High quality teaching
In their most recent visit the school improvement advisor, independent of our school, commented:
“Olympus has brought much needed support in crucial areas and there is recognition that this is already making an impact. “
“The principal enjoys the support of an experienced CEO who brings with him a wealth of school improvement knowledge.”
“The maths department is emerging as an area of relative strength.”
“English is led by an experienced Head of Department who is established in post and knows the school well.”
“On the evidence of the lessons visited and general student movement between lessons, behaviour was fine with respectful relationships clearly evident.”
A comprehensive investment in buildings and resources
- 4 million pound investment into the buildings.
- Latest project is a major update for the Library - new electronic systems and new resources.
- Projects completed include new roofs, heating system, and two new washroom areas.
- Projects also completed are a new food technology area and cosmetic improvements.
- Our brand new astro turf opened in March 2019; it places Patchway on the map in terms of sporting facilities.
- New branding, signage, school website and school uniform.
- New and improved Fire Alarm system.
- Major improvements to the Sports Centre, for use by our students and the local community.
- Ongoing building refurbishment programme designed to deliver a high standard of facilities.
What do our Yr7 and 8 families say?
“xxx has settled well in school and enjoys being here. She has come on leaps and bounds.”
"My son is in year 8@ Patchway and he is thriving but above all else he is absolutely loving school. His progression from primary until now is immense and I couldn't ask for a better place for him to be. People really should view a school and spend time talking to the head and staff before putting it down."
“I am very happy with all my child's progress. The school are very supportive with any of my concerns.”
“Patchway wasn’t our first or second choice, but we’ve been impressed with the teachers. xxx is thriving, loving school and exceeding academic expectations.”
“I'm really pleased with how well xxx has progressed in Yr7. He has had support when he needed it and I have noticed a massive improvement with his reading and maths. Any concerns or questions are answered quickly by his teachers and xxx really enjoys coming to school every day.”
“Lovely staff, awesome Headteacher. My daughter has improved so much since starting at Patchway and that’s down to everyone having the time to help her.”
Key Stage 4 (G.C.S.E)
There were some stunning individual performances last year!
Julia Barela was awarded 1 A*, 3 A, 6 B and 1 C grades
James Burford achieved 1 A*, 3 A, 4 B, 1 C and 1 BTEC distinction
Daniel Connors was awarded the new highest grade 9 in maths, gaining 1 A*, 1 A and 8 B grades
Hannah Evans also achieved highly, achieving 1 A*, 2 A, 4 B, 1 C and 1 BTEC distinction.
Christian Seaman and Meagan Beale both scored highly on A grades, being awarded 5 A, 5 B and 1 C, and 4 A, 3 B and 1 C respectively.
Historically our overall outcomes have not been as good as other local schools, however with the support of The Olympus Academy Trust and new Headteacher Karen Cornick we are confident that the learning experience for students is transformed and will be evidenced in the outcomes that these students achieve.
Key Stage 5 (Post 16)
2017 students achieved record results and our sixth form provision is a good match to that of other local centres!
51% of all grades were A*-B or equivalent.
80% were A*-C.
The pass rate was 99%.
What our current Year 7 students say
"I am much more independent at Patchway than I was at primary school. I have to work things out for myself here."
"I have really enjoy it here – my tutor group are all my new friends."
"PE is brilliant and energises you. I love the variety of different sports that you do."
"Maths has been new and challenging."
"We love science: it is loads of fun and we have learnt a lot."
"In history I learn lots of interesting information and facts and have to think for myself and be inquisitive."
"RE is amazing. The teacher makes it funny and interesting and I already want to choose it for GCSE."
"DT is my favourite subject. I am very independent and have learnt lots of skills that I have not tried before."