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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 students give views on sixth form policies

Posted on Friday 18th December 2009 at 7:31 am by SH (Editor)

Sixth Form and Dance StudioProspective students of Bradley Stoke’s new post-16 (sixth form) centre have aired their views on policies they would like to see enforced when the facility opens in September.

Feedback from a ‘post-16 consultation exercise’ conducted amongst year 11 students and staff at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) outlines opinions on:

  • dress code
  • rules for the centre’s social area
  • attendance regulations
  • driving to school
  • responsibilities and curriculum

Students say they would like to be able to wear smart denim (not ripped or distressed) and trainers, adding that:

Clothing should be appropriate for working situations and should not make other students or staff feel awkward (no low cut tops, bare midriffs).

On attendance, students believe they should be allowed to leave the site at lunch time, but not at break times. They also say that they should be able to leave early if they have no further taught lessons.

In keeping with the school’s stance on sustainability, the report says that “no-one thinks that [sixth formers] driving to school is a good idea”. However, students who have passed their tests and who have after-school commitments could be permitted to drive to school, the report adds.

Details of courses to be offered at the new centre will be made available in January.

Read more: Post-16 Consultation Feedback [PDF] (BSCS)

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Secondary school rated “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors

Posted on Saturday 28th November 2009 at 1:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community School

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been classed as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school three weeks ago.

The inspectors’ report praises the high standard of leadership and teaching at the school and says that pupils’ achievements are above average:

This is an outstanding school. Its real strength lies in its inclusive and welcoming ethos. The headteacher has provided the school with outstanding leadership and he is well supported by a skilful and effective leadership team.

Together they have created a clear vision for the school which is shared by all staff.

They have been successful in establishing the school at the heart of the community and ensuring that students of all abilities and from all backgrounds are happy and achieve well.

Dave Baker

Writing in the school newsletter, headteacher Dave Baker (pictured right) tells parents and carers:

This [report] is a credit to you, your sons and daughters and the school’s staff and governors and I hope that you will be pleased with what you read.

Asked for further comment by The Journal, Mr Baker showed no signs of resting on his laurels:

We are obviously delighted and relieved that the inspection outcome was so positive but we are also clear that there is still much work to do so we will be formulating an action plan based on the areas for development and the areas judged as good rather than outstanding.

It is, however, a great achievement to have been judged as outstanding overall and my thanks go to staff, students, parents/carers, governors and our community partners for their support in ensuring that this was possible.

Opened in September 2005, BSCS is described by the inspectors as an average sized secondary school. The school’s only previous Ofsted report, issued in 2006 (when there were pupils in years 7 and 8 only) rated the school “good”.

Of our neighbouring secondary schools,  The Ridings High School, Winterbourne (now Winterbourne International Academy) was rated “good” in 2006, while Filton High School and Patchway Community College were rated “satisfactory” in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

A post-16 centre (sixth form) is currently under construction at BSCS. Building work is expected to be completed by May 2010, so that the first cohort of BSCS students can begin their post-16 education at the site in September 2010.

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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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