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Sir Bernard Lovell Academy takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care. The welfare and safety of the children in our care is of paramount importance to us and we foster a culture of vigilance among staff, students and parents/carers.

We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously.

Please feel free to contact Mr G Lyle (Designated Safeguarding Lead for Sir Bernard Lovell Academy) or the main switch board if you have any concerns in relation to students being at risk.

The information outlined here aims to provide parents with key information, advice and guidance and includes links to outside agencies and useful reference sites.

Further guidance for parents is available in our policy section or through the following sites:

Online safety

Online safety

The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge, especially if you feel that your children may have better technical skills than you do. However, children and young people still need support and guidance when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.

Please see our child protection and safeguarding policy (Pdf, 4mb) and for information about our current protocols and procedures or visit Childnet's hot topics for more detailed information on topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.

Key information about social media (Twitter, Facebook and other social media applications)

Twitter and Facebook provide opportunities for students to communicate with friends, family and with new friends/contacts. There are also other applications which are similar to Facebook or Twitter, such as Instagram, designed for those aged 13 plus where children can make immediate connection with contacts (friends, family, aquaintances) using computers, tablets and suitably equipped mobile telephones (e.g. smart phones and iPhones).  These sites allow children to view videos, images and text and write messages and to upload their own images (photos) which can be seen by the public or by selected groups depending on the security settings your child (or you) has/have chosen.

Although there are many positive aspects to social media, there are important things for parents to be aware of:

Everything your child writes or uploads will be accessible and available to view depending on the security settings selected by your child.  This could involve personal photographs/ images, comments etc.

  • It is possible to make an unpleasant comment about someone else which everyone can see.
  • It is possible to make a defamatory comment about an organisation or individual.
  • It is possible to easily view graphic pornography, violence, disturbing images, sexism, or other forms of hate speech on Facebook and/or Twitter.  This is also the case on other types of social media such as Instagram.
  • If your child has a Smartphone with 3G or 4G technology they will be able to access the internet and in school internet filtering will not have any effect on what a student can see on their personal device.

If a Sir Bernard Lovell Academy student is found to have made an unpleasant remark/comment about another student then they will be sanctioned. If a student makes an inappropriate or unpleasant remark about the school or a member of staff then the student will be sanctioned for this gross lack of respect.  Parents/carers will always be involved if we ever have to deal with these issues.

What can parents do to keep their children safe?

A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Consider using these conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling: 

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?   

Adults can approach your children online in order to make contact with them.  Sometimes these adults will pretend to be children in order to build trust. When trust has been established your child may be asked to send a picture or to speak online using a camera or other device. In the worst cases adults can pose as children and arrange to meet in public without you being aware.  

Adults and sometimes, other children, have been known to ask children to send indecent images (naked pictures) using Facebook, Twitter or email.   To receive these images is a criminal offence for any individual and punishable in law.

We take measures to educate all students about these possibilities through our curriculum but, of course, supervising students outside of school requires parents/carers to make their own arrangements, and for children and young people to make the right choices.

One of the best way to stop this is for parents/carers to carefully monitor activities at home and to never allow children to use computers and electronic devices without appropriate supervision. 

Parents/carers must also ensure that all devices have appropriate security settings to make sure that children do not see things that they should not and so that they can be well protected from predatory adults.

Information on sexting and online sexual exploitation

The Lucy Faithful Foundation is the only UK-wide charity focused solely on reducing the risk of children being sexually abused and exploited and as part of their work they offer support for parents whose children have been affected by these issues.

The guide, what's the problem? is aimed at supporting parents whose children have already got into trouble online – helping them to understand what has happened, why and how parents can talk to their children and get further support.

The guide explains to parents: 

  • What the law in the UK says about children accessing sexual material online, including taking, distributing and posting indecent images and video of themselves or of other children (under 18)
  • How to respond to children who have produced, shared or viewed illegal images online.
  • The consequences of illegal online sexual behaviour on work, family and social life
  • The possible impact of regular access to adult sexual material on relationships.
  • How to help their children cope with peer pressure to share indecent material online.
  • Where to access support to prevent a repeat of their child’s worrying online sexual behaviour.
  • Additional resources include literature and video materials aimed at young people who have been involved in ‘sexting’ the guide also alerts parents to the most popular sites used by children to access adult sexual materials as well as to send and receive sexual images of themselves.

What can parents do if they have any concerns?

If you have a concern of any kind, please do not ‘wait and see’ or assume that someone else is dealing with it. Please contact the school immediately or see the sources of additional information below:

School uniform

School uniform

School uniform plays a central role in creating a sense of unity, identity and belonging within our academy community. The smart style of our new school uniform reflects the high standards we expect at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy. School uniform is compulsory for all students in years 7-11.

Please refer to our school uniform guide (Pdf, 0.6mb)

This guidance is intended to support parents in ensuring their child is dressed smartly, in keeping with the high expectations of the academy. If you have any queries regarding the uniform code, including where to buy or funding requests for uniform please contact your child's Head of House or any member of the senior leadership team.

Uniform code

Year GroupBoys' UniformGirls' Uniform
Years 7-11 Compulsory:
  • Boys' Blazer
  • House Tie
  • White shirt
  • Grey trousers
  • Plain black school shoes
  • Plain socks in navy, grey or black

Optional – Navy and blue school v-neck jumper, only available from Initially Yours.

  • Girls' Blazer
  • House Tie
  • White shirt
  • Grey trousers or knee-length skirt
  • Plain black school shoes
  • If worn, tights must be black, navy blue or natural
  • Socks must be white, black, navy or grey

Optional – Navy and blue school v-neck jumper, only available from Initially Yours.

The School Blazer and the House Tie are both only available from Initially Yours, 69 High St., Hanham. Please see details below regarding ordering and fitting.

House Colours

  • Titan - Yellow
  • Atlas - Red
  • Callisto - Green
  • Europa - Purple

Shoes please refer to our school uniform guide (Pdf, 0.6mb)

School shirts must be a plain white, short or long-sleeved, button-up shirt with a structured collar

Girls' skirts must be of a smart, formal style. Pleated, A-line and skater skirt styles are all acceptable but should not be more than two inches above the knee. Tube skirts and others made of a stretch fabric are not permitted.

Boys' Trousers must be of a smart, formal style and may have a pleated or flat front. Jeans-style trousers, skinny styles and shorts are not permitted

Girls' trousers must be of a smart, formal style and may be slim or boot-leg styles. Skinny styles (including leggings) are not permitted.

Below is a list of approved styles from a range of stores that represent affordable options for parents and are in line with our school uniform code:

ShopApproved skirt stylesApproved trouser styles (girls)Approved trouser styles (boys)
John Lewis  
Initially Yours

Initially Yours are able to advise in store on suitable styles within their range.

Outdoor wear

We would prefer navy-blue or black coats. Leather or leather-type or denim jackets or coats are not allowed in school.


For reasons of safety and security, jewellery will have to be kept to a minimum.

  • Students can select from the following:
  • One wristwatch
  • One small ring
  • One necklace :simple chain and small medallion
  • Earrings: one stud/sleeper only in each ear
  • Additional studs/sleepers elsewhere will have to be removed during school hours
  • Nose studs and other piercings are not allowed
  • Make-up should be discreet if worn
  • No extremes of hairstyle, e.g. Mohicans, hair colour.

PE and games wear

Year 7 and 8 girls:


  • Unisex / womens fit SBL polo t-shirt
  • SBL PE shorts and / or plain navy tracksuit bottoms
  • Navy football socks (can be purchased from any sports shop)
  • Sports trainers (not leisure shoes / daps)


  • SBL half zip training top (students do not have to wear this but it advisable in cold weather. Students will not be allowed to wear any other type of hoody / jumper)
  • Skort

Year 9 and 10 girls:


  • Unisex / womens fit SBL polo t-shirt
  • SBL PE shorts and / or plain navy tracksuit bottoms and / or skort
  • Navy socks (can be purchased from any sports shop)
  • Sports trainers (not leisure shoes / daps)


  • SBL half zip training top (students do not have to wear this but it advisable in cold weather. Students will not be allowed to wear any other type of hoody / jumper)

Year 7,8,9 and 10 boys


  • Unisex SBL polo t-shirt
  • SBL PE shorts and / or plain navy tracksuit bottoms
  • Navy football socks (can be purchased from any sports shop)
  • SBL rugby top (this can be used as a warm weather top all year round but is essential when rugby is on the curriculum).

PE non-participants

If your son/daughter is unable to participate practically in a PE lesson, they still need jogging bottoms and trainers. This is to ensure that his/her uniform remains clean and dry. All students who are excused from taking part in PE due to medical or injury will need to bring a signed note from home. These students will be expected to take on a leadership role.

Protective wear

Protective clothing should be worn in practical subjects to avoid damage to clothing and to satisfy safety regulations.  Aprons are available from the uniform and sport outfitters.

All items of clothing must be clearly marked with the student's name.

Post-16 students

There is a separate dress code for post-16 students whose appearance is expected to be appropriate to a sound working atmosphere.

Uniform suppliers

Initially Yours, 211 Soundwell Road, Soundwell (Kingswood), Bristol.  BS15 1PT

Tel: 0117 9674472  
Email: soundwell@initiallyyours.co.uk

Please also refer to our school uniform guide (Pdf, 0.6mb)

Funding for school uniform

Funding for school uniform

Funding for school uniform:

  • If your son/daughter is starting SBL Academy in September 2018 and is eligible for the Pupil Premium, SBL Academy will purchase (if requested) a blazer, two ties and a PE kit.
    We will also, if requested, refund the purchase of trousers, skirts and shirts. This will be processed on a case by case basis and should be purchased through a retailer such as ASDA as per the guidance given to you when you make this request.
  • For all current students eligible for the Pupil Premium, SBL Academy will contribute 50% to a blazer, ties and a PE kit. This will be done by request only, in some cases the Academy may decide it is appropriate to meet the full cost of the request.   
    We will also, if requested, refund the purchase of trousers, skirts and shirts. This will be processed on a case by case basis and should be purchased through a retailer such as ASDA as per the guidance given to you when you make this request.

Please note, a uniform funding request form (Pdf, 182kb) must be completed and returned for approval before any purchases are made. Receipts will be required from the retailer and any non-pre-approved requests submissions will not be approved.

All requests should be made through your Head of House or Deputy Head of House.



If you are intending to apply for a place at our school then you may be interested to read our admissions policy (Pdf, 51kb).

Transfer to Secondary

Responsibility for Year 7 admissions to Sir Bernard Lovell Academy is with South Gloucestershire Council. Applications for places should be made directly through your home local authority. For more information please see secondary school admissions.

In-Year Admissions

Requests for in-year transfers are normally only considered approximately six weeks prior to a requested start date. If a place is being sought for a September admission into an existing year group we recommend that parents/carers complete the application in mid-June.

To apply for a place for please download the secondary in-year application form and return to Sir Bernard Lovell Academy.

If you have any queries or wish to arrange a visit please contact the Academy on sblovell@sblonline.org.uk.

School policies and procedures

School policies and procedures

Additional information

Home school agreement

Home school agreement


Our vision is for everyone to be given the opportunities to identify and build their aspirations during their years at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy. All students will be enabled to reach their aspirations as a direct result of the high quality learning that takes place across the curriculum and through the behaviours and attributes they develop from the wide range of experiences and from personalised and effective support.  We acknowledge that by working together, (the school, home and the student), we can achieve so much more and therefore this agreement has been written to make clear our collective responsibilities to ensure that every student reaches his or her potential.

Our Values

At Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, all parents, students, Governors and staff believe that the following behaviours and attributes 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.

Through cooperation, honesty and with effort, all SBL students will learn and develop the confidence, positivity and resilience that will enable them to set and achieve the highest aspirations for their futures.

The responsibilities of the academy

 The academy will aim to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum which challenges every student to reach their full potential.
  • Encourage every student to do their best.
  • Provide a safe and caring environment.
  • Set regular homework tasks for students.
  • Keep parents informed of schools news and to communicate with parents regularly, listening to their concerns.
  • Achieve high standards of work and behaviour throughout the school.
  • Provide a range of extra-curricular activities.
  • Set clear behaviour and discipline policies.

 The responsibilities of the parent/s or carer/s

I / we will:

  • Ensure that my / my child attends Sir Bernard Lovell Academy daily, on time and properly equipped.
  • Notify the academy in accordance with the academy's policies in the event that my child is absent.
  • Encourage my child to do their best.
  • Take an interest in my child's education.
  • Support all of the academy's policies and guidelines for work and behaviour.
  • Support my child with set homework tasks.
  • Attend parent evenings and read correspondence sent to me by the academy.
  • Politely inform the school of any concerns that I may have.
  • Notify the academy immediately of any changes in my / our contact details or other emergency contacts.

The responsibilities of the students

I will:

  • Take pride in my academy.
  • Respect the academy environment.
  • Be respectful towards others in the academy community and behave in a responsible way.
  • Attend Sir Bernard Lovell Academy in term time as directed
  • Be punctual and organised.
  • Do all my homework and classwork as best as I can.
  • Be honest and truthful.
  • Take care of equipment and use equipment safely and appropriately.
  • Respect other people's property.
  • Behave in accordance with academy rules.
  • Always try to achieve my full potential.

lease note that the governing body will review this agreement from time to time and when revisiting this agreement, the governing body will consult the parents of all registered students at the academy.

Term dates

Term dates

Term dates 2018-19

Term 1 

Begins: Wednesday 5 September 2018
Inset days: Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September 2018
Ends: Friday 26 October 2018

Term 2 

Begins: Tueday 6 November 2018
Inset day: Monday 5 November 2018
Ends: Thursday 20 December 2018 (the school will close to all students at 1.25pm) 
Inset day: Friday 21 December 2018

Term 3 

Begins: Monday 7 January 2019
Inset day: Friday 15 February 2019
Ends: Thursday 14 February 2019

Term 4 

Begins: Monday 25 February 2019
Ends: Friday 5 April 2019 (the school will close to all students at 1.25pm) 

Term 5 

Begins: Tuesday 23 April 2019
Ends: Friday 24 May 2019

Term 6 

Begins: Monday 3 June 2019
Inset day: Monday 17 June 2019
Additional Inset day: Monday 15 July 2019
Ends: Tuesday 23 July 2019 (the school will close to all students at 1.25pm) 

Term dates 2019-20

Term 1

Begins: Wednesday 4 September 2019
Inset days: Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 September 2019
Additional Inset day: Friday 25 October 2019
Ends: Friday 25 October 2019

Term 2

Begins: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Inset day: Monday 4 November 2019
Ends: Friday 20 December 2019 (the school will close to all students at 1.25pm) 

Term 3

Begins: Tuesday 7 January 2020
Inset day: Monday 6 January 2020
Inset day: Friday 14 February 2020
Ends: Thursday 13 February 2020

Term 4

Begins: Monday 24 February 2020
Ends: Friday 3 April 2020 (the school will close to all students at 1.25pm) 

Term 5

Start: Monday 20 April 2020
Ends: Friday 22 May 2020

Term 6

Start: Monday 1 June 2020
Ends: Friday 17 July 2020 (the school will close to all students at 1.25pm) 
Inset day: Monday 20 July 2020

Year 11

Year 11

Year 11: Revision Evening focussing on English, Maths and Science

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the revision information evening on Friday 7th February 2019. We looked closely at how to prepare for English, maths and science subjects and the support materials that are available to you. It was great to have you with us and to receive your feedback on the night.

Please see the summary of the advice from the subject leaders and the presentations offered on the night.

Revision advice for parents and carers

Thanks to all parents and carers who came to our revision evening on 8th November. As promised here is the focus on revision presentation (Pdf, 1.7mb) given on the evening.

The school day

The school day

All students have an organiser, which includes a guide to the school’s daily routines and the code of conduct.  The times of the school day are as follows:

  • 08.45 - 09.05 Registration
  • 09.05 - 10.05 Lesson 1  
  • 10.05 - 11.05 Lesson 2 
  • 11.05 - 11.25 Break         
  • 11.25 - 12.25 Lesson 3   
  • 12.25 - 13.25 Lesson 4   
  • 13.25 - 14.05 Lunch        
  • 14.05 - 15.05 Lesson 5

Breaks and lunchtimes

No students are allowed off site at morning break. You must stay on site at lunchtime unless your parents have signed a consent form for you to go home to lunch and you have a pass.  If you have a pass, you should leave the site the promptly and return for the afternoon session on time. Students should go straight home to their own house and not buy food from local shops. Please put all litter in bins.


All students are expected to bring a bag to school each day. This should be suitable to carry all the equipment required for your lessons and large enough to take an A4 ringbinder and books. You should always have writing equipment, (pen, pencil, eraser, ruler etc.) with you, and we recommend that students bring a mini-dictionary. For art lessons, students will need sketchbooks which may have to be purchased from school.

Online payments

Online payments

Parents and carers can now pay for school trips and visits with a debit or credit card via the external secure Tucasi online payments website.

Cash and cheque payments will continue to be accepted, but we hope online payments will benefit those who prefer this method of payment.

Access Tucasi online payment system for school visits and cashless catering (canteen)

If you have not yet activated Tucasi account for online payments including the new cashless catering system (canteen), you will need an access code in order to set up your child's account. If you have not received an access code please email finance@sblonline.org.uk and one will be issued.

In order to cut down on the number of issues parents and carers are experiencing there are a number of self-help documents to view BEFORE logging in.

The items are in green on the “SCOPay” log-in page and include: Quick Reference Guide including :

  • How to Register
  • How to link children
  • How to change log-in details
  • How to create a 2nd log-in
  • What to do if you have forgotten your password

Video guide – a short video tutorial showing the process from beginning to end from receiving the link code letter to paying for an item.
Frequently Asked Questions including :

  • What’s a link code?
  • What is an access letter and how do I get one
  • I have two children at the same school, can I pay using one account?
  • I have children at different schools, can I pay using one account?
  • I used the wrong email address to set-up what can I do?

Parents and carers can also re-set their passwords using the “I’ve forgotten my password” button also found on this page and change their email address using the “I can’t verify my email address” button.

These items are accessed BEFORE log-in so if you direct your parents here this will probably help them resolve their queries.

Privacy notice

Privacy notice

Information about pupils in Wellsway Multi Academy Trust schools and alternative provision

Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

  • support our pupils’ learning
  • monitor and report on their progress
  • provide appropriate pastoral care; and
  • assess the quality of our services

This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information. For pupils enrolling for post 14 qualifications, the Learning Records Service will give us the unique learner number (ULN) and may also give us details about your learning or qualifications.

Once our pupils reach the age of 13, the law requires us to pass on certain information to the local authority in which the school is located who have responsibilities in relation to the education or training of 13-19 year olds. We may also share certain personal data relating to children aged 16 and over with post-16 education and training providers in order to secure appropriate services for them. A parent/guardian can request that only their child’s name, address and date of birth be passed to the local authority by informing the school office / administrator. This right is transferred to the child once he/she reaches the age 16. For more information about services for young people, please visit the relevant local authority website.

We will not give information about our pupils to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. If you want to receive a copy of the information about your son/daughter that we hold, please contact the school office / administrator.

We are required, by law, to pass some information about our pupils to the Department for Education (DfE). This information will, in turn, then be made available for use by the local authority.

DfE may also share pupil level personal data that we supply to them, with third parties. This will only take place where legislation allows it to do so and it is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.

For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-pupil-database-apply-for-a-data-extract

For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received

If you need more information about how the DfE collect and use your information, please visit:

After school activities

After school activities

At SBL we run lots of after school clubs to suit a variety of interests. All after school clubs are an hour long. Please make sure you inform your parent(s)/carer if you are attending an after school session.

We are currently in the process of updating our extra-curricular activities for 2016/17 and will be publishing a new timetable shortly.

Years 7-9
DayTimeActivityVenue & contact
Tuesday 3.30pm Art Club plus KS3  Arts Award G63 – Mr Corkish
Tuesday 3.30pm Netball Courts - Miss Mitchell
Tuesday 3.30pm

Football (Yr 8&9)

Astroturf - Mr Shiells
Tuesday 3:30pm Netball Training Sports Hall
Wednesday 3.30pm Netball Fixtures  Sports Hall
Wednesday 3.30pm

Football (Yr 7) 

Astroturf - Mr Brown
Thursday 3.30pm Netball Training Sports Hall
Friday 3.30pm SBL Soul Band M93 – Mr Lyle


Years 9-11
DayTimeActivityVenue & contact
Tuesday 3.30pm Art Club G63 – Mr Corkish
Tuesday 3.30pm Year 11 Business Studies support sessions Mrs Revill - M48
Tuesday 3.30pm Psychology and Health and Social Care support sessions Mrs Kauser - M1
Tuesday 3.30pm Year 11 GCSE Maths support sessions Miss Williams - G28
Tuesday 3.30pm Racquet sports Sports Centre - Mr Bowers
Tuesday 3.30pm Year 10 GCSE Practical Progress Club Mrs Barton & Mr Sheills - Sports Centre
Tuesday 3.30pm Core fitness Sports Centre - Miss Payne
Wednesday 3.30pm GCSE Product Design support Mr Knowles & Mrs Cropley - M37
Wednesday 3.30pm GCSE Engineering support Mr Fletcher - M37
Wednesday 3.30pm GCSE & A Level  Textiles support Miss Shand - M51
Wednesday 3.30pm GCSE Food Tech support Mr Jarrett - M37
Wednesday 3.30pm Theatre Tech Training Mr Blackwell - M90/M91
Thursday 3.30pm Rugby Mr Sheills
Thursday 3.30pm GCSE Psychology and Health and Social Care support sessions Mrs Kauser - M1
Thursday 3.30pm Netball  Sports Centre
Thursday 3.30pm Football (Yr 10 &11) Astroturf - Mr Bowers
Thursday 3:30pm Netball (Yr10 &11) Courts - Miss Mitchell
Thursday 3.30pm Year 11 GCSE Maths support sessions Miss Williams - G28
Friday 3.30pm Aim higher in your GCSE's Sports Centre - Mr Sheills
Friday 3.30pm Aim for A* GCSEs Sports Centre - Mrs Barton
Friday 3.30pm SBL Soul Band M93 - Mr Lyle


Sixth Form
DayTimeActivityVenue & contact
Tuesday 3.30pm Racquet sports Sports Centre - Mr Bowers
Tuesday 3.30pm Core fitness Sports Centre - Miss Payne
Wednesday 3.30pm DT Club (includes textiles) DT
Thursday 3.30pm Netball Courts - Miss Mitchell
Thursday 3.30pm Rugby Mr Sheills
Thursday 3.30pm Cross Country Mrs Hart - Sports Centre
Friday 3.30pm Year 12 & 13 Football Mr Fletcher - Sports Centre
Friday 3.30pm SBL Soul Band M93 – Mr Lyle
School Canteen

School Canteen

The Multi Academy Trust's in-house catering, Zest have recently introduced new lunchtime menus, which will operate on a three 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, local ingredients at an affordable price for our staff and students to enjoy.”

Zest's school lunchtime menu, January - May 2018 (Pdf, 212kb)
Zest's school lunchtime menu, June - October 2018 (Pdf, 369kb)

All meals are £1.95 on their own or £2.50 with a dessert (choice of fresh fruit, yoghurt or dessert of the day)

Canteen menus and prices for students and staff

Breakfast menu (Pdf, 207kb)
Breaktime menu (Pdf, 208kb)
Drinks prices (Pdf, 510kb)

If you have any questions or feedback please contact the school.

Transition to Year 7: September 2019

Transition to Year 7: September 2019

The progression from primary school to the secondary setting is a big step and an exciting challenge for students. At Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, we work closely with all of our local primary schools and with parents/carers to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and that every student settles into the academy quickly.

We hope that your child is looking forward to the next stage in their educational journey.

The information below outlines the steps in the transition process.

Key dates

  • Transition day: Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • Transition evening: Tuesday 2 July 2019 7pm
  • The SBL transition team will be making visits to primary schools during terms 5 and 6.
Learning at home

Learning at home

From time to time it may be necessary for students to complete work at home, this could be due to long term sickness or severe weather conditions.

The regularly updated subject links allow students to download subject specific tasks that will be relevant to their work.

This work is in addition to any homework set by classroom teachers, homework can be found by using the Insight link.

If you would like any completed work marked, please pass it to school reception who will distribute it to the relevant classroom teachers.

Emergency closure

Emergency closure

Severe weather conditions

Severe weather conditions before departure for school (if for example, there is a heavy fall of snow during the night, the following arrangements will apply).

  • In the unlikely event of school closure, an announcement will be made via the school website, all parents will receive a text, a tweet will be sent and the Local Authority will be notified
  • If the school remains open but you decide, based on local road and weather conditions, not to send your son/daughter into school, you must telephone the school and leave a message on the student absence line as you would for any absence.

Severe or deteriorating weather conditions during the day (i.e. after students have arrived at school).

With our students’ safety in mind we shall keep a constant check on road condition reports and weather forecasts. If conditions worsen during the day or if bus operators advise on an early departure, it would normally be our policy:

  • To enable students to begin their journey home before buses are taken off the roads and before daylight fades;
  • To allow parents from outlying areas to pick up their children earlier in the day. You should call at reception in the main building and ask us to find your child. There is no need to telephone first
  • To give students access to telephones to contact their parents.

It is absolutely essential that you give your child clear instructions now for use in this kind of emergency. Make sure they have up-to-date telephone numbers and that they know how to contact you or some other responsible person. Ensure, also, that your child can get into the house in your absence.