Awards & Achievements

Nurture Group Network - First school in Bristol...

Four Acres Academy was the first school in Bristol to achieve the Nurture Group accreditation which was awarded in 2013.  To recognise the work of nurture groups that have been running for two years or longer, the Nurture Group Network runs a national an accreditation scheme for excellence in nurturing: The Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award.  Nurture groups assess the learning and social and emotional needs of children and give whatever help is needed to remove the barriers to learning.  Nurture groups run for part of the school day and the children who attend spend as much time as they need before returning to their own class on a full time basis, typically within two to four terms. For more information about the nurture groups, the award and nurture network please follow this link.

Bristol Standard

Four Acres Academy is proud to have been awarded with the coveted Bristol Standard Award for Quality and Effectiveness of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Provision.  The Bristol Standard has received national acclaim and been accredited with Quality Assurance Status under the national Investors in Children scheme. As a result of its success, six other local authorities are now using the Bristol Standard.  The Bristol Standard, a self evaluation framework is designed to help nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and child-minders to reflect on, assess and improve their practice. For more information see the link on Bristol City Council’s web site.

Arts Mark - Silver awarded December 2017

Artsmark is a nationally recognised Award for schools, Academys and youth organisations who demonstrate excellence in arts and cultural provision.  Holding Artsmark demonstrates that the Academy values the arts and culture.  Artsmark provides a comprehensive audit tool, sets benchmarks for evaluating arts provision, supports successful and sustainable relationships between education settings and arts and cultural organisations and embeds and enriches arts and cultural experiences across the organisation.   The 2017 Panel commented: "The panel was impressed by your continuing commitment to the value of the arts, evidenced in provision you already had in place, such as your Shakespeare for Schools involvement and your annual art gallery show. Likewise, you clearly recognise what the arts can do for the curriculum as a whole."  For more information about the Arts Council for England, follow this link.

Eco Schools “Silver”

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.

The eco-schools mission is to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.  Pupils form and lead an Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school. In conjunction with the rest of the school and the wider community, it’s the pupils that decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they’re going to do it.   To find out more here.

Healthy Schools

We are delighted to announce that once again we have achieved ‘Healthy Schools Status’.  After a lot of hard work and evidence, we achieved all 28 standards.

At Four Acres Academy we strive to promote the importance of Health and Well-being.  At Four Acres Academy we can be confident in the knowledge that we have set the foundation of best practise in Health Promotion throughout out setting.

Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) Education and Physical Education is well managed in the school.’ Bristol Healthy Schools, 2015


'Sainsbury's School Games Bronze Award'

We are delighted to announce that Four Acres Academy has been awarded the ‘Sainsbury’s School Games Bronze Award’ for our dedication to school sport.  

Physical Education and school Sport is an essential part of our curriculum.  At Four Acres we ensure that all pupils have a fun, engaging and stimulating sporting experience. The profile of PE at Four Acres Academy has been raised and it is clear that there is now a love of PE at school.  The fact that 54% of KS2 pupils have attended extra-curricular sports clubs and 42% have represented the school at a competitive level, justifies this statement.  As a result of this, we were awarded the bronze award. 

We are one of only a handful of schools from South Bristol to achieve this award.  Go Four Acres!