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North Fringe’s newest primary officially opened

Posted on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 9:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of headteacher Neil Lankester cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

A new primary school has opened in the Bristol North Fringe to serve the growing demand from housing developments surrounding the former Filton Airfield.

Charlton Wood Primary Academy in Charlton Hayes was officially opened on Friday 13th September by head teacher Neil Lankester and South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, Cllr Erica Williams.

The school has been built on the Northfield part of the former airfield in Charlton Hayes, Patchway at a total cost of £6.25m and is being run by the Endeavour Academy Trust. It has been funded from Section 106 contributions that the council secured from housing developers who are building new homes on the former airfield.

In its first year, Charlton Wood Primary Academy is providing places for 90 pupils in Reception and Year One. Each year, 60 additional places will be created at the school until pupil intake reaches a maximum capacity of 420 in 2025.

Cllr Williams said:

“It is fantastic to see this state-of-the-art new school open to its first intake of students, in the heart of this new and growing community. Improving educational standards is our number one priority in South Gloucestershire and we want to make sure that our pupils have the best school facilities available that we are able to provide.”

Headteacher Neil Lankester said:

“The children have made a really great start to the school year and it has been lovely to finally see them engaging in learning on our fantastic site. Our founding families have been very supportive and we look forward to the year ahead!”

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Patchway Community School Post-16 exam results

Posted on Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of four students pictured after receiving their results.

Post-16 students at Patchway Community School have recorded 100 percent pass rates at A-level and in vocational subjects.

Outstanding individual performances highlighted by the school include:

  • Jack Palmer achieved A in English literature, B in history and B in politics, and will be studying politics & international relations at Aberystwyth University
  • Hannah Evans takes up a place at Cardiff University, having gained B in textiles, B in business and B in English literature
  • Megan Humphreys will be studying fashion design & sportswear at Falmouth University, having achieved A* in textiles, C in product design and BTEC Merit in applied sciences
  • Carter King takes up a place to study accounting & finance at Exeter University with his results of B in accounting, B in finance and C in mathematics
  • Bradley Allen heads off to Cardiff University with B in sociology, C in finance and BTEC Distinction in media

Individual subjects that performed strongly this year include:

  • English literature, with 67 percent of grades A*-B
  • Mathematics, with 67 percent of grades A*-C
  • Sports studies and media studies, with 100 percent of grades BTEC Distinction or Merit

Head of Post-16, Ian Trevarthen, commented:

“Patchway students’ superb outcomes are a reflection of their determination and resilience.  I am exceptionally proud of these achievements and would like to thank our dedicated staff who worked so hard to prepare students for their examinations. Our students have bright futures ahead of them as they progress to university and higher apprenticeships and we wish them every success.”

Photo (l-r): Megan Humphries, Abigail Taylor, Simone Skidmore and Hannah Evans pictured after picking up their results envelopes.

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Post-16 examination successes at Patchway Community School

Posted on Wednesday 22nd August 2018 at 10:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of students (l-r) Kieran Mock, Seb Cardenas and Joshua Johnstone, pictured after receiving their Post-16 examination results.

Details of this year’s Post-16 examination results for students at Patchway Community School show that 44 percent of all grades awarded were in the A*-B band (compared to 51 percent in 2017). The overall pass rate was 98 percent.

Students’ performance in vocational subjects remains strong, with 74 percent of all grades awarded being at Distinction level or above, which the school attributes in part to bespoke learning projects carried out in partnership with organisations such as British Aerospace, Airbus, Rowan Dartington and Rolls-Royce.

A spokesperson for the school said:

“Many students now have the high grades they need to get into the university degree courses of their choice and we are confident that we can sustain and accelerate this progress in the years to come. We would like to congratulate all students on their achievements and recognise our staff for their continued hard work and commitment.”

Subject highlights singled out by the school include:

  • In English literature, 75 percent of grades awarded were A*-B
  • One hundred percent of students were awarded A*-B grades in textiles and three A-level students have been offered places to study fashion design at university
  • Students did exceptionally well in BTEC subjects, where all applied science students were awarded Distinction* grades, as were all those who studied sports studies

More: Top achievers singled out by the school »

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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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