New Bath school goes on a trip of a lifetime

The visit to the Olympic Park is being described as a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Bath's newest school is marking the end of its first week with a visit to the Paralympic Games.

More than 300 staff and pupils from Bath Community Academy are heading to Olympic Park in a trip that has been described by the new principal, Adam Williams, as a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience.

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Day at paralympics for the whole school. Early buses left at 6.15, with the rest of us leavin soon. Lifetime memories will be created today.

The whole school trip to the Paralympics will brilliantly complement the new Respect, Friendship and Excellence ethos at the academy.

– Adam Williams, Principal
The new academy aims to embrace the qualities of Respect, Friendship and Excellence Credit: ITV West

The school may be new but the site has quite a history. It was built as a boys' secondary modern in 1956 and later became Culverhay, an all-boys comprehensive. In 2010, falling pupil numbers and poor results led Bath and North East Somerset Council to decide to close it in a shake-up of education in the city.

One of the many protests that took place to try to save Culverhay School Credit: ITV West

The move led to protests from campaigners who claimed that the council had failed to take into account the high numbers of students with learning disabilities or Culverhay's unique role in the community. The decision was finally overturned when a study found that it would have a future if it became mixed sex. In October 2011, it won Government approval to become a sponsored academy run by the Cabot Learning Foundation.

A fresh start at Bath Community Academy - pupils proudly display their new uniforms Credit: Bath Community Academy

The first female students in more than 50 years stepped through the doors of the Bath Community Academy on Wednesday. It could be that more change is in sight as the school works to find a way out of special measures.

There is much more to do to move it from a school which had been put in special measures to one graded good or outstanding by Ofsted.

The biggest thing the school needs to do is to improve the standards of teaching and learning.

My aim is for all students to achieve their full potential in an engaging environment and to become adults who thrive.

– Adam Williams, Principal

The academy says the new girls are already fitting in very well. It is holding an open evening on 9th October and hopes many prospective students - of both sexes - will be able to attend. For more information about the school, click here