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Newsletter April 2018

Winterbourne joins the
Olympus family

Winterbourne Academy joined the Olympus Academy Trust in February in a deliberately low-key transfer, as it was judged that our focus and resources are best placed on school improvement as the school re-stabilises. We expect there will be no shortage of opportunities for more overt celebratory events in the future.
In March, more than 700 members of the school community engaged with the consultation about the school’s new name, voting to lose the ‘international’ element of the existing name and simplify it to ‘Winterbourne Academy’. The school community also voted overwhelmingly to retain the existing school shield as the school logo. New branding and signage around the academy site and a new website will be launched after Easter using re-brokerage funding from the Department for Education.

Interim Principal, Peter Smart, has decided that he will return to his substantive post as Headteacher of The Castle School in Thornbury for the start of the new academic year in September. Peter has played a key stabilising role during a turbulent time at Winterbourne and we are hugely grateful for his input. We have now advertised and shortlisted from a strong field of applicants for a permanent Headteacher to lead Winterbourne Academy from September. Interviews are scheduled for mid-April. 

Further news to follow in due course…


Abbeywood and Charborough Road are both GOOD again


is celebrating after being recognised as still 'good' after a short inspection by Ofsted. The school, which was last inspected in 2015, was particularly praised for its inclusivity, improvements to behaviour, safeguarding and the impact of ongoing work with Olympus.  The inspection outcome letter can be viewed here.

Charborough Road enjoyed equal success, with inspectors commenting: “Throughout the school, all groups of pupils learn well and make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics”.  The inspection report can be viewed here.

CEO, Dave Baker commented: It’s always encouraging to have the independent perspective of inspectors, confirming our own judgement that both schools are great places to learn. Thank you to all our parents and carers for your ongoing support and thank you to our amazing young people and staff who make schools vibrant and cohesive communities to be part of.“

We are anticipating further inspections in schools across the Trust in the coming months. 

Where Ofsted are not necessarily due to visit soon, we have external scrutiny from the Department for Education in the form of visits from Education Advisors commissioned to review and report by the Regional Schools Commissioner’s office. 

Callicroft, Patchway and Winterbourne are all part of this programme at present and we have had useful feedback about improvement and support to help focus our own targeted support.
About the Olympus Trust

Primary Science
award for Asima

Meadowbrook Year 6 teacher Asima Qureshi has been selected to receive a 2017 Primary Science Teacher Award, recognising the quality of her practice and positive impact on learning at the school.

This represents a major achievement and we hope you will join us in congratulating her on winning this prestigious award if you see her in school.

She will officially accept the award towards the end of this academic year, followed by an induction day for new Fellows, an Awards Celebration Dinner and a College Conference in June.

From September 2018, Asima will become a Fellow of the PSTT College and will receive further information on how the College will support her professionally in her science teaching at Meadowbrook and across the Trust.


Read our Gender Pay Gap report here.
Details of 2018/19 Inset Days - click here

Want to know more?

If you are interested in the range of activity and support offered by our schools, please visit the individual school websites where there are links to newsletters and updates.  You will also find information there about some of the amazing individual achievements of our learners.  There are links to all the school websites from our Trust website: and all schools also have their own Twitter accounts with more up to the minute updates. 

You can also follow the Trust: @olympustrust
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New to the team ... Victoria takes on Director of Teaching role


Following a rigorous selection process we welcome Victoria Boynton to the role of Director of Teaching School after Easter. Victoria brings a wealth of experience from business, research and educational sectors, including a role as Vice Principal of a secondary school in Norfolk, and more recently as a Senior Project Manager for a not-for-profit energy agency.

We anticipate that Victoria’s experience of engaging with leaders across Gloucestershire from a wide variety of sectors will be invaluable to develop the Teaching School in line with our vision. She also brings knowledge of writing bids, delivery of high quality professional development programmes, project management and, of course, strong leadership skills.

She said: “The role of Director of Teaching School provides enormous scope to have a positive impact on professionals and young people across South Gloucestershire and I can’t wait to get started. I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks; please do say hi if you see me in your school or email me if you’d like to discuss opportunities and ideas!”

Victoria’s appointment coincides with that of the first round of our Specialist Leaders of Education so progress in this area is gathering pace.  We are about to interview for our second round of Specialist Leaders of Education which will add to our capacity to support schools with their improvement.

It is the time of year when we are involved in a lot of recruitment as some colleagues will move on at the end of the academic year.  In addition to recruitment for a Headteacher at Winterbourne, we are also in the process if recruiting for the permanent Headteacher appointment at Meadowbrook for September.  Our 22 School Direct trainee teachers, who have been based with us since September, will complete their training by the end of the academic year and are also looking for their first teaching posts.  We are currently recruiting the next cohort of School Direct trainees to start with us in September.
Meet our nine schools

Money Matters
in our schools

Money Matters
We know that budgets will remain hugely challenging for us again next year so we must be tenacious about accessing all the potential funding available to our schools and the Trust.  Bidding for additional funds is going to be something we have to do more of.

We were successful in a request for £22,000 additional funding from South Gloucestershire’s Schools Forum for resources for Callicroft in January, which will be a huge boost to teaching and learning in one of our primary schools that has historically suffered from less input.

Our Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) bid in conjunction with the other Teaching Schools in South Gloucestershire has also been successful. More than £400,000 has been allocated to develop secondary phase leadership and outcomes for vulnerable groups across the local authority.

This will be a significant first project for our new Teaching School Director to get involved in leading on our behalf. Young people in all our secondary schools will benefit from this funding.

We have also just heard that our MDIF (multi-academy trust development fund) bid for over £100,000 has been approved.  We submitted the proposal in late 2017 to support improvement in all our schools and also in our partnership work with Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy. 

This is a welcome boost at a time when core funding is at its leanest.

As a multi-academy trust of 9 schools, we no longer have to bid for additional funding for capital projects to improve the fabric of our schools.  We recently heard that we have been allocated in the region of £500,000 to support us in addressing our highest priority building issues in the next year. 

This is money we would not have had access to as inidividual schools or as members of a smaller Trust so it is great news and will add to the work already achieved with the £300,000 awarded to us in the previous round and most of which we have already spent.
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