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Ofsted confirms Holy Trinity’s ‘good’ rating

Posted on Sunday 12th January 2020 at 9:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of teachers and pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School celebrating their recent 'good' grading by Ofsted.

Staff, governors and pupils at Bradley Stoke’s Holy Trinity (Church of England & Methodist) Primary School are celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ grading from Ofsted in an inspection which took place on 24th and 25th October. It was the first primary school in South Gloucestershire to have a short ‘Section 8’ inspection under Ofsted’s new framework, which came into force at the beginning of September 2019.

In her report, the Ofsted inspector says Holy Trinity is a “friendly and welcoming school,” where pupils are “kind and supportive of each other,” and have “positive attitudes to learning and want to do well.”

Parents were found to be positive about the school with the inspector noting how they “appreciate the high standards and pastoral support”. In the online ParentView survey, 96 percent of the 45 respondents said they would recommend the school to another parent.

On the quality of teaching, the report states: “Teachers plan exciting lessons that ignite pupils’ curiosity”, adding that “the teaching of reading in all year groups is well planned” and that “pupils learn to read well because the teaching of phonics is effective”.

The inspector observed that pupils use a wide range of resources to help them understand complex concepts in mathematics.

The report also notes that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) “receive tailored support to ensure that they can learn well”.

Janet Dickson who became the new headteacher at the school in September 2017, said:

“I am really pleased with the comments that the inspector made about the quality of the education that we offer to our children as it has always been our aim to ensure that our children receive a wide range of experiences in order to enable them to become happy and successful adults. Our broad, exciting curriculum and wide range of extra- curricular learning opportunities give children a fantastic opportunity. I also feel very privileged to work with such a talented, committed staff team and board of governors who always go the extra mile to make sure that we do the very best for all of the children at our school.”

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Pro footballer returns to former school to open new play area

Posted on Thursday 6th September 2018 at 10:55 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of former pupil Joe Morrell cutting a ribbon on one of the new pieces of climbing equipment.

A young professional footballer from Bradley Stoke returned to his former primary school in mid-July to officially open a new climbing equipment area and an ‘outdoor classroom’ for Reception age pupils.

Joe Morrell, 21, a member of the Bristol City FC squad who has also recently played in League Two for Cheltenham Town (on loan), visited Holy Trinity Primary School on its annual sports day (15th July) to ceremonially cut a ribbon and declare the new facilities open.

The all-weather climbing equipment has been installed on part of the school’s playing field and includes a climbing wall, turning balance log and swinging grips. The aim of this is to promote agility, balance and coordination opportunities that are accessible to all ages of children.

Reception teacher Sarah Pope explained:

“This year we have been working towards our bronze ‘Health in Schools’ award and have been aiming to increase activity levels of all children. The pupils have been very excited to watch the area taking shape and are very keen to use the new equipment.”

Speaking about the Reception outdoor classroom, she added:

“The area was in need of updating and in need of a complete overhaul to create a fantastic learning environment for our youngest children. Our explicit aim was to create an outdoor learning environment with open-ended resources that provides the same opportunities that are available in the classroom. It obviously lends itself to a more active approach to learning. This is the first stage in the redevelopment of our Early Years provision and it will be followed with an update of the indoor classrooms during the summer holidays. We are delighted with the result!”

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Local school wins community funding from Aviva

Posted on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 8:21 pm by Laura Mortimore

Rainbow picnic bench, manufactured from 100% plastic waste.

A local primary school has received confirmation that they are one of the winners of the Aviva Community Fund. The competition, which took place at the end of last year, involved a number of local groups hoping to win funding for their projects by receiving votes from the public. Voting closed on 21st November 2017; the votes have all been counted and the 592 winners have been announced.

Thanks to the votes from the local community, one of this year’s winners is the Friends of Holy Trinity Primary School in Bradley Stoke. They are going to receive funding of £1,000 which is to be used towards making significant improvements to the outdoor learning areas for the Reception and Year 1 classes. Both of these areas need tables and chairs as well as resources to support literacy and numeracy that can be used outdoors, such as chalk boards, number lines and letter boards. The school is planning to complete this project in three stages:

  1. Purchase outdoor tables and chairs for both areas
  2. Install a wooden shelter outside the Year 1 classroom
  3. Purchase the smaller resources to be used for outdoor learning

Holy Trinity are planning on using the £1,000 funding to complete the first stage of their project and hope to have purchased and be using the table and chairs by the end of January. The final two stages of the project will be ongoing over the coming months while the school continues to raise the remainder of the funds needed.

Speaking about the win, headteacher Janet Dickson said:

“We are delighted to get the funding and I am extremely grateful to the PTA for completing and submitting the application. The purchase of the multi-coloured picnic benches is the first step in developing the outdoor area for the Reception and Year 1 children and we look forward to completing the final stages.”

To view the rest of the projects in nearby areas that have won funding, please visit and if you know of or are a member of a local community group, the Aviva Community Fund will be back later on this year offering more funding.

Photo: Rainbow picnic bench, manufactured from 100 percent plastic waste.

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Getting to know the new headteachers

Posted on Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 10:18 pm by Nikki Hallur

Photos of Philip Winterburn, Nicola Antwis and Janet Dickson.

No fewer than three primary schools in the local area have welcomed new headteachers this year. Wheatfield Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary and Stoke Lodge Primary all enter a new chapter of leadership, and we got in touch with them to find out a little more about their new heads.

Philip Winterburn is the new headteacher for Wheatfield Primary. He says the “warm atmosphere, friendly staff and polite children” impressed him when he first visited the school. He was previously headteacher at Cherry Garden Primary School in Bitton. Mr Winterburn says he views Bristol as home, having worked in Bristol schools for over 21 years. He spent his childhood in Merseyside and Buckinghamshire, but he has been settled in this part of the country since 1992.

Recalling his own experiences of school, Mr Winterburn says he loved going to primary school, and specially enjoyed English and creative writing. He has even written a children’s book, which remains unpublished despite encouraging letters he received from the publishers he sent his manuscript to.

Mr Winterburn likes to keep fit, running 10ks and half marathons, with the aim of doing a full marathon someday. He also has an interest in music and enjoys the variety of new bands and venues Bristol has to offer. His free time is spent with his wife and two daughters, aged 9 and 11.

Speaking of his new role at Wheatfield Primary, Mr Winterburn says: “My first job as the new headteacher is to get to know the children, staff and families really well and to learn about the school’s many strengths. It takes time to build relationships and trust, but this is an essential foundation for a new school leader. As we move forward, I want to see Wheatfield grow and develop into an outstanding school for its children and community. I have had very positive start at the school and am really looking forward to the months and years ahead.”

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