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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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Open evening to advise on post-16 education

Posted on Monday 12th October 2009 at 8:35 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community School is to hold a ‘post-16 open evening’ this week to inform parents and carers of the courses that it plans to offer at the school’s new sixth form centre.

Pupils currently in year 11 (the school’s first intake) will be eligible to continue their studies at the new centre when it opens its doors in September next year.

Plans for the new post-16 centre will be available to look at and there will be representatives from Thomas Vale Construction available to discuss details and answer questions about the building.

The open evening takes place on Thursday 15th October at 7pm. Members of the local community are also invited to attend.

BSCS Sixth Form BSCS Dance Studio

Construction of the new sixth form centre is now well under way at the Fiddlers Wood Lane site. Ground works are now complete and a start on erecting the steel framework is expected to be made soon.

Work on a new dance studio at the rear of the school is also well advanced and the overall building programme is said to be “on schedule”.

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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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