High standards, high expectations, high aspirations

Open Day & Open Evening

We’re happy to welcome any prospective students and their parents into our school for a day full of taster lessons and tours on Saturday 20th September, 9.00-12.00 followed by an Open Evening on Monday 22nd September, 18.00-20.00.

To book a tour, make an enquiry or speak to our Principal, Sally Apps, please call 0117 377 2071. The school tours can be arranged between 22nd September and 3rd October (09.30-11.00).

See you soon at  Bristol Met!

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GCSE Results – Best ever!

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Bristol Metropolitan Academy has smashed all previous records with this year’s GCSE results (check out the details here - BMA exam results 2014). Students have made unprecedented and unrivalled progress across the board, with exceptional progress in English and maths in particular between leaving Primary school and leaving Secondary school. In English, 97% students made expected progress or better, against a previous national average of 70%. In maths the figure was 87%. In many cases students have demonstrated rapid progress, and in some cases students have progressed by six levels – double the rate progress expected nationally.

Sally Apps, Principal, said: “We are extremely proud of all our students and in particular those celebrating GCSE results this year. Their exceptional achievements are proof that, regardless of the expectations of others, if you believe in yourself and commit to working hard, you can achieve. According to government estimates, this cohort should have achieved around 30% A*-C grades including English and maths; instead, more than half of the cohort have gained this golden ticket and an even greater number have beaten their targets. This is testament to the tenacity of our students, their parents and carers, their teachers and the other adults who have supported them. These are results that our whole community can and should be proud of. They are thoroughly deserved.”

Having recently received national recognition for the progress made by students, Bristol Met is fast becoming synonymous with excellent outcomes for all. Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies trust said:

‘Bristol Metropolitan Academy should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.’

Former Principal Steve Taylor, now Executive Principal of the Cabot Learning Federation said: “I remember seeing these young people arrive in 2009 as Bristol Metropolitan Academy’s first ever Year 7 cohort. The extraordinary progress these students have made is testament to five years of consistent hard work, great learning and excellent teaching. I couldn’t be more pleased for them and for all associated with the Academy.”

Bristol Met opened in 2009, was the most improved school in the country in 2010 and was ajudged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2012. Their improvement trajectory has continued since 2012, with 2014 seeing the best results in the school’s history.

Welcome back

After a fabulous set of results this summer (53% including English and maths) we are looking forward to starting another busy year. Shortly, you will receive correspondence from us containing a welcome back letter, parent/ carer information pack and a student data form. In the mean time, please refer to the dates below indicating which day your child should attend the Academy.

Date Time Description Year Groups involved
Monday 1 Sept 2014 All day INSET (school closed) All
Tuesday 2 Sept 2014 All day INSET (school closed) All
Wednesday 3 Sept 2014 0850 Start of Term Year 7 and Year 11
Thursday 4 Sept 2014 0850 Start of Term All

We would be very grateful if parents and carers could find the time to complete this survey so that we can continue to make improvements.

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Welcome to our website, and if this is your first contact with the Academy, may I extend to you a warm welcome to the Bristol Met community. Our Academy is currently in its fifth year and has gone from strength to strength since opening in September 2009. It has been my privilege to be a part of the Bristol Met journey since joining the Academy as Vice Principal in September 2011, and it is with great pride that I take on the role of Principal in November 2013 as Steve Taylor assumes the role of Executive Principal within the Cabot Learning Federation.

In 2014 the Academy is once again set to break records, as we are expecting to achieve our highest results ever. Naturally, this builds on the successes of 2013, when once again 90% of students left the Academy having gained at least 5 GCSEs at A* to C with the highest percentage on record achieving this milestone including both English and Maths. This represents a picture of consistent improvement in the four years since the Academy recorded its first results in 2010. The Academy also celebrated the highest number of students achieving A*and A grades across the subject range.

This year also saw our best Post 16 results, which include the highest ever percentage of students achieving a pass at Level 3 (A-Level), with 43% gaining grades A*- B. 100% of students who had previously been offered a place at University achieved the goals they needed to secure their place.

These results represent another step on our road to becoming an outstanding academy. When Ofsted carried out its full inspection in May 2012, it found many elements worthy of praise in forming its ‘Good’ judgement, details of which are available elsewhere via this website. Most importantly, however, the inspectors were able to outline the adjustments needed to make the relatively short step from Good to Outstanding, and achieving this by July 2014 is an aim shared by our ambitious team.

Bristol Met is characterised by energy, enthusiasm and a strong sense of community; we wear our uniform with pride and share a set of core values, The Metropolitan Way, which underpin all that we do. The years at school are few and precious, and it is important that students at Bristol Met have a strong sense of belonging and a belief in their right and their ability to achieve highly. Our staff are dedicated to ensuring that every student’s needs are met within and beyond lessons, and we are committed to working effectively with our students and their parents to achieve this goal. Together with our partners in the Cabot Learning Federation, we are making a positive difference to our students’ lives.

Of course, the learning environment, the positive atmosphere and the mood of the school are best experienced in person. We look forward to welcoming you to our Academy in the near future so that you can sample Bristol Met for yourself.

Sally Apps, Principal