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Bradley Stoke Post-16 Centre nears completion

Posted on Monday 16th August 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

BSCS Post-16 Centre

Construction of the new Post-16 (Sixth Form) Centre at Bradley Stoke Community School is nearing completion and the facility is due to open its doors to students for the first time at 8:30am on Thursday 2nd September.

Governors of the school were recently given a tour of the new building and Cllr Jon Williams has kindly provided some exclusive photos of the inside of the centre, which can be viewed in our Picasa Gallery [album; slideshow].

The text of a recent press release put out by the school is reproduced below …

BSCS Post-16 Centre

After five years many of the original cohort of 180 students, now in Year 11, are looking forward to continuing their education at Bradley Stoke Community School in a new Post-16 Centre which has been built over the past ten months. The new Post-16 Centre will help to meet the needs of the local community and is due to be handed over to the school on 23rd August 2010.

Bradley Stoke Community School is part of the Concorde Partnership and will be offering an integrated post-16 timetable with Abbeywood Community School (formerly Filton High School), Patchway Community College and Filton College.  Between them they will deliver a wider range of courses during 2010/11; more than any one institution could offer alone – this will broaden opportunities for young people in the local area.

Our Post-16 Centre is designed to cater for 180 students in years 12 and 13 eventually although there will only be year 12 in 2010-11.

Read on to find out more about the centre and its funding »

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Prospective sixth form students polled over course choices

Posted on Friday 23rd October 2009 at 8:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Sixth Form and Dance Studio

Students looking to embark upon courses at Bradley Stoke Community School’s (BSCS) new sixth form, due to open in September next year, have been asked to indicate their likely subject choices.

Questionnaires distributed at last week’s post-16 open evening were due to be handed in today, to help the school plan the range of courses to be offered.

A provisional list of 52 possible Level 3 (e.g. A-level & BTEC) courses was distributed at the meeting, from which students were asked to select up to four subjects plus a further ‘reserve’.

Courses will be run jointly with other schools in the Concorde Partnership’s southern area , namely Filton High School, Filton College and Patchway Community College.

Students have been told they must obtain five GCSEs at grade C or above in order to enrol on Level 3 courses, with a grade B in any subject they wish to follow.

The centre will also offer a limited number of Level 2 (e.g. GCSE)  courses as part of a ‘Consolidation Programme’ for students who need to re-sit GCSEs or develop their skills in new areas.

A final list of courses to be offered will be published by December and the deadline for applications has been provisionally set as 25th January 2010.

Students attending the centre will be eligible to apply for the government’s Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), worth up to £30 per week (dependent on household income).

Building firm Thomas Vale Construction reports that work on the new post-16 centre is running slightly ahead of schedule due to the recent good weather. The company currently plans to hand over the completed building on 14th June 2010.

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Turf cutting ceremony marks start of sixth form centre construction

Posted on Thursday 27th August 2009 at 11:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Sixth Form Turf Cutting Ceremony

A turf cutting ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on the new sixth form (post-16) centre at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS).

The £4.6 million project, which also includes a dance studio and additional changing rooms at the Fiddlers Wood Lane site, is being funded by a grant from the Learning and Skills Council.

The ceremony was performed by senior members of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) with the assistance of four students from the school, watched by representatives from Thomas Vale Construction and Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC).

The symbolic first turf was cut by Cllr Shirley Holloway (Chair of SGC) and Cllr John Calway (Leader of SGC), aided by BSCS students George Baggott, Lydia Fawcett, Ed Franklin and Natalie Cox.

Plans for the new sixth form centre were approved by SGC in September 2008 and the construction team moved onto the site at the end of July.

Sixth Form Turf Cutting Ceremony

Building work is expected to be completed by May 2010, so that the first cohort of BSCS students can begin their post-16 education in September 2010.

The sixth form centre will cater for up to 180 students in the 16-19 age group, drawn mainly from feeder schools of BSCS, Patchway Community College and Filton High School. There will also be cooperation with other members of the Concorde Partnership, namely Castle School, Marlwood School, New Siblands Special School and Filton College.

Dave Baker, BSCS Headteacher, said:

“The school has students in all years 7-11 for the first time this September so it is both timely and appropriate that the Post 16 Centre is being built in readiness for our first students who will need it in September 2010. It is an exciting time for all involved with Bradley Stoke Community School and for the Concorde Partnership with whom we will be collaborating to provide a full range of courses for all 14-19 year olds in the local area. We are grateful to South Gloucestershire Council for their support in ensuring that the Post 16 provision is in place for next September.”

Demand for places at the new centre is expected to be high and the school admits that capacity may become an issue. That said, Mr Baker pointed out that the building is designed for two year groups, so the school will at least have a year’s grace if significantly more students stay on than has been assumed in SGC’s projections.

More photos from the ceremony on PicasaWeb: album; slideshow

Local politicians attending the ceremony were keen to claim credit for the success of the long-running campaign for a sixth form in Bradley Stoke. [Read more…]

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Construction of BSCS sixth form centre gets underway

Posted on Thursday 6th August 2009 at 1:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Thomas Vale Construction

Construction of the new post-16 (sixth form) centre at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) is now underway, with completion expected by May next year.

Contractors Thomas Vale Construction moved onto the site just days after the school term finished at the end of July and they have now fenced off an area at the southern end of the existing school building, where the new facility is being built.

Deputy Headteacher Jenny Sutton Kirby told a recent meeting of the Bradley Stoke Safer & Stronger Community Group that the school wants the new centre to be “as integrated as possible with the local community”. This will be achieved by offering students “enrichment opportunities” to complement their academic work, she added.

BSCS Sixth Form

The sixth form centre will cater for up to 200 students in the 16-19 age group, drawn mainly from feeder schools in the ‘Group 3’ collective (BSCS, Patchway Community College and Filton High School). There will also be cooperation with other members of the Concorde Partnership, a larger conglomeration of schools that also includes Castle School, Marlwood School, New Siblands Special School and Filton College.

Ms Sutton Kirby said that the school plans to appoint a “post-16 council” that will include student representatives. Issues yet to be agreed include the definition of “responsibilities, privileges and opportunities” and the dress code for students attending the new centre.

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