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The Principal's presentation will be at 6:30pm followed by tours of the school.
We are an inclusive state academy catering for the individual needs of all of our students with an intentionally small intake, where professional relationships can really make a difference to nurture as well as challenge. We value the contribution made by all of our students and seek to create an atmosphere of trust and positivity where we can all enjoy and achieve great things together.
IKB is an exciting option for 14-19 students, but it is not an easy option and on entering IKB we will raise your aspirations, so, on leaving, you will realise these aspirations competing against the best for university places, apprenticeships, work or training in your chosen field.
We welcome applications from all students and offer many different subjects through our partnership with Wellsway School. Many of our students study a humanities or language GCSE allowing them access to the EBacc qualification.
To apply please complete the online application form or contact us to arrange a meeting and we will be happy to discuss your options with you.
Year 10 information evening: Thursday 4 October 2018
Year 11 information evening: Thursday 11 October 2018
Sixth Form results
At IKB we are thrilled with this year’s results that yet again show parents and students that studying in the sixth form at IKB delivers the highest grades and progress.
There is so much to celebrate and we are really pleased that our students have achieved highly in both the academic and vocational qualifications across the full range of subject areas.
IKB students achieved a 100% pass rate in all the A level Science and Maths subjects, and we also achieved a 100% pass rate in all the Level 3 BTEC qualifications.
Over 60% of our students gained at least one top grade (A*/A or equivalent) and impressively 48% gained at least two of these top grades.
In only our second year, these results place IKB firmly on the map as a learning institution where excellence is achieved not only in our specialist areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths but also across the full range of subjects available through our collaborative provision across the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.
Most importantly these results give our students the opportunity to follow their dreams to study at university and on high quality degree apprenticeships. These include Roland who achieved A*A*AA and will be studying engineering at Oxford University and Robbie who achieved A*AB and will be studying maths at Cardiff. George gained three Distinction* grades and has won a place on a civil engineering degree apprenticeship with Exeter University.
We will miss our fantastic group of students, but know that the results they have gained at IKB along with their work placements and skills have secured them fantastic university places, apprenticeships and jobs which will equip them well for the next stage of their lives. We wish them all the very best of luck.
A second week of fantastic exam results for IKB Academy!
At IKB we are extremely pleased with our examination results. This is only the second set of GCSE results for the school and we have seen a strong increase in the percentage of students achieving the nationally recognised grade 4 or above in English and Maths from 53% in 2017 to 65% this year.
As a school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects we are especially pleased with results in these areas. Students at IKB achieved 100% pass rate in all the STEM subjects and this is particularly impressive in the GCSE sciences where almost 20% of students achieved at least one top grade (7+) across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In engineering over 70% of the grades were a Distinction or Distinction*, a huge achievement for both students and their teachers.
We are also pleased to report success across other subject areas with 68% of all students having achieved at least one top grade in their results this week. This is a fantastic achievement for all students but a special mention must go to Riana Cano who achieved 9 top grades and Jasmine Neal Long who achieved 6 top grades. In addition we are equally proud of so many of our students who exceeded their expected grades to make great progress at IKB. A special mention goes to Amelia Nicholas, Ellianna Glanville, Emma Chaney, Marcus Hales, James Lau and Casey Smith who all took away fantastic sets of results after two years of hard work at IKB.
If you are interested in applying to IKB for either 2018 or 2019 entry into Years 10 or 12 please our admissions section.
New GCSE grading system FAQs (Pdf, 329kb)
Years 10 and 12
Term 1 commences on Wednesday 5th September for Years 10 and 12 only (new students).
Years 11 and 13
Term 1 commences on Thursday 6th September for Years 11 and 13 (all students in school).
As an IKB Sixth Form student you get:
• Fantastic qualifications, taught by passionate teachers in excellent facilities
• Full study programmes designed to fulfil your future aspirations
• Independent learning experiences with support and skills delivered through a bespoke IKB mindset programme
• The opportunity to experience specialist work placements that will support your applications into competitive degree courses and apprenticeships
• Membership of a small tutor group, meeting weekly with your individual tutor to support and guide you
• To be part of a small unique Sixth Form where you are known and understood and encouraged to excel
• Recognised as young adults and given the freedom to manage your own free time, wear your own clothes, build mature relationships with teachers and adults within the school
• Subject specific trips and visits in the following areas:
• Physics/Maths – theme park trip to develop kinematics and mechanics
• Physics/Engineering – residential trip to Cern in Geneva, Switzerland, to develop understanding of particle physics and cuttingedge engineering
• Biology – residential field trip to develop ecology techniques
• Chemistry – a university residential with industry visits
• Product Design – a trip to London to visit the Design Museum, local trips to areas of design interest
• Engineering – industry visits to experience production and manufacturing processes across a wide variety of engineering sectors
• An additional summer enrichment trip abroad for enjoyment with your peers, with activities to entertain you.
IKB Academy in Keynsham, which launched in 2015, received its first review from Ofsted inspectors and was rated ‘Good’ for the quality of its teaching and learning and student progress. This is a strong achievement and is indicative of sound progress for a school that is only just over two years old. Inspectors praised the work of the principal, Debbie Gibbs, who they described as a strong leader ‘who has built a popular and successful school from scratch’. Continue reading.
Read IKB Academy's Ofsted report.
South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company recently announced that it intends to cease operating the 432 bus from 8th February. This service is used by some students from Longwell Green, North Common, Oldland Common and Willsbridge to travel to and from Wellsway School and IKB Academy.
We are working closely with Wellsway School and representatives of the parents affected, the Bus Company and the Principal of Wellsway School are meeting tomorrow in an attempt to resolve this matter. We will continue to work with families in an attempt to ensure a transport provision that meets their needs.
Thursday 1 February at 6.30pm: for all current Year 11 students in the Bristol and Bath area
Information evening for all current Year 11 students in the Bristol and Bath area. Presentation starts at 6:30 followed by tours of the school.
Spaces are filling up fast for September 2018 so don't miss your opportunity to study high quality courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Technology, Engineering, Construction, Product Design and Computing in state of the art facilities with small class sizes.
We are thrilled with our examination results. This is the first set of GCSE results for the Academy and our students have a 100% pass rate in all GCSEs and Btecs.
This is particularly impressive in the sciences as all IKB students study separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. All students gained at least one grade at a B or above in their GCSEs and Btecs and 67% of students achieved at least one A grade or above. This is a fantastic achievement for all students but a special mention must go to Tom Jackson who achieved a Grade 9 in Maths, 2 A*s, 1A and 5B grades. Azam Javid who achieved 2 A*s, 2 As and 4Bs.
Owen McDermott who achieved 1A*, 5As and 3 Bs and Sam Joy who achieved 4 As and 4 Bs. Our initial figures give IKB a positive Progress 8 result – the way the government performance tables compare schools– this means students perform better at IKB than other schools and you only get results like this from excellent teaching, motivated students and supportive parents, something we are proud of here at IKB.
There are still places available in the sixth form at IKB so please contact us or drop in to discuss option choices.
A level results
At IKB we are thrilled to receive our first ever set of A Level and Level 3 Btec results – the culmination of and reward for two years of hard work and high quality education from students and teachers.
There is so much to celebrate and we are really pleased that our students have achieved highly in both the academic and vocational qualifications across the full range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject areas.
IKB students achieved a 100% pass rate in all the A level Science subjects and alongside this we also achieved a 100% pass rate in the Level 3 Btec Engineering qualification – where almost 50% of our students gained a double Distinction * (equivalent to two A*grades at A level). In our most practical and creative area of A level Product Design we again achieved a 100% pass rate.
79% of our students gained at least one top grade (A* or A or equivalent) and impressively 58% gained at least two of these top grades.
These results firmly place IKB on the map as a learning institution where excellence in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can be achieved.
Most importantly these results give our students the opportunity to follow their dreams to study at University and on high quality apprenticeships. We have students leaving to study in the fields of aeronautical, motor sport, and design engineering as well as the more traditional subjects such as mechanical engineering and economics. Some of our most successful students have gained places on the most competitive higher and degree apprenticeships in areas of engineering, computing and finance.
This has been our first group of students and we will miss them, but know that the results they have gained at IKB along with their work placement experiences have secured them fantastic university places, apprenticeships and jobs and will equip them well for the next stage of their lives. We wish them all the very best of luck.
We are very pleased to announce that IKB Academy is a finalist in the Bristol Post Education Awards 2017 in the category Education and Business Partnership Award.
The Bristol Post say they received hundreds of entries in their search to find Bristol's best educators and with so many stellar entries, the judges had some tough choices to make in coming up with a shortlist.
We are looking forward to attending the awards ceremony on 4 July.
More information: Education Awards 2017: Our Finalists Revealed - Bristol Post
Thursday 9th March 2017 at 6.30pm: For all current Year 9 & Year 11 students in the Bristol & Bath area
Information for all current Year 9 and Year 11 students in the Bristol and Bath area. Presentation starts at 6:30 followed by tours of the school.
Spaces are filling up fast for September 2017 so don't miss your opportunity to study high quality courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Technology, Engineering, Construction, Product Design and Computing in state of the art facilities with small class sizes.
Thursday 2 February 2017 at 6.30pm: For all current Year 9 & Year 11 students in the Bristol & Bath area
We are holding an information evening on Thursday 2 February 2017 at 6.30pm, for all current students in Year 9 and 11 in the Bristol and Bath area.
Thursday 15 December 6.30pm: For all current Year 9 & Year 11 students in the Bristol & Bath area
Here is just a selection of our amazing Year 10 Product Design work. Well done Year 10!
Two students from IKB Academy have been praised by the Chief Constable for their compassion and courage after stepping up to comfort a distressed woman in Bristol.
Liam Davis and Will Coles were with five students from SBL Academy, a partner school in the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, in the Old Market area of Bristol when they came across the woman, who was visibly upset.
The group of three boys and four girls talked to the woman and tried to calm her and gave her cash to buy food before calling the police for help as they were concerned that she might harm herself.
Liam and Will, and Olivia Rowley, Lauren Lerway, Baylea Camm, Rosie McGill and Seb Davis, from SBL, who are all in Year 10, were invited to visit the Avon and Somerset police headquarters in Portishead and to meet the Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, who presented them with letters of thanks and arranged for them to have a tour of the HQ, including the communication centre that took their call for help.
One of the officers called to the incident in June, PC Adam Finlayson, said: “Upon our arrival, they were comforting and supporting the distressed woman and seemed to have struck up a good rapport with her. They provided her reassurance and arguably prevented her from causing herself harm. I was massively impressed by their actions and attitude.”
Will Coles said the students felt honoured to have been given recognition by the Chief Constable.
He said: “We were crossing the bridge and we saw her on the wrong side of the railings so we grabbed her. We called the police and waited with her until they arrived. We asked her if she had any money and she said ‘no’ so we gave her £10.
“I felt so proud of myself for helping someone in need and hope she is feeling much better and is back on track with her life.”
Debbie Gibbs, the principal of IKB Academy, said: “We are so proud to have these two boys in Year 10 at IKB and look forward to sharing in their future successes. They have shown great maturity and deserve this public recognition of their compassion and courage.”
Rupert Maule, the principal of Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, said: “I am very proud of our students’ actions and the calmness and maturity they showed in such a difficult circumstance. After recognising the nature of the situation, they did not walk on by but had the courage to act as well as the wisdom to call for support via the emergency services.
“To act so responsibly under such pressure is a great testament to their character, values and resilience and gives a great example of how young people can be positive role models within their communities. It is wholly deserved that their actions have been acknowledged by the constabulary.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “I heard about what they had done and I was very impressed. I wanted to thank them personally. This was an act of great kindness, compassion and generosity, while others walked by.”
Information evening for all current Year 11 students in the Bristol & Bath area.
Due to unprecedented demand for Year 10 places in September 2016, applications are now closed. Please submit an application to be added to our waiting list.
We are now only taking applications from current Year 11 students for September 2016.
IKB Students were invited to the studio schools trust student conference, which this year was held at Buckingham Palace. Four students (Beth Spreadbury, Rimsha Zafra, Daniel Kelly and Reece Hall) and Mr Wilkinson spent the day in London. The visit to Buckingham Palace was an inspirational event that only happens once in a lifetime. These are the opportunities we at IKB look to encourage and arrange for our students, it makes us stand out from other state secondary schools.