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Patchway secondary joins Olympus Trust

Posted on Monday 16th October 2017 at 10:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Dave Baker presenting Karen Cornick with a plaque.

Patchway Community School (formerly known as Patchway Community College) has become the latest secondary school to join the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT), where it joins Bradley Stoke Community School and Abbeywood Community School (Stoke Gifford), along with five local primary schools in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Stoke Lodge.

The Patchway secondary had been in discussions with OAT for some time, but the lack of funding for essential buildings maintenance work at the school had proved a stumbling block. The award, earlier this year, of in excess of £4 million of government and local developer money, ring-fenced for facilities and building work at the school, paved the way for the transfer to be completed on 1st September.

The name change from ‘college’ to ‘community school’ achieves consistency with the other OAT secondaries and avoids confusion about the age range that the school caters for.

Dave Baker, CEO of Olympus, visited the school on Friday 15th September, when he addressed a Year 7 assembly and presented Patchway headteacher Karen Cornick with a plaque to mark the school’s joining of the trust.

Mr Baker said:

“It has taken a long time to get to this point but there is a lot to look forward to with funding for improvements to the buildings as well as support for students to achieve.”

More: Trust staff "share expertise and provide mutual support" »

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Tesco community team helps spruce up hall

Posted on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 8:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Tesco staff and local volunteers helping to decorate St Chad's Church Hall, Patchway.

Staff from the Tesco Extra store in Bradley Stoke have joined local volunteers to spruce up a local church hall.

Dawn Richards, community champion at the Tesco store, and some of her colleagues were part of a team of eight people who spent a week in mid-August decorating the interior of St Chad’s Church Hall in Rodway Road, Patchway.

The hall is used by St Chad’s Pre-School during the day on weekdays and by various groups, including St John Ambulance Badgers, Rainbows, Brownies and dance groups, in the evenings and at weekends.

Members of the church community had already completed some of the work themselves but called in Dawn and her team to give them a helping hand. The work carried out included painting skirting boards, cupboards and walls.

The Tesco team will be returning to St Chad’s in the near future to help enhance some of the pre-school’s outdoor facilities, including the sand pit and ‘muddy play’ area.

Dawn and her team are always looking for new projects to get involved with. Anything which “helps the community” or is “for a good cause” will be considered.

Anyone wishing to suggest a suitable community project should write to Dawn Richards at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke BS32 8EF or email bradleystoke@eathappyproject.com

Photo: Dawn Richards (right) with Phil Mayo (left), Helen Ford (kneeling) and Barry Morgan

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Patchway store’s charity birthday party raises funds for NSPCC

Posted on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

NSPCC fundraising day at the SPAR store in Rodway Road, Patchway.

Patchway’s SPAR store recently hosted a charity birthday party in celebration of its parent company’s 100-year anniversary.

Colleagues at the convenience store in Rodway Road hosted a birthday party themed coffee morning and a series of fundraising activities on Friday 1st September, all in aid of children’s charity, the NSPCC.

SPAR Patchway is owned and operated by Blakemore Retail, which is part of the A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd group of companies. Throughout 2017 A.F. Blakemore is celebrating 100 years as a successful family business.

A.F. Blakemore commercial director Caoire Blakemore commented:

“To mark our centenary, we organised a series of commemorative events to celebrate the company’s unique culture and history and positively engage with employees and the local communities we serve.”

“On 1st September more than 300 charity birthday parties took place across A.F. Blakemore’s trading area to celebrate one of the company’s five core values: making a significant, positive contribution to the community.”

SPAR UK and the NSPCC have been working together to keep children safe in communities around their stores for the past 11 years.

Since 2006, Blakemore Retail employees have raised more than £2.7 million for NSPCC services through fundraising activities such as raffles, cake sales, sponsored bike rides and fancy dress days.

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd was founded in 1917 when Arthur and Harriet Blakemore opened a counter grocery store in Wolverhampton, and is today the 44th largest privately owned business in the UK.

Peter Blakemore is the third generation of the Blakemore family to lead the company, which is the largest member of SPAR UK, owning 290 SPAR stores and serving more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales.

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Patchway Community College “proud” of students’ GCSE achievements

Posted on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 11:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Students at Patchway Community College collect their GCSE results.

Patchway Community College reports that 46 percent of its students achieved at least a Grade 4 ‘pass’ (equivalent to a grade C) in both English and maths in this year’s GCSE examinations.

Sixty-nine percent of students achieved an English ‘pass’ and 53 percent gained a ‘pass’ in maths.

Notable individual successes highlighted by the school include:

  • Julia Barela 1 A*, 3 A, 6B, 1C
  • James Burford 1 A*, 3A, 4B, 1 C, 1Dist
  • Daniel Connors 1Gr9, 1A*, 1A, 8B
  • Hannah Evans 1A*, 2A, 4B, 1C, 1Dist
  • Christian Seaman 5A, 5B, 1C
  • Meagan Beale 4A, 3B, 1C

Headteacher Karen Cornick commented:

“Congratulations to all of our students – we are really proud of their fantastic individual achievements!”

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