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NSETC Students Celebrate BTEC (RQF) and A Level Results

BTEC and A Level students at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) celebrated great results today. This year’s BTEC (RQF) pass rate was 96% (under the new more robust qualification which includes the examined elements). The A Level pass rates were equally impressive with 100% pass rates in over 70% of the subjects offered, giving an overall pass rate of 90%

We are also delighted to have one of our students, Thomas Banks receive the Commended Award for BTEC Engineering Student of the year 2018 as well as completing his Level 3 programme at D*D*D. This is the second year in a row our BTEC Engineering students have been nationally recognised and it shows the level of quality of the partnership working with Weston College which has enabled learners to progress onto University and apprenticeships with companies such as Rolls Royce, GKN and IPECCO.

The NSETC, is a specialist STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) College that combines excellence of teaching with superb facilities and industry support. The Academy is part of Inspirational Futures Trust, a multi-academy trust sponsored by the Weston College Group.

Darran George, Principal of the NSETC commended the superb results and indeed the significant progress made by learners.  He said: “As our first main intake these learners have achieved some outstanding results and are ready to embark on the next stage of their academic journey.”

He also commended the significant support for Inspirational Futures Trust and the way in which Weston College had assisted with new technologies, investment and expenditure.

Weston college, a level results day students, Nstec

NSETC Students Celebrate A Level Results

A Level students at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) celebrated great results today. This year’s A Level pass rate was 91%, and it marks the academy’s second year of results, after opening in 2014.

There was more cause for celebration, with 32% of students achieving the top grades of A*-B.

The NSETC, is a specialist STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) College that combines excellence of teaching with superb facilities and industry support. The Academy is part of Inspirational Futures Trust, a multi-academy trust sponsored by the Weston College Group.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group praised the Academy and the Trust, he said: “Whilst both Trust and NSETC are in their developmental stages, the focus brought by the Trust Executive Sue Ivermee, the Chair Elspeth Davies, governors and staff demonstrates dynamism and commitment to all learners.”

He also praised the significant contribution made by staff from across the Trust and College to bring the project to fruition recognising that the Trust was learner focussed, purposely small to realise learner potential but large enough to have real impact.

At the NSETC this morning, the Chair of Governors Andy Davidson and the Principal Dr Darran George expressed their excitement and pleasure at receiving these superb results.

They both echoed the comments of Dr Paul Phillips, recognising that the Weston College ethos was now having impact at the NSETC.

NSETC Students Triumph in Local Enterprise Competition

Students Triumph in Enterprise Competition

Students from the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) have won this year’s Enterprise4U business challenge which took place recently.

The challenge saw teams of students from five local schools come up with a business venture (either a product or a service) which they then had to present to five chief executive and business executive judges.

A team of three students representing NSETC, Jordan Andrews, George Buckthought and Ben England, won the challenge with their ingenious idea ‘DoodleZen’ – a fidget pen specifically designed to have customised modules that would fit the users’ needs. They beat off competition from the likes of Priory and Hans Price.

Jane Dickson, organiser of Enterprise4U, said: “Jordan, Ben and George thoroughly deserved their win. They knew their product and its potential market extremely well. They had been confident during the whole process and this really showed at the event.”

James Whitbread, Head of Business, Economics and IT at NSETC, said: “We are incredibly proud of our students. They both represented NSETC brilliantly and performed fantastically, which I know they are very proud of.

“Enterprise4U has absolutely enriched our Business Studies curriculum and more importantly provided vital skills to our KS4 learners that will assist them in many aspects of their school and future life.”

The boys were thrilled to have won, and will now get to share their business plan with a senior university lecturer.

NSETC’s other team, made up of Jasmine Changeur and Grace Sims, also performed well taking second place for Best Presentation with their product ‘MobileDresser’.

NSETC Students Get Involved in Childnet Digital Leaders Programme

Students Get Involved in Childnet Digital Leaders Programme

Students at the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) have been taking part in the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme.

The programme is a pupil-led online safety programme open to all UK schools. Jo Last, Welfare and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer at NSETC, has successfully rolled the programme out with nine enthusiastic year 10 students.

The students will have access to online platforms, giving them opportunities to increase their knowledge, achieve recognition and collaborate with digital leaders in schools across the UK. They will lead online safety across the school and lead parents evenings, open days and assemblies.

The main goal for the students after their first meeting was getting the message across around safety in regards to grooming, sexual exploitation and sexting to their peers.

Darran George, Principal, said: “It’s fantastic to see the students getting involved and taking an interest in online safety.

“Learning about the potential dangers online, and being able to teach other young people about this, will create a generation who are more aware online and able to be safe and secure in an ever expanding digital environment.”

Herons' moor students, classroom photo

What Are Academies?

We understand that with all the different guidance available, it can be a little confusing if you’re unfamiliar with academies and academisation.

We believe that academies are an exciting opportunity for schools and all their students. They offer more opportunities to work together to bring about school improvement and better outcomes for students at all phases of education.

So, why is an academy different?

Whereas in the past all state schools came under the control of the local education authority, an academy is a school that is funded directly by central government, and is therefore independent of the local authority (LA).

This independence grants academies more power to run the school how they see fit – which is a great opportunity for schools whose needs aren’t being met by the LA. This includes deciding term times, the length of the school day, the ability to develop their own curriculum and to prioritise where to spend their money. Ultimately being an academy means more flexibility and autonomy.

The majority of academies are part of multi-academy trusts (MATs), like Inspirational Futures Trust (IFT). These trusts provide support and advice for academies, including expertise in specialist areas, such as budgeting.

Won’t my child’s school lose its identity in a MAT?

Absolutely not, especially not as part of IFT. Each academy that is part of our Trust still maintains its individuality, having its own headteacher and governing board.

Ultimately, a lot of the power still remains with the school, more so than schools under LA control. The role of the MAT is providing their expertise to each individual academy based on their needs and aims.

Having multiple academies under one trust provides a unique opportunity to also receive advice from other academies and share successes.

We celebrate the individuality of all our academies and want them to achieve outstanding, so we are here to support them in any way that they need.

BFA official opening, Bristol Futures Academy

Bristol Futures Academy Holds Official Opening Ceremony

A new alternative education provision in Bristol has held its official grand opening.

Bristol Futures Academy (BFA), based in the Barton Hill area, held its official opening ceremony on 8 December with the Lord Mayor of Bristol cutting the ribbon.

The ceremony saw attendees from Bristol City Council, local schools and the Inspirational Futures Trust (IFT), a multi-academy trust (MAT) which sponsors BFA.

BFA is a specialist provision for 14-16 year olds in the Bristol area who find mainstream school challenging. They provide personalised programmes of study centred on the needs of each individual student using a specialist delivery model developed with IFT and its sponsor, Weston College.

The Academy equips students with the skills for re-integration into a mainstream provision or progression onto post 16 study, apprenticeships or another pathway.

BFA has been open and teaching students since September, however had no official ceremony to mark the occasion. Caroline Down, Principal of BFA, said: “BFA is a really exciting provision, supporting the needs of the most vulnerable learners in Bristol. It’s brilliant to finally have an official event to celebrate the opening of the Academy.

“We believe all young people are entitled to an inspiring and engaging education which will enable them to achieve meaningful futures, and strive to transform the lives of the students at BFA.”

Crockerne Church of England Primary School Joins Inspirational Futures Trust

Crockerne Church of England Primary School has joined the multi-academy trust, Inspirational Futures Trust (IFT) as of 1 November 2016.

The school in Pill, Bristol, is the fifth academy to join the Trust which was established in 2013. It joins St Katherine’s School, the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College, Bristol Futures Academy and Herons’ Moor Academy.

Crockerne are very proud of their Church School distinctiveness. They work to promote a family ethos in the school, supported by their Christian values. In 2013, Crockerne was rated good by education watchdog Ofsted, and has high hopes that the support of the Trust will help them reach outstanding.

Geeta Verrell, joint head teacher at Crockerne, said: “Crockerne is delighted to have joined IFT.

“We will continue to be a church school, at the heart of our community which prides itself on working in partnership with parents, nurturing and valuing individuals and developing our children as learners.

“We look forward to working with the other providers in the trust on our exciting journey towards outstanding.”

On the addition of Crockerne into the Trust, Chris Wade, CEO, said: “As the new CEO of Inspirational Futures Trust, I am very pleased to welcome Crockerne Church of England Primary School to the multi-academy trust.”

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NSETC Holds Combined Careers Fair and Open Evening

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) held a successful STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers fair and open evening last week at its new multi-million pound purpose-built campus.

The event provided prospective students a chance to see the recently-opened facilities at the Beaufighter Road site, and current students the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers.

Major STEM companies exhibited at the event, including Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace and Airbus.

However the event didn’t just focus on employers, with several universities in attendance, including University Centre Weston.

Darran George, Interim Principal, said: “NSETC has strong STEM and employability themes running through all curriculum pathways. Our goal is to develop learners employability skills alongside their academic study.

“Combining the careers fair with our open evening was a good way to inspire our future learners to start thinking about career paths in the STEM industries.”

Three students also ran a charity cake sale as part of their business project, raising money for mental health charity YoungMinds.

Students Tour Brand New Academy

Students and their parents this week got their first glimpse of the new £12 million campus that will house the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) which officially opens its doors in September.

Weston College Academy, home of the NSETC, is a state-of-the-art development, construction of which was managed by members of the Weston College leadership team.

It includes a purpose-built science floor complete with super-labs, a terrace where students can conduct outdoor experiments, technology and enterprise spaces, an all-weather sports pitch, a canteen, a library and a lecture theatre.

Peter, 14, plans to study science, engineering and computing at NSETC from September. He said: “I’m really impressed with the facilities at Weston College Academy.

“I think it’s a very professional environment and its close links with businesses in the Enterprise Area will help prepare us for work and university.”

His mother, Leslie, said: “The new campus is amazing; we were blown away with the new facilities. It’s clear that a lot of thought went into providing the best environment for students to study in.

“We were also impressed with how enthusiastic and approachable the staff at the NSETC are.”

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “This building was advanced through the Educational Funding Agency, Weston College and North Somerset Council.

“It demonstrates the magnitude of expertise that the College can bring to creating buildings which exceed the normal standard of educational accommodation offered to young people.

“I believe this will set the scene for a dynamic learning environment for the future, and would like to congratulate everyone involved with the build.”

Darran George, Interim Principal of the NSETC, said: “We have utilised the expertise from across the Inspirational Futures Trust and Weston College Group to realise a new learning environment designed around STEM and employability concepts.

“State-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, combined with breakout spaces and open learning zones, enable our learners to engage with their study both inside and outside of the classroom. We are really excited to welcome our first cohort of learners into the new facility.”

NSETC is a new free school that specialises in the STEM fields; science, technology, engineering and maths. The school’s first open morning at its new campus is on Saturday the 10th September between 10am and 2pm. To find out more, visit or call 01934 411 477.