed to be broad and balanced and develops the skills and knowledge needed to progress to work or higher education. In years 7–9, students study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science in addition to History, Geography, Values and Beliefs, Physical Education, French or German, Art, Performance and Music. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers. Students are grouped by ability in Mathematics in all years and in Science and French or German from year 8.

In years 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to choose some of their subjects but all follow a rigorous curriculum which enables them to progress to sixth form and beyond. The core subjects of English language and literature, mathematics and science form the majority of each student’s timetable in years 10 and 11. Students choose another three or four optional subjects, including a compulsory eBacc subject ( separate science, computer science, history or geography).  These include;Modern languages – French or German

  • Humanities – History, Geography, Values and Beliefs, Health and Social Care, Psychology or Business Studies
  • Creative and Media – Art and Design 9 Fine Art), Art and Design ( Photography), Music or Drama
  • Computing – Computer Science
  • Physical education – Sports Studies
  • Design and Technology – Engineering Manufacture, Engineering Design, Product Design, Textiles, Food Technology
  • Science – Separate Sciences ( Chemistry, Physics and Biology)

All students in years 7–11 undertake a programme of personal, social and health education delivered by their tutor. 

About the school

About the school

Admissions

The school follows South Gloucestershire’s admissions policy, which is based on:

  • Special educational needs
  • Local siblings
  • Geographical considerations (those living within a school’s area of prime responsibility)
  • Geographical considerations (those living outside a school’s area of prime responsibility)

Appeals process

If a place is not offered at a parent’s/carer’s preferred choice of school there is the right of appeal to an independent body under the School Standards and Framework Act of 1998 – Section 94 and Schedule 24. See the process of appeals for more information.

More information

If you require general information about admissions and transfer arrangements then this is available from South Gloucestershire County Council schools admissions. Or alternatively contact the local education authority directly:

Department for Children, Adults and Health
PO Box 298
Civic Centre
High Street
Kingswood
Bristol BS15 0DQ

email: cis@southglos.gov.uk
tel: 01454 868008

Ofsted Report (PDF)

School prospectus (Pdf, 590)

Governing Body

Governing Body

Mr M Bennett, Co-opted Governor
Mrs A Butterfield, Co-opted Governor
Mr S Downes, Staff Governor
Mr R Dunster, Co-opted Governor
Mr R Gilbert, Interim Principal
Mrs A Hill, Parent Governor
Mr G Leonard, Support Staff Governor
Professor Dr K Reynolds, Interim Chair of Governors
Mr K Warner, Parent Governor
Mrs B White, Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

To contact the Governing Body please email Sue Holdaway, Clerk to the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and Service Children

Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011. It is a grant paid to schools and academies by the DfE and is intended to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by directing funding to the disadvantaged children who are in most need of it.

Pupil Premium funding is currently paid at the rate of £935 p/a for each eligible child. Looked After Children (LAC) and service children are also funded at £1900 and £300 p/a respectively.

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy has a core team of people responsible for the allocation of Pupil Premium funding led by a Vice Principal and a Pupil Premium Mentor for each of Key Stages 3 and 4. Additional staff including subject specialist teachers, a non – teaching mentor, House Assistants, Education Welfare Officer, Counsellor and SEN Achievement Coaches have a proportion of their time deployed to directly support Pupil Premium children. The majority of the academy’s strategies to tackle disadvantage are designed to improve the attainment and progress of these children, for example:

  • specialist support with reading, writing and calculating
  • 1:1 and small group interventions
  • Year 6 – 7 transition and subsequent engagement
  • personalised support to address learning deficits
  • holiday intervention programmes in core subjects

Approximately 20% of the total funding received by the academy is targeted at the provision of educational supplies and materials, off site course costs and the subsidy of educational trips and visits for children in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant.

The table below gives an illustrative breakdown of how Sir Bernard Lovell Academy allocates Pupil Premium funding for a sample child.

Pupil Premium Plan 2016-17

Improve progress - Improve attendance - Support all transitions (KS2 – 3, KS3 – 4, KS4 – 5) - Improve behaviour - Develop aspiration

Priority

 

Improve progress by raising attainment and achievement through quality 1st teaching

PP students make at least 3 Levels of Progress in line with academy expectations with middle and higher ability students targeted at 4 Levels of Progress to set aspirational targets

The percentage of PP students attaining their expected outcomes matches that of their non – PP peers as a result of being placed with strongest teachers

HAP+ Project secures targeted outcomes for the most able PP students

To develop and embed strategies to address the PP / Non PP attendance gap

PP attendance matches that of Non - PP students

Develop range of intervention strategies to support all school transitions

Progress does not dip at transitional phases.

 

PP students are well – prepared and ready for KS2 – 3 – 4 – 5 changes.

Improve behaviour

Reduced number of Satellite Centre referrals and Fixed Term Exclusions for PP students

Decreased negative behaviour points for PP students*

Increased Housepoints for PP students*

(*Both as Average Points Scores per student compared with non - PP peers)

Raise PP students’ aspirations

Aspire Groups in Ys 7 – 9 and HAP+ Project engage PP students in discussions about their ambitions and develop cultural capital with excursions to HE institutions, galleries and museums.

Focus on short and medium term academic improvements secures at or above flightpath progress for most able PP students (using Progress 8 measure in Years 10 and 11)

(These figures are illustrative only. For example, the provision of SEN support or a non – teaching mentor at Key Stage 4 if needed are not shown and at 39% and 13% respectively change the balance of disbursement considerably).

The Sir Bernard Lovell Academy has utilised Ofsted’s Pupil Premium analysis and challenge tool, adopted the advice of Simon Rowe (HMI) and engaged an external audit of our funding allocation in order to improve outcomes for Pupil Premium children.

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy is committed to closing and then eradicating the gaps in attainment and progress caused by disadvantage.

A full breakdown of our funding allocation is presented below and further information about Pupil Premium funding can be obtained from:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

 Pupil Premium funding allocation 2016-17

Intervention Category

Area of Spend

PP Funding

Impact and value for money

Staffing

Key Stage 3 and 4 Pupil Premium Mentors

£43, 425

 

Staffing

Specialist English and Mathematics teaching support and intervention (22 hours per fortnight)

£13, 376

 

Staffing

House Assistants

£23, 948

 

Staffing

TSC Manager

£6,  177

 

Staffing

EWO

£5, 000

 

Staffing

Counsellor 1

£2, 940

 

 

Counsellor 2

£2, 520

 

Staffing

QA Evaluation activities

£1, 500

 

Staffing

Contribution to administration and management salaries

£10, 000

 

Staffing

Additional maths and science intervention

£10, 000

 

Staffing

Qualified teacher support across the curriculum

£33, 376

 

Total

 

£152, 262

 

Other /Computer provision

Computer leases and hardware resources

£9, 000

 

Other /Travel

Off - site travel provision

£1, 500

 

Other /Off site courses

Off – site course fees provision

£10, 000

 

Other /Visits

Educational Visits subsidy

£5,000

 

Other / Uniform

Pupil premium school uniform subsidy

£3, 500

 

Other /Books

Books and publications

£2, 000

 

Other/ Attendance

Attendance prizes

£475

 

Other /Stationery

Stationery and materials

£1, 500

 

Other

Breakfast Club

£1,500

 

Other

Aspire Project

£2,000

 

 

 

£36, 475

 

Overall Total

 

£188, 737

 

If you require further information please contact Mr Rose, Vice Principal, t: 01454 868 020

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust - www.wellswaymat.com

Visions, Ethos and Values

At Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, we strive to enable all of our students to achieve more than they considered possible in their academic achievement and their personal development. We recognise that excellent qualifications open doors for our students and provide access to a great breadth of opportunities in the local and wider communities. Alongside their outstanding progress, we also believe our students must develop confidence and leadership and show responsibility and independence if they are to make the most of these opportunities and become the best that they can be. Born in the local area, Sir Bernard Lovell was a physicist and is most widely known for founding the Jodrell Bank Observatory and designing the 76 metre Lovell telescope which still remains one of the largest telescopes in the world more than 50 years after its construction. His achievements were made possible through his ambition, resilience, creativity and leadership and it is this ethos of positive endeavour that is evident through our academy and in the breadth of opportunities available in lessons and enrichment opportunities.

Our students contribute to all aspects of our academy community and all students recently engaged in a project to identify the academy’s core values of respect, equality, knowledge, individuality and teamwork. These values are now at the core of our academy community and at the heart of every opportunity we have to support our students’ personal development. We aim to give every individual the chance to achieve beyond their dreams – at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, the possibilities are infinite.

Visions and Values

Visions and Values

“Building aspiration through great learning”

Our Vision

At SBL, each young person will be encouraged and supported to aim high and achieve her/his ambitions.  High quality teaching, a well-ordered environment and a rich curriculum will ensure that each individual enjoys a positive and fulfilling experience that will set them up for success in life. Their progress will be enhanced further through the wide range of enrichment opportunities they will experience and from the personalised and effective support they will receive.

‘Through cooperation, honesty and effort, all SBL students will learn and develop positivity and resilience that will help them to grow in confidence and achieve the highest possible aspirations for their futures’

Our Values

At the heart of our community lie the fundamental values of respect and tolerance. Sir Bernard Lovell Academy is a community where each person is valued as a unique individual and where individual difference is celebrated. We will work together to challenge discrimination and to promote the importance of respecting the beliefs and practices of others.

Building on this firm foundation, all governors, parents, students and staff believe the following behaviours and qualities will help us to achieve our vision. We value:

  • Cooperation
    • Working together
    • Showing kindness
    • Developing strong relationships
  • Effort
    • In our academic work at home as well as in school
    • In wider academy activities
  • Honesty
    • With each other
    • With ourselves
  • Resilience
    • Keeping our efforts up even when things are tough
    • Supporting others to be resilient
    • Developing emotional strength and well-being
  • Positivity
    • Taking a ‘can-do’ attitude into every task
    • Making the most of every opportunity
    • Enriching our own experiences and those of others
  • Confidence
    • Reflecting on and celebrating our successes
    • To try new things
    • To believe we can achieve anything

As a member of the SBL community, we will endeavour to demonstrate these values in everything we do.

Free school meals

Free school meals

How to apply

Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals via the Citizen Portal. Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals. If your child is eligible you will receive a confirmation message, and the school will be notified directly. If you are not eligible you will be presented with a message stating this.

Please note, if you have already completed a primary or secondary school place application for the 2017/18 academic year via the portal, you do not need to re-register when applying for free school meals. Please use the login details that you have already set up.

Apply for free school meals

Information for the Lead Ofsted Inspector

Information for the Lead Ofsted Inspector

Information will be published shortly

9th May 2017

School performance tables

School performance tables

School exam results for GCSE, BTEC and A levels 2016

Read our news story about the Stars of SBL

Key Stage 4 achievement and progress*

Summary of Achievement 2016 Total Percent 2015 National Average (%)
Number of students in cohort 200 100 -
Students with 5+ A*-G 190 95 93
Students with A*-C in GCSE English and GCSE Maths 96 48 58
Students with 5+ A*-C inc. English and Maths 90 45 56
Students making expected progress in English 160 80.4 69
Students exceeding expected progress in English 88 44.2 30
Students making expected progress in Maths 89 44.7 66
Students exceeding expected progress in Maths 29 14.6 30

 GCSE and BTEC results 2016*

Qualification name Number of entries A*-C% A*-G%
GCSE Art 59 52.5 100
GCSE Textiles 13 69.2 100
GCSE Biology 35 97.1 100
BTEC Business Award 9 55.6 77.8
BTEC Business Certificate 19 94.7 100
GCSE Business 27 22.2 100
GCSE Chemistry 35 82.9 100
GCSE Computing 21 61.9 100
Cambridge National Certificate Engineering Manufacture 30 53.3 96.7
Principal Learning Engineering 32 93.8 93.8
GCSE English Language 196 76 98
GCSE English Literature 194 57.7 99
GCSE French 82 54.9 100
GCSE Food 23 73.9 100
GCSE Geography 27 63 100
GCSE German 58 24.1 100
GCSE Health & Social Care 23 69.6 100
GCSE History 37 70.3 100
IT - ECDL 33 100 100
GCSE Maths 195 51.3 95.4
GCSE Maths - Use of 15 100 100
GCSE Music 8 75 100
GCSE Performing Arts 10 20 100
GCSE Photography 37 45.9 91.9
GCSE Religious Studies 12 75 100
GCSE Physics 35 82.9 100
GCSE Psychology 42 66.7 95.2
GCSE Science - Additional 130 43.8 100
GCSE Science - Core 158 52.5 99.4
GCSE Spanish 1 100 100
BTEC Sport - Award 10 20 80
BTEC Sport - Certificate 16 100 100

*GCSE and BTEC results are provisional, pending the outcome of enquiries made after initial results were received.

BTEC Diplomas results shown with GCSE equivalent grades to aid comparison.

Key Stage 5 (Post-16) achievement and progress*

Qualification name

Entries

A*–C%

A*–E %

Average grade

A2 Art

7

71.4

100

C

A2 Applied Business

7

57.1

100

C-

A2 Biology

5

20

100

D+

A2 Chemistry

7

57.1

100

C

A2 Computing

8

37.5

75

D

A2 English Language

3

100

100

C+

A2 English Language & Literature

10

50

100

C-

A2 English Literature

4

75

100

C-

A2 Food Tech

1

100

100

C

A2 Geography

3

66.7

100

C-

A2 Health & Social Care

5

60

100

C

A2 History

6

50

100

C-

A2 Maths

16

56.3

93.8

C

A2 Maths - Further

2

100

100

B

A2 Music

1

100

100

C

A2 Photography

3

33.3

100

D

A2 Physics

6

33.3

66.7

D+

A2 Product Design

4

0

50

E

A2 Psychology

15

86.7

100

C+

A2 Sociology

8

62.5

75

D+

A2 Textiles

1

0

100

D

Level 3 Project

2

100

100

C

BTEC Diploma (Subsidiary)

Qualification name

Entries

A*–C%

A*–E %

Average grade

Applied Science

7

42.0

100

B-

Business

18

38.9

100

C

Creative Media Production

3

0

100

D-

Engineering

7

42.9

100

B-

Health & Social Care

11

54.5

90.9

C+

ICT

6

50

100

C+

Public Services

13

30.8

100

C-

Sport

6

33.3

100

C-

BTEC Diploma results shown with A2 equivalent grades to aid comparison. *Key Stage 5 results are provisional, pending the outcome of enquiries made after initial results were received.

See Sir Bernard Lovell Academy results on the school and college performance tables service.

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Should you require a paper copy of the information on our website, please contact the school office t: 01454 868 020 or email: swren@sblonline.org.uk where we will take details of your request and provide copies as soon as possible.