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A Level results day this year is Thursday 14th August and GCSE results day is Thursday 21st August. Your results will be available for you to collect from the Academy between 10:00am and 12:00pm in the restaurant. If you are unable to collect them on the day and wish to have them posted to you please provide the Academy with a stamped addressed envelope. Alternatively, results can be collected from Reception from the 1st September.
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Tuesday 3rd June saw the graduation of over 50 young people who have been taking part in the ‘Future Stars’ programme in partnership with South Bristol YOUth and the University for the West of England (UWE). The Future Stars programme set out to improve the students’ and parents’ understanding of higher education with an overview of what universities offer and information about finance.
The students participating attend South Bristol schools ,including a large group from Merchants’ Academy. The students have taken part in a variety of activities including visits to the University, workshops in school, outdoor education trips and work with student ambassadors from the University.
The Merchant’s Academy students showed a huge amount of commitment – congratulations to them all!
South Bristol YOUth programme coordinator
Are you an aspiring model? Do you love styling other peoples hair? Do you enjoy applying makeup that makes people stand out from the crowd? Then this could be for you!
The Design and Technology show need models, hairdressers and make up artists to help on the night. You would need to be available from 3.30pm on Thursday 5th June until approximately 7pm that evening. We will provide drinks and food for you in return for your hard work and talent! Please see Miss McCartney, Miss Cooke or Mrs Williams to sign up.
A level exams have started this week for all of our Sixth Form students. We wish them every luck; they should be proud of all the hard work that they have put in this year and we are sure it will be rewarded with a fantastic set of results in August!
The value of school partnership
There should be a meeting of minds, rather than money, for independent and state schools, say head teachers Rod Mackinnon and Anne Burrell
It is a challenge commonly posed to independent schools that they should do more to share their riches with counterparts in the state-funded sector; Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief Inspector of Schools, picked up the refrain most noticeably in October last year at the HMC conference.
Last week, Secretary of State, Michael Gove, reignited the debate from a slightly different perspective, championing the raising of the bar in the state sectorand setting out his vision for an educational landscape in which schools of all types are indistinguishable on the basis of their funding streams.
Two Bristol head teachers who have forged a very successful partnership across the funding divide, agree that reducing the debate to a stark financial equation of rich vs poor is at best inaccurate and, at worst, unambitious, patronising and politicised.
Instead, Rod Mackinnon, Head of Bristol Grammar School and Anne Burrell, Principal of the Merchants’ Academy make the case for a meeting of minds, rather than money, and the sharing of excellent practice wherever it may be found.
“As independent schools, we are used to, albeit weary of, responding to accusations of elitism and hoarding of wealth. What is often forgotten, however, is that, for us, our very existence rests on meeting the expectations of those who pay the fees”.
“Whilst state schools would no doubt argue the same, the sanctions imposed if they fail to please their paymasters are rarely as stark or as immediate as ours. In fact, state schools that are failing have money thrown at them; for us it is the opposite as parents quickly withdraw”.
“So, yes, the business models are very different but, in my experience of teaching in both independent and state funded schools, I have rarely found that it is money but rather attitude that hampers flourishing partnerships between schools”.
“The assumption is that it is the tight fisted independents unwilling to share what they have, however, I have come up against more than one state schoolteacher who is simply unwilling in principle to engage with colleagues in the independent sector. The politicised mindset of many means it can never be a two-way conversation.
“It’s encouraging that, rather than bashing independent schools again, the Secretary of State has this week laid down the gauntlet to those state schools that are not willing to engage with what’s on offer and ask them why”.
“Of course, we in the independent sector are not blind to our privileges: there is no doubt that we are shielded from routine political changes and have more freedom to chart a course that suits our aims and ethos”.
“It would be absurd to suggest we didn’t want to see that same freedom available to colleagues in the state-funded sector, but that scenario is reliant on the depoliticisation of state education such that Government is empowered to set strategic goals and professional educators, not Ministers, enabled to focus on the details of execution in a particular context”.
“In my view, Michael Gove could still do more to change conditions for state schools to make that possible.”
“I agree that attitude is central and we have made it a cornerstone of our strategy here to reach out to the best sources of expertise and resource wherever they may be found – and that may mean other schools, businesses, charities and higher education establishments”.
“The key to making it work is not simply forcing a school deemed to be rich to marry up with one deemed to be struggling and leave them to get on with it. One needs to identify the need in a school (and it is not the case that the only need exists in the ‘poor relation’) and find the right partner to help them meet that need”.
“It may be surprising for some state-funded schools or academies to know that they have something to offer the independents – and for the independents to consider accepting it”.
“Big Government changes seem to dominate the agenda for many state school teachers nowadays and there is not the space there was when I started out in teaching for discussion of the detail and sharing of experience at a local or regional level”.
“The demise of the LEA has also meant the disappearance of those natural networks of support, advice and encouragement among teachers in similar fields. Schools are having to forge those relationships more intentionally now and seek out the support that’s right for them”.
“In our case, that manifests itself in links with schools such as BGS but also with the University of Bristol, businesses in the city and charities including our own sponsoring body, the Society of Merchant Venturers. But those relationships haven’t appeared overnight, nor are they arbitrary”.
“The organisations we partner with are the ones where we find examples of the excellence we want to promote, or where just the very process of talking and sharing bears fruit for both parties.
“As in all things, relationship is crucial. No one wants to be seen as the poor relation – but if it’s presented as a two-way exchange, who wouldn’t want to sign up?”
Merchants’ Academy is proud to receive the support of its parents. Recently, our parents rated the school in a number of areas. Find out how parents view the school below.
For more information, please contact Mr Waldron.
|My child is taught well at this school||97%|
|My child feels safe at this school||96%|
|My child is well looked after at this school||94%|
|My child is happy at school||93%|
|My child makes good progress at this school||93%|
|My child receives regular homework||93%|
|I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress||92%|
|I would recommend this school to another family||91%|
|This school makes sure its students are well behaved||88%|
|This school is well led and managed||87%|
|This school responds well to any concerns I raise||87%|
|This school deals effectively with bullying||77%|