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Ofsted report sees Wheatfield step up a grade

Posted on Thursday 20th April 2017 at 10:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils and headteacher at Wheatfield Primary School.

Wheatfield Primary School is celebrating the success of a recent Ofsted inspection which categorises the school as ‘good’ across all measures. Under the leadership of acting headteacher Lois Haydon, who took over the reins following the retirement of long-serving head Christine Dursley in December 2016, the hard work of the staff, pupils, parents and governors has been recognised.

The inspectors commented:

  • Pupils are well cared for throughout the school and parents comment positively about how confident they are in leaving their children in a “safe, happy, supportive and stimulating environment”.
  • Leaders and managers at all levels are driven in their actions. As a result, standards have improved in all aspects of the school’s work.
  • Teachers plan interesting and exciting lessons across a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning, while teachers check pupils’ work carefully and ensure that any pupils who need to catch up are given the help they need.

In a letter to parents, Mrs Haydon said:

“We are extremely pleased with the outcomes and the positive comments made by the inspection team, and that we are now recognised as being ‘good’ in all areas.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of the members of our community – from teachers to governors, support staff, parents and especially the children. It was an incredible team effort over the course of the two days of the inspection and we were able to really show the school off in the best light possible – gaining the ‘good’ status that we believe we deserve.”

More: Inspectors expressed concern over attendance levels at the school »

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Wheatfield parent wins PlayPod funding from Greencore Dragons

Posted on Monday 10th April 2017 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Representatives from sponsors Greencore Prepared Meals visit the Scrapstore PlayPod at Wheatfield Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

A Bradley Stoke primary school has been successful in winning project funding from a major business in the town, following a gruelling Dragons’ Den style assessment process.

Greencore Prepared Meals, which produces own-brand ready meals for a number of supermarket chains at a factory in Hawkley Drive, has awarded Wheatfield Primary School £920 to fund its incredibly popular Scrapstore PlayPod for one year.

The PlayPod is a purpose-built walk-in structure that contains a vast collection of materials and objects that businesses routinely throw away, from giant flexible tubes, crates, drums and netting to unwanted phones, keyboards, packaging and workwear.

Pupils at the school are given the opportunity to play creatively with the scrap material at break times, which they wholeheartedly embrace.

Scrapstore PlayPods have been shown to transform children’s daily experiences at school by encouraging them to play together across age and friendship groups and to take and assess risk for themselves. PlayPods have also reduced the level of playground disputes, which means teachers spend less time in the classroom dealing with issues after the lunchtime break. Moreover, children return to the classroom energised and ready to learn.

The Wheatfield PlayPod was originally installed at the school in 2012 at a cost of £15,000. It is maintained by Bristol based charity Children’s Scrapstore, who restock it six times a year.

More: Greencore employees asked to make a ‘pitch’ for local causes »

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Aardman Live at Bowsland Green Primary

Posted on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 9:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Game designers from Aardman with Year 4 & 5 pupils at Bowsland Green Primary School.

Pupils at Bowsland Green Primary School in Bradley Stoke were the first in the world to trial a new computer game last term, which has been developed by the National Crime Agency and Aardman. The game’s designers, producer and a member of the Aardman agency wanted the views of young people to ensure their game was engaging and appropriately challenging.

Pupils in Years 4 and 5 were chosen by their teachers for consistently showing their ‘Bowsland Best’ in their learning during the preceding week. Staff at the school say their visitors were blown away by the pupils’ knowledge of online safety, their attention and focus, maturity, and appreciation of the work that has gone into producing the game.

The pupils’ feedback will inform changes to the game, which the school hopes to use across Key Stage 2 once it is completed.

Miss Harris, Bowsland’s Key Stage 2 leader, said:

“This was a fantastic afternoon for our pupils, who were incredibly inspired by the experience. Engaging with real-life experiences is a fundamental part of our wider curriculum and we are always looking for opportunities to learn alongside members of our wider community.”

Game designers from Aardman with Year 4 & 5 pupils at Bowsland Green Primary School.

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 21). 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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Trust warns of looming funding crisis at BSCS

Posted on Friday 17th March 2017 at 11:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community School.

Parents of students attending Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) have been warned of a looming financial crisis that could lead to the school day being shortened and/or class sizes being increased in order to save on staff costs.

Other “unthinkable” cost-saving suggestions being put up for discussion include reducing support roles, such as teaching assistants, and asking parents/carers to make regular financial contributions to the school.

The funding issues, which affect all seven schools operated by the Olympus Academy Trust, are said to result from historically low levels of government funding for schools within South Gloucestershire, in comparison with other areas of the country. This has left the trust with less money in reserves to fall back on in hard times. On top of this, it is claimed that government funding has not been increased to compensate for inflation and increased costs that have fallen on schools in recent years.

Trust CEO Dave Baker said:

“We have had to make cuts year-on-year for several years now because of the government’s ‘austerity’ policy, which has meant ‘flat’ budgets for education – in reality this has meant reduced funds to run our schools each year because we have had to pay for things along the way which previously we did not have to pay for, such as increased employer pension and national insurance contributions for staff, the apprenticeship levy (a new tax from April this year), unfunded cost of living pay awards for staff, inflationary costs, provision of services that were funded externally before, e.g. careers advice and guidance, behaviour and mental health support for students etc.”

Mr Baker predicts that the trust’s expected funding levels for the next academic year (2017/18) will make it their “most challenging year yet”. The trust’s two secondary schools, BSCS and Abbeywood, are likely to be hit hardest, with both having to “reduce spending by over 8 percent by September”, equating to £400,000 less in each school.

More: Parents encouraged to write to local MP Jack Lopresti »

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Local school seeks to build relationships with local employers

Posted on Friday 10th March 2017 at 11:16 am by SH (Editor)

Business Networking Breakfast at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Staff and students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are launching an initiative to build more dynamic, strong and fruitful relationships with business in the local area and beyond.

BSCS headteacher Steve Moir explains:

“We believe that education and business should be working together to ensure our students access the knowledge and skills they need to learn for the future.”

The school is launching the programme by inviting local employers to join them at a Business Breakfast, where they hope to talk informally about how to build robust and meaningful relationships that are a win-win for those involved.

Staff intend to plan dynamic projects that will be focussed on supporting students to develop the key employability skills that both they and businesses need.

The event takes place on Friday 31st March at Bradley Stoke Community School, between 7.45am and 9am.

To register interest, email celia.arberry AT bradleystokecs.org.uk

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