Welcome TO SBL ACADEMY
The school follows South Gloucestershire’s admissions policy, which is based on:
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.
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
Bristol BS15 0DQ
tel: 01454 868008
Academy Intervention Board (IB) from 1 November 2018.
Academy Governance Committee (AGC) will be reinstated in September 2019.
Mr D Anderson - Principal and IB Member
Term of office: not applicable
Mrs A Arlidge - WMAT CEO, Chair and Pupil Premium Governor
Term of office: from 1 November 2018
Mrs C Banks - Co opted Governor
Term of office: 11 December 2019
Dr B Brown - IB Member
Term of office: from 1 November 2018 - 1 August 2019
Mr G Schlick - WMAT Director of Secondary and SEND Governor
Term of office: from 1 November 2018
Mrs B White - Safeguarding and LAC Governor
Term of office: from 1 November 2018
Ms A Halliwell - Clerk to the Academy Intervention Board
To contact the Governing Body please email Clerk to SBL Academy's intervention board.
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 secondary school place application for the next academic year via the portal, you do not need to re-register to apply for free school meals. Please use the login details that you have already set up.
Joint area SEND revisit in South Gloucestershire
Ofsted have published their findings following the Ofsted/CQC SEND joint area SEND revisit in South Gloucestershire which took place from 10 to 12 February 2020, please also see the letter from Ofsted.
The improvements recognised in the findings have been delivered as a consequence of effective collaboration and collective ownership across our local education, health and social care system. We are committed to driving improvement across the system, to enable children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible.
Hilary Smith - Head of Education, Learning and Skills, South Gloucestershire Council
Supportive Parents provide advice and support about special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). They are the statutory special educational needs and disability information, advice and support (SENDIAS) service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The service they provide is free, confidential and impartial.
Should you require a paper copy of the information on our website, please contact the school office t: 0117 456 5900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org where we will take details of your request and provide copies as soon as possible.
In 2019, SBL secured excellent improvement in the main measures used to judge school progress.
Key stage 4 (Year 11)
Key stage 5 (Sixth Form)
Overall school attendance: Improvements in 2018/19 see SBL Academy as the most improved school in the South Gloucestershire area in this measure. We value and promote good attendance and our attendance rate is now well above the national average.
For more information about our KS4 results please see DfE school performance.
16 to 19 tuition fund statement
How Academy will use the 16 to 19 tuition fund
The purpose of this statement is to set out how SBL Academy will use its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation to support students who have been academically disadvantaged due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The 16 to 19 tuition fund will be used to provide tuition for students aged 16 to 19 who have not yet achieved grade 4 or above in English and/or maths. The provision will not be limited to tuition for English and maths, but will also be used to provide support for students to complete vocational courses where learning has been disrupted by coronavirus. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – including those aged 19 to 24 who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies – will also be supported
Tuition groups will be no larger than three students and tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21. Tuition and additional support will be delivered using a blend of online and face to face delivery. Tuition offered will be based on an individual needs assessment.
Tuition support will be used for:
The Academy is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government's guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:
“Building aspiration through great learning”
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’
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:
As a member of the SBL community, we will endeavour to demonstrate these values in everything we do.
Sir Bernard Lovell Academy converted to academy status on 1st April 2015. We are now part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT).
Wellsway Multi Academy Trust
WMAT Central Office
c/o SBL Academy
T: 0845 136 0026
Further information about the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust
Items that may be of interest to the lead inspector:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 Testing for Staff and Students. Please also see the video about asymptomatic testing and complete the consent form for COVID-19 testing.
Please remember: if anyone in your household has symptoms, you should all isolate until the result of the Covid test is known. If the result is positive you will all need to continue to isolate in line with national guidelines.
CONCERNS DURING COVID-19
Report a concern during the COVID-19 pandemic