Abbeywood Community School defends its performance

Abbeywood-032-webLast week saw Abbeywood Community School listed in the Bristol Post as one of several schools low down in “Bristol” schools rankings for 2015 GCSE performance. Dave Howe, Associate Headteacher at the school since January 2015, is keen to put the record straight about the school and its students.

Dave remarks:

“A big thank you to all our parents and community members who have responded directly to us, and via social media, in support of the exceptional learning experience that our young people are now receiving at Abbeywood.

Abbeywood has transformed in a short space of time. Following a period of difficulty, the school came under new leadership in 2011 and became a sponsored academy as a member of the Olympus Academy Trust at the start 2013. By late 2014, the school had completed a remarkable improvement journey and was rated as “GOOD” in all areas by Ofsted and was the most improved school in South Gloucestershire.

Our 2015 cohort of students did not perform as well as we would have liked. However, over a third of these students had only experienced part of their secondary education at Abbeywood and the improved teaching and learning that accelerated after we joined the Olympus Academy Trust in 2013. The students who were at Abbeywood for the full 5 years leading up to their GCSEs did better.

Behind the headline figures sit many success stories for individual students and for subjects within our school. 2015 saw 100% of our students leaving school to enter further education, employment or training. Our thriving Post 16 centre has recently had its first student offered a place at Oxford University (well done Ethan Martin!), Tyrese Miles became the National Junior Amateur Boxing Champion in October and Abbeywood’s U13 girls football team made it to the last 16 of the National 11-a-side Playstation cup and are county champions in the 6 a-side National competition. The school was awarded the Achievement for All Quality Mark last summer for the work done to improve the well-being, resilience and self-esteem of learners who are vulnerable to under-achievement and disadvantaged in their learning. November saw Abbeywood Community School beating over 100 schools from Bath, Bristol and Somerset to be crowned as STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) school of the year.

Abbeywood-038-webStudents currently experiencing their whole secondary school education at our school are reaping the rewards and stand to fulfil their potential. They enjoy state-of-the-art £30 million buildings and equipment, brand new in 2010, incorporating extensive sporting and leisure facilities, including flood-lit all-weather pitch, sports hall, and music recording studio.

The community has noticed the change for the better and now has confidence in Abbeywood to provide the education they want and expect for their children. This has been demonstrated by increasing numbers of families wanting their children to join Abbeywood in Year 7 with full year groups for the last 2 years and oversubscribed on application again for this coming September.”

“The school’s curriculum is well organised and imaginative.” Ofsted

“Students thrive because the school is a very caring, inclusive community with very good support systems.” Ofsted

View the school prospectus here http://www.abbeywoodschool.com/Prospectus.html

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