The SBL Academy Newsletter: Communication and Celebration
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School Uniform information

Our uniform supplier, Initially Yours, has asked us to provide parents with the following information:

"We want to provide the very best service to every customer over the summer period so, as last year, we are advising an "order before" date to buy new school uniforms.  We were able to control stocks better, there was less of a last minute rush at the end of the summer when stocks are at their lowest and we genuinely believe that this contributed to a better shopping experience for all concerned.  Our "best before" date for this year is 5th August.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation."

Keeping Safe in the Community

This week students had assemblies about keeping safe in the community. The summer season and hot weather brings many opportunities for young people to have fun; we wanted our students to be aware of the risks associated with these. Part of the assembly was about the risks associated with open water. There are local bodies of water that do present serious risk, including the River Avon (through Keynsham and Saltford) and Wick Quarry. We encourage you to have conversations with your children about the assembly so that all are aware of the dangers.

Please also see Mr Knowles' entry on safe cycling.

Wishing you all an enjoyable summer

Mr Lyle

Hot Weather

We strongly advise that in the event of high temperatures students bring plenty of water, sun screen and a sun hat to school. Students may be outside during the hottest part of the day. Water bottles can be refilled at the water fountains before school, during break time, during lunch time and after school.

WMAT Science Speaks semi-finals

On Friday 21 June Year 8 students from SBL Academy competed in the semi-finals of the WMAT Science speaks competition. The seven semi-finalists competed against each other, in front of a large audience of their peers, to represent SBL at the WMAT championship. The talks covered a wide range of scientific curiosities and were delivered with exceptional enthusiasm and pizzazz.

The sheer quality of the talks made a difficult task for the judging panel (Mr Anderson, Mr Golledge and Mrs Slocombe from SBL Academy), who had to decide between such subjects as the origins of life, dinosaur companions and ecological dilemmas. Ultimately, the honour of moving onto the WMAT final was bestowed upon Lukara Robinson (winner) and Holly Thyne (first runner up) for their engaging talks on nuclear radiation and sugar cravings. 
Congratulations to all students that took part on the classroom qualifiers and the semi-finals. Also, best of luck to the finalists as they compete for the WMAT Science Speaks Shield!
Miss Erwood
SBL Science Teacher 

Creative & Media

Students and staff in Creative & Media are very busy this term preparing lots of exciting events to round of the academic year.

Art & Textiles Exhibition 4th July 2019
4-6pm Giotto Gallery & Flag Corridor


Join us on for our annual exhibition on Thursday 4 July to view the brilliant and varied work our students have created during their examination courses in GCSE Fine Art and GCSE Textiles. Work will be on show in both the Giotto Gallery (Main Reception) and the flag corridor, with light refreshments available to enjoy as you view the work. Anyone attending the Summer Concert later that evening will also have an opportunity to view the exhibition.

SBL Summer Concert 4th July 2019 – 7pm Giotto Arts Centre (M90)

After a year off due to the production of Joseph last year, the SBL Summer concert is back with a bang! This year there will be a mix of music, drama and a debut performance by the SBL Academy Dance Group – it promises to be a very entertaining evening.
Tickets for the event are £3 for adults and £2 for concessions, and are on sale now. Students can purchase tickets from Student Services at break times, all other purchases should be made at Main Reception. Please note we accept cash (no change given) and cheque only (payable to Wellsway Multi Academy Trust).

Year 5 Creative & Media Project

On the afternoon of Thursday 18 July we will be joined by 95 Year 5 students from three of our local primary schools, Redfield Edge, St Barnabas and Longwell Green, for an afternoon of Creative & Media activities. Students will be exploring Disney’s The Lion King through music, dance, art or acting workshops led by Creative & Media staff and students. The afternoon will culminate in a ‘mass’ sharing of work with their family and friends.
This is the first year this project has run and we are all looking forward to an exciting afternoon. Hakuna matata!
The Creative & Media Team

Bike safety at SBL Academy

We are really pleased that so many of our students choose to cycle to school each day, as it is a mode of transport that has multiple benefits for students’ health and well-being as well as the environment in general.
However, we grow increasingly concerned about the cycling proficiency of a small number of cyclists that we would like to draw your attention to.
We strongly advise that students wear a helmet to and from school and at all times that they are cycling, this is an item that we trust is provided and you encourage them to wear. We also advise that students regularly have their bikes serviced to ensure roadworthiness, and lock their bikes in school with a sturdy lock that has a good security rating.
It has been brought to our attention that some individuals have exhibited dangerous cycling behaviour outside of school.
Whilst this behaviour is not happening on school premises or during school hours, the safety and well-being of our students both in and out of school is our number one priority and we will be looking to identify these students and work with parents and, as necessary, the police to try to address these concerns.
Where concerns remain, we will not allow cyclists to leave their bikes at school and we will let parents/carers know - for their own safety.
By considering the above, we can hopefully make the journey to school much safer and more enjoyable for all road users, including pedestrians. It would be a shame for the reputation of all cyclists, most of whom cycle in a safe and sensible manner, to be tarnished by the inconsiderate behaviour of a small few.

Green fingered students pot money for good cause

Europa House held their second annual Plant Sale on Friday 7 June. Jack Dunn made his usual beautiful style of poster and also some flyers. Seeds had been planted in April by Finley Dunkley and his helper, the green fingered pair had managed to produce 50 plants. Our Delphiniums, Lupins, Sweet Peas and Sweet Williams were a huge hit with staff and pupils. We are proud to have raised £55 for Meningitis Now. 

Ms K Blueman Head of Europa House

Shakespeare in the summer!

Bristol Shakepeare Festival
There are lots of performances of various Shakespeare plays taking place all around Bristol over the summer during the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2019.

Take a look at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival website and get to know the Bard's best work! Whether you prefer the traditional or the experimental, there’s something for everyone! At Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, Year 8 study Much Ado About Nothing and Year 9 begin studying Macbeth.

Don’t miss out on NCS!

We have supported The National Citizen Service (NCS) this year to promote their programme to our Year 11 students. So far, we have 39 students signed up to take part in this transformative experience during the summer holidays.

NCS gives students the opportunity to take part in a four week experience, having fun, learning new skills, making new friends and helping the local community. It includes a residential at an activity centre (think rock climbing, raft building, zip wires etc.) a residential at the University of the West of England and two weeks planning and running a project to help the local community. On completion, each student will receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

The summer programme lasts four weeks in the summer holidays so they won’t miss any school. It’s also backed by the government and costs just £50 to take part – including food, transport to the residential centre and accommodation.

This is an opportunity we would recommend for all our Year 11 students. Not only will you have a lot of fun doing it, you will pick up useful skills sixth forms, colleges, employers and universities are looking for.
There is still time to sign up to the NCS experience. You can visit or speak to Cathie from the South Gloucestershire team on 0203 589 5050. Bursaries are available.

Don’t forget, even if you have already signed up, you can refer your friend and when they sign up and start NCS you will get a £20 Amazon voucher or an NCS survival kit!

Mr Rees

Student leadership at SBL Academy

Leadership is about effecting change at any level, whether it be within a small friendship group or a huge multi-national corporation. Great leaders can be young or old but will always have a strong set of values alongside great people skills, persistence and resilience.

Just as the Conservative party are currently in the process of selecting a new Prime Minister, we at SBL Academy are delighted to announce that we will soon be appointing student principals and a student leadership team from the current Year 10 to lead a new student council next year.

The new student leadership team will represent SBL Academy in the wider community, canvass and share the views of all students whilst also developing their own confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. We really believe that this will be a great opportunity for our students to play a significant role in further improving our fantastic school as well as helping them to develop a set of skills that will be of great use to them in their future lives.

Students were told of this exciting new initiative this Friday and they will now be putting together their letters of application ready for a deadline of Wednesday 3 July 2019. We are welcoming applications from as many of our current Year 10 as possible. It is the ability to lead and represent the school and its students that we are looking for, not simply academic success.

We will be sure to keep you informed about the process and we very much look forward to introducing the successful candidates to the school community soon.

Mr Jones
Assistant Principal


SBL Academy has just purchased Unifrog which is the complete destinations platform – a one-stop-shop for students across KS3, KS4 and KS5 regardless of their interests or academic ability. It is the only place where students can compare every university course, apprenticeship and FE course in the UK as well as university in 30 other countries across the world. This is alongside getting access to labour market information and advice on careers and subjects for all routes.

Helping students to record and evidence their key activities & competencies and prepare their CVs and personal statements alongside the teacher reference, CEIAG interactions recording and destination tracking tools - all in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks - Unifrog makes managing students' progression into their next step after school a doddle. 

Unifrog have generated a parent form code for you under the name 'parentssirbernard'. Please visit to get signed up. You will need to fill in the required fields such as name, email address and create a memorable password before clicking 'Sign up'. It should be mentioned that form codes are only used once and so email addresses and passwords are used to log in from then on.

Unifrog will be launched to students after half term.
Mr Rees
Careers Leader


PSHE / Careers
The use of virtual reality is allowing Year 12 students the ability to experience road safety.
Young drivers (17-24 years old) are five times more likely to be involved in a collision than other drivers and are more likely to carry passengers. This week in a virtual reality crash scene Year 12 students had the opportunity to be a passenger in a car that is involved in a collision. The fire brigade, ambulance and police were also in attendance via virtual reality.

The virtual reality crash scene explores the causes or collisions and provides coping strategies as well as advice for young drivers and passengers in a classroom environment.
Careers Fair
We have a careers fair for all students on Tuesday 2 July.

Please follow us @SBLCareers 

Soccer Shooters!

Following on from the extremely successful May half term camp, Soccer Shooters will be at SBL Sports Centre every Wednesday during the half term for football games and activities! The days run 8.30am-4pm for children aged 5-12 years old. For more information and to book, visit

A passport to a fitter healthier you           

SBL Sports Centre will be offering a Summer Passport for the July and August. Priced at just £30 for access to the gym and exercise classes! Contact for more information.

What If return to SBL Academy

Local drama group What If are returning to SBL Academy with their brilliant rendition of The Addams Family - a musical comedyThe shows will be running 11th-13th July with one matinee and evening performances. Come and support this brilliant community based drama group. Tickets are just £10 visit the What If Production Group's website.

Autism South West

Further information see the Autism South West poster (Pdf). Email or telephone 01454 868 165.
Places for this speaker series event are now available to book at Ref CONF/19/169

Important dates for Term 6

Monday 22 July Sports Day (weather permitting)
Friday 28 June Year 12 trip to Birmingham University
Tuesday 2 July: 8.30 am – 2.45 pm Transition Day for Year 6
Tuesday 2 July: 6 pm – 7 pm Transition Evening for Year 6
Tuesday 2 July Careers Fair
Wednesday 3 July Year 12 Mock interviews
Thursday 4 July: 3 – 7 pm Art and Photography Exhibition
Thursday 4 July: 7 – 9 pm Summer Concert
Friday 5 July Year 10 trip to Blackpool Brook Forest of Dean
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July Trip to Chelwood Scout Camp
Week commencing 8 July International visits to France and Germany
Week commencing 8 July Duke of Edinburgh Gold Assessment
Week commencing 8 July Year 12 Work Experience
Monday 15 July Inset Day
Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 July Trip to Mendip Camp, Cheddar
Monday 22 July Sports Day (weather permitting)
Tuesday 23 July Last day of term. Students leave at 1.25 pm
Monday 5 August – Friday 9 August. Summer School (by invitation) 
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