Photo of schools minister Nick Gibb MP (centre) on a visit to Patchway Community School.

Trust CEO’s “lack of representation” gibe triggers schools minister visit

Schools minister Nick Gibb MP has paid a flying visit to several South Gloucestershire schools, including Patchway Community School, following criticism from a local academy trust leader that the district’s MPs aren’t doing enough to push for an increase in the level of school funding. The visit came just three weeks after Dave Baker, CEO of the Olympus Academy Trust

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Collage of images (l-r) Dave Baker (CEO, Olympus Acdemy Trust) and Jack Lopresti MP.

Trust CEO tackles Lopresti over “lack of representation” on school funding

Dave Baker, CEO of the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) which incorporates Bradley Stoke Community School, Meadowbrook Primary School and several other secondary and primary schools in the wider local area has met with Jack Lopresti MP to express his concerns about a “lack of representation in regard to inadequate school funding in our area”. In a tweet made earlier this week,

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Photo of acting headteacher Peter Smart with students at Winterbourne International Academy.

Winterbourne secondary to join Olympus Trust

Winterbourne International Academy (WIA), currently placed in special measures by Ofsted, has been approved to join the Olympus Academy Trust in February 2018. The school is currently being led on an interim basis by CEO Dave Baker from the Olympus Academy Trust and headteacher Peter Smart on secondment from the Castle School Education Trust. The school currently has approximately 1,820

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Bradley Stoke Community School.

Trust warns of looming funding crisis at BSCS

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

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Olympus Academy Trust leaders at a Duke of Edinburgh's Award presentation.

School leaders celebrate Duke of Edinburgh’s Award success at Buckingham Palace

Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) leaders were recently invited to attend a once-in-a-lifetime Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event, the trust was presented with a special plaque from the DofE charity, acknowledging their commitment to running the DofE and thanking the organisation for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives. The DofE is celebrating its

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Dave Baker, Executive Head at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Olympus Academy Trust looks set to expand

The Olympus Academy Trust (OAT), which currently comprises four local schools, including founding member Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS), has announced that it is in talks with four further schools about possibly joining the trust. The news comes just weeks after the government announced that all schools will be required to become academies by 2022, although OAT says it had

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Secondary schools extend invitation to celebrate launch of academy trust

The Olympus Academy Trust would like to invite you to join them in celebrating their official launch this Thursday (14th March) at Bradley Stoke Community School and Abbeywood Community School. The event will include a learning showcase tour at both schools as well as presentations, refreshments and opportunities to meet and chat informally. Dave Baker, Executive Headteacher at both schools,

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BSCS creates new Associate Headteacher role

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

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