SBL to become part of Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust

SBL_logoThe troubled Sir Bernard Lovell School at Oldland Common is to become part of the Keynsham-based Wellsway School Multi-Academy Trust.

SBL was rated as inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted earlier this year, having previously been considered outstanding.

Schools deemed to be failing must become sponsored academies and now the governors at SBL have voted in support of being sponsored by the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).

The trust already consists of Wellsway School, the Aspire Academy (a special school in Bath, The Bath Studio School (creative and media) and the new Isambard Kingdom Brunel Studio School (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) due to open on the Wellsway campus next year.

SBL’s executive headteacher David Turrell and chair of governors Diane Francombe said in a statement last yesterday: “We believe that working with the Wellsway Trust will prove to be very positive for the school in the short term and in the future. Wellsway School was recently judged to be good by Ofsted. Governors believe that working with a local trust was the best option for the school.

“We will receive support from the trust, through sponsorship which starts in September, and will assist us in our process of returning to good under the Ofsted categories.

“We will also collaborate over pos-16 courses rather than through the Kingswood Partnership. We hope that, by the time we join the trust fully, we will have improved substantially. The provisional date to convert to an academy is 1st February.”