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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)

Bradley Stoke Community School.

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.

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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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New measure ranks BSCS top secondary in South Gloucestershire

Posted on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 11:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Students at Bradley Stoke Community School, Bristol.

Data released in October 2016 ranks Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) as the top school in South Gloucestershire based on a new school performance measure introduced this year. The school scored +0.25, which means that, on average, students achieved a quarter of a grade more than expected in each of their GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications.

Headteacher Steve Moir commented:

“BSCS has always focussed relentlessly on the progress of each individual to achieve their potential so it is no surprise to me that we have performed so well based on this new measure. We all want students to achieve the top grades, however we also work tirelessly to ensure that every young person at BSCS makes the progress we know they are capable of and achieve their potential; it’s heartening to have this recognised.”

BSCS’s partner secondary within the Olympus Trust, Abbeywood Community School (Stoke Gifford), also performed well, with their score placing them very close to the average for all pupils nationally and 7th out of all 21 South Gloucestershire secondary schools.

What’s changed?

For many years all students, academies and schools were measured on how many GCSE’s they achieve at A*-C including English and Mathematics. From 2016 all students and academies are now measured on how much progress students make from when they start in Year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of Year 11. This is known as Progress 8.

More: Based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects »

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Best ever GCSE examination results at BSCS

Posted on Monday 12th September 2016 at 9:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Top-achieving GCSE students at Bradley Stoke Community School. L-r: Sophie Brain, Mrudula Hirimagalur, Cristina Lojo, Thomas Smyth, Sadelle Onamade, Rachel Bennett, Emmanuelle Deliot and Abi Todd.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has posted its best ever GCSE outcomes, marking a significant improvement in comparison with last year. Sixty-eight percent of students achieved 5A*-C including English and maths (54 percent last year). The new measure of ‘basics’ (English and maths A*-C combined) was achieved by 69 percent of students. English GCSE saw an impressive 82 percent of students achieving an A*-C grade and maths a best ever GCSE A*-C of 73 percent.

As ever, there were some amazing performances by individual students, with some of the highest achievers listed below with their outcomes.

Olympus Academy Trust CEO and executive headteacher, Dave Baker, said:

“These GCSE outcomes are the result of hard work by staff and students at Bradley Stoke Community School and they deserve full credit for them. It is a remarkable achievement that headteacher Steve Moir, in his first year in post, has overseen an increase in GCSE results of over 14 percentage points from last year. Steve and his senior leadership team have planned carefully for this success and it bodes well for future years!”

Bradley Stoke Community School headteacher Steve Moir said:

“We are delighted for the students in achieving these outstanding results. It is down to the combined commitment and hard work from all of our staff and students.”

The overall figures for schools in South Gloucestershire saw 57 percent of students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and maths, an improvement of four percentage points over 2015.

More: Outstanding individual achievements »

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BSCS staff “delighted” with Post-16 outcomes

Posted on Tuesday 6th September 2016 at 8:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Top-achieving A-level students at Bradley Stoke Community School. Back row (l-r): Erin Pruett, Chloe Lorenzi, Alexandra McCallum and Victoria King. Front row (l-r): Annabel Phillips, Neave Spikings, Sophie Deliot and Holly Macdonald.

It has been another strong year for Post-16 outcomes at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS). A-level students have averaged 32 points (grade C), which the school says is slightly above the results for the last two years.

Forty-two percent of all grades awarded at A-level were A*-B (51 percent last year) and there was a 99.5 percent overall pass rate.

Vocational results were outstanding again with 78 percent of grades awarded being Distinction* or Distinction (72 percent last year). The average grade achieved was a high Distinction.

This year’s results included some fantastic individual performances (see below). Star performers include Sophie Deliot, Holly Macdonald, Erin Pruett, Chloe Lorenzi and Neave Spikings.

Sophie Deliot achieved an A* in Geography and As in Mathematics and Psychology and will be studying Geography at Durham University.

Holly Macdonald achieved an A* in Accounting and As in English Language and Business Studies. Holly has been offered a place on the School Leaver Programme with Price Waterhouse Cooper as a Business Consultant.

Erin Pruett achieved an A* in Geography, an A in English Literature and a B in Physical Education and she has a place to study Geography and Sport Science at Loughborough University.

Chloe Lorenzi achieved As in French and Textiles and a B in Chemistry and she has secured a place to study Fashion Design at the University of Leeds.

Neave Spikings achieved a Distinction* in Music Technology BTEC, an A in Computer Science and a B in Mathematics. Neave will be studying Film and Television Production at the University of York.

Year 12 AS-level students also produced some excellent results in what the school described as a “year of change”, which saw a mixture of ‘reformed’ and ‘legacy’ examinations being sat.

More: Top performers at A-level and AS-level »

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