Updates 2016/17

Updates 2015/16

Summary Results 2016/17

SubjectPassesPass Rate
Maths Level 21100%
Maths Level 1375%
English Level 1375%
Maths Entry 3150%
English Entry 33100%
ICT Entry 3787%
Occ.Studies L1 Certificate250%
Nut. & Health L1 Award8100%

This year we worked with eight year-11 learners who were studying some or all of our functional skills Maths, English and ICT; Occupational Studies, Personal & Social Development, Health & Nutrition and Cooking.

Of the cohort, all eight successfully achieved at least two qualifications, whilst seven of the eight achieved two or more functional skills qualifications. Additionally, one year-10 learner successfully passed Entry Level 3 Maths; while four learners achieved a level 1 award in Health and Nutrition.

New academic year, new site, new opportunity

Our first full year in our new home begins after a busy summer of preparation and recruitment. From installing windows and a new fire alarm system into our building, to recruiting a new Forest Schools leader to develop our environmental, horticulture and conservation curriculum, and making an ambitious bid to create a Woodland Kitchen on the site, we have hit the ground running for the autumn term and don’t expect to get much of a rest this academic year. For this third academic year as RISE we introduce a key stage 3 curriculum for younger learners aged 11-14 and we go live this year with our independent schools admission too, which means OFSTED will be out to visit at some point and we’ll be working hard to impress with our vision. We start the new academic year already fully booked on available part time and full time places, so we know from our referring partners that we are on the right track and offering a provision that is valued by schools, parents and learners. 

Forest School

We welcome a new staff member in Forest Schools tutor Kat Gillen, who will be leading our efforts to connect with the environment and develop core programmes to fulfil our ‘Grow Together, Cook Together, Eat Together’ mission for social and vocational development. In this first year we plan to offer Forest School sessions for all learners, allowing them to connect with the outdoors in ways led by them as active participants; additionally Kat will be introducing our horticultural qualifications as part of our new Vocational Studies package for key stage 3 and 4 learners, and will help to build new growing areas on the site.

Woodland Kitchen Bid

During the summer we had an unexpected opportunity to bid into a major trust fund for the construction of a Woodland Kitchen. Using sustainable materials including straw bales, green wood harvested from Balloon Wood itself and turf roofing, we plan to construct a new kitchen and classroom for our cooking programmes, including a fully equipped catering kitchen, with a class that can double as a cafeteria with an additional outdoor cooking facility cob oven. The Woodland Kitchen would create a perfect hub for vocational development as well as provide a potential community facility for extended programmes. Initially the plan had been to bid for such a facility after a year on the site but an opportunity came along that we couldn’t ignore – including some very interesting potential partners who kindly drew up some architectural designs for us: watch this space, it could be a very exciting project indeed.