Welcome to the website of Fishponds Church of England Academy...Ofsted have visited us - and judged us to be 'Good' in all areas!  For more information, go to the 'Ofsted Reports' pages in the 'About our Academy' section...For lots of photos and videos of our children enjoying our exciting curriculum, please look at the 'News and Events' page by clicking on the arrow next to the 'For Pupils' section at the top of the page... 

Thank you for visiting Fishponds Church of England Academy's website. We are a large and vibrant city school in the heart of Bristol and firmly believe in the education of the ‘whole child’. We are a rich and diverse community, with many different faiths, cultures and languages and it is this diversity that complements and adds to our inclusive ethos. Children and families of all faiths and of none are welcome equally in our Academy.  We work closely with families and the community as partners in a child’s education to enhance outcomes together. Progress and achievements in many areas are valued and celebrated within the school and the wider community.

The school was formed originally in September 2000 following the amalgamation of two Church of England schools in Fishponds, Bristol and became St Matthias and Dr Bell's CE VA Primary School.  In September 2012 we became an Academy, sponsored by the Diocese of Bristol, with the Cabot Learning Federation as our school improvement partner. Our new name of Fishponds Church of England Academy, places us as a school in the heart of the community. 

We have close links with the two parishes of St Mary’s, Fishponds and All Saint’s, Fishponds. Clergy and members of both congregations play an active part in the life of the school and children visit the churches regularly. 

The Academy was inspected by Ofsted in May 2014 and was judged to be 'Good' in all areas:

Teaching: Good 

Achievement: Good

Behaviour and Safety: Good

Leadership and Management: Good

Overall effectiveness: Good

We would love you to visit our school and guarantee a warm welcome. We believe you will be impressed by our high expectations, our plans for the future and our motivated and well behaved pupils. We look forward to meeting you soon.


Mike Eatwell, Principal


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Year 1 have been to the beach at Weston-Super-Mare - come and see the photos!



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19 Sep A little dance before our final trek through the forest! http://t.co/Cde2Qymzy8

18 Sep http://t.co/3BN4CcWBuo

18 Sep The winning shelter. The prize... A soaking to test whether it was waterproof! http://t.co/65YlGXFyLQ

17 Sep Duck racing! And the winner is... Roxy! http://t.co/GNF6TjG3FA

17 Sep Busy day today. Stream study, making fires, walking blindfolded through the forest, dam building.Happy, wet children! http://t.co/Hw69HNrpc4

17 Sep Learning life skills. Cabin 5s turn this morning! http://t.co/sURUCPSMBn

16 Sep The rocket launch has commenced! http://t.co/regl7a6uxM

16 Sep Had a fun filled day at Kilve court activity centre. Grass sledging, abseiling, fossil hunting and team building! http://t.co/kKFPxsrdDo

16 Sep All well slept and fed and ready for an exciting day at Kilve court activity centre! http://t.co/ooZxnQs2Si

15 Sep Just got back from an invigorating walk through the woods. Saw ant hills, a buzzard, giant mushrooms and a slow worm! http://t.co/SvlvLUKw8P

Latest School Events

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Latest Newsletters

  • 08 Sep 2014
    Newsletter 37

    8th September 2014

  • 14 Jul 2014
    Newsletter 36

    Newsletter 36

  • 30 Jun 2014
    Newsletter 35

    30th June 2014

  • 09 Jun 2014
    Newsletter 34

    9th June 2014

  • 19 May 2014
    Ofsted Inspection Report

    Dear Parents and Carers, It’s official! Following our inspection by Ofsted on the 1st and 2nd May 2014, we are delighted to announce that Fishponds Church of England Academy has been judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas! Achievement: Good Teaching: Good Behaviour and Safety: Good Leadership and Management: Good Overall effectiveness: Good May I take this opportunity to thank all children, parents and carers, governors, volunteers and of course our talented staff who have worked tirelessly to support us on our journey of improvement to date. It has been a real team effort from a school community which shares a commitment to providing the very best educational opportunities possible for our children. Families have put their faith in us through some challenging times, so I hope everyone will be able to share in our success now that Ofsted have recognised our progress and achievements in each key area. Rest assured we will not be sitting back and resting on our laurels just yet: we still have a number of aspects to keep working on before our next stop – a judgement of ‘outstanding’ in a few years time! Do take some time to read the report which is also available on our website. Thank you again for your on going support, Very best wishes, Mike Eatwell, Principal

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