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Curriculum overview

Curriculum overview

Curriculum at SBL

We have approximately 200 students in each group of the main school, divided into 7 tutor groups.  Students have five, one hour lessons per day.  We operate a two-week timetable which means students have 50 one hour lessons in a fortnightly cycle.

The curriculum is designed to be broad-based and balanced to inspire and support students in their progression to Post 16 education and to their chosen career path.   We also seek to build the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, intellectual and physical development of our students and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.  We also promote British values, for example democracy and the rule of law.

Each subject area has produced detail about their curriculum, with information on how to support your children in their studies.  To see these details, click here.

We have a well-developed care, advice and guidance programme to support students at each point in their school career, especially around the time when options are made in Year 9 for Key Stage 4 subjects and in Key Stage Four for Post 16 pathways.

Our extra-curricular programme includes a large range of educational visits and sports, drama, music and community based involvement.

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, Performing Arts 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 four optional subjects, including EBacc subjects for the majority.  These include;

Modern languages: French or German

Computing: Computer Science

Humanities: History, Geography,

We also offer: Creative and Media: Art and Design (Fine Art), Art and Design (Photography), Performance Skills (Including Drama and Music), Values and Beliefs, Health and Social Care, Enterprise and Marketing, Physical education, Engineering, Food, Textiles and Product Design

All students in years 10 and 11 undertake a programme of personal, social and health education delivered by their tutor.

Key Stage 3

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.
  • Creative and Media: Art, Performing Arts and Music.
  • Design and Technology: Product Design and Food
  • Learning for Life (including elements of citizenship, health education, business and sustainability.
  • ICT

Each subject area has produced detail about their curriculum, with information on how to support your children in their studies.  To see these details, click here.

Home Study

We believe that home study 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 home study 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'.

16-19 Study Programmes

Year 12

Year 12 have an enrichment and PSHE programme which focuses on study skills, preparation for university, employability skills, financial literacy and British values.  Some students will take the EPQ and have a more intensive preparation for university programme.

Year 13

Year 13 have a non-qualification programme that focuses on employment and university application.  Students will also have a programme focusing on financial literacy, preparation for adult life and managing stress/mental health.

Typical academic study programme

 

PLANNED HOURS

CORE AIM

 

QUALIFICATION HOURS

NON-QUALIFICATION HOURS

A LEVEL 1

176

 

CORE AIM

A LEVEL 2

176

 

 

A LEVEL 3

176

 

 

PSHE

 

30

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE (VOLUNTEERING)

 

10

 

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS/PREPARATION FOR HE

 

30

 

ENRICHMENT

 

23

 

TUTORIALS/ASSEMBLIES (LINKED TO PSHE FOCUS)

 

27

 

TOTALS

528

120

 

Study programme vocational 2019-20

 

 

PLANNED HOURS

CORE AIM

 

QUALIFICATION HOURS

NON-QUALIFIACTION HOURS

VOCATIONAL COURSE (CTEC)

176

 

CORE AIM

VOCATIONAL COURSE (BTEC)

176

 

 

A LEVEL

176

 

 

MATHS GCSE

105

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE (VOLUNTEERING)

 

10

 

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS/PREPARATION FOR HE

 

30

 

PSHE

 

30

 

ENRICHMENT

 

23

 

TUTORIALS/ASSEMBLIES (LIKNKED TO PSHE FOCUS)

 

27

 

TOTALS

633

120

 

Post 16 Study

Students require a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or better including either Maths, English Language or English Literature; if a student does not have one of either Maths or English, they will need to re-take it as part of your sixth form programme. If a student is taking one of the A Level Sciences or Psychology, but is not taking either another Science or Maths alongside it, they will be required to take Core Maths as an additional subject.

The vast majority of students will study three courses, except where a Maths/Further Maths combination is taken. Students with an exceptionally high GCSE average score may also consider a fourth subject, or the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

All A Levels are two year courses with no AS Levels taken.

We offer:

A Levels

  • Art (Fine)
  • Art (Textiles)
  • Art (Photography)
  • Biology  
  • Business  
  • Chemistry  
  • Computer Science  
  • Economics  
  • English Language 
  • English Literature 
  • English Language and Literature
  • French and German  
  • Geography  
  • History  
  • Maths  
  • Maths (Further) 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education  
  • Physics  
  • Product Design  
  • Psychology  
  • Religious Studies  
  • Sociology  
  • Theatre Studies  

Level 3 vocational

  • Applied Science  
  • Business  
  • Engineering  
  • Health and Social Care
  • Public Services  
  • Sport

Additional Level 3 qualifications

  • Core Maths  
  • EPQ 

The WMAT partnership

We work in partnership with the WMAT Sixth Forms at Wellsway and IKB schools. This means that we can offer a much wider variety of subjects; if there is a course that we do not provide here but is available at one of the other centres, you may still be able to study it.

This means that you can choose to study at one place alone or, if you wish, you have a wonderful opportunity to make the best use of the courses, resources and opportunities at our partner schools.  If you need to travel between schools for particular lessons, transport is organised from door-to-door for you!

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

Dr B Brown - IB Member
Term of office: from 1 November 2018

Mr G Schlick - Headteacher of Bedminster Down School and SEND Governor
Term of office: from 1 November 2018

Mrs B White - Safeguarding and LAC Governor
Term of office: from 1 November 2018

To contact the Governing Body please email Clerk to Sir Bernard Lovell Intervention Board.

More information

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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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 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

School performance

School performance

Performance measures:

We are required to publish the following information:

Performance measure

2018 validated

Basics (English and Maths) 9 - 4

60

Basics (English and Maths) 9 - 5

30

Progress 8

-0.47

Attainment 8

40.1

% Entering Ebacc

12%

Ebacc average point score

3.34

% staying in education or employment after KS4

95%

KS5 Performance

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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

 

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning

Updates:

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.

 

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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: 0117 456 5900 or email: sblovell@sblonline.org.uk where we will take details of your request and provide copies as soon as possible.