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Young Enterprise at BSCS: A recipe for success?

Posted on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 10:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the board of directors of Phonic Farm.

Local accountancy firm Dunkley’s has partnered with Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) to launch a new programme for Sixth Form students.

The ‘Young Enterprise’ company programme runs throughout one academic year and enables students to make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs.

All this takes place with the support of a volunteer business adviser (BA) who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. Dunkley’s marketing manager Nicole Crompton has stepped up to be the school’s advisor for 2017/18.

The company, made up of thirteen Year 12 students, started their enterprise last September. Over the first few months, the students have been making big decisions from company structure and company name to the product they are going to sell and their individual roles within the board of directors.

Phonic Farm logo.

The enterprise the students have formed, Phonic Farm, is a literary company which sells phonic inspired cookbooks and recipes to encourage children to learn whilst having fun. Each of their recipes link to a character and, in their newest product launch, some of the characters go on adventures to give the children an additional opportunity to learn and let their imaginations grow with a themed story. The group have chosen an animal theme for the books as they are supporting a local animal charity by giving a proportion of each sale’s profits to them.

During the first term, various milestones were achieved, such as deciding to produce a Christmas cookbook with accompanying festive cookie cutters for their first trade fair experience at St Nicholas Market in Bristol. This took place on a crisp Saturday morning in December. Despite the cold start, the company did extremely well selling over £130 worth of product, being placed third within the overall Young Enterprise company competition on the day.

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Ex-BSCS student now has former head as ‘boss’

Posted on Friday 29th December 2017 at 10:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Dave Baker with Amelia Newport at Charborough Road Primary School.

One of the first cohort of students to attend Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has found that she now has her former headteacher as ‘boss’ after taking on her first full-time job since completing her A-levels at the school.

Amelia Newport, who started at BSCS in 2005 and progressed to be amongst the first entrants into the school’s brand new Post-16 centre in 2010, is now a fully qualified teacher on the staff of Charborough Road Primary School.

The Filton primary, like BSCS, is a member of the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT), which means that Amelia is now on first name terms with her ultimate boss, OAT chief executive officer Dave Baker, who was her headteacher during her early years at BSCS.

Her new job is the latest in a series of educational ‘firsts’ for Amelia, which began when she started at Bradley Stoke’s Wheatfield Primary School when it first opened its doors in 1998.

Speaking to the Journal, Amelia explained how she believes learning in brand new environments inspired her to make the most of the educational opportunities on offer and eventually take up teaching as a profession: “Growing up I always liked school and a massive part of that was the teachers who dedicated their time to giving me the best possible education I could have received. I was lucky enough to go to not only one, but two brand new schools built in the Bradley Stoke area.”

“At BSCS, I was fortunate to enjoy a purpose built building with a team who had created a unique and fun learning environment. It was there that I was able to begin to looking into the possibility of becoming a teacher, the career I’d wanted since I turned 7 after having a string of fantastic and enthusiastic teachers at Wheatfield Primary School.”

After finishing her GCSEs, Amelia studied English Language, History and Geography in the BSCS sixth form. This was followed by a three-year undergraduate degree course at the University of the West of England where she studied Education, Learning and Development.

Amelia continued: “My degree focused on the importance of student voice in teaching and how to work with children to build the best learning environments for them using their ideas and understanding. During my dissertation work I actually went back to Wheatfield and used its fantastic parental engagement skills for the basis of my thesis. It was surreal to go back and be sat across from Mrs (Lois) Haydon, one of the women who had made me want to teach in the first place nearly fifteen years previously.”

More: "I just need to make sure I don’t slip up and call Dave ‘Sir’" »

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Bradley Stoke school welcomes its first four-legged member of staff!

Posted on Thursday 21st December 2017 at 10:29 pm by Nikki Hallur

Photo of Year 7 students with Wally the Dog.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS), which includes primary and secondary education levels, has welcomed a dog into the school setting. At five-and-a-half months old, Wally is just a puppy, but he is gradually being trained to interact with pupils who may benefit from the therapeutic effects of interacting with dogs.

The idea to have a school dog came about as a result of a discussion between three members of staff: Tom Hill (assistant headteacher and head of sixth form), Susie Beresford-Wylie (director of student support) and Steve Moir (headteacher). Tom Hill heard of Wally, a cocker spaniel, through family friends who had just got a puppy themselves. The dog now belongs to Mr Hill and he lends him to the school for three days a week, so the school has not incurred any expenses for Wally’s upkeep. During school hours, Paula Warren (PA to deputy and assistant heads) helps with Wally’s interactions with the students, which involves mainly secondary level but occasionally also primary level children.

Photo of Wally sitting on a tree stump.

Mrs Warren said most of the parents and children have “responded very positively”. Mr Hill pointed out that there are a few pupils who are scared of dogs and a few who are allergic to dogs: the school has a list of these pupils, who are kept away from Wally at all times.

Currently Wally needs to sleep for 18 to 20 hours a day because he is still very young and needs to grow, but he has already got a blog on the school website, and he has helped many of the children with his presence. One student said: “Wally puts a smile on my face and makes me feel calm,” whilst another said: “When I was feeling upset and worried, Mrs Warren asked me if I wanted to see Wally. I played with him for a few minutes and it made me feel a lot better.”

Yet another pupil detailed how, when feeling stressed, taking Wally “outside around the fields to get some fresh air” helped to feel “a lot better and less stressed”.

More: "Wally puts a smile on everyone’s faces with a wag of his tail" »

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‘Record breaking’ GCSE results at BSCS

Posted on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Top performing GCSE students at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) have been celebrating a ‘record breaking’ set of GCSE results which this year included the best set of English and maths grades in the school’s history. This is despite the introduction of the new GCSEs, which are significantly more difficult than in previous years.

Seventy percent of students achieved 5A*-C including passes in English and Maths (68 percent in 2016) and the new measure of Basics (‘pass’ level in both English and maths) was achieved by 71 percent of students.

For the first time this year, English literature, English language and maths have been graded on a scale of 1 to 9, with 4 being a ‘standard pass’ that is equivalent to the grade C of previous years. Grade 9 is the highest grade and is awarded to fewer pupils than the previous A*.

The school has maintained its excellent Progress 8 score from last year, when it was the highest in South Gloucestershire. This measures how well pupils have achieved from their starting point when they entered secondary school.

BSCS also reports that the performance of its vulnerable students has improved again this year, further narrowing the attainment gap.

Headteacher Steve Moir commented:

“This has been another brilliant set of results for us with both English and maths achieving their best ever performances.  The school has always focused on ensuring that every student achieves and I am delighted that this continues to be the case. GCSEs are getting notably harder, so it is very pleasing to see that our results have continued to climb from previous years and this is down to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff.”

More: Some of the outstanding individual performances »

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