The Springfields Academy

3D Printing

Over The past months one of my pupils has been designing her very own Petshop. When CH leaves her passion is to work with animals in some capacity. CH attends Lackham once a week to learn animal care. Through her passion and drive to work with animal’s CH has designed and created her very own model pet shop. Using CAD design she has created 3D prints of her shops accessories and decorated it using her own designs and layout. I’m sure you’ll agree that the end project is very impressive. The skills used for the project included maths, design, technology and a good vision.

Bluebell Carpet!

Our students were very lucky to have the opportunity to horse ride through the bluebells.

The students expressed that they loved riding outside and they thought that the horses enjoyed it too!

Thank you to RDA Manton for the opportunity!

Head Teachers Blog

The summer is a wonderful thing at Springfields. Term five has been packed full of event and adventure, and hard work for our year 11 pupils as the examinations rapidly approach ( who have also been supporting pupils at Derry Hill school as Sport Leaders – well done!)

We have been all across the UK. Pupils, new to the wonder of hill walking, climbed Pen Y Fan. Ketu pupils flew all the way to Scotland and back in a day, developing their resilience, social skills, knowledge of UK history and geography (and the delights of Scottish cuisine) 

Oak class travelled to London to boost their scientific knowledge through a visit to the National History museum. A group of our girls were out this week learning new skills on the Kennet and Avon canal (with great thanks). The term began with a visit to Jamie’s Farm in Box, where 12 of our pupils and many staff, enjoyed all the challenges and hard work of real farming; delivering lambs, clearing up and showing how well they can care for animals ( and each other) and work hard. 

Last, and not least, Beech class were our Academy pioneers at Kelston Barn, a new venue for us near Bath, where they learned, played and explored, visiting a cheese farm and Bath Abbey in the process. 

It is very important to me and all the staff that we do all we can to build our pupils resilience, social skills and knowledge of the world through this range of activity. However it does of course, lead to changes of staffing for some back at school. We do all and everything we can to manage this so that these life-changing experiences can occur. 

We will, of course, be fully staffed for term 6 and have new qualified teachers (who will be replacing unqualified teachers) arriving in September, further strengthening our team.

I am very pleased and excited that we have our first group of Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils out on expedition next week. Participation in the award scheme says a lot about our high aspirations and our pupils’ willingness to get out in the world and prove themselves.

My thanks to all staff who have planned, risk assessed and delivered these activities, and to all of you for providing consent and contributions. Oak class are off to Kelston Barn, week beginning 22 May.  On all these public occasions and visits I am proud to say how well our pupils have faced down their anxieties and been wonderful ambassadors for the academy.

Next term we will be moving our camping base to Newtown , Wales and also visiting the Fairfield Air Tattoo. This is a brilliant day with educational activities in the ‘Tech Zone’ which has aviation at its heart and is where the STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths, are brought to life and showcased with cutting edge exhibits and interactive activities designed to engage and inspire future engineers.

We are always aiming to focus on the things that matter most in children’s lives; that they are, and feel safe, that they can build positive social relationships and that they can be supported in their learning as they move forward towards independence and employment. 

We also want to help support you and have organised a number of events that we hope will of interest and use to you. These are; 

6th June we have Jacqui Ellis, talking about Biodynamic Craniosacral  As a Neuro-Developmental Practitioner, Jacqui works with children, assessing and developing a daily movement programme to transform retained immaturity in their central nervous systems 1830

July 11th The curly haired girl project – talking about anxiety and ASD 1830

I also look to seeing you on 1st July at the Summer Fayre 1100-1600

In addition, on 6th July for our parents evening from 1600-1900. 

Thank you as ever for your ongoing support,

Kind regards 

Jon Hamp

Deep Connexions Talk

We are excited to invite Jacqui Ellis to come and talk about Neuro Developmental Therapy On Tuesday 6th June 2017 at 6:30pm registration for a 7:00pm start

Jacqui is a qualified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST) registered with the Craniosacral Therapy Association (RCST). She is also a Neuro-Developmental Practitioner (NDT) and a Licentiate of the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP).

She has a special interest in stress and trauma reduction and this can often involve addressing the birthing process and how it can impact the way you live your life. Jacqui treats babies and children as well as adults and regularly attends courses and seminars to further her knowledge.


Fourteen months ago, I was the mother of an ADHD child who was at the end of her tether. My child was so hyped at home, so confused and insecure that he would only sleep through a couple of nights a month. He was unable to stay focused on any task, would always say ‘I don’t know’ and his academic work was well below his expected level. Since completing the Developmental Movement Programme, I am listening to the same child reading aloud to himself. He now has a love of numbers and wants to learn his twelve times tables. His writing has improved. He can now express how he is feeling, is confident and beginning to believe in himself. Most importantly, he is happy! Oh, and he also sleeps through the night with the odd blip which we can all live with. Thank you so much for the opportunity and support!’ Sharon – Chippenham 

This talk will benefit parents/carers, practitioners and teaching professionals

To book a ticket for this talk please follow the link below. Tickets prices are through donations, we ask for a £5 minimum donation for this event.

Ticket Bookings

Edinburgh 4th May 2017.

It was a blurry-eyed 4am wake up call for the pupils on Ketu this week, in order to get to the airport on time so that they could fly off to Edinburgh for the day. 

As you can imagine, many of the pupils were experiencing mixed emotions, as they had not been in an airport before – let alone been on a plane! Staff were on hand to support our pupils and in no time at all, they had all taken their seats ready for the short flight up to Scotland.

 Some of our pupils were extremely fortunate enough to be offered the chance to sit in the cockpit and get their hands on the controls of the Airbus A320 Twin Jet Airplain! 

IN just over an hour pupils landed in Edinburg airport ready to catch a bus from the airport to the city centre for some breakfast. When everyone had filled up on bacon rolls and tea – it was off to Edinburgh Castle where the pupils were able to see the military memorabilia including guns, swords and uniforms. A main highlight was the Scottish Honours, a crown, sceptre and sword held in high regard around the world as The Crown Jewels of Scotland. 

After the castle it was on to a traditional Scottish lunch of battered haggis, mars bars, chips – all washed down with Irn Bru (which tastes better than the English version, according to Mr Bell!)

Then it was sightseeing and taking in all the wonderful street artists Edinburgh has to offer including a very funny contortionist comedian that gave Aidan the nickname “Chucky” – which everyone found hilarious! 

Sadly before long it was time to catch the tram back to the airport in order to board our flight back home to Bristol Airport

All in all, a fabulous day that exceeded all our expectations. Behaviour was impeccable and all our pupils were a credit to their parents and the Springfields Academy.

 Mr Derby would like to thank Mr Bridges, Mr Bell and Mr Rogers for leading this brilliant experience.

Ketu continues to look for ways in which we can use experiences such as this fantastic day, in order to promote fundamental British values and develop our pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural capabilities – so watch this space…. Much, Much more to come!


Enterprise shop goes live

We have been working really hard getting our online shop up and running. The students have been designing and coming up with creative ideas and we have been making our products. George took the images for the site which was difficult due to the reflection of the glass frames. George ensured the light was behind, and it was dark enough for no reflection. New items will be added regularly so keep checking back to the shop.

We are always happy to try new things so if you have a good idea and think we could make it then get in touch.

Can we please ask that you share our shop with your friends and family. As always any money made will go back into the Academy to enrich our pupils learning.

Creative Technology Term 4

Happy Easter to all.

I hope you didn’t indulge too much over the Easter holidays. The creative technology department however, indulged last term and we had an extremely full on and busy term 4.

  • Year 7 experienced Minecraft at the beginning of the term. They were in teams learning how to work as a team and create a community that they could eventually make sustainable.


We then moved onto an array of technology for the year 7’s to experience. From animation using lego, to OSMO with the ipad pupils were able to explore technology and try out different types. A favourite was the 3d Doodle pen.

  • Year 9 pupils have been designing and creating their very own websites. Using Weebly they have designed their websites around a digital portfolio. Using inspiration from favourite subjects and adding in a blog page, pupils have created content that can be updated and used to showcase work and share their thoughts and ideas.

  • Year 8 have designed their very own set of TOP TRUMP cards. Using research techniques, Excel and design they have created 30 cards with their own unique statistics. We are ready to print upon our return in term 5.


  • Year 11 students have been completing their functional skills qualifications and have now all finished in IT. Some pupils are now topping up their qualification portfolio by completing e-safety Level 1 awards.

As well as classroom learning the Creative technology department have had guests this term. Rich Cottell, a young music writer and producer came in to share e-safety and British values. Through fantastic chat and music, Rich shared his knowledge and personal experience with You Tube, helping our pupils understand the importance of internet and social media safety.

Term 5 is also looking jammed packed with innovative learning and on the 5th May we say hello to Nao the Robot. Pupils will have the opportunity to interact and learn with this robot.

look out for the photos and updates.