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Bailey’s school says: “Let’s CAP cancer”

Posted on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bailey Cooper holding a cheque, accompanied by staff and pupils.

Pupils at Stoke Lodge Primary School have taken part in a special event to support the family of a pupil, eight year old Bailey Cooper, who recently underwent nearly four months of hospital treatment for a form of cancer.

Photo of Bailey Cooper in hospital.

Bailey was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October last year. He endured four rounds of chemotherapy and steroid treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital before being given the all-clear in February. He is currently in remission and has recently returned to school.

Roye Aguila, a parent of a pupil in Bailey’s class, approached PE teacher Pete Holbrook with the idea of raising funds to help the family. His suggestion was to allow the children to wear a “Let’s CAP Cancer” cap for the whole day in school in return for a donation. Over £900 was raised at the event which was held on 24th February and the money will be donated to the family. It is hoped this will become an annual event with money raised in future years going to a local hospital.

Roye says that the event would not have been possible without the support of sponsors Design Scaffolding, The Whitchurch and Flipout Bristol. Bristol Rugby, who work with the school on a regular basis, also sent along their mascot to support the event.

Bailey’s parents, Rachel Hollyman and Lee Cooper, told the Journal that they were overwhelmed at the support they have received from the local community and the school. Rachel had to give up her job at Caerleon Child Care (inside Jump at Patchway) and Lee had to cut his working hours when Bailey was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition so they could spend time with Bailey and his younger brother, Riley.

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Stoke Lodge School joins the Olympus “family”

Posted on Monday 10th October 2016 at 11:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Presentation of a commemorative plaque to mark Stoke Lodge Primary School's joining of the Olympus Academy Trust.

Staff and pupils at Stoke Lodge Primary School took part in a special assembly on Friday 9th September to mark joining the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT). Also attending the event was Dave Baker, CEO of the trust, who welcomed everyone to their “new school family”.

Following a brief dialogue with the pupils about the origin of the trust’s name (it comes from the aero engine which powered Concorde), Mr Baker presented Stoke Lodge headteacher Richard Clark with a commemorative plaque to mark the school’s joining of the trust.

Mr Baker then settled down to enjoy a regular Stoke Lodge assembly which culminated in a number of children from across the age range being recognised as “stars of the week”.

Stoke Lodge is one of three primary schools that formally joined the trust on 1st September 2016, the others being Callicroft (Patchway) and Filton Hill. They join existing members Abbeywood Community School, Charborough Road Primary School and Meadowbrook Primary School, forming a trust which is now responsible for over 550 staff and 4,000 learners.

Given the growth of the trust to seven schools, it has appointed two part-time executive headteachers (two days a week each). Richard Clark, previously CEO and executive headteacher of the now defunct Cosmos Academy Trust (which had Stoke Lodge and Callicroft as its members), will combine overall leadership of Stoke Lodge Primary with an executive headteacher role for the trust. Claire Banks will combine her overall leadership of St Werburghs Primary in Bristol with an executive headteacher role for the trust, having supported the trust’s primary schools as an external consultant for the last year or so.

All schools still have a headteacher or associate headteacher who is responsible for the day to day running of the school but with additional support from the trust.

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Photo (l-r): Richard Clark (headteacher, Stoke Lodge), Sharon Bishop (associate headteacher, Stoke Lodge), Dave Baker (CEO, Olympus Academy Trust) and Stoke Lodge pupils with the commemorative plaque presented to the school.

This article originally appeared in the October 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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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BIG award for Stoke Lodge Primary School

Posted on Sunday 21st August 2016 at 6:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Lodge Primary School headteacher Richard Clark (left) and anti-bullying co-ordinator Claire Bruford with the school’s BIG award certificate

By Claire Bruford, anti-bullying co-ordinator.

At Stoke Lodge Primary School we work very hard to ensure that all children feel safe, happy and are included. At the beginning of the year we became members of the Bullying Intervention Group (BIG) and as part of that, worked towards the BIG Award, which is an award for excellence in bullying intervention. This award is recognised nationally by Childline, Anti-Bullying Alliance, Anti Bullying Words, CEOP and Each Education. To achieve this award, we had to meet externally agreed criteria, be able to demonstrate that we work to agreed standards and ensure that every child is enabled to fulfil their true educational potential, or enjoy their community activities, without fear of being bullied.

In KS2 we have Playtime Buddies at lunchtimes whose role it is to look after our ‘buddy bench’ and any children that use it. The purpose of a buddy bench is so that children can always find someone to play with. At the end of each term we have peer and teacher nominations for both KS1 and KS2 children that have displayed positive and friendly behaviour. We have a dedicated area in our main corridor for Anti-Bullying where children can find books and advice if they need help, and a display board that is changed termly. We also have a dedicated Cyber Bullying display in our KS2 hall, which has lots of information about how to stay safe online and the steps to take if children are experiencing cyberbullying. At the end of each term we have an Anti-Bullying newsletter that is sent home and uploaded to our dedicated Anti-Bullying page on the school website.

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Stoke Lodge pupils play the ‘Game of Chance’

Posted on Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Stoke Lodge Primary School take part in the 'Game of Chance' road safety show.

Pupils at Stoke Lodge Primary School have recently taken part in the ‘Game of Chance’, a fun, game show style quiz about road safety and sustainable travel.

Primary school pupils aged between 7 and 11 have been playing the quiz, which is running in a number of primary schools throughout South Gloucestershire this week.

The Game of Chance is an exciting, fun and highly interactive game show, which features a large gameboard and dice. It’s a fun and exciting quiz that aims to engage children in thinking about sustainable travel, health and the environment, and road safety.

The school children are put in to teams and are challenged to answer questions and take part in scenarios played out by actors to earn health points to ultimately get home safely. Using four different modes of transport, the contestants encounter a multitude of scenarios, choices and random chance events on their travels. Their knowledge is then tested during a final buzzer round when the contestants have to demonstrate what they’ve learnt and how many health points they have earned.

Pam Williams, road safety officer at South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“The Game of Chance is a fantastic interactive presentation that really makes young people think about the way they travel and the effects this has on their safety and the environment. Throughout the quiz, key messages were given to the young people to help keep them thinking about road safety and also to encourage them to think about the health and environmental benefits when planning a journey.”

The Game of Chance is part of a programme of activities organised by South Gloucestershire Council road safety team and funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to encourage active travel. The presentation is delivered by programme leaders from the Tiny Giants theatre company.

Pupils at St Chad’s Primary School in Stoke Lodge are due to see the show tomorrow (Wednesday 15th July).

Find out more about the work of the road safety team by visiting

Photo: Pupils at Stoke Lodge take part in the Game of Chance.

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council.

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