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Ofsted success for Baileys Court Primary

Posted on Saturday 24th February 2018 at 7:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils and staff celebrating the school's recent 'good' report.

Staff and pupils at Baileys Court Primary School in Bradley Stoke are celebrating after receiving a  positive report from Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school in December 2017 for a ‘short inspection’ and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’. This was the first inspection carried out since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in March 2013.

The report praised the school’s leadership and management, stating: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. The school’s action plan is precise and leaders, including the governing body, monitor each action to ensure that it is bringing about the necessary changes.”

It also noted that the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection have been addressed effectively.

Inspectors found that staff spoke very highly of the school, noting: “Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the school and feel proud to work there. They report that leaders are supportive and help them achieve their best. Consequently, teachers are highly motivated and respond positively to initiatives and well-planned professional development.”

The report also recognised praise from parents: “Parents especially appreciate the extra support and care given to those pupils who may struggle, with one parent reporting how well staff ‘make so much extra effort to help my child grow’.” Another parent stated: “I can’t recommend this school highly enough! My three children have been through the school. The teaching is and always has been excellent. My children have all thrived there.”

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Baileys Court School marks 20th birthday

Posted on Friday 14th October 2016 at 11:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Baileys Court Primary School, Bradley Stoke. L-r: Julie Barnett (teacher and lead for anniversary celebrations), Martin Telfer (deputy headteacher), Andrew Davey (governor) and Andrew Lynham (headteacher).

Celebrations to mark Baileys Court Primary School’s 20th anniversary got under way on Tuesday 20th September with a series of special activities that culminated in a giant birthday picnic for staff, parents and children.

Pupils and parents had been asked to design and bake a cake to celebrate the school’s birthday and bring it along to the picnic. Many of the entries featured the Bailey Bird, a symbol that appears on the school’s uniform badge and on most communications coming from the school. It is said to originate from a set of curtains hanging in the hall when the school first opened! The high standard of entries made it difficult to select a winner, but the judges eventually concurred and the victorious cake was ceremonially cut and shared with everyone present.

Celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Baileys Court Primary School, Bradley Stoke. Birthday cake competition entries.

A special ‘friendship bench’ was also unveiled, which will serve as a permanent reminder of the anniversary celebrations.

Earlier in the day, pupils created a huge line around the school buildings and joined hands to give the whole school a big hug. Every child also designed and made a special birthday-themed badge to wear at the picnic and they enjoyed a special lunch prepared by the kitchen staff.

The day’s activities were coordinated by class teacher Julie Barnett, who has been with the school since it opened twenty years ago. She said:

“I am proud of everything that we have achieved as a school. Everyone who has passed through the doors has contributed to where we are now. Despite all the changes, Baileys Court still has the same fantastic ethos running through its core – one of striving to create lifelong learners who are supported by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic adults who are willing to go the extra mile. The 20th anniversary gives us a chance to focus on our successes and how far we have come, but also to continue to focus on the future. It is a very special place to work.”

More: School’s history displayed in newspaper cuttings and photographs »

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Bailey’s Court pupils looking forward to staging ‘Seussical’ at BSCS

Posted on Thursday 6th March 2014 at 9:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Rehearsal for "Seussical the musical" at Baileys Court Primary School.

There is a real buzz in the air at Bradley Stoke’s Bailey’s Court Primary School as they prepare for this year’s big musical production.

Since early October, a group of dedicated teachers and around 50 children from across Key Stage 2 have been learning lines, practising over 25 songs and getting to know dance routines and stage directions ready for the forthcoming performances. For three nights, starting on 31st March, ‘Seussical‘ will be performed on the stage at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and everyone involved is very excited.

The success of last year’s first ever journey into musical theatre, ‘Honk Jr’, meant it didn’t take long to persuade the adults or the children to put on another one this year despite the hours of preparation and rehearsals that would be needed. The support of parents and the amazing efforts and commitment from the children have been astonishing and have meant the whole production team can’t wait for show time.

Seussical is based on the stories of Dr Seuss and tells the story of JoJo, a little boy from Whoville who gets into trouble with his parents for “thinking too many thinks”! The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, The Wickershams, Mayzie and her ‘Bird Girls’ and a whole host of other characters are featured in this fun and lively musical. Horton even has to sit up a tree and look after a very special egg while worrying about his “lost” friend from Whoville!

More: Director praises support of parents, families and staff »

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Ofsted confirms Baileys Court’s status as a ‘good’ school

Posted on Monday 15th April 2013 at 8:50 am by SH (Editor)

Baileys Court Primary School.

Bradley Stoke’s Baileys Court Primary School has been rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school last month.

The team of four inspectors observed a total of 20 lessons at the 440-pupil school, which is located in Breaches Gate, off Baileys Court Road.

In their key findings, the inspectors note that while children join the Reception year with the expected skills for their age, they leave the school in Year 6 with above average attainment.

They say Baileys Court is a “happy” school where children enjoy learning and playing.

Behaviour at the school is “outstanding” and bullying is “almost unknown”, add the inspectors.

Headteacher Andrew Lynham, who joined the school in September 2012, is said to have “energised” the school and introduced many improvements.

Areas for improvement identified by the inspectors include the setting of clear targets for pupils in mathematics and making better use of the skills of teaching assistants during introductions to lessons.

In last year’s Key Stage 2 (KS2) tests, 83% of Year 6 pupils at the school achieved the expected levels in English and maths, compared to an average of 81% across all schools in South Gloucestershire and 79% in England.

Of the six primary schools in Bradley Stoke, five are rated “good” by Ofsted. The sixth, St Mary’s RC Primary School in Webbs Wood Road, was rated “outstanding” at its last inspection in March 2007.

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