Bristol Metropolitan Academy

School profile by Rob Clarke

Bristol Metropolitan Academy is a secondary school (ages 11-19) with currently  530 students. Bristol Metropolitan became an academy in September 2009 and is a member of the Cabot Learning Federation. There are approximately 42 languages spoken by students in the academy of which Somali, Polish, Urdu and Pashtu are the most common. The school ethnic profile: 57% BME, 43% White British.

Bristol Metropolitan has worked in partnership with UWE for at least 12 years. Each year we have a number of UWE PGCE student trainees: approximately five or six for 'A' placement and four for 'B' placement.

How does the school benefit from having trainees?

Trainees usually benefit the school by bringing a freshness and enthusiasm with them. They are keen to do well and often provide additional support for GCSE students at twilight sessions, particularly in English and maths.
The academy benefits financially from having trainees but, more importantly, in the past (including this current year), we have recruited PGCE students from UWE to fill vacant posts. As NQTs they make very positive starts to their teaching careers because they are familiar with the academy’s policies, procedures, students and staff.

How does UWE support the training of mentors and what impact does this have on the professional development of mentors?

UWE offers annual training sessions for subject mentors and there are twice yearly visits from the Link Tutor.

How does the work the trainees undertake benefit the children’s learning and the school as a whole?

Assignments are focused on learning and teaching, classroom management and curriculum issues, all of which serves to raise the awareness of trainees and helps to provide them with strategies which positively impact on children’s learning.

What are the key skills the trainees gain from working with you in school?

Classroom management, positive behaviour management strategies, lesson planning including pace, starters and plenaries, differentiation and skills in using the interactive whiteboard. Additionally, trainees gain valuable experience and acquire skills working with EAL students and students from a wide ethnic background. 

In what ways has the school gained from being in partnership with UWE?

Many colleagues in the past have enrolled on UWE MA degree courses, particularly Raising Achievement in City Schools, taking advantage of some of the fee waiver course offers. Additionally UWE students have been very positive mentors and role models to our students on initiatives such as Aim Higher.

Contact us

Sue Follows
Education Placements Team Leader
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 84290
E-mail: partnership@uwe.ac.uk

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