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Academy thrilled by BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) success

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Aug, 2014 02:50 PM

Vocational learning is a key part of the Sarum Academy curriculum and has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months. A strong collaboration with the Edexcel exam board and regular monitoring visits have ensured that the learning experience for the pupils is high quality.

Earlier this year Edexcel observed: ‘The centre is to be commended for the marked change in ethos and renewed commitment to its BTEC provision and recognition of the hard work put in since becoming an Academy’.

BTECs are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university. They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential subject theory.

They can be taken alongside, or in place of, GCSEs and A levels and alongside Diplomas in schools and colleges. (

Vocational courses at the Academy are more popular than ever, with teachers enjoying the rigour and pupils thriving on the relevance of their learning.

As part of Arts specialism, the Academy have recently diversified courses to include Photography and Fashion Design and the exam boards have praised subjects highly for their rigorous feedback and positive comments for pupils to constantly improve and strive to exceed their targets.

The delivery of BTEC Science has been so successful through innovative and engaging teaching that two thirds of the Year 11 pupils are on course to achieve 2 GCSE equivalent grades in Science this academic year.

Vocational courses are also set to increase for post 16 learners in September 2012, with the introduction of Motor Vehicle, Hospitality and Carpentry courses.

It is planned that Hair and Beauty will be introduced into the Curriculum for September 2013 as the Academy celebrate the transition into the brand new building that has been designed with these courses in mind.

Discussions are already on-going with local businesses to support and develop the courses, ensuring that pupils have that intrinsic link to employment. 

The courses Sarum Academy offer are designed to provide the progression routes needed for pupils to continue into higher education or employment.


Sarum Academy is a Church of England Academy founded by a partnership between the Church of England, Bryanston School, Wiltshire Council and Bath Spa University. At the heart of its community and grounded in Christian values, Sarum Academy has the learning and care of all young people at its heart. It sees all learners as  individuals with gifts and needs and is committed to transforming the outcomes of education for all children and the communities from which they come.

Further Information please contact:
Natalie Clark
Head of Mompesson School
Press Liaison
Sarum Academy
01722 323431 ext 238


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