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St Katherine’s School delighted with GCSE results

St Katherine’s students have risen to the challenge of the new, tougher exams with 64% of students achieving English and Maths GCSE grades 9-4 including a number of students achieving the new Grade 9 in English and/or Maths.  39% of students achieved 9-5 grades in English and Maths with 12% attaining a Grade 7 or higher.

A strong series of A*-A success in several subjects – philosophy and belief (43%), statistics (38%), drama (38%), history 34%, Spanish (33%), geography (33%), biology (32%), and French and physics (both 31%) – showcases excellent standards across the school.

St Katherine’s strong vocational curriculum is reflected with many D*-D grades awarded in performing arts (64%), sport (57%) and hospitality (51%).

Justin Humphreys, Head of School said “These fantastic results are a credit to this year group who, in spite of a more challenging curriculum and different assessment format, have coped admirably.  Their dedication and hard work and support from our committed staff has delivered some great results. 

Often the headlines and statistics do not do justice to the achievements of individuals who have overcome challenges with grit and determination.  I am proud of each and every one and wish all our wonderful young people every success as they take their next steps.”

Record-breaking Results For St Katherine’s Sixth Form

Sixth form students at St Katherine’s School are celebrating a record-breaking set of exam results.   The number of students achieving A*-B grades at A level jumped to 49%, an all-time high, with 78% of students achieving A*-C grades, another school record.  The overall pass rate was 98%.

Coupled with students achieving Distinction grade or above in vocational subjects, 57% achieved A*-B grades or equivalent with four in every five grades awarded to students at Distinction* or Distinction. St Katherine’s continues to deliver excellent outcomes across academic, vocational and apprenticeship pathways for all students.

These excellent results enable the Year 13 students to move on to their chosen pathway with the majority of students securing first choice university destination, including Russell Group universities. A number of students have successfully secured higher level apprenticeships, starting their careers immediately with a number of employers across the South West, including Network Rail and North Somerset Council.

Yusuf Ibrahim, Head of Sixth Form at St Katherine’s said: “We are extremely proud of all our students who have worked incredibly hard and achieved record-breaking results. There have been many exceptional performances which are testament to the dedication and perseverance shown by our students, as well as teachers and parents.

“These results have opened doors for our Year 13’s and they now successfully move onto university, apprenticeships and employment.”

Justin Humphreys, Head of School, added: “These excellent results reflect the hard work and determination of students and their teachers and I would like to congratulate them all.

“I am delighted to see that students have performed exceptionally well across academic and vocational subjects, and are being rewarded for their commitment and dedication over the past two years.

“As Year 13 leave our school community, we wish them all the very best for successful futures in their chosen pathway.”

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.

Herons’ Moor Hosts Joint Puppet Show with Local Schools

Herons’ Moor Academy recently hosted a puppet show involving two local schools, Baytree and Ravenswood, in a project to promote inclusion and teamwork.

The pupils in class 3M, along with pupils from the other two schools, took part in a five day series of workshops run by the charity Children’s World. They chose and made their own puppets, working collaboratively.

The pupils created, produced and performed a large scale puppet show to their peers and parents. They created their own props, helped to contribute to the stories, and learnt and recorded songs.

Their final performance took place on Friday 26 May 2017, and delighted both pupils and parents alike.

Julie Fox, Headteacher at Herons’ Moor, said: “All the children worked together brilliantly to put together a fantastic performance.

“We are very proud of all of our pupils, and it was wonderful to see them working collaboratively with the students from Baytree and Ravenswood.”

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’.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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