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 He has even written a children’s book, which remains unpublished despite encouraging letters he received from the publishers he sent his manuscript to.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

More: New heads at Stoke Lodge and Holy Trinity »

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Ofsted report sees Wheatfield step up a grade

Posted on Thursday 20th April 2017 at 10:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils and headteacher at Wheatfield Primary School.

Wheatfield Primary School is celebrating the success of a recent Ofsted inspection which categorises the school as ‘good’ across all measures. Under the leadership of acting headteacher Lois Haydon, who took over the reins following the retirement of long-serving head Christine Dursley in December 2016, the hard work of the staff, pupils, parents and governors has been recognised.

The inspectors commented:

  • Pupils are well cared for throughout the school and parents comment positively about how confident they are in leaving their children in a “safe, happy, supportive and stimulating environment”.
  • Leaders and managers at all levels are driven in their actions. As a result, standards have improved in all aspects of the school’s work.
  • Teachers plan interesting and exciting lessons across a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning, while teachers check pupils’ work carefully and ensure that any pupils who need to catch up are given the help they need.

In a letter to parents, Mrs Haydon said:

“We are extremely pleased with the outcomes and the positive comments made by the inspection team, and that we are now recognised as being ‘good’ in all areas.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of the members of our community – from teachers to governors, support staff, parents and especially the children. It was an incredible team effort over the course of the two days of the inspection and we were able to really show the school off in the best light possible – gaining the ‘good’ status that we believe we deserve.”

More: Inspectors expressed concern over attendance levels at the school »

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Wheatfield parent wins PlayPod funding from Greencore Dragons

Posted on Monday 10th April 2017 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Representatives from sponsors Greencore Prepared Meals visit the Scrapstore PlayPod at Wheatfield Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

A Bradley Stoke primary school has been successful in winning project funding from a major business in the town, following a gruelling Dragons’ Den style assessment process.

Greencore Prepared Meals, which produces own-brand ready meals for a number of supermarket chains at a factory in Hawkley Drive, has awarded Wheatfield Primary School £920 to fund its incredibly popular Scrapstore PlayPod for one year.

The PlayPod is a purpose-built walk-in structure that contains a vast collection of materials and objects that businesses routinely throw away, from giant flexible tubes, crates, drums and netting to unwanted phones, keyboards, packaging and workwear.

Pupils at the school are given the opportunity to play creatively with the scrap material at break times, which they wholeheartedly embrace.

Scrapstore PlayPods have been shown to transform children’s daily experiences at school by encouraging them to play together across age and friendship groups and to take and assess risk for themselves. PlayPods have also reduced the level of playground disputes, which means teachers spend less time in the classroom dealing with issues after the lunchtime break. Moreover, children return to the classroom energised and ready to learn.

The Wheatfield PlayPod was originally installed at the school in 2012 at a cost of £15,000. It is maintained by Bristol based charity Children’s Scrapstore, who restock it six times a year.

More: Greencore employees asked to make a ‘pitch’ for local causes »

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Emotional send-off for Wheatfield headteacher

Posted on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Christine Dursley (centre) headteacher of Wheatfield Primary School, on her retirement after 18 years in the post. She is pictured with pupils who played leading roles in a special farewell assembly held on Thursday 15th December 2016.

Bradley Stoke’s longest-serving headteacher has retired after being in charge of Wheatfield Primary School for 18 years.

Christine Dursley, who has led the school since it first opened in 1998, was given emotional send-offs by governors, parents, staff and pupils at a series of functions held during the final week of the autumn term.

Miss Dursley had announced her intention to resign from her post in a letter sent to parents in early October, at a time when she was absent from school due to ill health. She was subsequently able to return to work on a phased and part-time basis from the beginning of November.

In her letter to parents, she wrote: “It has been a huge privilege and honour to be head of Wheatfield for over 18 years and to watch the school grow from its small beginnings and develop into the happy, diverse, thriving and successful learning community it is today.”

“During that time, I have worked with amazingly talented staff and governors, who have tirelessly endeavoured to make a difference for the many children, including yours, who have walked through our doors.”

“I cannot adequately describe how much I will miss being a part of the very large family, which is Wheatfield! I will especially miss our wonderful children, who each and every day, have never failed to make me proud, ‘warm’ my heart and bring many a smile to my face, but feel that now is the right time to leave!”

Speaking at a retirement party held on Monday 12th December, Sue Davey, chair of governors, said she had calculated that a total of 1,360 children had passed through the school since it opened in 1998.

Turning to Miss Dursley, she added: “That’s 1,360 children, just from Wheatfield, who are better for having had you in their lives. That’s 1,360 children who you have known as individuals and who will have happy memories of Wheatfield and you that will last a lifetime. That’s 1,360 children who have been able to flourish and grow in a safe and fun-loving environment whilst achieving their very best.”

More: Photos from the special assembly held on 15th December »

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