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Teddy bears’ picnic for soon-to-be Reception pupils

Posted on Thursday 1st August 2019 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a teddy bears' picnic for pre-schoolers in Savages Wood.

By Sharon Clark, headteacher at BSCS Primary Phase.

On Wednesday 12th June, local pre-schoolers and their families were invited to a come on a bear hunt! The rain kindly stopped for long enough for us to hold our Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Savages Wood.

The picnic had a ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ theme with children creating their own ‘Bear Hunt’ books, listening to the story (whilst learning some Makaton signs to help retell it) and exploring a bear hunt trail around the woods. Tesco kindly donated biscuits and squash so we could share a snack with the children.

The picnic was organised by pre-school and Reception teachers from Bradley Stoke and the surrounding areas, working in partnership with the South Gloucestershire Early Years Team, and is part of a bigger project focusing on transition from pre-school into reception. The project has gained sponsorship from a number of companies: Andrews Estate Agents, The Willow Brook Centre and Taylor-Wimpey; all of which have donated funds that have enabled us to buy sets of books and produce a leaflet of nursery rhymes to share with children.

The children in the pre-schools working on the project will be sharing the stories and rhymes over the next term (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Gingerbread Man, The Little Red Hen, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Max the Brave) and their Reception teachers will also have a pack of the same books to share with them when they join their new schools in September. The aim is to encourage language development through the learning of the rhymes and stories and support the transition for children as they will hear stories and rhymes they are familiar with when they start in their new classes.

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Primary pupils share research on local area

Posted on Monday 1st April 2019 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of centre manager Andy Wynn (left) with pupils and staff from BSCS Primary Phase.

Children from ‘Maples’ class (Year 3) at Bradley Stoke Community School have staged an exhibition at the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre to proudly show off all they have learnt about the local area through working on a ‘settlements’ theme.

The exhibition, in the main shopping mall, ran over a number of days in the second week of February, with the children being present to engage with shoppers during two periods of an hour each on 12th February.

The project, running over two school terms, saw the children explore the history and geography of the local area by going on a three-and-a-half mile walk, taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the Willow Brook Centre and meeting the town’s mayor, Cllr Ben Randles.

The exhibition included photographs, artwork (inspired by looking at aerial photographs of the area) and written work produced by the children throughout the project.

BSCS primary phase head Sharon Clark said the children were shocked to learn that Bradley Stoke didn’t feature in a recently published list of the ‘top 50 places to live in England’ and chose to write about why it should be included, hence the title of the exhibition – ‘Brilliant Bradley Stoke’!

Visitors to the exhibition were asked to complete surveys about their own views about the town.

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Another year of “excellent” GCSE results at BSCS

Posted on Monday 17th September 2018 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of top performing GCSE students at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) students are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results. The results come quick on the heels of the school’s inspection by Ofsted in May, which saw it rated ‘good’ in four of the areas measured and ‘outstanding’ in two.

A number of subject areas have performed exceptionally well – 70 percent of students achieved the government’s Basics measure in English and maths, with 87 percent of students in English achieving grade 4s or above and 72 percent grade 5s and above, both significantly above national averages. Student outcomes in science were excellent too, even with the significantly more challenging new curriculum. Here, 80 percent of students achieved a grade 4 or above and 53 percent were awarded a grade 5 or above, both well above national averages.

BSCS headteacher Steve Moir, commented:

“I’m absolutely thrilled for our students that their immense hard work has paid off to produce another brilliant year of results.”

“There are so many success stories, not just from the individuals in the spotlight for achieving the top grades, but for every young person who has surpassed their own personal targets and made remarkable progress, sometimes in very challenging circumstances.”

“This success is also the result of the dedication of our amazing staff, as well as the parents and families of our young people who do so much to help and support us.”

“Huge congratulations to all concerned. We wish students every success for the future.”

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Impressive set of Post-16 exam results at BSCS

Posted on Friday 7th September 2018 at 10:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of top performing Post-16 students at BSCS.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) students are celebrating another impressive set of Post-16 results, with 44 percent of all grades awarded being at A*-A and 59 percent A*-B.

Students from the 2018 cohort are going to a wide range of destinations including university, an apprenticeship or an offer of employment.

Over a quarter of the university offers received by students were from the top-tier Russell Group universities.

Of the students choosing not to progress to university, a number are set to commence apprenticeships with employers such as the Ministry of Defence, MIDAS and GKN Aerospace.

As always, there were some outstanding individual performances, including:

  • Joseph Chambers-Graham who achieved 4A*s (maths, further maths, computer science and physics) and will read mathematics and computer science at the University of Oxford
  • Emmanuelle Deliot who achieved 3A*s (French, law & psychology) and is leaving to study Chinese and French at the University of Leeds
  • Matteo Monaco who achieved 2A*s (maths and physics) and 2As (further maths and chemistry) and will be at Durham University next year studying physics
  • Enzo Steenkamp who achieved 1A* (physics) and 2As (maths and chemistry) and is going to complete an engineering degree apprenticeship at Airbus
  • Abi Todd who achieved 3As (maths, chemistry and biology) and is going to the University of Bristol to study medicine
  • Lauren Thawley who achieved 1A* (art) & 2Dist*s (media and IT) and is pursuing her love of fine art at the University of Worcester
  • Chloe Bowden who achieved 3As (history, psychology and law) and will study law at the University of Reading
  • Bethany Sell who achieved 3As (history, psychology & drama) and is going to the University of Exeter to study psychology

More: Psychology and law amongst strongest subject areas »

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