The SBL Academy Newsletter: Communication and Celebration
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Engineering their own success 

External view of AirbusOur year 8 students recently visited Airbus for the day where they completed engineering challenges and spoke to staff about potential career options in the industry. 

All of our students did the school proud, throughout the day they conducted themselves impeccably and displayed strong knowledge by asking complex and challenging questions.

Jo SimsPSHE/Careers

Calling ex-SBL students!

Actor Joe Sims is one of hundreds of former SBL students who has gone on to achieve success. Are you another of them? If so, please get in touch. SBL Academy has joined Future First, a networking organisation that helps connect schools with ex-students who can be role models for the next generation. Join the SBL alumni.

Mr Rees, Careers Leader

Geography trip to South Wales

On April 2nd a group of year 9 students travelled to South Wales to complete data collection for their current topic studying the ocean. Students investigated the characteristics of three areas of coastline firstly at Ogmore and then at Porthcawl. At Ogmore students collected data that related to the gradient of the beach. Students decided visually where they thought the angle of the beach had changed and used ranging poles and clinometers to measure the angle of the slope. Students also decided what size the sediment was at each location in order to compare the size of the sediment to the angle and investigate if there was a relationship.

After this we travelled to Porthcawl, students enjoyed chips and ice cream on the beach before continuing their investigations. Here we investigated whether the pier was having an impact on the coastline. Students sketched the coastlines and timed how long it took for a grape to travel a given distance. Students were able to gain first-hand knowledge of how the processes operating at the study sites shape our coastline.
Next term students in year 9 will be experiencing an investigation in to plastic in our oceans.

Mrs Oldfield

Spring into action!

The school Easter holidays will see a cracking programme of activities at Wellsway MAT sports centres - and you won’t have to shell out a fortune to take part. Do we need to egg you on any further? 
SBL Sports Centre
Stay and Play
Dodgeball, soft play, cricket and badminton are just some of the activities on offer for children aged one to eight at Stay and Play. It’s on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of both weeks, 9.30-11.30am. The cost is £2 per child and there’s no need to book -  just turn up. Parents/guardians are required to stay for the duration.
Soccer Shooters
Soccer Shooters will be at  SBL on Wednesday April 10 and Thursday April 11, 8am-4pm, with a range of footbal-related activities and games,. For more information and to book your place, visit the Soccer Shooters website now.
Veritas Gymnastics
Running Monday-Thursday, Veritas offers two sessions a day for different age groups, including a tumbling session. Visit their Facebook page for more information and to book your place.
Facility Block Cards
Back by popular demand! For £20 you can access the gym, 3G, sports hall or tennis courts 10 times during the Easter holidays. Minimum age is 12. Call up in advance to ensure your facility is available. (Also on offer at Wellsway Sports Centre.)
St John’s Primary School
Multi-sport camps for 5-12 year olds will be delivered by Premier Sport on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of both weeks from £15.95 a day.
All information can also be found on our websites: and

Parent and carers visiting the Academy

Please be advised that where necessary, an appointment can be made in advance to see an appropriate member of staff (tel: 0117 456 5900). Please be aware that staff may only see parents and carers by prior appointment. Please do not visit the Academy and expect to be seen by a particular member of staff without a prior appointment. Sometimes parents and carers may be asked to see a different member of staff who is better placed to deal with the issue raised, rather than the original member of staff requested.
Anybody visiting the Academy must always go to main reception to sign in.

Supporting your child during exam time (Young Minds) 

As students at SBL Academy start to move towards exam season, we would like to draw your attention to advice that Young Minds have launched for parents regarding supporting their children.

Tips include:
  • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing
  • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
  • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens
  • Remain positive and hopeful!
  • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible
  • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
Find out more information on supporting your child during exam time.


In tutor time all of our students have been using Career Pilot. We have now been awarded super user status. For more information please visit the Parent Zone.

For general careers advice please go to SBL careers site, follow us on Twitter or contact Mr Rees, Careers Leader tel: 0117 456 5900.

Polite notice

When dropping off or collecting your child, please do not park on double yellow lines, they are there for the safety of others. 

We also urge you to not park on the pavements. This causes a safety hazard to students and members of the public, including mothers with buggies, who then have to walk into the road to get past the parked cars.

South Gloucestershire Council has developed Mind You, a website to help children and young people look after their mental health, find out about mental health problems and where to go if they are finding things hard. There are also sections for parents/carers and professionals.
Funded by the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Mind You has been developed by the Public Health and Wellbeing division at South Gloucestershire Council. Children and young people have been involved in creating the website.
There is also support in school – speak to your child's tutors, deputy or heads of house.

School Nurse information: change of day and venue

The School Health Nurse for SBL is Alli Fry, who runs a confidential drop-in clinic for young people every Wednesday lunch time (no appointment is needed). The drop-in clinic will now be held in E9, close to Student Services and the House Offices. This will be in effect from 24/04/19.

These sessions can be useful for seeking advice and support around many issues including mental health, emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships, sexual health and healthy lifestyles.

Parents are able to contact the school nursing service for advice and information on 01454 862202
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