“Building aspiration through great learning”

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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

Academy intervention board (IB)

Academy intervention board (IB)

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.

More information

Curriculum overview

Curriculum overview

For more information please see our curriculum overview section.

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 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.

Apply for free school meals

Inclusion

Inclusion

  • Medical conditions: Deputy Heads of House

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

More information

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.

Local authority and government

Local authority and government

If you require more information on the work of the local authority please refer to South Gloucestershire Council.

For further information please refer to the Department for Education.

 

Request a printed copy

Request a printed copy

Should you require a paper copy of the information on our website, please contact the school office t: 0117 456 5900 or email: sblovell@sblonline.org.uk where we will take details of your request and provide copies as soon as possible.

School performance

School performance

In 2019, SBL secured excellent improvement in the main measures used to judge school progress. 

  • English 4+: 81% (improvement from 78% in 2018)
  • English 5+: 58% (improved from 54%)
  • Maths 4+: 80% (improved from 72%)
  • Maths 5+: 50% (improved from 41%)
  • Basics (English and Maths) at grade 4+: 73% (improvement from 60% in 2018)
  • Basics (English and Maths) at grade 5+: 40% (improved from 30% in 2018)
  • 5 Passes including E/M: 66% (improved from 59% in 2018)
  • Progress 8: -0.25

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.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

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.

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy converted to academy status on 1st April 2015. We are now part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT).

Contact details

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust
WMAT Central Office
c/o SBL Academy
North Street
Oldland Common
BS30 8TS

T: 0845 136 0026

Further information