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Boeing volunteers fly in to help local schools

Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017 at 11:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Volunteers from Boeing Defence working with students at Bradley Stoke Community School on a World Earth Day project.

As part of their annual celebration of World Earth Day, 60 volunteers from Boeing Defence spent a day at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and sister school Meadowbrook Primary to complete a range of projects to update and develop the school grounds.

Volunteers arrived for 9am and led morning assembly with Reception and Year 1 pupils, explaining more about the work of Boeing and the ethos behind World Earth Day. Volunteers were then split into groups to tackle projects such as pruning, cutting back hedges, tidying up existing planters and assembling some new ones for primary pupils to harvest their own vegetables.

A small group of secondary students also took part and rose to the challenge with enthusiasm. After a quick pause for lunch, work continued throughout the afternoon and by 3pm students and volunteers alike were exhausted! Boeing staff presented students with a certificate and a goody bag to acknowledge and thank them for being involved.

Steve Moir, BSCS headteacher, said:

“These kinds of events are a clear demonstration of the vision that everyone, whether you are a multinational company or a school child, can make a difference to the environment in which we live and operate every day. Students also developed their team building skills, social skills, problem solving and, of course, physical fitness.”

More: Boeing employees worldwide take part in events to mark the day »

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Trainee Norland Nanny returns to former school

Posted on Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 9:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Katy Wardle on a visit to Bradley Stoke Community School.

As part of their careers advice programme, a group of students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) recently enjoyed a visit from former student Katy Wardle, now studying at Norland College and training to be a Norland Nanny. Katy studied at BSCS between 2010 and 2016 and was delighted to return to speak with current students.

Students commented:

“It was amazing to talk with someone from such a prestigious organisation as Norland. They have a reputation for quality and professionalism.”

“It’s motivated me to continue to get the best qualifications I can so that I can pursue the career I want.”

“It’s brilliant to hear how an ex-BSCS student is doing and that she’s doing the job she always dreamed of. I’m inspired now to work for the company that is the best in their field for what they do. Why not aim for the best?”

Students were joined by Ewan Clark who leads the careers advice programme at the school. Ewan explained that Year 10/11/12 students all benefit from opportunities to attend careers fairs, university conventions and mock interview days, as well as participating in a range of university events such as summer schools. In Year 12, the Core Programme gives students the opportunity to build up a toolkit of skills which universities and employers will find desirable. Academic mentors also provide one-to-one support to all students when exploring career options and applying for university, apprenticeships and jobs.

Ewan commented:

“Our focus is to ensure that every young person leaving BSCS has been offered world class advice and support to allow them to fulfil their potential. This involves routes ranging from university and other further education, employment, gap years, apprenticeships and training. Vocational routes enjoy the same focus as further education and we are proud to offer students personalised support as they make these life-changing decisions.”

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Trust warns of looming funding crisis at BSCS

Posted on Friday 17th March 2017 at 11:49 pm by SH (Editor)

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Parents of students attending Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) have been warned of a looming financial crisis that could lead to the school day being shortened and/or class sizes being increased in order to save on staff costs.

Other “unthinkable” cost-saving suggestions being put up for discussion include reducing support roles, such as teaching assistants, and asking parents/carers to make regular financial contributions to the school.

The funding issues, which affect all seven schools operated by the Olympus Academy Trust, are said to result from historically low levels of government funding for schools within South Gloucestershire, in comparison with other areas of the country. This has left the trust with less money in reserves to fall back on in hard times. On top of this, it is claimed that government funding has not been increased to compensate for inflation and increased costs that have fallen on schools in recent years.

Trust CEO Dave Baker said:

“We have had to make cuts year-on-year for several years now because of the government’s ‘austerity’ policy, which has meant ‘flat’ budgets for education – in reality this has meant reduced funds to run our schools each year because we have had to pay for things along the way which previously we did not have to pay for, such as increased employer pension and national insurance contributions for staff, the apprenticeship levy (a new tax from April this year), unfunded cost of living pay awards for staff, inflationary costs, provision of services that were funded externally before, e.g. careers advice and guidance, behaviour and mental health support for students etc.”

Mr Baker predicts that the trust’s expected funding levels for the next academic year (2017/18) will make it their “most challenging year yet”. The trust’s two secondary schools, BSCS and Abbeywood, are likely to be hit hardest, with both having to “reduce spending by over 8 percent by September”, equating to £400,000 less in each school.

More: Parents encouraged to write to local MP Jack Lopresti »

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Local school seeks to build relationships with local employers

Posted on Friday 10th March 2017 at 11:16 am by SH (Editor)

Business Networking Breakfast at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Staff and students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are launching an initiative to build more dynamic, strong and fruitful relationships with business in the local area and beyond.

BSCS headteacher Steve Moir explains:

“We believe that education and business should be working together to ensure our students access the knowledge and skills they need to learn for the future.”

The school is launching the programme by inviting local employers to join them at a Business Breakfast, where they hope to talk informally about how to build robust and meaningful relationships that are a win-win for those involved.

Staff intend to plan dynamic projects that will be focussed on supporting students to develop the key employability skills that both they and businesses need.

The event takes place on Friday 31st March at Bradley Stoke Community School, between 7.45am and 9am.

To register interest, email celia.arberry AT bradleystokecs.org.uk

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