Ashton Park Students Celebrate Exam Results

This summer sees Ashton Park students celebrating their exam results and successes. Students across the range secured the results they required to confidently move forward.

As always there were a great number of individual successes that were met with excitement and pride. Headteacher, Nick John acknowledged the hard work of staff and students as well as the support of parents and community in bringing in the results with 50% returning 4+ including English and Maths.

“Ashton Park is a special place, a community where everyone pulls together to support our young people. As a school, we are blessed committed staff who genuinely care about the students they teach, buoyed by parents and carers who support us every step of the way. As a community, we celebrate all our students’ achievements together with pride and wish them all well as they move on to apprenticeships, college and Sixth Form study.”

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Year 13 Results

Ashton Park School is celebrating with students, parents and its community. Virtually all our sixth form students have secured their first choice university places, not only through the traditional academic routes but also through our high level vocational programmes in IT, Sport and Health and Social Care.

This year we have seen a growing number of our students moving on to high level apprenticeships as well as directly into employment. Our blend of A Level and vocational programmes including employability, personalised careers advice and specialist UCAS support continues to produce excellent results and prepare our youngsters for successful futures beyond Ashton Park. We wish them all the very best.

A level Biology Microscopy

Today Year 12 Biologist produced slides of xylem and phloem tissue from celery.  They had to carefully cut a transverse section through the stem, stain it and then mount it on a slide.  Students showed expert skills, slicing very thin sections, only a couple of cells thick, and then focussing the microscope on the correct areas.  From the pictures it is quite clear to see the plant cells in the different tissues of the plant.  Well done to Arty, Ruby and Jess on their excellent practical skills

Digital Leaders Launch

Ashton Park 6th form students have begun the Digital Leaders Qualification. This is a qualification run by Childnet that qualifies participants in the program to support their peers, younger students, staff and parents in all aspects of Digital Safety. A Digital Leader will offer help on a range of concerns and support such as privacy settings on social media, cyberbullying and inappropriate messages and pictures. Each year group in Ashton Park has a dedicated team of Digital Leaders who are trained to support their group. The Digital Leaders will be running events for their year groups and look out for them at parent evenings and year specific events.

Brandon Holmes and Beth Williams, our year 9 leaders, began the launch of Digital Leaders successfully at YR9 parents evening last night.

Digital Leaders for Year 7, 8 and 9 are offering help drop ins every Wednesday lunchtime in C7 , they will be able to help you with anything from correct settings on accounts to anything that is worrying you about social media.

Watch out for the Digital Leaders next week as they visit tutor groups in YR7,YR8,YR9 to introduce themselves and to launch some exciting competitions.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to get involved contact janeayers@ashtonpark.net

Computing Faculty

Parents’ Evening Booking

This year we are launching a new service to make Parents’ Evenings easier to deal with. The Parents’ Evening Booking system is a website which helps schools save money and time by allowing parents to make their own bookings. You can make bookings online via the Parents’ Evening Booking system website, on your computer, smartphone or tablet, alleviating almost all of the time dedicated to parents’ evenings by teachers and staff at the school. We can of course help parents who do not have internet access and you can still book appointments by contacting the school or asking your child to visit the IT Support Office to make appointments.

Whilst you may have received a username and login for the system you may not be able to book an appointment for your child until bookings for a Parents’ Evening have been released. Bookings will open for each Parents’ Evening around two weeks before the evening of the parents evening.

Parents Evening Dates 2017/2018

  • Post 16 – 25th January 2018
  • Year 11 – 22nd February 2018
  • Year 10 – 8th March 2018
  • Year 9 – 1st February 2018
  • Year 8 – 14th June 2018
  • Year 7 – 28th June 2018

Instructions

  1. Navigate to the Parents’ Evening Booking System here.
  2. Use the Username and Password that was provided to you by email. If you have not received an email please contact the school to provide one.
  3. Log in by selecting which child you want to make bookings for first. If you have more than one child who requires bookings, you can switch between them once you are logged in.
  4. Once logged in, decide whether you need to make bookings individually, or using our Automated Booking Wizard (best if you have a number of bookings and students to make bookings for).
  5. Once you have selected your preferred booking method and once in the correct parents’ evening, follow the relevant instructions from below:
    1. Automated Booking Wizard:
      1. Select the teacher you wish to book. You can press ‘Select All’ to select all options
      2. If you have a second child to make bookings for then select their tab and repeat the teacher selecting process
      3. Proceed to the bottom of the page and specify your personal availability, then press Make My Bookings For Me
        1. If the wizard replies that bookings are not feasible, you have not left enough time and need tp reduce the number of teachers or increase the amount of time you’re available.
      4. Now see a list of your booking suggestions. Feel free to add comments to teachers you wish to book, if allowed
      5. Press Confirm to confirm these appointments as your bookings
      6. Press Print or E-Mail to initiate your confirmation.
    2. Individual Bookings:
      1. Scroll down until you see the booking table. Above it are the departments and teachers which are available to you.
      2. Select the department, then teacher, and click on an available time to make a booking. When you selected a time, you’re able to add any issues or comments for the teacher to take note of before the appointment.
      3. Repeat this process, making bookings for all of the teachers you need to.
      4. If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment, click on the correct department and teacher, then click on the green appointment to change it.
      5. If you need to make bookings for another child, scroll to the top of the page. In the top left corner you should see a ‘Make a Booking for Another Child’ icon. Click this. If there is no icon, the software does not recognise that you have multiple children. This just means that you’ll need to log out and log back in again using the other child’s details.
      6. Once you have made all of your bookings, click on either E-Mail or Print my Appointments. Appointments are saved when they are made, so you don’t have to e-mail or print to ‘save’ them, but doing so will provide a confirmation with further information, possibly including rooms and instructions from the school.

To provide further help in logging on or how to use the system the following videos may be of use.

How Do I Login?


How do I make an appointment?


How do I cancel or rearrange an appointment?


How do I make appointments for my other children?


How do I print or email my appointments?

Tech and Talk

As part of “The Edge” Employability Programme, a small group of Ashton Park sixth formers are currently supporting a project in BS3 that is working to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people.

 

 

 

 

Students are volunteering fortnightly at a social and computer drop-in café to support older people with any technical queries on mobile phones, tablets or laptops. This intergenerational project is increasing confidence and interpersonal skills for the students whilst offering attendees a safe relaxed environment with participant led learning.

Many thanks to Ozzy and his staff at Mezzaluna on West Street where the Monday afternoon sessions take place 1.15-3.15 – Thanks also to ACTA Café bar on Stanley Street where the Friday morning sessions take place 10.15-12.15.

Employability? Just what is it?

In a nutshell it’s about how employable you are. The world is ever-changing and the employment market is increasingly competitive. Being employable is no longer just about qualifications – they are important but personal skills are equally (if not more) important to employers. Employees represent the organisations they work for, so YOU and how you present yourself reflect on them. So specifically, being able to communicate with different people and use the wide range of methods is one of the key Employability skills.

Careers Fair

The careers fair was an overwhelming success with over 70 providers from a wide range of industries, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities. This year included mini presentations which provided specific knowledge on a variety of topics. With excellent attendance from students of all years I’m sure the knowledge they received will be beneficial to their future careers.

Careers Fair

This Wednesday sees the 4th Ashton Park School  Careers Fair and it’s bigger than ever. The event starts at  5.15pm through to 7.30pm and is aimed primarily at years 9 to 13. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about future career and so it is open to all year groups!
There are over 70 exhibitors from a cross section of industry, HE and FE organisations, apprenticeship providers, individual companies and the uniformed services.

A new addition this year is a series of mini presentations, predominantly for parents on a variety of topics including; Apprenticeships, Engineering, Construction, Business & Finance, Health & Social Care, ICT & Media, Hospitality , please timetable for these.

So pop the date in your diary for this fantastic opportunity to gain excellent careers information and guidance from the experts.

Exhibitors Attending Ashton Park School -Careers Fair 2017
Engineering Hospitality
Babcocks international St Katherines School (catering)
S&B Automotive Academy The Bristol
Wessex Water
GE Oil & Gas Controls Ltd  FE/HE Colleges
Airbus City of Bristol College
First Bus SGS- South Gloucester  & Stroud College
BEMA Bridgwater & Taunton College
Amey Weston College
Bailey Partnership Bath College
The Park Education
Design & Architecture
Arup Universities
AWW UK UWE – University West of England
University of Bristol
Construction & Civil Engineering Bath Spa
On Site Bristol University of Bath
Carrillion Construction Training Centre University Centre Weston
University of Gloucester
Uniformed Services The University of Law
Royal Navy/Marines
Army Financial & Legal Services
Royal Air Force Smith and Williamson
Avon & Somerset Police Lloyds Banking Group
Military Preparation College Kaplan
Dept. of Work & Pensions
Sport HM Revenue & Customs
Coachmakers
Bristol City Football Club Voluntary Sector
Bristol Rovers Community Trust Volunteer Bristol
National Citizen Service – NCS
Apprenticeship Providers South Bristol Youth
Arch Apprenticeships Conservation Africa
Bristol Apprentices Frontier
t2 Apprenticeship Academy
JTL Training Careers Education & Support
South West Apprenticeship Co.Ltd Bristol Tutors
N-GAGED Careersnearwhere
3aaa.co.uk Careerpilot
Postive Outcomes National Careers Service
Music & Arts
dbs Other
Access to Music Ashton Park School
British & Irish Modern Music institute Ashton Park Lettings
Circomedia The Gatehouse – Ashton Park
BBC
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Mini Presentations by:
Lloyds Banking Group
ICT & Media Bath College -Apprenticeships
Mayden Mayden  – Software development
Boomsatsuma On Site Bristol – Construction
Softwire Arch Apprenticeships – ICT/Media
Life Long Learning Academy
Health & Social Care HM Revenue & Customs – Civil Service
St Monica Trust Access to Music
NHS University Centre Weston
The Bristol
 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

 

Students earn praise from business leaders and Mayor in the ‘Dragons’ Den’

Our students earned praise from Bristol’s business leaders at the Community-Apprentice Pitching Challenge. We have three teams taking part in the Community-Apprentice competition this year, which is running in ten schools across the city. Loosely based on the popular TV series, The Apprentice, Community-Apprentice is an inter-school competition which requires young people to develop and, crucially, demonstrate the competencies most valued by employers whilst managing their own projects. In this case students compete not to see who can make the most money, but who can make the biggest positive impact on their community.

Turning ideas into action

Over the past few weeks the teams have been coming up with ideas and developing them into a practical plan for their social action projects. They have set a clear goal, identified relevant activities, allocated responsibilities, set deadlines, identified resources, and produced a budget.

Team Change4Change are planning to tackle homelessness by increasing the public’s awareness of how to help and fundraising for local night shelters. Team XL are planning to tackle obesity through an awareness raising campaign and Team Drugs Abused are focusing on drug abuse by delivering peer education workshops on the issue.

Pitch perfect

On Wednesday 7th December our teams pitched their ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’ – made up of local business leaders –  for funding to help implement their plans and feedback to improve the impact of their projects.

Tom Prince, a ‘Dragon’ and the Widening Participation and Undergraduate Recruitment Officer team at the University of Bristol said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my role as a ‘Dragon’, the students were brilliant – it’s clear that they and the mentors have worked incredibly hard and it was genuinely impressive to see them all present with such confidence and professionalism.”

The event was held in the impressive surroundings of The Bristol Hotel and kindly sponsored by Great Western Railway. Twenty teams from schools across the city pitched in front of each other as well as the panel, giving students the opportunity to watch others to learn what makes a successful pitch, whilst gaining experience and confidence to develop their own communication skills.

Community-Apprentice has recently been recognised by the Department of Education as an effective model for employer engagement, students are mentored by volunteers from local businesses throughout the programme to support their development. Our teams were mentored by volunteers from St. James’s Place Wealth Management in preparation for the pitch and on the day itself. One of the students at the event said “today I have learnt to be more confident whilst doing public speeches and I’d like to thank our business mentors for giving us helpful advice and supporting us throughout our project so far.”

The event was opened by a message from Mayor Marvin Rees who acts as the kinder version of Lord Sugar for the programme. Addressing  the students the Mayor thanked them for “tackling issues close to my heart and absolutely critical for the city’s future” and pledged his support for their participation in the programme saying “I and other people in Bristol are determined to offer you the platform you need to grow into the fullness of your potential.”