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‘Record breaking’ GCSE results at BSCS

Posted on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Top performing GCSE students at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) have been celebrating a ‘record breaking’ set of GCSE results which this year included the best set of English and maths grades in the school’s history. This is despite the introduction of the new GCSEs, which are significantly more difficult than in previous years.

Seventy percent of students achieved 5A*-C including passes in English and Maths (68 percent in 2016) and the new measure of Basics (‘pass’ level in both English and maths) was achieved by 71 percent of students.

For the first time this year, English literature, English language and maths have been graded on a scale of 1 to 9, with 4 being a ‘standard pass’ that is equivalent to the grade C of previous years. Grade 9 is the highest grade and is awarded to fewer pupils than the previous A*.

The school has maintained its excellent Progress 8 score from last year, when it was the highest in South Gloucestershire. This measures how well pupils have achieved from their starting point when they entered secondary school.

BSCS also reports that the performance of its vulnerable students has improved again this year, further narrowing the attainment gap.

Headteacher Steve Moir commented:

“This has been another brilliant set of results for us with both English and maths achieving their best ever performances.  The school has always focused on ensuring that every student achieves and I am delighted that this continues to be the case. GCSEs are getting notably harder, so it is very pleasing to see that our results have continued to climb from previous years and this is down to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff.”

More: Some of the outstanding individual performances »

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Post-16 exam results hit new highs at BSCS

Posted on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Top performing Post-16 students at Bradley Stoke Community School

Students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) have recorded the school’s “best ever” Post-16 examination results.

Seventy-one percent of all grades awarded at A-level were A*-C and 46 percent were A*-B (42 percent last year).

Over 80 percent of the grades awarded for vocational qualifications were at the highest levels of Distinction and Distinction* (78 percent in 2016).

Headteacher Steve Moir said:

“We have seen some wonderful achievement by students, superbly supported by staff at the school.”

“We are proud that students’ progress from their GCSE results to their A-level grades is also significantly positive and the highest the school has ever achieved.”

“As ever, there have been numerous outstanding individual performances, and we are delighted that virtually all students have secured places on higher education courses and apprenticeships at their first choice institutions or employers.”

Outstanding individual performances

  • Chloe Marsh A*A*Dist
  • Olivia Wheeler A*AA
  • Louise Beasant Dist*Dist*A
  • Kelsey Dyke AADist
  • Marcos Manning AAA
  • Emily Porter AAA
  • Victoria Barby-Moule Dist*AB
  • Alice Higginson AAB
  • Varun Thapa AAB
  • Nick White AAB
  • Ella Grove A*BB
  • Adam Thorpe A*BC

More: Students heading for places at top universities »

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Meadowbrook and BSCS primary schools celebrate achievement of quality award

Posted on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS Catkins class learning in the forest school area. Photo of Reception class at Meadowbrook Primary.

Two local primary schools are celebrating being awarded the ‘Bristol Standard’, a programme designed to help schools develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their provision.

Involvement in the Bristol Standard demonstrates commitment to reflective practice, self-evaluation and continuous quality improvement. The philosophy of the programme is that we can all ‘improve on our previous best’.

Achieving the award involves discussion and planning around a range of areas; for example, reflecting on curriculum provision, play and learning experiences, partnerships with parents and the quality of the physical learning environment.

Sharon Clark, Head of the Primary Phase at BSCS commented:

“Our pupils are already benefiting from our involvement in the programme, for example, as part of our self-evaluation we identified a need to build stronger relationships with local pre-schools. This led us to set up an early years network of several local schools and pre-schools which now meets termly – our first successful project being the production of a ‘Road to School’ handout which will be given to around 400 children in the local area who are making the transition from pre-school to primary school in September 2017.”

Lauren Burt, Reception teacher at Meadowbrook, said:

“This work reinforces our commitment to excellence; thanks to our Early Years team who have worked so hard to achieve it. Last year, Meadowbrook Reception pupils exceeded the national average percentage of children who achieve a ‘Good Level of Development (GLD is defined as children working at, or exceeding, the expected standard in the key areas of English, maths, physical development, communication & language and personal, social & emotional development) and we hope to achieve better this year whilst having record levels of fun in Reception year!”

Photos (from left): 1 Miss Rogers, BSCS Year 1 teacher, with children from Catkins class learning in the forest school area. 2 Reception Class at Meadowbrook Primary with class teacher Mr Petrucco.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 40). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Two local schools chosen to help train the next generation of teachers

Posted on Monday 10th July 2017 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community School.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and The Castle School Education Trust (CSET) have been awarded national ‘teaching school’ status as part of an innovative new partnership, recognised for their excellence as separate organisations and now working together on key aspects of local education provision.

BSCS is named as the ‘lead’ school, basing operations at its site in Bradley Stoke, although CSET is an equal partner and staff will work alongside each other on a day-to-day basis to deliver the provision, alongside all seven Olympus Academy Trust schools.

Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. They identify and develop leadership potential, provide support for other schools to bring about school improvement, and work with schools across their teaching school alliance to raise standards of teaching.

The collaboration is one of over 65 organisations in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest recruitment round.

Steve Moir, headteacher at BSCS, said:

“In partnership with our colleagues at CSET, we now have a key role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, leading peer-to-peer professional and leadership development and delivering research and development activity.”

More: "Teaching schools are at the heart of school improvement" »

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