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Patchway Community College students celebrate post-16 exam successes

Posted on Thursday 13th August 2015 at 2:45 pm by SH (Editor)

A-level students at Patchway Community College collect their results.

Post-16 students at Patchway Community College have performed well this year, with a 96 percent pass rate and students achieving the highest possible grades in subjects ranging from English literature, sociology, psychology and business, to health and social care, applied science and textiles.

Headteacher Jane Millicent said:

“These results show the hard work of all involved and it is wonderful to see students gain the grades that they need for university places, apprenticeships and employment. The BTEC certificate results were particularly outstanding this year, with 47 percent gaining a distinction or distinction* and 89 percent a merit or above. I am proud of our students for gaining such good results and securing excellent opportunities for their futures.”

Patchway students have some exciting destinations and next steps ahead of them. Luke Viner, who was awarded two As and two Bs, will be starting a degree in computer science at Nottingham University, as will Dan Viner at UWE whose grades included A* in sociology. Robin Barratt who obtained two As, a B and a C is beginning a degree in psychology at Cardiff University, whilst Charis Wilcox who obtained an A* and two Bs will be heading to Birmingham to take a degree in costume design. Dan Tuck is going to study law at Winchester, whilst Scott Crane, with a distinction in BTEC business, has secured an apprenticeship in accountancy with the MoD.

Robin Barratt commented:

“I am delighted and relieved that I’ve got the grades needed for my university course.”

Fellow student Paige Coughlin added:

“I am delighted with my results that were better than expected; I had been planning a gap year and am definitely going to university in the future.”

Source: Press release from Patchway Community College.

Related link: Schools in Patchway (The Journal)

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Callicroft Primary School celebrates positive Ofsted rating

Posted on Monday 20th July 2015 at 12:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Callicroft Primary School pupils celebrate a 'good' Ofsted report.

Staff and pupils at Patchway’s Callicroft Primary School are celebrating after receiving a positive inspection report from Ofsted.

Ofsted inspectors visited the school at the end of June and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’, with each of the five individual areas reviewed also assessed as ‘good’. This demonstrates the great progress that has been made since the previous Ofsted inspection in June 2013 when the school was rated as ‘requires improvement’.

Inspectors stated: “Teaching has improved since the last inspection and is now effective because pupils receive work that is at the right level for them. Teachers ensure that pupils are aware of what they are going to learn and that they are given clear steps to follow so that they know when they have been successful in their learning. Checks to measure the effectiveness of teaching and learning are rigorous. Consequently, the effectiveness of the school continues to improve.”

The report also praised the school’s leadership and management, saying: “Senior leaders have a clear vision for school improvement and a drive to achieve the best outcomes for pupils.”

Headteacher Nicola Antwis said:

“This report is great recognition of the dedication of our staff, the vision of our governors and leaders and the commitment of pupils, parents and carers. We are immensely proud of the report and see a bright future for the school and every pupil.”

More: Governing body has played a vital part in school improvement »

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Schools’ aerospace art hunt takes flight

Posted on Saturday 18th July 2015 at 11:12 am by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Wheatfield Primary School in Bradley Stoke take part in a workshop about flight, as part of the Great Aero Art Hunt project.

More than 60 sculptures inspired by the local aerospace industry have gone on display at locations across north and central Bristol today (18th July), marking the culmination of an exciting schools and community project for the Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Filton and surrounding areas

Patchway Community College has been working with My Future My Choice, professional artist Matthew Jeanes and the Bristol Aerospace Centre to deliver an exciting project to nine primary schools about the local aerospace industry, exploring its vast history and discovering how it could be a part of their future.

This project has engaged more than 3,000 pupils, giving them the opportunity to work with 35 business and 35 industry volunteers along with 12 volunteers from the Bristol Aerospace Centre and a professional artist to create a large number of sculptures inspired by the aerospace industry and decorated in a variety of themes.

The Great Aero Art Hunt runs from Saturday 18th July to Monday 31st August 2015, with 63 sculptures in 25 locations including local libraries, schools and local sports centres as well as Starbucks Aztec West, Asda Patchway, Specsavers Bradley Stoke, The Mall Cribbs Causeway and the Royal West of England Academy.

Parents, pupils and the public will be able to hunt for the globe-like sculptures, collect the hidden registration numbers and log them in their art hunt booklets.

The project was made possible through generous sponsorship from businesses including Rolls Royce, Atkins, Bailey Caravans, The Mall Cribbs Causeway, Explore Learning, Asda Patchway, Randstad Education, CJ Hole Bradley Stoke, Taylors Bradley Stoke, Ocean Bradley Stoke, ASDAN, Smurfit Kappa, Bovis Homes, Starbucks Aztec West, Folio, Specsavers Bradley Stoke, Quartet Community Foundation and HP.

More: Where to pick up your free art hunt booklet »

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Plans unveiled for new ice rink, ski centre and skydiving facilities at Cribbs

Posted on Thursday 18th June 2015 at 8:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of a proposed new ice rink and skydiving centre at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Plans have been unveiled to build a new permanent indoor ice rink, together with a skydiving and ski centre, at a site in Cribbs Causeway.

The proposals are part of a vision by the developer, Baylis Estates, to introduce an ‘active sports’ theme to the entertainment and retail opportunities available in the area and make Cribbs Causeway a ‘day-out’ destination.

The new facilities also include a sports store, hotel, restaurant, coffee ‘drive thru’ and car showroom and will be developed on land next to The Venue.

This site had previously been earmarked for the proposed Concorde Museum until an alternative museum site was secured through an agreement last year between the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and neighbouring Filton Airfield owner BAE Systems.

Prior to submitting a planning application, Baylis Estates will be carrying out a community engagement programme, including a public exhibition at The Mall shopping centre on Friday 19th June from 1pm until 7pm.

David Mace, Director at Baylis Estates, said:

“Our ambitious plans for the site include building a flagship permanent indoor ice rink so that residents across the district and the wider West of England area no longer have to travel to other parts of the country to access this sort of facility all year round.”

“An indoor skydiving and ski centre – the first in the South West – is also planned for the site, along with a sports store, hotel, restaurant, coffee ‘drive thru’ and car showroom, which will deliver significant social and economic benefits to the area.”

“We are really keen to develop an active sports theme on this site which links well with the adjoining leisure park at The Venue and will provide important and integrated facilities for the future development in and around Cribbs Causeway.”

More: Proposals welcomed by South Glos council leaders »

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Charlton Hayes Summer Fun Day on Saturday

Posted on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at 6:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Charlton Hayes Summer Fun Day on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Charlton Hayes residents are being invited to attend their summer fun day on Saturday (13th June). This is the third community fun day for residents of this rapidly expanding community. With over 900 homes occupied, the community fun day plays a vital role in getting residents together to help create shared memories.

At this year’s event, a wide variety of activities will be on offer, many of which are free, including the face painting, a bouncy castle and the World Jungle circus skills workshop. There will be opportunities to meet staff from Southern Brooks Community Partnerships, the local developmental charity whose community development worker has led in the organising of this fun day.

Residents will also meet Caitlin, who is running a cultivate project until the autumn to plant edible foods across the development; this is a great opportunity for residents to make a positive mark on their new community.

The fun day will run from 11am to 2pm and there will be performances throughout the event. As before, it will be located at The Temporary Green, Ringsfield Lane, Charlton Hayes BS34 5AQ.

More info: Summer Fun Day programme [PDF]

Related link: Charlton Hayes (The Journal)

Source: Press release from Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

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