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Secondary schools extend invitation to celebrate launch of academy trust

Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

The Olympus Academy Trust Launch Event on Thursday 14th March 2013.

The Olympus Academy Trust would like to invite you to join them in celebrating their official launch this Thursday (14th March) at Bradley Stoke Community School and Abbeywood Community School.

The event will include a learning showcase tour at both schools as well as presentations, refreshments and opportunities to meet and chat informally.

Dave Baker, Executive Headteacher at both schools, said:

“This is a great opportunity for you to come and see both schools within The Olympus Academy Trust and to hear about the exciting plans for the Trust.”

The event begins at Bradley Stoke Community School at 11am and at Abbeywood Community School at 1:20pm – we would encourage you to visit both schools and transport between the schools is provided.

To assist with our planning, please RSVP to Sarah Morris (01454 868872 or

Source: Olympus Academy Trust

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Stoke Gifford school to join BSCS academy trust

Posted on Sunday 12th February 2012 at 5:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School, recently put into ‘special measures’ by Ofsted, looks set to become an academy within the same trust that has operated Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) since the beginning of the year.

Dave Baker, headteacher at BSCS, has been running Abbeywood since Ann Duff, the previous head, left suddenly in October last year. Since taking the helm, Mr Baker has introduced a “get tough” policy in an effort to improve discipline at the troubled school, which had previously received a ‘notice to improve’ from Ofsted following an inspection in October 2010.

Ofsted inspectors visited Abbeywood again in December last year and concluded in their report that the school was “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”.

The Secretary of State for Education has powers to force any school placed into ‘special measures’ to become an academy but the Abbeywood governors have pre-empted any such act of compulsion by voting unanimously to:

“… seek the Secretary of State’s support and approval for the conversion of Abbeywood Community School to academy status under the leadership and sponsorship of The Olympus Academy Trust which runs Bradley Stoke Community School.”

More: Baker to run Abbeywood beyond end of current academic year »

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BSCS creates new Associate Headteacher role

Posted on Saturday 26th November 2011 at 11:05 am by SH (Editor)

Dave Baker, Bradley Stoke Community School

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has announced the creation of an ‘Associate Headteacher’ role, to ensure that there is clear leadership in the school on a day-to-day basis while Executive Headteacher Dave Baker (pictured) splits his time between BSCS and the struggling Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford.

Mr Baker took on the leadership of Abbeywood in early October, after the previous headteacher resigned for personal reasons. The school, which moved to new £30m premises at the beginning of the current academic year, was served notice to improve after an inspection by Ofsted in October 2010.

A monitoring inspection in May 2011 concluded that the school was making “satisfactory progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising the pupils’ achievement.”

An article in the Bristol Evening Post this week said Abbeywood is now:

“… waiting the arrival of Government inspectors who will decide whether the school is providing a satisfactory standard of education or requires special measures.”

Mr Baker told the paper he has seen clear signs of improvement, adding:

“There has been progress since the notice to improve was given. Things are moving in the right direction. It’s a matter of whether they have moved far enough.”

With Mr Baker spending a lot of time over in Stoke Gifford, governors at BSCS have decided to shift former Deputy Headteacher Jenny Sutton Kirby to the role of Associate Headteacher.

More: BSCS to become academy on 1st Jan. Abbeywood to follow? »

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BSCS’s Dave Baker takes on headship at Abbeywood

Posted on Friday 7th October 2011 at 11:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Dave Baker

Dave Baker, headteacher at Bradley Stoke Community School, is to take on the leadership of a second school in the North Bristol area.

Following an announcement on Monday 3rd October that Abbeywood Community School’s headteacher Ann Duff had resigned from her post with immediate effect “for personal reasons”, Mr Baker has now been appointed Executive Headteacher of both schools for the remainder of the current academic year.

A joint statement put out by South Gloucestershire Council and the governing bodies of the two schools today (Friday 7th October) reads:

“In partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, the governors of Abbeywood Community School and Bradley Stoke Community School are pleased to announce that Dave Baker has agreed to become the executive head of both schools for the remainder of this academic year.”

“A strong partnership already exists between the two schools and this arrangement will strengthen the opportunities for staff to share best practice and professional development opportunities. Governors are confident that this new way of working will be beneficial for all students as part of a continuing drive for school improvement.”

More: Opportunities for staff to share best practice says dual head »

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