Schools unite under Olympus trust

Published on: 15 Apr 2013

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Schools unite under Olympus trust

Abbeywood Community School has officially entered into partnership with Bradley Stoke Community School after the launch of the Olympus Academy Trust.

The launch celebration was marked with performances from children as well as an appearance from Bristol City stars including Albert Adomah and Lewin Nyatanga.

The two schools have shared an executive head teacher - Dave Baker - for more than a year now after the Filton secondary had suffered problems with Ofsted.

Under Dave Baker, right, Abbeywood has seen big changes with clearly defined rules for students along with improved exam results. Recently Ofsted has praised the progress made under the new regime.

Mr Baker has said he fully expects further improvements in exam results this year.

While both schools will retain a clear identity, there will be opportunities to share experiences.

Each school will have an associate head teacher working under Mr Baker - Judith Mee at Abeywood and Jenny Sutton Kirby at Bradley Stoke.

Mr Baker said: " There will be shared leadership roles between both schools from September in order to ensure consistency and the sharing of good practice.

"I am confident that this new partnership will enable us to offer the best learning experience for all. Our students will benefit from joint trips and events, as well as the opportunity to work with a wider range of peers, teachers and post 16 students."

Visitors to the launch event were ale to experience lessons, watch music, drama and dance events and hear speeches.

The trust now runs both schools, which cater for pupils aged between 11 and 18.

Abbeywood has a partnership with Bristol City Community Trust, the football club’s charitable arm, which has been working with the school since September last year, providing coaching, social inclusion and leadership programmes, holiday courses and a "tickets for rewards" scheme.

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