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Little Acers rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Posted on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 9:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and children at Little Acers Pre-School in Bradley Stoke.

A Bradley Stoke pre-school is celebrating after being awarded a clean sweep of ‘outstanding’ marks in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Little Acers, which is based in the grounds of Bowsland Green Primary School and has been running since 2006, was visited by an inspector in mid-May and she concluded that the quality and standard of Early Years provision at the pre-school is now ‘outstanding’ in all four assessment categories.

The latest result is a step up from the ‘good’ grade awarded to the setting at its previous inspection in June 2015.

In her summary of key findings, the Ofsted inspector praises the management and staff for demonstrating a strong commitment to continually improving and developing the pre-school. Staff are said to be “highly evaluative” and use their findings to make changes which benefit the children and their families.

The inspector found the children “extremely motivated to learn” and noted that they show a keen interest and enthusiasm in the activities provided, and display high levels of concentration.

Parents were found to be “extremely happy” with the care that their children receive and it was noted that staff work closely with parents to support the children with their development.

Reacting to the report, Little Acers manager Stacy Ashdown said:

“During our recent inspection we were praised for our approach to learning. The inspector also noted our strong links with the local community as well as the local primary schools.”

“We are absolutely delighted that the hard work of our staff, children and families has been recognised by Ofsted resulting in our across-the-board ‘outstanding’ grading.”

More information: Ofsted reports for Little Acers

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 41). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2017 Best Front Garden competition: The winners

Posted on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Prize winners (1st to 3rd place) in the 2017 Bradley Stoke in Bloom Best Front Garden competition.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

We were again bowled over by the exceptionally high standard of the 14 gardens that entered our annual Best Front Garden (BFG) competition; I, personally, was as green as their immaculate lawns!

Some were new and some were old favourites, some were large and some were small, but they were all amazing in their different ways.

As the number and standard of gardens increases each year, so does the difficulty of choosing a winner, but it gives us very great pleasure to finally be able to announce our 2017 winners! The prizes were presented at the Bradley Stoke Carnival on Saturday 26th August.

First prize was the BFG trophy, a gold medal engraved with the winner’s name, a £40 voucher donated by the Harvester Restaurant and a £30 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Second prize was an engraved glass trophy, a silver medal and a £20 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Third prize was an engraved glass trophy, a bronze medal and a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

The Facebook Favourite prize was a certificate and an engraved medal.

All the runner ups also received a certificate and an engraved medal.

Thank you to these companies, to Timpson’s for the large discount given on the trophy engraving and to Mayor Andy Ward for helping to hand out the prizes.

If you would like to see the gardens for yourselves, most of the addresses are available on request. Click on letter code below (A, B, C etc) to view photos of each garden on the BSiB Facebook page.

More: Prize winners, runners-up and photos »

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Youngsters and adult volunteers honoured at Scout Group AGM

Posted on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 11:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Some of the awards winners honoured at the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group's AGM on 12th July 2017.

Parents, youngsters and adult volunteers gathered at Brook Way Activity Centre on Wednesday 12th July for the AGM and open evening of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

As well as the usual elements of the AGM, bringing together the Scout Council to agree the annual reports and nominate members of the executive, the group also celebrated quite a few awards, as shown in the ’roll of honour’ below.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold Chief Scout Awards are the highest badges in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts respectively and represent work undertaken during the youngsters’ time in each section.

There was also an emotional award to Calum Morris, who received a personal award from the Chief Scout (Bear Grylls) after undergoing his fourth open heart surgery.

His dad, John Morris, also received an award, recognizing his commitment as a Cub leader whilst also looking after his family.

The evening was rounded off with a family BBQ giving parents and their children the opportunity to mix with those in the other sections, see what they do and meet the leaders and supporters of the group.

Photo: Just some of the award winners honoured at the AGM (the complete list is shown in the Roll of Honour below). Click to enlarge; hi-res version on Facebook | Flickr | Google.

More: Roll of Honour 2016-17 »

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Have your say on air pollution and traffic issues

Posted on Sunday 17th September 2017 at 5:44 pm by SH (Editor)

ClairPoster advertising the City event in Bradley Stoke.

Local residents are invited to join a special event in Bradley Stoke to find out more about air pollution and to have a say in deciding how Bristol and the region should deal with transport and future growth.

Are electric cars the answer? What will improve the traffic flow? How might alternatives work? What about better trains or even trams…? A UWE Bristol project wants to hear from residents.

This meeting is part of a major European project ‘Citizen-led air pollution reduction in cities’ (ClairCity) in which residents get to influence the long-term future of their region. They want to discuss how changes will affect residents’ lives now, but also look towards the future and find out what would make an impact and improve peoples’ lives.

The Bradley Stoke event is free and open to everyone. It takes place at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road from 7pm to 8.45pm on Tuesday 19th September.

On behalf of ClairCity, Dr Corra Boushel from UWE Bristol said:

“This project is all about listening to people, understanding the needs of different communities across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and planning for a better future for everyone. During the event there will be an opportunity to learn more about the links between air pollution, transport and our health, and give your views on the long-term vision for Bradley Stoke and the whole region. You can help shape the agenda for your neighbourhood and the region.”

The project includes UWE Bristol and Bristol City Council as partners. To find out more about the project, visit www.claircity.eu/bristol or search for ClairCity on Facebook.

Source: Press release from ClairCity/UWE Bristol

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