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Primaries get active for Sport Relief

Posted on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Pre-match photo of the teachers' and parents' teams together.

Staff and children at Wheatfield Primary School held a series of events throughout the week leading up to Sports Relief on Friday 23rd March. This included hula hooping, penalty shoot outs, Zumba classes and the whole school taking part in a one-mile run around Bradley Stoke.

On the actual day, staff at the school challenged some of the parents to a netball match – competition was fierce with the parents coming out on top by a wide margin. Parents were asked to send in donations for children completing all of the challenges and tea and cakes were on sale for spectators of the netball match to raise money for the event.

Bowsland Green Primary School went Sport Relief crazy by taking part in lots of challenges. The children created ‘wake and shake’ routines, took part in a danceathon and walked a mile during Sport Relief week.

As well as this, some of the teachers at Bowsland Green decided to complete a 24-hour football challenge. Mr Stephenson, Mr Young and Mr Thomas (left to right in photo below) started playing football at 4pm on Thursday 22nd March and finished at 4pm on Friday 23rd March. They stayed on the school grounds for the whole 24 hours, playing matches, learning new tricks and by keeping the ball at their feet. During the event, both staff and students supported them by joining in and encouraging them to continue.

Sponsorship money is still coming in, but it is hoped that the event will raise at least £750.

Photo of teachers and pupils prior to the start of the 24-hour football challenge.

Photos: 1 Teachers’ and parents’ teams prior to the start of the netball match at Wheatfield. 2 Teachers and pupils prior to the start of the 24-hour football challenge at Bowsland Green.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,200 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Bank staff help out at local school

Posted on Saturday 10th March 2018 at 5:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of TSB volunteers standing around a chicken coop.

Twelve willing volunteers from the Bradley Stoke offices of TSB Bank recently spent two days helping to build a chicken coop at Wheatfield Primary School.

With partners at TSB actively encouraged to volunteer in their local community, Chloe Mitchell, TSB finance manager, parent and governor at the school, volunteered her team. In November last year and again in January, the team from TSB spent two days at the local school.

Led by John Morris, chair of governors, the group constructed and fox-proofed a large enclosure within an unused woodland area by the school car park. They cleared the space and built a chicken coop and run ready for the chickens’ arrival.

The school has recently started holding a quarterly ‘grounds volunteering day’. The next one will be on 24th February. On the day, they’ll put the finishing touches to the coop and also finish off a special seating area for the children. The chickens will move into their new home in early spring.

Phil Winterburn, headteacher, said:

“We are so grateful to the volunteers from TSB who have enabled us to transform an area of the school that was tired and unused. Without their help and effort, we simply wouldn’t have this provision for the children and our wider community. We look forward to welcoming our chickens and sampling the batch of Wheatfield free range eggs!”

The volunteers also spent time helping to improve security around the outside of the school, following a few issues over the festive period.

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 7). The magazine is 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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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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