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Council applies for funding to provide new primary school in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 9th May 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Primary schools in Bradley Stoke.

A new primary academy could be provided in Bradley Stoke to ease pressure on school places in the town.

The government recently announced a new £982million Targeted Basic Need (TBN) Programme which is seeking bids for new Academies and Free Schools in areas of high demand for places.

South Gloucestershire Council has prioritised a bid for a new primary academy in Bradley Stoke after identifying the need for an additional two forms of entry ready for September 2015.

In a joint statement, Cllrs Rob Jones and John Ashe (Con, Bradley Stoke South) and Cllrs Sarah Pomfret and Brian Hopkinson (Con, Bradley Stoke Central & Stoke Lodge) said:

“From talking to Bradley Stoke parents on the doorstep, it’s clear that a significant number have not got their preferred school place and as a result have been left disappointed because of the pressure on school places in our town.”

“We can help put an end to these worries by ensuring that there are enough good school places in our town to meet local demand.”

“A number of existing primary school sites have already had extra classrooms installed, but there’s only so much you can do before space runs out.”

“We, therefore, support this funding bid for a new primary academy.”

The deadline for applications was 30th April 2013 and the outcome of bids is expected to be announced in June 2013.

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on SGC

The Journal understands that the preferred location for the new academy would be the Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) site, which means that if this primary academy bid were to be approved, BSCS would become an ‘all-through’ school.

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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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Secondary school on track for academy conversion in new year

Posted on Friday 7th October 2011 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community School

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) says it remains on track to convert to an academy on 1st January 2012, thanks to hard work by governors over recent months.

Once converted, the school will be run by an academy trust instead of the local education authority, and governors have chosen to call this the ‘Olympus Academy Trust’, a name said to have been inspired by a visit to the M-Shed museum in Bristol.

Claire Emery, Chair of Governors and Dave Baker, Headteacher wrote in a letter to parents:

“Governors were keen to have a name that is not limited to Bradley Stoke but which has local significance; Olympus fulfils these requirements as it was the name of the engine which powered Concorde and was designed and built locally. Although this will be the name of the Academy Trust, the name of the school will not change.”

A new governance structure will see a Trust Board (meeting twice annually) delegating most of its powers to a separate Group Board that will meet once a term. Three Committees (Academic & Well-Being, Finance & Resources and Audit & Risk) will report to the Group Board.

More: Could you be a director/governor of the new academy trust? »

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BSCS ploughs on with academy plan despite partnership setbacks

Posted on Sunday 17th July 2011 at 12:15 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community School

The Governors of Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) have decided to plough on with plans to convert the school to academy status despite its two proposed partner schools deciding to drop out of the process in recent months.

BSCS, Brimsham Green School (BGS) and Patchway Community College (PCC) had collectively applied to the Department for Education to become a chain (federation) academy and each school began its own stakeholder consultation process in early May.

News that all was not well in the partnership first surfaced on Bradley Stoke Radio’s Big Issues programme on Thursday 9th June, when BSCS Headteacher Dave Baker revealed that Brimsham Green School had withdrawn from the process.

Research shows that the news had already been made public by BGS Headteacher Alun Williams in a newsletter published on 27th May, in which he wrote:

“Feedback from this consultation has been discussed and the Governors and I have decided that at this point, we do not wish to move to academy status. This decision was taken because of the feedback from parents, staff and students. Additionally, after much research we felt that there would be no short term gains educationally or financially. Therefore, Brimsham Green will remain as a LA [Local Authority] school in the short term.”

The setback was compounded earlier this week when a BSCS letter dated 14th July revealed that “the Governors of Patchway Community College have … decided they will remain as a Local Authority Community School”.

Read on to find out why Patchway Community College has dropped out of the proposed federation »

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