The SBL Academy Newsletter: Communication and Celebration
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Year 9 Bright Sparks students visit Twickenham
Last weekend our Year 9 Bright Sparks students went to the rugby Premiership final between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Twickenham stadium.  With just over 72,000 fans in the stadium for the game the atmosphere was amazing.  The boys had a great time wandering around the fan zone before the game, taking part in some of the activities and due to the hot weather, ice creams all round were called for.  Thank you to Bristol Bears for helping to organise the day.

Sports Day 2019
On Wednesday 19th June we will have our 4th Annual Sports Day.  On Monday all the students will be able to sign up to compete for their House.  After three years of success for Atlas House the challenge has been laid down to the other houses to knock them off the top spot.  The new Sports Day cup and winners' medals have arrived so it is down to Callisto, Europa and Titan to be 'on your marks, get set and GO' to catch Atlas!

Finally, good luck to our athletes Izzy, Steve and Libby who are competing in the Avon School Athletics Championships. Best of luck!

Safe cycling for all of our students

Today I received the following email from a road user who had been driving near the school in the morning:

“Driving to work this morning I was involved in a very near miss with a student. The student was on the pavement on the far side of the road, with no helmet and earphones in. Without looking back or warning the student swerved across the road, forcing me to brake very hard.“

The email goes on to explain the driver felt it was a very near miss and the cyclist was very lucky to have escaped without injury. There has been other similar incidents reported to the school in recent months.

If you are a parent of a child who cycles can you please:

  • Ensure they understand and abide by the highway code
  • Ensure they are wearing a helmet and other sensible safety items
  • Explain to them the dangers of using headphones or a mobile phone whilst riding
  • Do not let children ride to school unless you are satisfied they are safe

The roads around the school are busy before and after school. Children must have good road sense and safety equipment in order to stay safe. If we are not satisfied that one of our students is safe then we will not permit them to ride on school premises and will not allow them to leave their bikes in school facilities in the day. We look forward to receiving the support of all of our parents/carers.

Mr S White,
Vice Principal

Sixth Form Induction Day
Wednesday 26 June 2019 8.45am - 3.00pm

Designed to be a fun, informative and entertaining day, this will showcase what it is like to be a sixth-former in the Wellsway MAT and give Year 11 students the opportunity to meet and get to know their fellow students.

Those students who have applied to the Post-16 Centre at SBL will learn more about their chosen subjects as well as participate in other interesting and inspiring activities! We look forward to seeing all Year 11 students who have applied to the Post-16 Centre there. 

Applicants will have received letters outlining the day.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss the application process please contact Mr Clompus.

Year 10 exams

At the end of this month our Year 10 students will be undertaking their end of year exams. We have communicated home the timetable via email before the May holiday and it is also available below.

These exams are very important for these students and will signal how successful they have been in their first year of KS4 study.   Outcomes here will also be very important for teachers to inform planning for the final stages of Key Stage 4 courses in Year 11.
Teachers will continue to help students to identify how to best prepare for exams.   Students should revise all work covered so far in Year 10 unless directed otherwise.  
Parents and carers can also see our curriculum pages on our website where we detail the topics covered in our Key Stage 4 courses.

Year 11

This Friday, we took the time to celebrate the contribution of Year 11 to our school. They have been an excellent year group, well behaved and well-motivated with lots of positive character. Our assembly focused on celebrating their positivity as a group, what lies ahead into the future and helping the group to reflect on the help they have had along the way from friends, parents, family and school staff. A small number of students will return next week for final GCSEs.
The next time we will meet again as a group is on Thursday 27 June at our Year 11 Ball in Bristol (6.30pm - 10.15pm) for those who have bought a ticket.

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

This is not just any burger but a Year 9 hand made cheese burger with a rich tomato sauce

Well done to our food tech students, they all worked really hard making this dish completely from scratch.


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

Welcome Year 6 students!

Transition activities at SBL are well under way. Mrs Hart (Transition Coordinator) and Miss Connor (Assistant SENCO) have been making primary school visits and meeting Year 6 parents and carers.

We are very excited to be working with Year 6 students. Welcome Packs and Key documents Reply Booklets have been sent out via Primary Schools.

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 17 June Inset Day (exams scheduled for this day will go ahead)
Tuesday 18 June: 6 – 8 pm Year 12 Parents/Carers UCAS Information Evening
Wednesday 19 June: Sports Day
Thursday 20 June: 3.30 – 5.30 pm SEND Parents/Carers Evening
Saturday 22/Sunday 23 June DoE Gold Award trip to Brecon Beacons
Monday 24 June Year 9 trip to Mendip
Monday 24 June, Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June: Year 5 Taster Days
Wednesday 26 June Year 11 trip to UWE for Transition Day to P16
Thursday 27 June: 6.30 – 10.15 pm Year 11 Leavers’ Prom
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
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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