Bristol School’s Rugby Union

Mr John presenting Daundre and Taylor from Year 11 with their Bristol School’s Rugby Union ties which they were rewarded for their contribution this season and outstanding performances in the Gloucestershire RFU District Tournament.

Both players were praised how they conducted themselves and their level of commitment and enthusiasm which made a strong contribution to the teams success on the day.

Poppy Appeal Heroes!

Liam and Lucas both volunteered to sell poppies for Remembrance Day on behalf of the Royal British Legion. For two weeks, every morning in tutor time the boys raised awareness of the significance of Remembrance day and sold poppies and wrist bands throughout the school. Last week the school received a letter from the Royal British Legion congratulating the school on being the highest fund raiser in the local area. Out of a total of £507 raised, Liam and Lucas raised an impressive £305. Many thanks to them for their hard work and to the generosity of the pupils for supporting this.

Saturday History Super School

With Mock Exams looming, an impressive number got up early(ish) on Saturday morning to take part in a revision workshop. Covering a range ofcomplex topics from the Unification of Germany to the economic policies of Hitler, the group worked their socks off. Even some die hard City fans turned up to get in an hour of revision before leaving for the match.
Well done to all who attended and good luck with your mock exams.
Date for your diaries: Next Saturday Super School – Saturday 2nd December

Historians’ Saturday Super School

Historians’ Saturday Super School 11-1.30pm
Saturday 4th November, E1

In preparation for the Mock Exam, this month’s focus will be:
1. Germany – the Kaiser days

2. Germany – the War and its impact

3. Germany – Weimar Republic

4. How to handle the tricky Germany interpretation questions

5. How to handle to 16 mark OTOH OTOH YOK question on the Conflict in Asia unit

All Year 11 History students are very welcome.

Next month’s Super School will be on Saturday 2nd December.

Handfuls of Harmony Choir New Term

New adult members are welcome at our FREE taster session next Thursday, 14th Sept, 7-9pm at Ashton Park School, Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JL.
Handfuls of Harmony is a friendly, community choir, open to everyone of all abilities. Why not bring a friend for an uplifting evening of song.

For more information, see

View our Poster for the event here

Ashton Park School Celebrating Success!

Ashton Park School’s Year 11 students have opened their examination result envelopes with a sense
of pride, excitement and fulfilment! Our students have worked hard with the school and
experienced success in the core subjects where they were faced with new and more challenging
examinations and grading criteria.

Maths and English saw improvements on the previous year’s results with Maths significantly so and
both subjects returned students achieving the government’s new “super-grade” of 9. This puts our
top students in line with the very best in the country.

There have been some fabulous individual success stories with Kaya, achieving 9 in both English
Language and Literature, 7 in Maths in addition to 3A*, 3A. Lila, returned a full house of very top
grades across the board with 9 in Maths, 8 in English, 6 A*. Tom, was awarded 9 in Maths and his
remaining subjects equivalent to A* and A. Milo, also excelled with a 9 in Maths.

We are proud of the achievements of all of our students and celebrate their successes in the breadth
of examinations taken which recognises their individual talents, abilities and backgrounds. Adam,
one of our English as an Additional Language and SEN students moves onto our sixth form having
accomplished 5 GCSEs including English and Maths.

We extend our best wishes and good luck for the future as our Year 11 cohort move forward into the
next stage of their journey. Well done to all!

Post 16 Success – Broadening Horizons

Ashton Park Post 16 students are once again enjoying another set of successful results improving on the previous year! The vast majority of A Level students achieved the grades to get into their first choice University to study degree level courses ranging from Criminology, Maths and International Business to Nursing, Graphic Design and Fine Art illustrating the breadth of successful Level 3 courses on offer.
Particular congratulations go to Alfie and Emily whom both achieved the grades to get onto the Bristol University Scholars Scheme to study Physics and Philosophy respectively. Our other students have places in Universities up and down the country from Manchester and Exeter to London University of the Arts.
An increasing number of our students are engaging in high-level apprenticeships as an alternative to university with many of our students having accepted places in sectors such as Finance, Business, IT and Engineering. We are pleased to be able to support this expanding route into high quality meaningful employment.
This is the second consecutive year that results have improved and the upward trend looks firmly set to continue. We congratulate all our students for their hard work and wish them every success in their future endeavours.


Pupils from years 7 and 8 attended the BIG BANG STEM event in Bristol. Pupils had the opportunity to participate in hands on Science and Technology activities that helped them engage is some ‘serious conversations’ with experts in their field, including PhD students and researchers from the Bristol region. The Enterprise Zone gave practical advice on routes into STEM careers.

“The Big Bang trip was really fun and informative and it taught me loads about the way the immune system works” Yr7 student.


Watersports Update

Hello all parents and family members who are looking for snippets of the fun their children are having on the Watersports Trip.

There are about 120 pupils on the campsite, which is right on a beautiful, huge lake. The schools are being instructed separately and currently the APS girls and boys are doing their activities at different times too.

Yesterday the girls did mountain biking and canoeing. The boys were on catamarans all day. Today they have swapped. It was such a great moment when the girls stopped worrying about their shoes getting wet or clothes dirty and instead started going right through the middle of the muddy puddles. We then played canoe games on shore before taking to the water in canoes.

There was lots of splashing each other, falling in, screaming and giggling. The rumour that alligators lived in the lake had a mixed response! J  The instructors got the girls to stand up, turn around, swap seats and we were made to jump in when “Simon says jump in!”

The photographs are mostly of the girls so far because Mrs Winstanley has the camera and that’s who she was with yesterday! They have been brilliant company.

The boys learnt the skills of sailing on posh catamarans all day. There was a good bit of wind and they were able to navigate around on the lake quite a bit.

Everyone was pretty exhausted after a tasty dinner, but in the ethos of everyone does everything, we all dig in and carry on, they all did the evening games of volleyball and dodge-frisbee, plus other games. Not a peep could be heard after 10pm!

Today the boys set off on their mountain biking session today with great gusto, doing wheelies and skids as soon as they had left the camp site! They were so skilful and quick that they finished that planned session sooner than the instructor expected. He is currently playing games with them in the woods. He said the boys were brilliant!

Everyone has had a great day and a half. It has made the long coach trip bearable and worthwhile! There are smiles everywhere and already sharing stories of who has been the best or daftest! Mr Mantegna had a nomination yesterday for sliding down the coach! We’ll see what stories the children have to share tonight as we award ‘Hero of the day, Wally of the day and Bad Admin!” Each one requires the pupils to wear a garment of clothing!


Next up date- it’s a very full schedule so this information is joining on the back of the first report as there wasn’t time to send it!

Today Ashton Park’s activity was to go to Dune du pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe. It was an awesome sight on the approach, even more significant when we had to climb the dune to get to the top. Amazing views were (briefly) admired before the children charged back down again as fast as they could. It is very steep, the photos will not do the incline justice. Most boys and girls then climbed back up again and raced each other some more. The momentum of one young lady, was only halted by using Miss Haspineall as a crash mat. They both collapsed on the sand! Another should send the video she took of a spectacular tumble, to a TV show for prize money.

From there we went to Aqualand. Lots of singing along to Disney en route. The water park was brilliant fun.

As I type the group are doing evening activities- problem solving games tonight, including climbing over a rope and filling a tube with water, but it has holes in it……..

The photos should give you a sense of our home for the week. There are some tents tidier than others. Some tents with a bed purely for snacks!! There are pictures of embarrassed girls as they are towed in by a speed boat because they couldn’t quite control their canoe. Hee hee!

Some photos show boys limbering up for cycling, girls charging through puddles and everyone eager to get to the next session or challenge. The one of a relaxed Mr Mantegna is just after he left the boys group and right before the girls soaked him!