14 MAR 2013

Official launch of the Olympus Academy Trust

Jack was at the official launch of the Olympus Academy
Trust. This new partnership has been launched to join Abbeywood School and
Bradley Stoke Community School to allow them to work more closely together to
the benefit of pupils and staff across all age groups and subject areas, and
follows on from the adoption by Bradley Stoke Community School of Academy
status in January 2012. The Trust came into operation in January 2013, and is
named after the type of engines used by Concorde, which were designed and built
locally. They have adopted several goals, in particular helping young people
succeed in the wider community, secure a rating of 'outstanding' from Ofsted at
Bradley Stoke school and building on the progress at Abbeywood.

The schools had set up sample lessons across the
curriculum at both schools for parents and visitors to view and take part in,
as well as a showcase of music and drama events by pupils. He was taken on a
tour of Bradley Stoke school by the Deputy Head and shown round Abbeywood by
pupils, and was able to meet and talk to pupils and staff about the future
arrangements for the two schools.

The Olympus Academy Trust has been set up to allow the
two schools to share best practice and ideas, and to allow pupils to access the
highest standards of teaching and resources. The Executive Head, Dave Baker, is
overseeing the leadership of the two schools, and has said that staff at both
schools will be co-ordinating lesson planning, attending joint training days
and arranging joint trips and events for students from the two schools.

After visiting the schools, Jack commented, 'I was
delighted to see the progress the schools are making as part of the Olympus
Academy Trust. I am pleased that they have taken advantage of the greater
freedoms available through Academy status, and are working together to improve
the learning experience they offer to students.' The increase in schools taking
on Academy status is one of the Government's flagship reforms to Education, and
Jack said 'I'm delighted to see Bradley Stoke and Abbeywood Schools using the
freedoms Academy status gives them. I know that the leadership of the Trust
will use this freedom to innovate in the education that they provide and build
links with local businesses. I wish them all the best for the future.'

The schools also launched their new websites on the day
and were visited by four Bristol City players who met pupils. Jack is pictured
with Executive Headteacher Dave Baker at Abbeywood School.

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