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School Open Evening and Open Mornings
Posted on: 20/Jul/18

School Open Evening and Open Mornings

Open Evening: Wednesday 3 October 2018, 6.30pm-9pm

The Principal will give presentations at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Open Mornings: Thursday 4 October 2018 – Thursday 11 October 2018 (tours each day at 9.15am – 10.15am or 11.30am-12.30pm, by appointment only)

This is a great opportunitiy to come and view the Academy during a normal school day. Unfortunately these are very popular so we ask that you please contact Main Reception to book an appointment, tel: 01454 868 020.

Term Dates for 2018 / 2019
Posted on: 17/Jul/18

Term Dates for 2018 / 2019

Including end of term arrangements for July 20th 2018

Term ends at 12:45 on Friday 20th July

For details of the beginning of term in September click here (pdf 148kb)

Our school uniform expectations
Posted on: 03/Jul/18

Our school uniform expectations

In the past few weeks students have taken part in assemblies where I have outlined the key changes for September 2018. We have a number of key areas that we are looking to improve upon in order for the school to become a ‘Good’ school following our Ofsted inspection in February. To enable us to do this as quickly as possible, I have spoken to the students about them playing their part and taking more responsibility for their learning in and out of school. We will be sending out regular updates of the key foci and developments and we are relying upon you to support us with the changes we are making.

Everyone at the Academy has extremely high expectations for our students, your children. By working together on the key areas we have identified we can ensure that they have better life chances and are looked upon more favourably because the reputation of SBL Academy as a ‘Good’ school will be known throughout their community. I have asked the students on a number of occasions about what type of school community they wish to be a part of and they unanimously support the changes we have made so far to behaviour and the quality of teaching. They are committed to us becoming a ‘Good’ school as quickly as possible as they recognise that there is a benefit for them.

Please can you ensure that you read the below information regarding our uniform expectations and support your child to follow them by buying the correct uniform for September.

I would like to point out that we have not made any changes to our school uniform policy. We have however, been explicit in pointing out the consequences for not wearing uniform appropriately.

I am regularly contacted by concerned parents and carers regarding the girls’ skirts in particular. The comments relate to how tight and short some of our students choose to wear them. I have also shared comments that people have made with students to point out that they are attracting attention to themselves in a negative way and not for positive reasons. I am sure that every parent and carer will want to support us in ensuring that your children, our students give a good impression and do not attract those negative comments purely by the way they wear their skirts.

If you follow the guidance below then you will supporting us and your child in a number of ways.

Further information will be following this term around other changes and tightening of expectations.

Mr Anderson, Principal


 Compulsory items:

  • Blazer
  • House Tie
  • Long or short sleeved white shirt button up shirt with a structured collar
  • Smart formal grey trousers with pleated/ flat front, smart and formal.

Jeans or fashion-style trousers, skinny styles (including leggings) and shorts are not permitted.
As an alternative to trousers, a knee-length skirt can be worn which must meet school expectations.  Skirts must be smart and formal with an A-Line cut. 

Short skirts, tube skirts and others made of a stretch fabric are not permitted. Any students who do not wear their skirts in the appropriate way will be spoken to and contact made with home to ensure that the appropriate style of skirt is worn. Students who repeatedly fail to meet uniform expectations will be isolated or excluded.

SBL School uniform

  • Plain black school shoes - Black shoes should be plain black leather/faux leather with no markings of any other colour and must be of a formal style. Boots, trainers and skate shoes are not acceptable. As a guide, a suitable shoe can be polished.
  • Plain socks/tights in navy, grey or black 

SBL School uniform


SBL School uniform

Optional – Navy and blue school v-neck jumper, only available from Initially Yours. This jumper is designed to be worn under the blazer during the winter months but under no circumstances is it to be worn instead of the blazer.

SBL School uniform

Outdoor wear – Navy blue or black coats. Denim, leather or leather type jackets or coats are not permitted in the school.
All items of clothing are to be clearly marked with the owner’s name. Items of uniform must be:

  • The correct colour
  • Appropriate for school wear (e.g. as highlighted on the initially yours website.  Extreme or fashion styles of trouser, skirt or other items are not permitted).

Jewellery – for reasons of safety and security we advise that students do not bring jewellery to school.  Our expectations regarding the wearing of jewellery is as follows. Students can wear:

  • One wristwatch
  • One small ring – signet or plain band
  • One plain stud/sleeper in each ear only
  • One necklace – simple chain and small medallion

All jewellery will have to be removed for PE and sport.

Facial piercings are not permitted at SBL Academy and students will be required to remove them whilst at school.  Please ensure that if your child is having any new piercings done, they are done at the start of the summer holidays so that they can be safely removed whilst in school. As with our uniform policy, failing to meet our expectations regarding jewellery and piercings will lead to isolation and exclusion.


  • The school does not permit extremes of style or colour, for example extreme shaving or bright hair dyes. Hair colours should be natural in tone if hair is dyed or coloured.
  • Students who do not wear their hair in this way will not be permitted in lessons and will be isolated until they comply with the school’s expectations.
  • Persistent refusal to meet our expectations may lead to fixed term exclusion.

Students are allowed to wear discreet make up in school.  If a student is wearing excessive  make up they will be asked to clean/wipe off their face.

Chewing Gum is not permitted in or around the school building. 

The Principal’s decision on matters of uniform and standards is final

PE kit


  • Unisex or Women’s fit SBL polo t shirt
  • SBL PE shorts/Skorts and/or plain navy tracksuit bottoms
  • Navy football socks (can be purchased from any sports shop)
  • SBL rugby top (this can be worn as a warm weather top all year round but is essential when rugby is on the curriculum).
  • Sports trainers (not leisure shoes/daps)

Optional - SBL half zip training top.
In cold weather all students are allowed to wear a plain navy blue or white base layer underneath their SBL t-shirt. Students will not be allowed to wear any other type of hoody/jumper.

Personal protective equipment 

  • When taking part in specific activities students may be required to wear specific footwear and bring personal protective equipment. Details relating to these activities are below:
  • Football on the astro  - Students will need to wear trainers only – blades/plastic stud style boots are not permitted. Shin pads are compulsory and must be worn. Students can borrow shin pads but it is strongly recommended they have their own.
  • Football on the school playing field - Students need to wear football boots/blades or a similar style that will allow them more grip.
  • Hockey – Shin pads are compulsory and must be worn. Students can borrow shin pads but it is strongly recommended they have their own. Gum shields are optional but strongly recommended.
  • Rugby - Students will need boots for the school playing field and trainers for astro. Gum shields are required.


If students have an injury they will still need to take on a leadership role within the lesson. In case of injury, students need to bring a note from a parent/carer explaining why they cannot do PE and also bring their PE kit. We understand that in some extreme situations students will not be able to change into PE kit e.g. broken leg.
Uniform suppliers information:
Initally Yours, 211 Soundwell Road, Soundwell (Kingswood), Bristol, BS15 1PT. Tel: 0117 967 4472. www.initiallyyours.co.uk

Joseph Performance on Tuesday 3rd July
Posted on: 29/Jun/18

Joseph Performance on Tuesday 3rd July

Tuesdays Performance Cancelled

As you will be aware, the first night of the production clashes with an important World Cup match for our national side. As a result, sales for this evening are extremely low and it would be unfair for our performers to have a very limited audience on their opening night.

 In light of this, we are cancelling the Tuesday evening production to enable our students and their families to watch the game should they wish to. This decision has not been taken lightly as a lot of time and effort has been put in by students and staff in preparation for a four evening run of the production. However, as an Academy we are conscious of our obligation to ensure our students and their families and indeed those who have purchased tickets for Tuesday all have the opportunity to watch the game and hopefully celebrate the success of our national side. It is an important part of being a part of this country and we promote British Values whenever we can.

 Those who have purchased tickets for Tuesday, will be able to attend on any of the other evenings (Wednesday – Friday) or receive a refund if they require it. Please contact the school by phone or email to arrange this.

 We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and even though some of those within the production may choose not to watch the game, we feel it important that those that do have the opportunity. 

Changes to the Academy detention system, May 2018
Posted on: 03/May/18

Changes to the Academy detention system, May 2018

Outcome of the latest Ofsted inspection
Posted on: 22/Mar/18

Outcome of the latest Ofsted inspection

Staff and students at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy are celebrating an Ofsted inspection that confirms their school is improving.

SBL was placed in Special Measures by the education watchdog in 2014, leading to the secondary school in Oldland Common becoming part of the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust in 2015.

In the first inspection since it became an academy, Ofsted has moved the school up a grade to Requires Improvement and has noted a number of strengths.

Pupil behaviour is said to be much better and achievement rising in a number of subjects.

Lead inspector Lee Northern said in his report: “The school is now set on a clear and secure path of improvement. Key to this has been strengthening the impact of leadership, governance and the trust.”

He said the Principal Dean Anderson, who took up his post in September last year, was providing effective and determined leadership. “There have been significant improvements to relationships, clarity of purpose and staff morale throughout the school,” the report said.

“There is a strong focus on building long-term, sustainable improvements, rather than seeking short-term gains which may not be sustained.”

The inspection team highlights the introduction of the Ready to Learn system which it says “has greatly reduced instances of poor behaviour.” The report notes that pupils say they feel safe in school and are confident they have adults they can turn to if they have any worries.

Mr Anderson said he recognised there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We are really pleased with the inspection report as it clearly supports our own judgements of the educational experience of our students. Nothing in the report has come as a surprise as leaders at all levels have thoroughly evaluated our provision. We know exactly what we need to do to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the academy,” he said.

“We are taking urgent action to introduce more challenging lessons, step up our extra-curricular provision and ensure our sixth-for provision overall prepares students for life beyond school. We are also continuing to work hard to reduce exclusions and improve attendance.”

The report acknowledges the impact of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust in helping to secure better outcomes for students. The proportion of Year 11s achieving a ‘standard pass’ in both GCSE English and mathematics in 2017 was up on the year before and was in line with other schools nationally.

“The trust has provided valuable support and challenge for improvement. Trust officers have a realistic and well-founded view of the school’s effectiveness, based on a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses,” Ofsted said.

Andrea Arlidge, WMAT CEO, said: “The inspection proved a very positive experience for the staff at the academy. All at WMAT are pleased that the hard work that has gone into improving the educational experience for learners at SBL is starting to pay off and outcomes are improving. We fully support the work of the Principal and leaders in the academy to build upon this rapid progress and further improve the quality of education for students in this community.”

For further information please see the Ofsted report.

Information evening for parents and carers on supporting Year 11 students through their exams
Posted on: 15/Mar/18

Information evening for parents and carers on supporting Year 11 students through their exams

Information evening for parents and carers on supporting Year 11 students through their exams

In preparation for the GCSE exams, we will be hosting a session for parents/carers on Thursday 22 March 2018 in the main hall (M90) between 6pm-6.30pm.

Please come along to gather information about the exam arrangements and how you may support your child.

Easter holiday multi-sport camps
Posted on: 13/Mar/18

Easter holiday multi-sport camps

Pro-Coaching logoWellsway Sports Centre and SBL Sports Centre have joined forces with local company Pro-Coaching to host camps this Easter for children aged 5-13 years.

The highly qualified and experienced team who have been running camps around the South West since 2001, will be at Wellsway between 26th-28th March, and SBL between 3rd-5th April.

Booking is highly recommended due to demand, please visit www.pro-coaching.co.uk for more details and to secure your place.

Places still available for next year's ski trip
Posted on: 09/Mar/18

Places still available for next year's ski trip

We are pleased to be able to offer another exciting ski trip for the February half term in 2019. The total, all inclusive, cost of the trip is £875 which represents exceptional value. For full details please see the ski trip letter 2019 (Pdf, 154kb)

SBL students on the ski slopes

Non-school uniform day raises funds for worthwhile charity
Posted on: 05/Mar/18

Non-school uniform day raises funds for worthwhile charity

As you may be aware, on the last day of term 3 there was a non school uniform in aid of the World Scout Jamboree.

The Jamboree enables young people from around the world to connect, learn about different cultures and have the experience of a lifetime.

Overall, an incredible £630 was raised to go towards Scouts in less fortunate situations who would not be able to attend otherwise. Thank you very much to everyone who supported me in the fundraising efforts it is so greatly appreciated.

Izzy Dent - Year 10 student 

Student survey for the Ofsted Inspection
Posted on: 28/Feb/18

Student survey for the Ofsted Inspection

We need your views

Ofsted is inspecting your school, and would like to hear your views. You can do this by completing an online pupil questionnaire at the following link: https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Pupil/10037178

Your views are really important to us, and will help inspectors understand your experience of school. The questionnaire will close at 11am on 28 February 2018, to give the inspector time to look at the results. The questionnaires work in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 11, and on mobiles and tablets when you copy and paste the link into the browser.

We do not ask for your name, so you will not be identified from the responses you make.

Inspection of Sir Bernard Lovell Academy by Ofsted
Posted on: 28/Feb/18

Inspection of Sir Bernard Lovell Academy by Ofsted

We have just told your child's school that we will inspect it on 28 February 2018. The lead inspector will be Lee Northern, HMI. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child's school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by 11am on 28 February 2018 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 01 Mar 2018.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000131112. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Peter Collings

More information
School inspections: a guide for parents (Pdf, 363kb)

Ski trip 2018
Posted on: 19/Feb/18

Ski trip 2018

SBL ski trip group shot 2018

Well done to all the students and staff who went on the 2018 ski trip to Pinzolo, Italy during the half term holiday. Everyone made huge progress in their skiing and had a wonderful time taking part in some snow-shoeing and other après-ski activities.

SBL students on the ski slopes

If anyone is interested in going on next year's ski trip in Boi Taull, Spain then please see Mr Shiells.

Public health guidance on scarlet fever
Posted on: 19/Feb/18

Public health guidance on scarlet fever

Public Health England urges vigilance about spotting signs of scarlet fever

Public Health England (PHE) is advising parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever following a substantial increase in reported cases across England in 2017 to 2018.

Scarlet fever is a very contagious, seasonal bacterial illness that mainly affects children and is not uncommon for this time of year.

The latest Health Protection Report showed 6,225 cases of scarlet fever had been reported since mid-September 2017, compared to 3,764 for the same period last season. There were 719 cases reported for the most recent week (22 to 28 January 2018).

This increasing trend is in line with usual patterns although cases are currently higher than those reported at this point in the last 4 seasons. It is not possible at this point to determine what the final numbers will be for this season. Scarlet fever is a clinical diagnosis and not usually confirmed by laboratory testing so the activity we may be seeing may be due to increased awareness and reporting of scarlet fever, although the exact cause is still being investigated.

Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness; PHE is advising parents to be on the lookout for scarlet fever symptoms, which include a sore throat, headache and fever with a characteristic fine, pinkish or red rash with a sandpapery feel. If signs of scarlet fever are suspected, it is important to contact your local GPor NHS 111. Early treatment with antibiotics is important and can help reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and the spread of the infection. Children or adults diagnosed with scarlet fever are advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Nick Phin, Deputy Director at Public Health England, said:

  • It’s not uncommon to see a rise in cases of scarlet fever at this time of year. Scarlet fever is not usually a serious illness and can be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications and spread to others. We are monitoring the situation closely and remind parents to be aware of the symptoms of scarlet fever and to contact their GP for assessment if they think their child might have it.
  • Whilst there has been a notable increase in scarlet fever cases when compared to last season, greater awareness and improved reporting practices may have contributed to this increase.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

  • Scarlet Fever is a bacterial infection that usually presents with a sore throat, fever, headaches, and a rosy rash that generally starts on a patient’s chest.
  • It is very contagious disease and much more common in children under 10 than teenagers or adults, but it can be treated quickly and effectively with a full course of antibiotics and all GPs are trained to diagnose and treat it.
  • Scarlet fever used to be a lot more common than it is now, but GPs are noticing more cases than in previous years at the moment. If a patient thinks that they, or their child, might have symptoms, they should seek medical assistance.
  • PHE is also urging GPs, paediatricians, and other health practitioners to be mindful when assessing patients and promptly notify local health protection teams of cases and outbreaks.

For further information for on scarlet fever visit the NHS Choices website.

Guidelines for the management of scarlet fever are also available from the PHE website.

Mind you
Posted on: 08/Feb/18

Mind you

New mental health and emotional wellbeing website for young people

South Gloucestershire has just launched Mind you which is a mental health and emotional wellbeing website for young people. Mind you aims to help children and young people look after their mental health, find out about mental health problems and where to go if they are finding things hard. There is also information for parents/carers and professionals.

Funded by the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Mind you, has been developed by the Public Health and Wellbeing division at South Gloucestershire Council. Children and young people have been involved in creating the website, including pupils and students from Digitech Studio School, Brimsham Green School, Yate Academy, Charborough Road Primary School, Abbotswood Primary School, and Callicroft Primary School, as well as young people from the Youth Council, Children in Care Council, Barnardo’s HYPE, and OTR Mentality Project.

For more information please see: www.mindyou.org.uk

Year 9 Choices
Posted on: 24/Jan/18

Year 9 Choices

Year 9 Choices

Parents, carers and students will be able to find the key information here as students decide their subject they will study from next year as part of their Key Stage 4 subjects.

Here you will find the Choices booklet, the Pathway reply forms and a copy of the assembly that was shown to students on 24th January so that you can understand the messages we have given to students.  We have tried to also explain why this is such an important time in your child’s life and the challenges and joys of the adult life that lies ahead for each and every young person. We would be grateful to receive your support on this when talking to your child at home.

In the week commencing 29th January we will send a recommendation home outlining the pathway we feel will be best for your daughter or son. You can choose another pathway if you wish but we will be in touch with you if we feel that the choice of subjects made is not likely to be successful.

What you need to do next:

Please contact your child’s Head of House if you have any questions are if you are unsure on what to do next.

Introducing the new Principal
Posted on: 08/Sep/17

Introducing the new Principal

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.

School open evening and mornings for prospective Year 7 students
Posted on: 05/Sep/17

School open evening and mornings for prospective Year 7 students

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:

  • Friday, 22nd September
  • Tuesday, 26th September
  • Friday, 29th September

If you wish to come to an open morning, please can you contact the school to make an appointment. 

Year 11 sixth form induction day
Posted on: 15/Jun/17

Year 11 sixth form induction day

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.

Mr Downes

Year 11 English Revision Workshops
Posted on: 26/May/17

Year 11 English Revision Workshops

Notice to invited students

The workshops will run from 11.00am - 12.30pm in the Sports Centre Conference Room. 2nd June and 10th June.

Miss Roberts

Year 11 Aspire visit to Bath University
Posted on: 26/May/17

Year 11 Aspire visit to Bath University

Aspire students visit Bath University for a tour of the campus to see what university life is like.

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.

Barn dance and BBQ
Posted on: 16/May/17

Barn dance and BBQ

Barn dance and BBQ on 16th June 2017 at 7pm at SBL. 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


Mental health advice
Posted on: 16/May/17

Mental health advice

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.


SBL’s night at the Oscars
Posted on: 01/May/17

SBL’s night at the Oscars

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. 

Year 11 English revision guides
Posted on: 05/Apr/17

Year 11 English revision guides

Anxiety toolkit
Posted on: 10/Mar/17

Anxiety toolkit

South Gloucestershire Council have put together some useful guides on successfully managing anxiety for children, young people and adults. For more information see http://bit.ly/2nmtdFi

Help and support with mental health issues
Posted on: 10/Mar/17

Help and support with mental health issues

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

 Bullying UK
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

The Mix
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Time to Change
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Winston's Wish
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
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


Students attend Philosophy and Ethics conference
Posted on: 06/Feb/17

Students attend Philosophy and Ethics conference

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.

Stars of SBL
Posted on: 05/Sep/16

Stars of SBL

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!

Tanzania scuba expedition fund raising meeting
Posted on: 20/May/16

Tanzania scuba expedition fund raising meeting

Tanzania scuba expedition fund raising meeting

There will be a meeting about fund raising for the Tanzania scuba expedition on 26th May in Post-16, room P11 at 1.05pm.

Students sparkle in a Diamond Challenge
Posted on: 19/May/16

Students sparkle in a Diamond Challenge

Students sparkle in a Diamond Challenge

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

Studying at home
Posted on: 12/May/16

Studying at home

SBL has put together a short guide to help parents and carers (Pdf, 367kb) who have children in Year 10/11 study at home.

Zest for school dinners
Posted on: 21/Apr/16

Zest for school dinners

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.

Spring watch inter-house photography competition
Posted on: 11/Mar/16

Spring watch inter-house photography competition

1 trillion pictures taken in 2015…  

  • 93 millions selfies taken every day
  • 5 hours spent taking, uploading and “liking”
  • More photos taken in 2 minutes today than in the whole of the 1800’s!

Entry requirements

  • It must include a natural aspect eg: flowers, animals etc
  • Your photograph can be colour or black and white.
  • There will be a competition for each year group.
  • Everyone can enter!
  • Closing date: Friday 15th April - hard copies or on memory stick or CD. 

Please send your photos to your Head of House.

Happy snapping!


Where to get help
Posted on: 28/Jan/16

Where to get help

Information for children, young people and their families in South Gloucestershire

Year 11 exam study guide
Posted on: 19/Jan/16

Year 11 exam study guide

We have put together a study guide to help support your son/daughter in the run up to the examination period. It contains all of the key information that will enable your child to study more effectively in preparation for their exams. If you would like more information please get in contact with the school.

Year 11 exam study guide (pdf, 1.2mb)

Consultation meeting on the use of mobile phones in school
Posted on: 19/Jan/16

Consultation meeting on the use of mobile phones in school

We would like to invite you to a consultation evening to discuss academy rules on the use of mobile phones on Thursday 28 January at 5pm.

The evening is open to parents and carers of all students.

iPad insurance claims
Posted on: 09/Dec/15

iPad insurance claims

Notification to all parents and carers of Years 9, 10 and 11 participating in the iPad scheme which are in an active lease (fully paid or monthly instalments). Our iPad insurance is changing, please make any claims prior to the last day of term (18th December) by following the instructions in this article. You will be notified of all changes to the iPad insurance policy via letter on the first week back of term after Christmas.

South Glos Road safety want your unwanted bikes
Posted on: 07/Dec/15

South Glos Road safety want your unwanted bikes

Road safety are part of a new initiative to redistribute bikes within our local community and we invite you to take part. We are looking for unwanted bikes (16” wheel +) to be donated by your pupils and parents which will be collected on arrangement by the Road safety team before Christmas.

All donated bikes we receive will be taken to our workshop at Broadlane, checked over by our qualified mechanics, refurbished where required and then offered to young people who don’t have access to a bike for whatever reason who would like to take part in Bikeability training.

We will be collecting from SBL Academy on Monday 14th December 2015.

If the above dates don’t suit please don’t let this stop you donating a bike, please contact us to arrange a more convenient time, please get in contact with us. Tel:  (01454) 86 8449 

Martina Byrne-Obee (Martina.Byrne-Obee@southglos.gov.uk)
Road Safety Officer

School newsletters
Posted on: 16/Nov/15

School newsletters

School newsletters

Get right up-to-date with what's been happening at SBL Academy with On the Radar school newsletters and the PE Department's newletters.