Full details about our Sixth Form Options Evening: Thursday 12th October (pdf, 132kb).
The evening will start with a talk from Mr Anderson (Principal) at 6.30pm followed by an opportunity to meet subject teachers to discuss course options in the sixth form.
This is a valuable opportunity to find out about the courses on offer in the sixth form.
Dear parents/carers and students of Sir Bernard Lovell Academy I am delighted to welcome you to a new school year and introduce myself as your new Principal. I was thrilled to be appointed by the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust to lead this Academy on the next stage of its journey.
I have explained a little about my background and aspirations for the academy to students in assemblies over the last few days and have been working closely with staff since my appointment in July to ensure the best possible start to the new term. I am looking forward to making sure that students here at SBL have every opportunity to be successful and achieve their full potential in and out of lessons.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new year 7 students who are joining the Academy at an exciting time and I’d like to wish the year 11 students the best of luck for their up-coming GCSE exams, they have a hard year ahead of them and I’m sure they will respond well to all the support that will be in place for them from curriculum teams.
They are following on from a very successful year where the Academy achieved the best results ever: 63% of students achieved a grade 4+ in both English and maths with 58% achieving 5A*-C including English and maths. Results were good in a number of subjects which ensured that more students than ever before were able to go on and follow the courses or apprenticeships that they wanted to. This set of results will be built on this year and I’m sure I’ll be writing to you next September congratulating them on breaking records again!
When I was given the opportunity to join SBL following the interview process that took place in July, I had no hesitation in accepting and am really looking forward to getting to know students, staff and members of our community. I was previously a Principal and Executive Principal with the Academies Enterprise Trust, with responsibility for the leadership of a number of schools, including Broadlands Academy in Keynsham where we achieved a Good Ofsted grading in 2016. As a result, I was then appointed as Director of Education with a large multi-academy trust with groups of schools across the country. Although I enjoyed working with Principals and senior leaders in a variety of settings, I missed being part of a school: working with students and staff to improve outcomes and educational experience.
I am delighted to be here and I am looking forward to meeting some of you at events over the next year.
Our open evening is Thursday, 21st September 2017, when the school is open from 6.30pm - 9pm, with the Principal's talks at 7pm and 7.45pm.
We have open mornings scheduled for:
If you wish to come to an open morning, please can you contact the school to make an appointment.
A level results will be available for collection from 8.30 am – 11 am on Thursday 17 August in Post 16. Students are to collect results in person, however, if they are unable to a representative may collect them as long as proof of identity and a letter of permission from the student is presented.
GCSE results will be available for collection from 8.30 am – 11.30 am on Thursday 24 August in Post 16. Students are to collect results in person, however, if they are unable to a representative may collect them as long as proof of identity and a letter of permission from the student is presented.
End of term
Term finishes on Thursday 20th July at 12.45pm for all students.
Start of term
Friday 1st September and Monday 4th September are INSET Days and Term 1 will start on Tuesday 5th September at the following times:
Year 7 students – 8.45am
For students in Year 7 who will be travelling by coach, please note that there will be NO coach on the first day of term.
Year 8 – 10 students – 9.45am
For students in Years 8-10 travelling by coach, the pick-up time will be one hour later than normal.
Year 11 students – 9.15am
For students in Year 11 who will be travelling by coach, please note that there will be NO coach on the first day of term.
Year 12 and 13 students should attend for registration
Year 12 Induction Day is Tuesday 5th September, all day – arrive at 8:45am
Lessons for all Post-16 students will begin on
Wednesday 6th September at 9:45 am
We are pleased to announce that the annual GCSE & A Level: Art, Photography & Textiles Exhibition is from 4pm - 6pm on the 13th July 2017 in the Giotto Gallery, SBL.
Refreshments will be served.
All students applying to our sixth form in September 2017 need to complete the Summer research tasks for the subjects you intend to take in September and will make sure you get off to a flying start.
They are part of our enrolment programme and need to be completed for the first lesson back. Completion of them also forms part of the induction period.
Biology (Pdf, 458kb)
Business CTEC (Pdf, 487kb)
Core Maths (Pdf, 276kb)
Design technology (Pdf, 298kb)
Health and social care CTEC (Pdf, 713kb)
History (Pdf, 405kb)
Maths and further maths (Pdf, 207kb)
Physics (Pdf, 470kb)
Psychology (Pdf, 499kb)
Public services (Pdf, 437kb)
RS philosophy and ethics (Pdf, 196kb)
Sports CTEC (Pdf, 298kb)
All student who have applied to study at SBL in the sixth form next year are invited to an induction day on Thursday 29th June. Letters will be sent home with more details during the next few days.
Notice to invited students
The workshops will run from 11.00am - 12.30pm in the Sports Centre Conference Room. 2nd June and 10th June.
During term 5, the Year 11 Aspire students went to the University of Bath to learn first hand from current students what studying at university might be like. They had a tour of the university, which is a campus university, participated in an activity session about university life and were able to ask current students what studying at university is really like. All students were fantastic ambassadors for the school.
Don your Stetson, grab your partner and prepare for some barn dancing fun at SBL on Friday 16th June 2017 at 7pm - 10.30pm. Yeehaa!
Tickets: £8 which includes one free item from the BBQ. To get your tickets call: 01454 868 158 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/sbl
If you are feeling so down that you can’t see a way out, know that others have felt this way and survived. You are not alone and however bad you feel, you can be helped. Here is some information about dealing with suicidal feelings.
Self harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Find out what self-harm means and what to do if you think you’re affected by it.
We're looking to set up a new Friends of SBL group, primarily to fundraise for the school but it could also be personally very rewarding for everyone. We hope that it will only be a small commitment and that it won’t take up too much of your time.
If you are interested in finding out more about the group or if you would like to sign up please email Daniel Blackwell firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.
They rolled out the red carpet at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy for a Night at the Oscars.
The glittering awards ceremony at the Oldland Common secondary school was to celebrate the film-making talents of students.
It received endorsements from the organisers of the Academy Awards in America and the Baftas in the UK.
The school’s theatre was packed for the event, which showcased films in various genres and animations made by students in their tutor groups .
Principal Rupert Maule said: “This was a wonderful event, with all the razzamatazz of the real thing. SBL has a proud tradition in the creative and performing arts and it is lovely to see our current students maintaining those standards.
The successful students received celebrity messages from wellwishers, including Alex Lovell from BBC Points West and Ian Downs from Sam FM.
A message from the Oscars organisers in the US said: “A lot of the famous directors of today started off making home movies with super 16mm films (most famously Steven Spielberg) and now with mobile phone technology who knows where thenew superstars of tomorrow will come from? Hopefully Sir Bernard Lovell Academy.”
The Bafta organisers said: “There was a great mix of genres from supernatural to spaghetti westerns and classic thrillers to technically brilliant animation. It was lovely to see some homages as well as original storytelling.
“All the films used different techniques to make them creatively more interesting. Most notable was the strong use of music across a number of the films but I also wanted to congratulate those responsible for directing, editing and special effects.’
The Oscars night was raising money for Unicef and to support a group of students who are going to Tanzania with Camps International in the summer.
Local businesses including Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Krispy Kreme , Bowlplex, Pizza Hut and Vue Cinema supported the event.
Our students have designed and made an elephant for display in Bristol this Easter.
The picture shows Mark the Elephant and if you're shopping in Broadmead over Easter look out for him on show in a shop window.
Six students from 7Ca2 - Olivia Griffiths, Leah Cox, Chloe Madine, Mia Wichard, Annie Pollard and Emma Stephenson - designed and decorated Mark and he'll be on display with the name of Sir Bernard Lovell Academy alongside him. They based their design on Mark Zuckerberg, the man who created Facebook.
Bristol and South Gloucestershire Methodist Church have organised an elephant trail featuring more than twenty different elephants in shops around Broadmead over the Easter holiday period.
There are maps for the trail and further information.
We all have mental health, yet it's often something we find difficult to talk about when we're struggling. With one in ten children and young people in the UK - that's three in every classroom are suffering from a diagnosable mental health problem, we think it's important that you know who to turn to for help. Besides speaking to a member of staff at SBL or a trusted adult, here is a list of useful contacts offering advice and support:
Kooth is a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people, aged 11-25. Users can have a drop-in chat with a counsellor, therapist or book a one-to-one session. They have a monitored online forum and users can also record a journal. www.kooth.com
Off the Record
Off the Record provides free and confidential mental health support, information and workshops for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol. www.otrbristol.org.uk / 0808 808 9120
TESS is a text and email support service that is run by Self Injury Support, which offers help to girls and young women up to 24 in the UK who are affected by self-harm. 0780 047 2908 (Open Sunday - Friday, 7-9pm). Visit www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk to access their email service.
Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC)
ABC offers personal, ongoing, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with Anorexia Nervose, Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating, in addition to related self-harm. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk / 03000 11 12 13
BEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. www.b-eat.co.uk / Youthline: 0345 634 7650
Provides advice on all aspects of bullying. www.bullying.co.uk / 0808 800 2222
A 24-hour helpline for children and young people to discuss any issues they're concerned about. www.childline.org.uk / 0800 1111
National Self Harm Network
Support for individuals who self-harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. www.nshn.co.uk
NHS Choices - Young People and Mental Health
An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. www.nhs.uk/livewell/youth-mental-health
A national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide among young people. www.papyrus-uk.org / 0800 068 4141
Talk to Frank
Friendly, confidential advice on drugs. www.talktofrank.com / 0300 123 6600 / live chat, text: 82111
Support and information about how to cope with various issues, whether it's mental health, money, relationships, finding a job, or drugs. www.themix.org.uk / 0808 808 4994
Time to Change
Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. www.time-to-change.org.uk
A leading childhood bereavement charity offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. www.winstonswish.org.uk / 08452 03 04 05
Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. www.youngminds.org.uk / 020 7089 5050
Last week our Year 12 students were lucky enough to attend a prestigious Philosophy and Ethics conference at Bristol's Colston Hall as part of their A level studies.
The event was led by internationally renowned philosopher Dr Peter Vardy and featured a series of lectures and debates linked to their A level course specification.
Sessions included a debate on arguments for and against euthanasia, lectures on philosophical arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil.
Students were given a booklet of notes and activities written by Dr Vardy.
Year 12 Public Service students had a fantastic day at Parliament on 26th January. They took part in a challenging making laws workshop which everyone found very engaging.
The students even had time to visit Buckingham Palace, guided tour of Westminster Palace and the National Gallery. All in a day!
It goes without saying that the students were a credit to the school and everyone had a great time.
23rd January from 6.30pm - 8pm
We are holding a Quiz Night to raise money for the trip to Tanzania on 23rd January from 6.30pm - 8pm. There will be a wide range of questions on topics from Science to Movies, so everyone has a chance to answer a question. There will be prizes, so there's everything to play for.
Entry is £2.00 per person and teams of between 4-6 people.
Students and staff are invited to wear a Christmas jumper to school in aid of Save the Children charity on 16th December 2016. We are asking for a donation of £1 for anyone that wishes to take part.
All students will not have to wear their blazers but we expect the rest of the uniform to be worn.
The school will finish on Friday 16th December at 12.45pm. The buses have been rescheduled to collect at this time.
The first day of term is 3rd January 2017 and will start as normal at 8:45am.
We are pleased to announce that our Christmas Concert is on December 14th at 7pm in the main hall (M90). The tickets are now on sale and are available from the main reception. Priced at £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children and OAPs.
See the Christmas Concert poster for more details.
A UNIQUE CAREERS EVENT FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS IN SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
18 & 19 0CTOBER 2016 AT THE SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE & STROUD COLLEGE WISE CAMPUS
The 2016 Ambitions event offers students in the secondary schools and academies in South Gloucestershire the opportunity to investigate a range of different employment sectors in which they might be interested. In the last 5 years over 13,000 Year 9 students have taken part in interactive workshops with employers and, during the same period, Ambitions evening events have been attended by over 11,000 students and parents. Ambitions has grown to become a key element of schools’ careers programmes with the benefit of the direct involvement of increasing numbers of local and national organisations.
• 18 October 2016 - Workshops (9.00 am – 3.00 pm) for Year 9 students in South Gloucestershire
• 18 October 2016 - Evening Event (4.30-8.00 pm) for young people aged 11-19 and their parents
• 19 October 2016 - Workshops (9.00 am – 3.00 pm) for Year 9 students in South Gloucestershire schools
For young people, the process of making decisions about the future - what to aim for in relation to education, training and employment - has become increasingly complex. Not only is there a bigger range of possible choices than ever before, but also rapidly changing technological and economic circumstances continue to have a major impact.
Youth unemployment, the rising costs of higher education, access to relevant work experience and how best to develop the employability skills demanded by employers in a highly competitive labour market are factors that have combined to ensure that the question of how we should prepare students for the transition between education and work is currently near the top of the national agenda.
Young people need to be as fully aware as possible of opportunities for progression and the ways in which they can enhance their employability - the Ambitions event is designed to help school students in South Gloucestershire improve their awareness of the workplace and better understand, by taking part in activities with employers, the sorts of skills that will be important for their future plans.
A number of recent reports have highlighted evidence that too few schools are providing careers education, careers guidance and first hand experiences with employers that meet the needs of all their students. Today millions of people in the UK work in jobs that didn’t exist when their parents left education and first went into work. More complex careers, with more options in both work and learning, are opening up new opportunities for young people, but they are also making decisions harder given the financial and emotional penalties associated with making poor decisions. Many young people are not in education, employment or training, yet at the same time, according to the CBI, over half of UK businesses are not confident they will find sufficient suitable recruits for their current vacancies. More than ever, young people need the opportunity to understand and think through the options open to them in terms of their future careers. They need access to reliable and relevant information about a jobs market that is undergoing rapid, dynamic change.
WORKSHOPS FOR YEAR 9 STUDENTS
South Gloucestershire Year 9 students (13-14 year-olds) will visit the Ambitions 2016 event and take part in 5 different interactive workshops with employers. So that students can get the most from the Ambitions Event, they have been provided with the opportunity to choose, in advance, the workshops in which they are most interested. To help with making decisions about what workshops to choose, all Year 9 students will have the opportunity to take part in a series of preparatory activities in school. Copies of these student activities can be found on the website in the Ambitions 2016 section (see ‘Further Information’ below).
AMBITIONS EVENING EVENT
The Ambitions 2016 Evening Event is being attended by employers, universities, colleges and apprenticeship training providers and also gives young people and their parents the opportunity to access professional careers advice in the Ambitions Careers Guidance Centre. Past Ambitions Evening Events - open to all young people, parents and carers in South Gloucestershire - have been an invaluable opportunity for young people and parents to access the sort of information, advice and guidance that can prove crucial to making effective decisions about future courses and career directions…
More than 120 different local and national organisations are contributing to the Ambitions 2016 Event. 29 different employment sectors, organised into 10 themed zones, are represented with the addition of a Careers Guidance Centre and a Progression Routes Zone at the Ambitions Evening Event. A full list of contributors is available on the website.
Further information about the 2016 Ambitions event is available at: www.ambitions.events
Students from SBL Academy have been praised by the Chief Constable for their compassion and courage after stepping up to comfort a distressed woman in Bristol.
The young people, including two who now attend IKB Academy, were in the Old Market area of Bristol when they came across the woman, who was visibly upset.
The four girls and three boys talked to the woman and tried to calm her and gave her cash to buy food before calling the police for help as they were concerned that she might harm herself.
Olivia Rowley, Lauren Lerway, Baylea Camm, Rosie McGill and Seb Davis, are in Year 10 at SBL, and Liam Davis and Will Coles, are in Year 10 at IKB Academy, which is also part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. They were all invited to visit the Avon and Somerset police headquarters in Portishead and to meet the Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, who presented them with letters of thanks and arranged for them to have a tour of the HQ, including the communication centre that took their call for help.
One of the officers called to the incident in June, PC Adam Finlayson, said: “Upon our arrival, they were comforting and supporting the distressed woman and seemed to have struck up a good rapport with her. They provided her reassurance and arguably prevented her from causing herself harm. I was massively impressed by their actions and attitude.”
Will Coles said the students felt honoured to have been given recognition by the Chief Constable.
He said: “We were crossing the bridge and we saw her on the wrong side of the railings so we grabbed her. We called the police and waited with her until they arrived. We asked her if she had any money and she said ‘no’ so we gave her £10.
“I felt so proud of myself for helping someone in need and hope she is feeling much better and is back on track with her life.”
Rupert Maule, the principal of Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, said: “I am very proud of our students” actions and the calmness and maturity they showed in such a difficult circumstance. After recognising the nature of the situation, they did not walk on by but had the courage to act as well as the wisdom to call for support via the emergency services.
“To act so responsibly under such pressure is a great testament to their character, values and resilience and gives a great example of how young people can be positive role models within their communities. It is wholly deserved that their actions have been acknowledged by the constabulary.”
Debbie Gibbs, the principal of IKB Academy, said: “We are so proud to have these two boys in Year 10 at IKB and look forward to sharing in their future successes. They have shown great maturity and deserve this public recognition of their compassion and courage.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “I heard about what they had done and I was very impressed. I wanted to thank them personally. This was an act of great kindness, compassion and generosity, while others walked by.”
Some of our students achieved stellar results in the GCSE results, proving that hard work, effort and a growth mindset pay off enormously. We are absolutely delighted with their achievements.
Ben Llewellyn (left) achieved 5A*s and 6As and Tom Kerfoot (right) achieved 11A*s and 1A.
Lucy Head (1st left) with 4A*s, 4As and 5Bs. Jess Bennett (3rd from left) with 4A* 4As and 3Bs. Lucy and Jess worked hard all year to achieve their goals.
Between Tom, Ben and Lucy they achieved 24 A*s for the Academy.
Luke Campbell (left) gained 3As and 2A*s and Oscar Jones achieved 4As.
Amelia Matthews (left) is a keen golfer and is hoping to reach professional ladies' standards. Amelia worked just as hard on her GCSEs achieving 6As and 3Bs.
George Wiltshire (left) achieved 1A and 4Bs, despite a year-long placement with Southampton football team for most of Year 10. An amazing catch-up! Jacob Wardle (right) 1A*, 3As and 4Bs.
Well done to Chloe Giles who gained 1A* and 3As.
And last of all but certainly not least, Sam Radley achieved an amazing 8As.
It is wonderful to see so many of our students returning to join the Sixth Form. Congratulations to everyone for all your hard work!
Our School Librarian Ms Tenniswood has taken out all the hard work of finding great books to read with a recommended lists for KS3 & 4. So why not borrow a couple of books from the library and loose yourself in some great literature this summer holiday.
There will be a meeting about fund raising for the Tanzania scuba expedition on 26th May in Post-16, room P11 at 1.05pm.
Congratulations to all the SBL students who completed the Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award Diamond Challenge. The DofE Award is celebrating its 60th year and so we chose to take part in the Diamond challenge to raise money for the charity which has done so much to develop the potential of young people.
In total eighteen students aged from 11 to 16 and six members of staff set out across the Brecon Beacons on the 23rd April to tackle the Pen y Fan horseshoe. The hike consists of three peaks with over 11km of walking and 650m of ascending. It was going to be a tough challenge! Luckily, the weather smiled on us and we had clear views all the way around, although some pupils said their first view of the peak they had to climb made it worse!
"A long ridge walk and a nail-biting descent down a gully..."
Needless to say the students were fantastic, with morale and resilience high for all of the day. After a slow(ish) start, we made it to the top of Cribyn (795m) and that was our first peak successfully climbed. The students’ energy started to pick up just in time for the biggest climb of the day, Pen y Fan (886m). The photo above shows some very happy students on top of the highest mountain in South Wales. After that it was just the final peak to go of Corn Du (873m). Fortunately there was no stopping our team and they successfully made it to the top. A long ridge walk and a nail-biting descent down a gully finished the day, as well as a sighting of a very cute "baby horse". (We think it's called a foal, Lucy!) Adam got the prize for the funniest descent of a slope - he just rolled down it! Well done to all our students for completing probably the toughest walk of their lives and representing the spirit of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme so wholeheartedly.
Mr Shiells and Ms Blueman
There's a new textiles club running on Wednesdays after school from 3.15pm to 4.30pm for Years 7-9.
If you're interested please come and get a letter from Miss Shand in DT as you will need to get permisssion from your parents/carer.
The multi academy Trust's in house catering, Zest are introducing a brand new lunchtime menus starting from Monday 23rd May, which will operate on a two week cycle. Claire Mansri, Executive Chef for the Trust says, "a great dealing of planning has gone into creating these menus. We have primarily focussed on creating great homemade food using fresh healthy ingredients at an affordable price for our staff and students to enjoy.”
Zest's school lunchtime menu (pdf, 354kb)
All meals are £1.90 on their own or £2.40 with a dessert (choice of fresh fruit, yoghurt or dessert of the day)
If you have any questions or feedback please contact the school.