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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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Bowsland Green praised by Ofsted inspectors

Posted on Thursday 15th December 2016 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Teachers and pupils at Bowsland Green Primary School, Bradley Stoke, recently rated 'good' by Ofsted.

Staff and pupils at a Bradley Stoke school which was deemed in need of improvement two years ago are celebrating a remarkable turnaround after Ofsted rated it ‘good’ with outstanding qualities.

Inspectors who visited Bowsland Green Primary School in early October concluded that it has been “transformed” by the inspirational leadership of the new headteacher, Faye Kitchen, who was seconded to the school in November 2014 and took on the role on a permanent basis in March 2015.

The headteacher’s style of leadership is described as being “very strong and clear”. It is exemplified by aspirational statements in common use at the school such as ‘Bowsland Brilliance’, ‘Team Bowsland’ or ‘no lids on kids’.

The glowing report also praises the behaviour of pupils at the school, which along with their personal development is rated ‘outstanding’.

Inspectors noted that pupils “feel very safe at the school and like the staff very much,” while “the school’s clear approach to shared values creates a highly supportive and nurturing atmosphere”.
Disadvantaged pupils receive a good level of support and they make rapid progress in all areas of their development, add the inspectors.

Both parents and staff speak very positively about how much the school has improved in the last two years.

Inspectors say that the progress of all groups of pupils is now “at least good” in all year groups, although the oldest pupils have not yet caught up to achieve the expected standards in some subjects, due to the effects of the legacy of weaker teaching.

On the teaching front, middle managers were found to “lead their areas of work very well” and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment was found to have improved since the last inspection.

The governing body is said to fulfil its responsibilities well, providing a good level of support and challenge to senior leaders and managing finances well.

More: Comments from headteacher and chair of governors »

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Bowsland Green Primary School reaps benefits of Community Payback

Posted on Monday 6th April 2015 at 8:20 am by SH (Editor)

Community Payback service users at work in the grounds of Bowsland Green Primary School, Bradley Stoke.

Since the start of 2015, Community Payback teams have been carrying out work at Bowsland Green Primary School in Bradley Stoke.

Community Payback work is organised through the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (formerly Avon & Somerset Probation Trust). The project sees individuals who have been sentenced to anything from 40 to 300 hours court orders completing work in the local community.

Teams of around eight service users working under the supervision of Mike Scott (placement manager) have been carrying out on-going painting, decorating and grounds improvement work, both internally and externally within the school grounds.

A member of the teaching staff, Wendy Collins said:

“We are delighted to have the Community Payback team helping us to improve the environment. The impact that they have already had has been fantastic. The team has repainted the entrance hall, which has since been re-carpeted. This sets a great first impression to all the visitors to the school – many have commented that it feels like entering a new school! Repainting the classrooms has had a really positive effect on the children as we are always stressing the importance of taking pride in all that we do.”

“As part of the improvements to the school grounds, the team has removed broken and unwanted sheds, fencing and flower beds, making the outside space look tidier and far more inviting for our children to use as well as visitors to the school.”

“Moving into the spring season, we plan to further develop the school grounds with the Community Payback team, as the staff, parents and most importantly the children are really benefiting from the hard work the team are putting in and we are very grateful.”

More: How to nominate a project for the Community Payback team »

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Children’s Centre under threat as cuts start to bite

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2012 at 10:04 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Sure Start Children's Centre

The future of Bradley Stoke’s Sure Start Children’s Centre appears uncertain after South Gloucestershire Council announced that it is to cut funding for nine of the 15 centres it currently runs across the district.

The Council says it needs to save £1.65m from its spending on children, young people and families over the next three years as part of a plan to cut overall expenditure by £43m over the same period.

Six children’s centres in areas designated “priority neighbourhoods” (Cadbury Heath, Filton, Kingswood, Patchway, Staple Hill and Yate/Dodington) will continue to be funded by the Council, either directly or through an external provider selected in a competitive tendering process. The other nine, including Bradley Stoke, will be offered to “appropriate partner organisations” such as parish councils or charities but if none come forward, the centres will “need to be decommissioned”.

The Bradley Stoke Sure Start Centre, located within Bowsland Green Primary School, opened in early 2010. A Government capital grant was used to convert the school’s original hall, which now houses the children’s centre, and build a new hall to replace it.

The school’s management is said to feel uneasy about the prospect of an external organisation being brought in to run the children’s centre.

More: Services "not reaching people who need them most" »

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School children get healthy eating lesson at Harvester

Posted on Monday 11th July 2011 at 8:27 am by SH (Editor)

Bowsland Green pupils at the Harvester restarant, Bradley Stoke

Children from a Bradley Stoke primary school have taken part in a fun-filled practical session about fruit and vegetables at the Willow Brook Harvester.

Staff at the restaurant teamed up with a Harvester chef to teach 30 pupils from Bowsland Green Primary School about the importance of their ‘five-a-day‘.

Manager of the Harvester, Adam Giles, said:

“During a VIP tour of the kitchen, the children learnt about what the chefs’ jobs involve. The pupils then learnt about the origins of the freshly prepared fruits and vegetables in Harvester’s famous Salad Cart. There was also a blind taste test which was fantastic because it got the children eating vegetables they thought they didn’t like, or hadn’t had the chance to try before.”

“The session was a fun way to get the children talking about why their five-a-day is so important, and it’s part of Harvester’s mission to bring out the best in the local community by encouraging people of all ages to come together.”

Following their ‘training’, the children helped themselves to the Salad Cart, and had a special meal created from Harvester’s Young Guest Menu.

Each child received a personalized certificate to mark their participation in the event and went home with a Harvester goodie bag containing ingredients to make a salad at home.

Read on for a comment from the headteacher at Bowsland Green »

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