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 sixth 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 was with great pride that I took on the role of Principal in November 2013 as Steve Taylor assumed the role of Executive Principal within the Cabot Learning Federation.
In 2014 the Academy once again broke records, achieving our highest results ever. We recorded our highest proportion of students to date gaining 5A*-C including English and maths, and the progress made my students in these two subjects in particular was outstanding: 97% students made expected progress in English, and 87% in maths, against a national average of around 70%; this is some of the strongest progress in the country, and represents a picture of consistent improvement in the five years since the Academy recorded its first results in 2010.
At Post-16, 100% of students who had previously been offered a place at University achieved the goals they needed to secure their first choice 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 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
In the last week or so you are likely to have noticed the widespread media coverage of a police investigation into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Bristol.
Known as Operation Brooke, this has been an ongoing investigation, the top priority of which is to safeguard children and those at risk of sexual exploitation. The investigation has been running for over a year and has involved multiple agencies including the police, Bristol City Council, Barnardo’s, the Crown Prosecution Service and local health services.
Together with other Bristol secondary schools, we have been working closely with all these agencies as necessary to ensure we are identifying all potential opportunities to share information and increase our ability to spot the tell-tale signs of exploitation. This includes learning from other recent child exploitation cases elsewhere in the country.
Sexual exploitation is an abhorrent crime and we are committed to working with others to tackle it in all its forms. We know that it can happen anywhere and it is not limited to any social, religious or racial group, nor any nationality or gender. For this reason we hope these events will not impact on the city’s largely tolerant and respectful approach to working across communities.
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.