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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 He has even written a children’s book, which remains unpublished despite encouraging letters he received from the publishers he sent his manuscript to.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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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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