City stars help launch schools partnership
BRISTOL City stars made a guest appearance at an event held to officially launch a partnership between two South Gloucestershire secondary schools.
Winger Albert Adomah and defender Lewin Nyatanga met pupils at Abbeywood Community School, in Stoke Gifford, which has joined forces with neighbouring Bradley Stoke Community School.
Events were held yesterday at both schools to showcase the Olympus Academy Trust to the public.
The trust now runs both schools, which cater for pupils aged between 11 and 18. It was set up in January last year when Bradley Stoke Community School converted into an academy. Abbeywood, which was previously judged to be a failing school, was able to become an academy in January this year by joining the trust and partnering with its top-performing neighbour.
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Visitors were invited to watch lessons taking place before students put on music, drama and dance events in the schools' halls. There were speeches from head teachers and the trust's chairman of directors.
Dave Baker, the executive head teacher responsible for leading both schools, said: "We held the event during the day because we wanted the students to be involved, because it was about them."
Mr Baker said he was hopeful the academy status and tie with Bradley Stoke would lead to a fresh start for Abbeywood School.
He said: "We are waiting for another monitoring visit from Ofsted. The school is no longer in special measures and they need to see we are making satisfactory progress since becoming an academy.
"I can say with some confidence that the GCSE results at Abbeywood will improve this year."
Mr Baker said the trust aimed to ensure both schools provided an "outstanding education", adding: "We will ensure that our students are provided with the highest standards of teaching, best resources and opportunities."
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.
The school hosts a trust player development centre, coaching children aged from five to 12.
Community trust development officer Vicky Barlow said: "It has been a pleasure working with Abbeywood School.
"Their passion and vision for alternative learning is fantastic."
The trust will also work with Bradley Stoke Community School from next September.