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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.

First Nursery Open Day At Herons’ Moor Proves Great Success

Herons’ Moor Academy held its first nursery open day this week, which proved a great success. Several parents signed up on the day, leaving just limited spaces in their afternoon nursery for the January 2017 intake.

The event gave parents the chance to chat with the staff and see first-hand what the children get up to. The nursery is part of the school’s successful Foundation Stage, where children thrive on learning through play and develop key skills which will help them throughout their education.

Alongside the open day, Herons’ Moor Academy, which is part of the Inspirational Futures Trust, has started this term on a high, with every class being full – aptly reflecting their October value of positivity.

Julie Fox, head teacher, has praised the success of the day and is optimistic that the remaining spaces will be filled promptly.

She said: “It was excellent to give parents the opportunity to see for themselves the classrooms and meet the staff – even meeting our nursery guinea pigs.

“We understand the importance of early years education, and want parents to feel confident and happy about sending their children to Herons’ Moor.”

Any parents interested in enrolling their child should make an appointment with the Academy directly to have a tour of the facilities and to see the children learning.

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.

Celebrating our first ever A Level results day!

Students and staff at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) are celebrating after the school received its first set of A Level and BTEC results.

NSETC students achieved some very good results, in particular the school’s highest achieving learner, Ryan Scott, 18, whose exam results confirmed his place at Bristol University.

Ryan, who studied Maths, Physics and Business Studies, received a phenomenal A* and two As and will now progress on to study a BSc in Economics and Finance.

He said: “The results are amazing! I was hoping for an A and two Bs, and to achieve higher than that is a fantastic result.

“I’d like to thank all of the teachers at NSETC who have supported me to achieve this, and have given me lots of one-to-one tuition throughout my study.”

The results are an encouraging start for the NSETC which was only formed recently and has been making a big impact on regional education, earning the Employability Chartermark last month for equipping its students with work-ready skills.

Jacqui Ford, Acting Chief Executive of the Inspirational Futures Trust (the multi-academy trust of which the NSETC is a prominent member), said: “Congratulations to all of the students on their success and progression to university, work or further study.

“We are very pleased with the results, and it is good to see students like Ryan exceeding their own expectations and getting into their chosen universities.

“The AS results also show great promise for next year’s students, which bodes well for the NSETC’s future.”

NSETC is a new free school that specialises in the STEM fields; science, technology, engineering and maths. This September it will move to the Weston College Academy, where it will become the first school of its kind to be located in an Enterprise Area, strengthening its already close links with businesses and employers. The £12 million Academy, whose development was managed by Weston College and delivered on time and on budget, includes a purpose-built science floor, complete with super-labs and 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.

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, said: “We are very pleased with the building and with the support from our contractors BAM, the Education Funding Agency, the local and regional commissioner, as well as North Somerset Council, we have created a state-of-the-art facility for the benefit of the learners.”

Places are still available for a September start, and the school will be holding an open morning at Weston College Academy, Beaufighter Road (BS24 8EE) on Saturday 10th September between 10am and 2pm.

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New Weston College Academy building complete

The new Weston College Academy building in Weston-super-Mare’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area has been completed on schedule.

BAM Construction Ltd has completed work on the £12million, three-storey campus, which will become home to North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) in September.

The 6,400sqm building includes a purpose-built science floor, complete with super-labs and a terrace where students can conduct outdoor experiments. It also has technology and enterprise spaces, an all-weather sports pitch, a canteen, a library and a lecture theatre.

NSETC is a specialist science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) college which is part of the Inspirational Futures Trust, a multi-academy trust sponsored by the Weston College Group.

The school combines excellent teaching with superb facilities and is creating a talent pool which will directly meet employers’ needs.

The Weston College Academy campus, in the heart of Weston’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area, can accommodate 700 students and means NSETC will be well-placed to continue building links with both local and national businesses.

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “Weston College Academy will offer a cutting-edge educational experience for many students across the Weston College Group from September, and it is fantastic to see this state-of-the-art facility has been completed to schedule.

“This campus is the first of its kind to be built within an Enterprise Zone and we are very much looking forward to seeing it officially open in September, ready to prepare some of the brightest young people in the South West for 21st century working.”

Information about A Level results day…

A Level Results 2015-26

We’re pleased to invite our A Level students to celebrate the release of their examination results on 18th August. It will be an opportunity for everyone to meet up for one final time before leaving for university / employment.

AS and A2 results will be released on Thursday 18th August, at 9am.

Both will be available for collection from 9am in Loxtons refectory at the Weston College University Campus, Loxton Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4QU.

Please remember to bring your student ID card.

If you are unable to collect your results at this time then you can arrange for a family member or friend to collect them. They must bring the following with them:

  • YOUR student ID card
  • A signed letter from you stating that you give permission for them to collect your results (e.g: “I, John Smith, give permission for Joe Bloggs to collect my AS results on Thursday 18th August 2016…” *Remember to sign it!)
  • Their own form of ID (driving licence, passport, birth certificate etc

Any results not collected by 2.30pm will be posted out to your home address via first class.

Please note, no results will be given out by telephone or email and nor will a member of staff be able to inform you of your results if you arrive after 2.30pm once your results have ben posted.

Members of the examinations and teaching team will be available to deal with your queries at university campus throughout the day. The progression team and tutors will also be available to offer support and advice.

If you have any questions about these arrangements, please contact us on 01934 411477.

School commended for work promoting employability

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has been awarded the Employability Chartermark as recognition of its commitment to work-readiness in young people.

The Weston-super-Mare school has been awarded the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s Employability Chartermark. The award is given to education institutions and businesses in recognition of their commitment to, investment in, and delivery of work-readiness in young people.

NSETC works with multiple employers, businesses and higher education institutions to help ensure its students are prepared for the workplace.

Principal, Darran George, said: “At NSETC we recognise the importance of engaging with employers. Every student studying a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject will receive support from a STEM employer through their day-to-day lessons and also our extensive employer engagement programme.

“This has a direct impact in the development of our students’ employability skills, their confidence to apply to either university or employment, and their long-term career aspirations.”

The charter mark provides recognition for NSETC’s commitment to employability and brings with it the opportunities to work closely with more employers.

NSETC’s Business Development Coordinator, Emma Cox, said:  “This award is a fantastic achievement, we work very hard to give our students access to the most inspirational local and national employers.  We value every business partner that works with NSETC and the impact it has to raise aspirations for our students.”

The Employability Chartermark Assessment Report says: “This is a significant achievement and reflects the level of priority NSETC places on ensuring its students are exposed to a wide range of further and higher education and employment options, and supported to build a platform of knowledge that will enable them to achieve their employability potential.”

NSETC is due to move into a new, multi-million pound campus in Weston-super-Mare’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area in September, where it will be well-placed to continue its work with local and national businesses.

The report says: “The impending move to state-of-the-art facilities on a new site affords considerable opportunities for NSETC to build on its success.”

Getting to the new NSETC campus by bus…

From September 2016 the new NSETC campus will be located at:

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College
Weston College Academy,
Beaufighter Road,
BS24 8EE

Students from Worle / Milton / Locking area:

  • Take the red route number 7 or blue route number 3 to town centre then change to the green route 126 to the NSETC bus stop on Somerset Avenue.
  • Take the red 7 to Baytree Road cross over to the Borough Arms and catch the green 126 to NSETC bus stop on Somerset Avenue.
  • Take the red 7 to Baytree Road then walk to school via the underpass.

Students from town centre area:

  • Take the green 126 to school bus stop on Somerset Avenue.

Students from Wrington, Sandford, Winscombe, Banwell area:

  • Take the A2 to school bus stop Beaufighter Road.

Students from Cleavedon, Portishead area:

  • Take the X5 to Worle Homebase and then take the red route number 7 or blue route number 3 to town centre then change to the green route 126 to the NSETC bus stop on Somerset Avenue.

Students from Bridgwater, Highbridge, Burnham on Sea area:

  • Take the orange 20 to town centre Regent Street. Connecting transport solution for students from this geographical area to be confirmed.

Click here to download our Bus Routes map

You can also use to look up bus routes and timetables.

Buckingham Palace visit for NSETC’s Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College has received recognition for its work running the Duke of Edinburgh Award at an event at Buckingham Palace.

A celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the DofE Award took place at Buckingham Palace on Monday 16th May.

The DofE programme recognises young people for completing a series of self-improvement exercises including volunteering programmes and expeditions.

More than 1,000 young people were presented with their DofE awards at the event, from celebrities including Ben Cohen, Ronan Keating and Anna Friel alongside Prince Phillip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

NSETC Sciences Teacher and DofE coordinator, Ruth Sherrard, attended the celebration to collect a DofE plaque for the Weston-super-Mare school, which is currently based in Locking Road.

Miss Sherrard said: “The South West group were lucky enough to have Prince Philip as our Royal VIP. He was very interested in where the students had been for their expeditions and also asked teachers if organising it all took a lot of time.

“Our celebrity was Naga Munchetty from BBC Breakfast who talked to the group about getting into journalism, her favourite interviewees and what her first question would be to Donald Trump – which turned out to be about his hair.

“The weather was beautiful and we received a plaque for the school for running the DofE programme.”

NSETC - Ruth Sherrard with Naga Muchetty from BBC Breakfast

Inspirational Futures Trust
Weston College Group