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End of term 6 letter, 17th July 2020
Posted on: 17/Jul/20

End of term 6 letter, 17th July 2020

Summer Activity Programme
Posted on: 09/Jul/20

Summer Activity Programme

The last day of the Key Worker Group is Friday 17th July 2020. This will not run over the summer holidays. Please see our summer activity programme.

Front line workers school placement request form
Posted on: 04/Jun/20

Front line workers school placement request form

If you wish to request a keyworker childcare placement for week commencing 8th June please contact the school directly by phone or email.

Please note the message from the government that ‘children who can stay at home, should stay at home’.

WMAT Parent and Carer Newsletter: May 2020
Posted on: 21/May/20

WMAT Parent and Carer Newsletter: May 2020

Information about the Coronavirus
Posted on: 26/Feb/20

Information about the Coronavirus

We continue to work closely with our health and safety advisers to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus.

We will follow the guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England and update you if anything changes.

Learn how to cook jerk chicken, rice and peas at New Tracks Youth Club
Posted on: 24/Jan/20

Learn how to cook jerk chicken, rice and peas at New Tracks Youth Club

What: Help prepare and eat jerk chicken, rice and peas with homemade coleslaw.

When: Friday 31 January 2020

Where: New Tracks Youth Club, High Street, Oldland Common (the youth club building is to the rear of Redfield Edge Primary School)

Time: 7 – 9.30pm

Cost: 50p entry

Come along and help prepare and eat jerk chicken, rice and peas with homemade coleslaw.

Cookery events will take place on the last Friday of each month.

NB: This event has not been organised by the school, we are merely promoting it. If you would like further details please contact the youth club directly.

Child weight management: Reach
Posted on: 07/Jan/20

Child weight management: Reach

Reach is a free and fun programme, for those aged 4-16 who are above a healthy weight, to attend with their parents or carers. It focuses on helping children and young people to achieve a healthy weight by increasing physical activity, boosting emotional wellbeing and sharing ideas for healthy eating. New courses start from Tuesday 28 January in Bradley Stoke, Staple Hill and Yate. To find out more and book your place go to www.southglos.gov.uk/reach

Reach aims to:

  • Promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people by increasing physical activity, boosting mental health and wellbeing and improving nutritional intake
  • Support children and young people to reduce their BMI; this could be by weight maintenance and growing into a healthier weight, rather than weight loss, depending on the age of the child, stage of growth and degree of obesity
  • Provide a family based approach and offer group programmes and 1:1 support to encourage positive lifestyle changes
  • Support partners in their work with overweight or obese children, young people and families
SBL's Christmas Concert 2019
Posted on: 13/Dec/19

SBL's Christmas Concert 2019

SBL's Christmas Concert 2019 flyerWe are pleased to announce that SBL's Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, 18/12/19 at 7pm.

Tickets avialable from main reception or student services. Adults: £3 and Conc: £2.

Sixth Form Open Evening: 9 October 2019
Posted on: 03/Oct/19

Sixth Form Open Evening: 9 October 2019

I have pleasure in inviting all parent/carers and students to the post-16 open evening on the 9 October 2019.

This evening is to give students and parent/carers an opportunity to investigate the sixth form at SBL Academy. I would encourage all students in year 11 to attend.There are courses suitable for almost all students, irrespective of their GCSE predictions. You will have the opportunity to talk to subject specialists about the A level and vocational courses on offer. 

I look forward to seeing you on the 9 October. 

D Clompus, Director of Sixth Form

More information

Take a look at this year’s Sixth Form prospectus (Pdf, 420kb)

 

Ski trip 2021
Posted on: 23/Sep/19

Ski trip 2021

Artesina/Prato Nevoso, Italy: 13-20 February 2021

We are pleased to be able to offer another exciting ski trip for the February half term in 2021. 

For full details please see the ski trip letter 2021 (Pdf, 446kb)

Open Events: October 2019
Posted on: 04/Sep/19

Open Events: October 2019

Prospective Year 7 students

To assist parents/carers in their decision making, SBL Academy are hosting a series of open mornings: Monday 7 October through to Friday 18 October 2019. Tours will take place at 9.15am and 10.15am (by appointment only). Please call 0117 456 5900 if you would like to book a place on a tour.

More information

See the school prospectus (Pdf)

Sixth Form Open Evening: 9 October 2019 

I have pleasure in inviting all parent/carers and students to the post-16 open evening on the 9 October 2019.

This evening is to give students and parent/carers an opportunity to investigate the sixth form at SBL Academy. I would encourage all students in year 11 to attend.There are courses suitable for almost all students, irrespective of their GCSE predictions. You will have the opportunity to talk to subject specialists about the A level and vocational courses on offer. 

I look forward to seeing you on the 9 October. 

D Clompus, Director of Sixth Form

More information

Take a look at this year’s Sixth Form prospectus (Pdf)

Hard work pays off as SBL reports significant improvement in GCSE results
Posted on: 22/Aug/19

Hard work pays off as SBL reports significant improvement in GCSE results

‘Results day is an important day in the lives of our students.  It’s a day where we see the reward for five years of commitment and hard work so, this morning, it was wonderful to have the privilege of sharing these life-changing moments with our students and their families at SBL Academy in Oldland Common.’

Overall results have improved considerably this year, in particular, outcomes in Maths and English have continued to climb. At this early stage, 40% of students have achieved a pass at 5+ in Maths and English and 73% have secured a pass at grade 4+ in these subjects. This represents a strong improvement on 2018 results and is testament to the high levels of commitment shown by hard-working students, staff and our supportive parents.  Science results were strong once again this year as well as seeing improvements in History, Languages and a number of other subjects from the previous year.

Principal, Dean Anderson, was very pleased with the hard work of students in Year 11:

“Following last week’s Post 16 results, it is a delight to once again see so many SBL students do so well. In particular, it is a pleasure to be able to tangibly see the rewards for this group of students who have really responded positively to what we are offering at SBL. High standards and a wide range of opportunities to learn, both inside and outside of the classroom, has led to this group of students being in a position where the vast majority can make positive choices on what they want to do in the next phase of their lives. To have so many students staying with us in Post 16 study from September is a wonderful reflection of the improvements we continue to see at SBL and the positive attitudes of our students and their families.”

Mr Anderson went on to say:

“There are so many students I’d like to mention but I would like to publicly congratulate the following high achieving students:

Jack Davies, Harriet Harding, Marley Toghill, Jade Morgan, Emma Norris, Toby Godfrey and Tom Brodie.

Our highest attainers include:

  • Lucy Stott with 3 x Grade 9 passes and 5 x Grade 8.
  • Bailey Clark with 7 x Grade 9 passes and 2 x Grade 8.
  • Rebecca Griffin with 2 x grade 9s and 4 x Grade 8.
  • Danielle Wood with 5 x Grade 9 passes and 3 x Grade 8.
  • Stefan Mills with 4 x Grade 9 passes and 3 x Grade 8.

Last week it was a pleasure to see that all of our students heading to Higher Education were able to secure strong university placements.  This week, the next crop of Post 16 students has shown that they are also ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

GCSE results 2019
Posted on: 22/Aug/19

GCSE results 2019

GCSE results 2019

Students and teachers hard work pays off as SBL reports significant improvement in GCSE results.

Students from Sir Bernard Lovell Academy will today be celebrating significantly improved results in a number of subjects including English and Maths. The Academy has seen a rise in the basics measure, English and Maths results where students achieving Grades 4-9 has risen by 13% and Grades 5-9 by 10%. Maths results have significantly improved with over 80% of students achieving at least a Grade 4 and almost 50% a Grade 5. In English, over 80% of students achieved a Grade 4, with 58% a Grade 5 or higher. In addition, results in all subject areas have improved which will enable more of our students to gain places in our WMAT Post-16 collaboration. There has also been a rise in students achieving Grades 7 and higher across all subject areas.

Principal, Dean Anderson stated, ‘I am extremely proud of the way this cohort of students approached their examinations and it is great to see their hard work has paid off. There have been a number of significant changes at SBL in the last couple of years all geared towards providing an educational environment our students can thrive in.  We are heavily invested in our students to ensure they have the right teaching, support and tools to help them develop, achieve and be the best they can be.  To see these improvements making such a significant impact on results is hugely rewarding for us as well as our students. The good grades they have achieved gives them the opportunity to continue the education or training of their choice.’ 

A level and vocational results: Summer 2019
Posted on: 15/Aug/19

A level and vocational results: Summer 2019

Congratulations to all of our students who have collected some outstanding A level and vocational results today.

We are very pleased to see that the number of students achieving the highest grades at A level has increased considerably and that results in vocational qualifications showed a 100% pass rate, with many students achieving the top grade.

We are very proud of students who have achieved outstanding results and who are going on to attend prestigious universities. Particular congratulations go to Jasmin Leaworthy who achieved 4 A* grades and will be studying at the University of Exeter and Emily Godfrey who achieved 3 A grades and a distinction and will be studying at the University of Bath.

A number of students will move on to university, apprenticeships and employment in order to take the next steps in their lives. We are proud as a school community to have been able to support them to achieve their goals. 

GCSE Fine Art and Textiles Exhibition
Posted on: 21/Jun/19

GCSE Fine Art and Textiles Exhibition

GCSE Fine art and textiles exhibition, 4th July 2019 at SBL Academy in the Giotto Arts space. All welcome

GCSE Fine Art and Textiles exhibition, 4th July 2019 at SBL Academy in the Giotto Arts space. All welcome

Summer concert
Posted on: 21/Jun/19

Summer concert

Tickets on sale Monday 24 June,  available from Student Services (students only) and Main Reception.

Cash (no change given) or cheque made payable to Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.

Sports Day 2019
Posted on: 18/Jun/19

Sports Day 2019

Unfortunately, due to the weather forecast we have taken the decision to cancel Sports Day scheduled for Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Students need to attend in full school uniform tomorrow as normal.

We are in the process of looking to rearrange the event.

Additional Inset day on 15 July 2019
Posted on: 15/May/19

Additional Inset day on 15 July 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

You may have seen the letter on our website as it was issued by the Trust in early April (Pdf). Apologies that some of you may not have received this via email.

You will remember that we took part in the pilot Ofsted Inspection in February 2019 which was an incredibly useful process for us to go through in order for us to measure the rate of progress we have made in the last 18 months. As I fed-back to you at the time, we have made impressive progress in a number of areas and our Intervention Board are really pleased, as am I as Principal.

In order to fully prepare for the year ahead, we need to ensure that our curriculum is further developed and embedded and of the best quality. We have an Inset Day planned for 17 June 2019 as per our calendar and we will use that to draft the first elements of our new curriculum in each subject area. To enable us to complete the work, the Academy Intervention Board have granted us an additional Inset Day on Monday 15 July 2019.

By doing so, we will be in a position where the new curriculum can be in place for the start of the Autumn Term. It will greatly benefit our students and ensure that we are able to deliver a cohesive curriculum that is well-sequenced and enables our students to make good and outstanding progress.

I recognise that this may inconvenience some of you but assure you that it is essential that we allow staff this time in order to ensure that the experience for our students is enhanced for next year.

Mr D Anderson
Principal

 

Community Christmas Dinner
Posted on: 06/Dec/18

Community Christmas Dinner

We are looking forward to hosting our Community Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 19 December 2018 for elderly residents in our local community. The event is due to start at 4.15pm.

Students who are interested in volunteering at this event can get a permission letter from Student Services or speak to their tutor. We are looking forward to welcoming members of our local community to enjoy a festive evening.

Christmas Concert
Posted on: 05/Dec/18

Christmas Concert

We are very proud to announce that SBL Academy's annual Christmas Concert is on 19th December at 7pm in the main hall (M90).

Christmas Concert poster 2018

Student instrumental lessons
Posted on: 30/Nov/18

Student instrumental lessons

Does your son/daughter currently have instrumental lessons?

Would they like to learn to play a musical instrument?

At SBL we offer lessons for piano, drums, guitar and violin delivered by experienced peripatetic teachers, and our next block of lessons begin in January 2019. 

Application forms will be circulated to current students in the next few days. Any students who would like to start instrumental lesson need to collect an application form from Miss Harland.

Certificate collection
Posted on: 15/Nov/18

Certificate collection

Exam Certificates from Summer 2018 will be available for collection from Wednesday 5 December 2018.

For all certificates please come to main reception from 08.00 – 16.00. Please bring ID.

If someone else is collecting on your behalf, they will need written permission from you and must bring ID.

Current Post 16 students can collect from Mrs Collins at break and lunchtimes.

Please check all details carefully and alert us immediately if there is a problem with your certificate.

Certificates will be destroyed / returned to the examining boards after one year of being held within the Academy so please ensure you collect them.

Remembrance Day
Posted on: 12/Nov/18

Remembrance Day

Whole school Remembrance Service 2018

In the last week we have spent time focussing on the importance of remembrance.  We gathered on Friday as a whole school to reflect in some detail in an assembly led by our Principal, Mr Anderson. 

We then gathered as a whole school for a two minutes silence.  As you would expect, this was observed immaculately by all present.

Poems were read by Megan, Cole, Lottie and Maddisen: ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon and ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.

‘Nimrod’ by Edward Elgar provided appropriate musical accompaniment.

Our gathering ended with a repeat reading of McCrae’s ‘Ode of Remembrance’:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”

 

The Bath Studio School
Posted on: 25/Oct/18

The Bath Studio School

Please see the statement regarding The Bath Studio School (Pdf, 61kb) released by the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust on Tuesday 23rd October 2018.

 

Ambitions 2018
Posted on: 08/Oct/18

Ambitions 2018

Ambitions is the biggest careers event for young people in the South West.

Ambitions 2018 flyer

  • Find out about hundreds of career choices
  • Take part in employment skills activities
  • Discuss your future in the careers guidance zone

For full details see the Ambitions flyer 2018 (Pdf, 1.3mb)

Sixth Form open evening for current Year 11 students and their parents/carers
Posted on: 04/Oct/18

Sixth Form open evening for current Year 11 students and their parents/carers

Thursday 11th October 2018 at 6-8pm

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have pleasure in inviting all parent/carers and students to the Sixth Form open evening on the 11 October 2018.

Principal’s and Director of Sixth Form talk at 6.30pm

This evening is to give students and parent/carers an opportunity to investigate the sixth form at SBL Academy and follows on from the recent post-16 guidance evening which I was pleased to see so many of you at; I would encourage all students in year 11 to attend. There are courses suitable for almost all students, irrespective of their GCSE predictions. You will have the opportunity to talk to subject specialists about the A level and vocational courses on offer.

I look forward to seeing you on the 11 October.

Mr Clompus
Director of Sixth Form

More information

To see what courses we offer and our entry requirements please see the Sixth Form section. Take a look at this year’s Sixth Form prospectus (Pdf, 420kb)

Post-16 options: how to avoid understandable confusion
Posted on: 03/Oct/18

Post-16 options: how to avoid understandable confusion

Post-16 options: how to avoid understandable confusion (Pdf, 124kb)

A presentation for parents and carers by Mr Clompus, Director of Sixth Form.

Collection of exam certificates
Posted on: 18/Sep/18

Collection of exam certificates

Exam regulations state that schools need only hold onto exam certificates for a year following date of issue and in the wake of the new GDPR regulations, this is a policy that SBL Academy will uphold in the future.

We are therefore giving former students one last chance to collect their exam certificates as many employers insist on seeing original exam certificates before employment can commence.

If you are an ex-pupil and you do not have your certificates, get in touch with the Academy and they can check whether they hold certificates for you. If you are notified that there are certificates for you, you will then need to collect the certificates by 15.00 on Friday 9 November 2018.

ID (either driving licence or passport) must be brought and you will be expected to sign upon receiving the certificates. If you are unable to collect in person, you may nominate someone to collect on your behalf. You must write a letter authorising your nominated person and this must be signed and dated.

Any remaining certificates (with the exception of those belonging to the class of 2017) will then be destroyed. After this, the only way of receiving confirmation of your exam results will be by contacting the exam boards directly and paying a fee for each exam board. Certificates are rarely re-issued, so obtaining the originals from SBL Academy may be your only opportunity of receiving exam certificates. Class of 2017 certificates will be destroyed at the end of 2018 (as exam certificates are usually issued during the Autumn term).

Many exam certificates were collected shortly after the school received them, so please do not be too disappointed if SBL no longer hold your certificates. It may be that you had collected them at the time and had simply put them in a very safe place! Some students may have taken exams with SBL in Year 9 or Year 10 before moving on to a different school for their final years, so we urge former students to whom this may apply to also get in contact.

Please call SBL Academy’s Reception on 0117 4565900 to check if SBL have your certificates and to arrange a convenient collection time.

One sleep to go!
Posted on: 04/Sep/18

One sleep to go!

We are excited to welcome all of our new Year 7s to SBL on Wednesday morning. 

Students should make their way to the main Giotto reception entrance by 8.40 am for their welcome assembly. Your tutor will be there to meet you. 

 

Summer exam results 2018
Posted on: 30/Aug/18

Summer exam results 2018

A Level Results

We are proud of the effort our students have made this year to achieve some excellent results in A levels and vocational courses. Most students have been offered places at their chosen universities, including a number who have gained places at Russell Group Universities, including Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol.

Particular congratulations go to Louis Goodland who achieved A*, A, A and is going on to complete a degree in computer science.

Many other students will be going on to complete apprenticeships and will be using the qualifications gained for their chosen careers.

GCSE Results

A bright and sunny early morning at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy saw students arrive expectantly in order to collect examination results. A large number of staff were on hand to offer congratulations as well as advice and guidance to students on the next steps for post-16 study.

At a time of significant national change, results at grade 4 have remained stable in English (76%) and maths (63%)  with continued improvement also in Science subjects.

A large number of students have achieved high quality outcomes that allow for strong progression into the future.   In particular we would want to celebrate the results of the following students who achieved well in this challenging examination series:

Chloe Andrews, Samadi Annakkarage, Millie Arkwell, Pippa Atkinson, Chloe Bennett, Riccardo Coral, Benjamin Gwilliam,  Harry Hardwick, Jaide Harvey-Ahmed, Dylan Hunt, Buddy Jefferies, Teagan Jones, George Leaver, Adam Lewis, Robert Martin, Jessica Noble, Millie O'Reilly, Chloe Phillips, Hannah Ponter, Nicole Sidwell.

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.

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

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