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Winterbourne school bus service hit by double whammy at start of new term

Posted on Saturday 8th February 2020 at 10:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a 963 Winterbourne Academy school bus service vehicle stuck in traffic congestion at Great Meadow Roundabout.

Scores of students from the Stokes who attend Winterbourne Academy have struggled to make it to school on time since the start of the new term in January as a result of traffic congestion and operational issues surrounding the number 963 school bus service.

Journeys to and from the school have been affected by delays caused by South Gloucestershire Council’s major roadworks at Great Stoke (Rabbit) Roundabout, which began in earnest on 2nd January.

Around 150 students travel to the school from the Stokes and many of these use the number 963 bus service which starts in Patchway and follows a route that takes it through north Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, south Bradley Stoke and Parkway North (Hunts Ground Road area) before heading along Beacon Lane towards the school.

The route means that the bus is doubly affected by the Great Stoke roadworks as it takes in the roundabout twice, the first time crossing from Bradley Stoke Way to Great Stoke Way and a second time traversing from Great Stoke Way to the Winterbourne Road.

The start of the new term also saw a changeover of operator on the number 963 service, with Stagecoach taking over from South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach. The switchover created additional difficulties with parents complaining about issues including unexpected price hikes, a single decker vehicle being used instead of a double decker and students being left stranded at the roadside.

A statement provided to the school by Stagecoach on 8th January admitted that fares on the service had been increased “in error” and would be reinstated to previous levels from the next day. The company also admitted that a single decker had been used on the service that day, but said a “larger bus” would be used in future.

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Winterbourne secondary to join Olympus Trust

Posted on Monday 12th February 2018 at 9:50 pm by SH (Editor)

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

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 students on roll including 370 in its sixth form, making it one of the largest secondary schools in South Gloucestershire.

The school is one of the highest-attaining in South Gloucestershire, earning it a place in The Times top 250 schools in the country during 2017. Significantly, however, student progress was lacking, with pupils leaving between 2015 and 2017 making “well below average” progress compared to national averages.

Last year, the school was told it needed to improve financially by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, based on financial projections that the school would be £1 million in deficit by September 2017.

Olympus CEO Dave Baker commented:

“We are pleased to be able to share news that the uncertainty surrounding the future for Winterbourne International Academy has been resolved. The school community is in a strong position to push forward on all fronts for a successful future and we are delighted to welcome them into the Olympus family of schools.”

More: "The widely reported £1 million deficit no longer exists" »

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