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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 Student Wins at BTEC Awards

A student from the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has been awarded BTEC Engineering Student of the Year at the 2017 BTEC Awards.

The BTEC Awards are national awards which invite tutors from across the country to nominate their students for a range of subject related awards. All these nominations are then slowly whittled down and the shortlisted finalists are put forwards to a judging panel who pick an overall winner for each category. The award ceremony was held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster on Thursday 6 July 2017.

Jack Healy, who studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering in partnership with Weston College, has overcome several barriers in order to successfully complete his course. Jack has dyspraxia and often finds it difficult to comprehend written text on first reading, take accurate notes or remember spoken information. He sometimes misunderstands instructions or ideas hidden within a text and will often misremember verbal directions.

Through the structure of his BTEC course, and the support of the staff and his own sheer determination to succeed, Jack is on course to achieve a minimum of a triple distinction grade, significantly above his target grade.

Jack managed to beat off national competition to win his award, which his tutors nominated him for. Winning this award has been a true testament to his hard work.

The evening turned into a double celebration when Jack was contacted by Rolls Royce during the ceremony and was offered a higher apprenticeship.

Darran George, Principal at NSETC, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jack’s achievement and it is very well deserved.

“By winning this award, Jack has set a fantastic example to current and future students that hard work really pays off, and no matter what barriers you are facing with the right support you can overcome them.”

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.

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.

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.

Inspirational Futures Trust
Weston College Group