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BSCS primary phase marks end of first year

Posted on Sunday 14th August 2016 at 10:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Refreshments in the forest school area at the BSCS primary phase end of year celebration.

By Sharon Clark, primary phase headteacher at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS).

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we first moved into our new building and began the process of turning the empty rooms into a school community. Almost exactly a year ago to the day, our first cohort of children made their first visits to Acorn classroom – at that point, the only room in the school that even vaguely resembled a classroom!

A year on and we find ourselves looking back at what has been an amazing year of new and exciting experiences for both the primary staff team and the children. Our school building now reflects our growing school community and, though we may only currently have one class of primary children, our building is home to many members of the BSCS and Olympus Academy Trust staff teams as well as frequent classes of our secondary students.

One of our proudest achievements is in the development and embedding of the forest school approach into our school curriculum. We have been privileged to have had the support of the South Gloucestershire Early Years Team in creating a forest school base camp within our school grounds. Our children have benefited from weekly forest school sessions; sometimes working at base camp, other times exploring the wider woodland within Savages Wood and beyond. They show us each week how they are developing in their understanding of the natural world and the positive impact learning outdoors has had on their attitude to challenge, risk taking and ability to face new situations with confidence.

It seemed only fitting that we marked the end of our first year with an afternoon of celebration that included spending time together outdoors. The afternoon started with Acorn class leading us in an assembly where they presented to their parents their talents, including model building, story writing, gymnastics, ballet and singing, to name but a few! We then went out into the sunshine and shared a picnic, enjoying time with our families and friends in the forest school and on our school field.

More: Primary phase will double in size next term »

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First nativity play at BSCS primary phase

Posted on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 5:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Nativity play at Bradley Stoke Community School's primary phase.

Pupils at Bradley Stoke’s newest primary school, the ‘primary phase’ at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS), have celebrated the end of their inaugural term with a traditional nativity performance. Pupils treated their audience to a selection of songs and beautifully read lines, with an array of shepherds, angels, a baby Jesus and, of course, a star!

The school’s membership of the Olympus Academy Trust meant that pupils enjoyed a visit to another Trust school, Meadowbrook Primary, to watch their dress rehearsals. Meadowbrook pupils returned to enjoy the BSCS dress rehearsal and provided a lovely confidence boost ahead of the much anticipated performance to families.

Sharon Clark, BSCS primary phase headteacher, said:

“Thank you to those parents and carers who attended the event! We are exceptionally proud of our pupils, who have thoroughly enjoyed their performances. They have demonstrated confidence, creativity and enthusiasm, no matter how big or small their part.”

More: Hi-res photos on Facebook, PicasaWeb and Flickr.

Source: Press release from Bradley Stoke Community School.

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Balloon launch marks official opening of BSCS primary phase

Posted on Friday 9th October 2015 at 10:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the primary phase at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) celebrated the official opening of its new primary phase on Monday 21st September, the day on which its first cohort of 30 Reception pupils spent their first whole day at the school.

To mark the occasion, the children released balloons from the playground and BSCS executive headteacher Dave Baker presented a plaque to Sharon Clark, primary phase headteacher, recognising the new facility’s membership of the Olympus Academy Trust (as part of BSCS).

Cllr Roger Avenin, Mayor of Bradley Stoke, cut a yellow ribbon to officially open the facility, assisted by the eldest and youngest students currently at BSCS – Victoria King from the Post-16 centre, and Eloise Davies from the new Reception class.

The new opening makes BSCS one of only three all-through schools (serving ages 4 to 19) in South Gloucestershire.

Speaking to The Journal after the opening, Reception class teacher Geraldine Rogers said her new pupils had settled in “really well”. Activities planned for the coming weeks include Forest School sessions (jointly with BSCS secondary students), baking and PE.

Start and finish times for the new primary phase (which has its own ‘walk-through’ entrance) have been staggered from those of the secondary phase, to ease potential congestion.

More photos from the official opening »

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New BSCS primary all set to welcome first intake in September

Posted on Tuesday 25th August 2015 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

The new primary phase building at Bradley Stoke Community School.

The new primary phase building at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) was formally handed over by construction firm Midas on 15th July, in good time for the first intake of 30 Reception-aged pupils to start in the second week of September.

Funding for new primary-age school provision on the BSCS site was secured in July 2013, when it was confirmed that South Gloucestershire Council had made a successful bid to the government’s £982 million Targeted Basic Need (TBN) programme, which is intended to provide more school places in areas of high demand.

The new building has been constructed on an area that was previously used as a secondary car park for the main school. Planning permission was granted on 1st August 2014, allowing the secondary parking area and cycle storage that were previously on the site to be moved to the opposite side of the main school building during the summer holidays. Construction of the primary phase building then commenced in September 2014.

An ‘all through’ school

The addition of the new building has transformed BSCS into an ‘all through’ school for the 4-19 age range.

Secondary phase students were kept informed about the primary phase build project, and the progress being made on it, through whole-school assemblies, and Post-16 students whose area of study had relevance to the construction industry (maths, engineering etc.) were given the opportunity to tour the new building regularly.

The headteacher for the BSCS primary phase, Sharon Clark, was appointed to the role in December 2014 and formally took up her post in April. She has worked closely with Meadowbrook Primary School (also a member of the Olympus Academy Trust, to which BSCS belongs) to share expertise and learning ahead of welcoming the first cohort of primary-aged pupils to BSCS in September.

More: Over 100 applications were made for the 30 Reception places »

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