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Seeking alumni for Kumon Bradley Stoke’s 20th anniversary celebrations

Posted on Thursday 25th October 2018 at 8:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sarah Nutchey receiving her long service award.

Calling all former students of the Kumon Bradley Stoke Study Centre!

The Kumon study centre in Bradley Stoke has been helping children develop independent study skills and achieve their potential in maths and English for 20 years. Sarah Nutchey, a former maths teacher, became a Kumon Instructor in 1998 and started her Kumon class with around 12 students, originally in the Almondsbury Sports and Social Centre. The number of students steadily grew and the class moved to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre until July 2013 when the class relocated to permanent premises at the Willow Brook Centre. Sarah received her award for 20 years as an Instructor from the President of Kumon Europe and Africa at the Kumon UK Annual Conference earlier in the year.

Kumon’s mission statement is: “By discovering the potential of each individual and developing his or her ability to the maximum, we aim to foster sound, capable people and thus contribute to the global community.”

Over the course of the last 20 years, Sarah has nurtured hundreds of children through the Kumon maths and English programmes, and we are seeking stories from those past students. We would love to hear from you if you studied Kumon in Bradley Stoke and find out how it has benefited you with your schoolwork, university studies or career.

The Kumon Bradley Stoke Centre is planning a very special end of year ceremony to celebrate the achievement of current students and also to celebrate past successes from the last 20 years. If you are one of our alumni and would be willing to share your story, please contact Kate Sheldon at bradleystoke@kumoncentre.co.uk by the end of October so that we can invite you to be part of our celebrations.

Photo: Sarah Nutchey receives her long service award at the Kumon conference.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 39). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Another year of “excellent” GCSE results at BSCS

Posted on Monday 17th September 2018 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of top performing GCSE students at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) students are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results. The results come quick on the heels of the school’s inspection by Ofsted in May, which saw it rated ‘good’ in four of the areas measured and ‘outstanding’ in two.

A number of subject areas have performed exceptionally well – 70 percent of students achieved the government’s Basics measure in English and maths, with 87 percent of students in English achieving grade 4s or above and 72 percent grade 5s and above, both significantly above national averages. Student outcomes in science were excellent too, even with the significantly more challenging new curriculum. Here, 80 percent of students achieved a grade 4 or above and 53 percent were awarded a grade 5 or above, both well above national averages.

BSCS headteacher Steve Moir, commented:

“I’m absolutely thrilled for our students that their immense hard work has paid off to produce another brilliant year of results.”

“There are so many success stories, not just from the individuals in the spotlight for achieving the top grades, but for every young person who has surpassed their own personal targets and made remarkable progress, sometimes in very challenging circumstances.”

“This success is also the result of the dedication of our amazing staff, as well as the parents and families of our young people who do so much to help and support us.”

“Huge congratulations to all concerned. We wish students every success for the future.”

More: Some of the outstanding individual performances »

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Impressive set of Post-16 exam results at BSCS

Posted on Friday 7th September 2018 at 10:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of top performing Post-16 students at BSCS.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) students are celebrating another impressive set of Post-16 results, with 44 percent of all grades awarded being at A*-A and 59 percent A*-B.

Students from the 2018 cohort are going to a wide range of destinations including university, an apprenticeship or an offer of employment.

Over a quarter of the university offers received by students were from the top-tier Russell Group universities.

Of the students choosing not to progress to university, a number are set to commence apprenticeships with employers such as the Ministry of Defence, MIDAS and GKN Aerospace.

As always, there were some outstanding individual performances, including:

  • Joseph Chambers-Graham who achieved 4A*s (maths, further maths, computer science and physics) and will read mathematics and computer science at the University of Oxford
  • Emmanuelle Deliot who achieved 3A*s (French, law & psychology) and is leaving to study Chinese and French at the University of Leeds
  • Matteo Monaco who achieved 2A*s (maths and physics) and 2As (further maths and chemistry) and will be at Durham University next year studying physics
  • Enzo Steenkamp who achieved 1A* (physics) and 2As (maths and chemistry) and is going to complete an engineering degree apprenticeship at Airbus
  • Abi Todd who achieved 3As (maths, chemistry and biology) and is going to the University of Bristol to study medicine
  • Lauren Thawley who achieved 1A* (art) & 2Dist*s (media and IT) and is pursuing her love of fine art at the University of Worcester
  • Chloe Bowden who achieved 3As (history, psychology and law) and will study law at the University of Reading
  • Bethany Sell who achieved 3As (history, psychology & drama) and is going to the University of Exeter to study psychology

More: Psychology and law amongst strongest subject areas »

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BSCS celebrates renewed ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Posted on Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 11:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS staff and students. Standing is Steve Moir (headteacher); seated is Sharon Clark (head of primary phase).

Staff, governors and students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are celebrating after receiving another positive report from Ofsted.

A team of five inspectors spent two days at the school in mid-May to carry out a ‘full’ inspection, the first since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in April 2013. Their conclusion, following what the headteacher describes as an “incredibly thorough and fair” inspection, is that BSCS retains its overall effectiveness rating of ‘good’.

In two of the six assessment categories, ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ and ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’, inspectors awarded the highest grading of ‘outstanding’. The other four categories were all rated ‘good’, including ‘early years provision’ which was being assessed for the first time since the school’s primary phase opened in September 2015.

Inspectors noted just two areas for improvement, both relating to “raising achievement further” – by focusing on progress made by students on academic courses in the sixth form and applying recently introduced developments in teaching and learning consistently across subjects.

More: Inspectors comment on "strong culture of self-improvement" »

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