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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 2017 (Pdf)

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.

Inclusion

Inclusion

The Sir Bernard Lovell is a fully inclusive mainstream academy. For more information see the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust's Inclusion Policy (Pdf, 320kb)

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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.

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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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Request a printed copy

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.