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Children in Need at Herons’ Moor Academy and Baytree School

Pupils from Herons’ Moor Academy and Baytree School have been raising money for BBC Children in Need on Friday 13th November by dressing as their childhood heroes and creating a Pudsey Bear out of coins.

Julie Fox, head teacher of Herons’ Moor Academy, which is part of the Inspirational Futures Trust, within the Weston College Group, said the aim was to raise as much as possible for the charity, whilst having lots of fun.

She said: “As a school we are very good at raising money for charity, the pupils really enjoy raising money for a cause that helps people of their own age. “The money raised today will go towards helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and will make a big difference to their lives.”

For more information about Herons’ Moor Academy, click here.

NSETC to hold medical careers advice seminar


Bristol University will be giving advice on university applications in a medicine seminar hosted by the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) on Wednesday November 18.

The event will take place between 3.30pm and 5.30pm and is accessible to anyone who is interested in finding out about a medical career – not just current students at NSETC.

Bristol University representatives will be giving advice on applying to study medicine, Oxford Brookes University will provide an overview on allied health professions such as nursing and midwifery and the University of the West of England (UWE) will offer in-depth information about their health science degrees such as biomedical science.

Careers stands will hosted by experts in the industry including medical students, an osteopath, an optician, paramedic and an ITU nurse.  Doctors from Weston Hospital will also provide information about the opportunities available at the hospital and how to obtain work experience with them.

Karen Cornick, Principal at NSETC, said: “Our close links to organisations enable us to give ‘real-life’ experiences within the classroom.

“This event is about showing the different career paths available within the medical industry, advising students on their university applications, the various work experience opportunities available and what they need to achieve in order progress their chosen career path.

“We hope the career seminar can inspire the medicine workforce of the future and prepare our students to gain the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful.”

This is the first career seminar to be held at NSETC, which is a specialist free school for students aged 14-19. It has been described as ‘a new model of learning’, and has a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), combined with a strong business ethos in which enterprise is incorporated into the curriculum.

NSETC opened to students in September 2014, and is presently located at the South West Skills Campus at Weston College but will transfer to its own purpose-built campus near to Weston-super-Mare’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area in September 2016.

The medical careers seminar will take place at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College, Locking Road, Weston Super Mare, BS22 8NL. For further information or to register your attendance to the event, contact Emma Cox on 01934 411477 or

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NSETC student wins Weston College award

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) student Melissa Sturman has won the Inspirational Futures Trust Student of the Year Award at a Weston College awards ceremony.

The ‘Celebration of Success’ event, held at the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare and sponsored by Castelan Group, was a chance for over 300 attendees to hear remarkable personal stories from across all sectors of the Weston College Group.

Parents, friends and business guests were treated to a three-course meal cooked under the direction of Andrew Walker, executive chef at Chartwells – the leading provider of catering and support services to the UK education sector.

“NSETC has given me exciting opportunities to develop skills outside the classroom,” said Melissa after collecting her award from guest speaker Nicki Chapman. “The opportunities I have been provided with cannot be put into words.”

“Being a student at NSETC has given me the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, like Young Enterprise, where we started our own company in the ‘real world’.”

Melissa recently led the school’s Young Enterprise team to success at the Young Enterprise West of England Trade Fair, where her company ‘Re-kindled Light’ won the Best Trade Stand award. Overall, Melissa’s team won five awards in the competition and they came 3rd in the West of England Area Finals.

Ruth Davies, Head of Year 12 and Teacher of Business and Economics at NSETC, said: “The Celebration of Success was a wonderful opportunity to share, acknowledge and reward students for their amazing work. Melissa thoroughly deserved this award and both Melissa and her family should be immensely proud. It was an honour to be able to share the night with them.”

Karen Cornick, Principal of the NSETC, said: “We want all of our students to challenge themselves to develop wider skills and face new situations.  Melissa exemplifies this can-do approach.

“She has excelled in leading the Young Enterprise group to success whilst also making outstanding progress in her studies.  We are very proud of Melissa: she is a role model for other students aspiring to the highest levels of achievement in the NSETC sixth form.”

“We are absolutely thrilled by the success achieved by Melissa,” said Jacqui Ford, Chief Executive of the Inspirational Futures Trust. “Her outstanding efforts combined with outstanding teaching and learning is testament to the ‘learner first’ ethos shared by the Weston College Group. As the NSETC continues to grow we look forward to celebrating many more successes.”

The NSETC is a specialist 14-19 school with a sixth form described as ‘a new model of learning’, and has a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths, combined with a strong business ethos in which enterprise is incorporated into the curriculum.

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Students sign steel frame as latest construction work begins

Students at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) marked the start of the latest phase of the purpose-built campus construction project by signing a new steel structure and watching as concrete was poured.

Work by BAM Construct UK to create the new £12 million NSETC premises at the Junction 21 Enterprise Area is on schedule to be completed in July 2016 ready for the arrival of students in September 2016.


The company invited students to witness the start of the latest phase of construction, which involves the concrete being poured onto the ground level of the school building.

Students were able to speak to industry professionals and see real life examples of case studies that they have studied within their course.

The Level 3 Engineering and Civil Engineering students were joined by Karen Cornick, Principal of NSETC, Chris Lee, Deputy Principal, Dan Robinson, Assistant Principal, and Simon Hill, Senior Site Manager from BAM.

NSETC, part of the Weston College Group, is a specialist 14-19 free school with a sixth form described as a ‘new model of learning’. It opened in September 2014 and is presently located at the South West Skills Campus at Weston College.

Karen Cornick, NSETC Principal, said: “It’s really very exciting as for the first time we’ve been able to properly envisage what the school is going to look like and it’s the first time that we’ve had students in it.

“The visit also offered a great opportunity for the students to see the construction industry in action as well as have the chance to leave a legacy for the future by signing the steel.”

The new NSETC building, next to the Helicopter Museum, will house specialist facilities dedicated to the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Engineering and design technology workshops, a large lecture theatre and cafeteria will be on the ground floor, and the first floor will contain top-of-the-range IT suites, classrooms and seminar rooms, food technology, textiles and art workshops and an open-plan library.


The top floor will feature science laboratories and several ‘super labs’, which will run the length of the building.

A terraced area will allow students to conduct outdoor experiments safely, and there will be communal areas on each floor to provide work spaces for the students and for business workshops.

The next main building work planned is the roof steelwork and structural topping. Within the next couple of weeks the cladding will also start to be fitted onto the buildings and the mechanical and electrical teams will start work in the sports hall.

Emma Bull, BAM Education and Community Manager, said: “It is a great opportunity for the students to get real life construction experience, from undertaking the health and safety briefing to observing all of the different trades onsite.

“We hope the visit will inspire the students to undertake an exciting career in the construction industry.

“BAM are delighted to be able to build the new school for NSETC as well as help the staff and students of the school to utilise the construction site for research, work experience and as a platform to enable the next generation of engineers to take a route into the construction industry.”

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Interested in science and looking to build up your GCSE portfolio?

_NPP2424The NSETC is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for students who are looking for a GCSE re-take year with a strong  science focus. Maybe you’re interested in pursuing a career in nursing, dental nursing, laboratory work,
science, or teaching and you need 
your 5 GCSE grades, including maths, English and double science?  This course allows you to study these 4 GCSEs and also to develop your science expertise through the STEM leadership award.
Following successful completion of this pathway you could progress to a BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (equivalent to 3 
A Levels) and then onto a degree, or onto a combination of A 
Levels, work-based training with the NHS or an apprenticeship in science.

Source: NSETC

A fantastic first year!

The North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) is celebrating a fantastic first year since opening its doors in September 2014.

Our new campus is coming along nicely (with BAM Construction currently working on the steel frame which will be completed later this month) and our students and staff have already begun to make their mark, both locally and nationally.

Some of the highlights of the 2014-15 year include:

  • NSETC Motorsports students began working on several high-end racing cars, including an entrant into the Le Mans 24 Hours rally and the Formula Ford race car driven by Roger Orgee.
  • NSETC students elected the school’s first Students’ Union.
  • The School’s Young Enterprise students won an award for having the ‘Best Trade Stand’ at the Young Enterprise Awards’ regional heats.
  • In December, NSETC held its first Business Breakfast.
  • NSETC teacher Ruth Hetherington won an award for being the ‘Best Centre Lead’ at the Young Enterprise Awards.
  • One of our IT students came second in the World Skills Web Design regional final, held at Weston College. 
  • NSETC students were given the opportunity to go on several educational trips to places including: Oxford Instruments, GKN, the University of Bristol. the National Composite Centre and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

We’re looking forward to welcoming all of our returning students and those who are joining us for the first time this year, and hope that the coming year will build upon and exceed the successes of the last!

Source: NSETC

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