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Construction starts on new £5.6m primary school in Charlton Hayes

Posted on Tuesday 31st July 2018 at 12:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the ground-breaking ceremony at Charlton Wood Primary Academy.

Bristol construction firm Beard marked the start of works on the new Charlton Wood Primary Academy with an official ground-breaking ceremony carried out by new headteacher Neil Lankester.

Beard is working with Endeavour Academy Trust and South Gloucestershire Council on the delivery of the £5.6 million state-of-the-art academy which is being built on the North Field section of the old Filton Airfield in Charlton Hayes, Patchway.

The purpose-built academy will provide eight junior, four infant and two reception classrooms at the school – each equipped with its own cloakroom and storeroom. Future students will benefit from four breakout spaces which will support modern learning, plus a library, kitchen, offices, staff room and a large hall, complete with a stage.

Designed by South Gloucestershire Council and BBA Architects, the new school will also offer some exciting outdoor play facilities including an outdoor timber classroom with a grass mound amphitheatre, and a tepee village outdoor learning area. Beard will also build a 685sqm paved multi-use court for netball, tennis and other games, and a 4,030sqm grass ball-sports pitch.

More: New school set to open in September 2019 »

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Refugee named Community Learner of the Year

Posted on Saturday 11th November 2017 at 11:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Ian Blair (left) and Hecham Alsaiyad.

A refugee living in Patchway has been named as the South Gloucestershire Community Learner of the Year for 2017.

Hecham Alsaiyad, 39, worked as a pharmacist back in Syria but the civil war in his country forced him to leave. He came to the UK under the refugee resettlement programme to make a new life for himself and his family.

Hecham, his wife and his three children arrived in November last year and have been living in the Patchway area ever since.

Keen to get on with his life, he enrolled on two English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses and also spent many hours studying English at home in his determination to excel as quickly as possible.

He said: “It has been difficult at times settling into a new life but I have found that the people I have met have been friendly and very supportive.”

Getting used to being in another country and experiencing a different culture has thrown up some interesting observations for Hecham. He says the things he enjoys most about living here is the sense of freedom and openness and how well traffic is managed, with everyone following the rules.

Hecham also has aspirations to go to university and is interested in researching stem cell science. In the meantime, he is continuing with his community learning courses and looking for opportunities to access an international English language testing system course.

More: Chair of council presented prizes »

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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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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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