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  • Shafton's Christmas Cheer

    Christmas came early at Shafton Primary Academy when reindeer came to visit and excite children and staff.

    It was no less than they all deserve after their latest Ofsted rating confirmed that the Barnsley school had gone from 'special measures' to 'good with outstanding features' in just four years. The report says that there is 'outstanding, determined leadership, driven by the highest aspirations to provide the very best for every pupil.'

    'The early years provision gives children an outstanding start and firm foundation to their learning because staff skilfully attract their interests, so they really want to investigate and learn and consequently make very rapid progress.'

    Inspectors also praise 'good teaching and a curriculum enriched by many extra learning activities, such as art, Spanish, music and sports coaching.'

    'Pupils are keen learners, acquire fundamental British values and grow into polite, mature individuals who respect other ways of life and religions.'

    Excellent work and play Shafton and a well deserved Christmas treat!
    Posted 19 Dec 2015, 01:19 by Google Google
  • Trinity awarded Quality Mark

    Huge congratulations to Trinity Primary Academy who has been awarded the basic skills Quality Mark that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy - only one year after Ofsted said it required improvement.

    David Worrall, Executive Principal said: "We are delighted. Part of our job was to turn the school around and now we have renewed confidence in it."

    David Atter, Principal states: "Achieving the Primary and Early Years Quality Marks is a special achievement for our academy as it’s a great endorsement of all the hard work that has been put in by pupils, parents and staff."

    Posted 14 Dec 2015, 11:11 by Caroline Dansey
  • Unforgettable China School Visit For Torquay Teachers

    Two teachers from Barton Hill Academy enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity over half term to witness life in a Chinese school. 

    The trip followed a visit to Barton Hill last year by teachers from the same Chinese school in Chengdu in south west China. With 2,000 pupils it is small by national standards although it serves a city of around 14 million people, the fifth largest in the country.

    Their journey was funded by The British Council having been selected from well over 100 applications. Teachers Alison Birchall and Jane Mosley found their Asian visit an unforgettable one. Alison said: "It was an amazing experience seeing how education differs and how our children have so many facilities at hand. It was wonderful to see their way of learning and exchanging thoughts with the Chinese teachers who came to us earlier."

    Jane added: "We were greatly impressed with the very warm welcome we received and enjoyed the specially performed orchestral music and Chinese story told through dance and mime."

    Jane and Alison took part in lessons in calligraphy, maths, music art, science and physical education in classes of fifty children. Teachers and pupils from the two schools will continue to work closely together to develop cultural understanding and explore teaching and learning approaches.
    Posted 17 Nov 2015, 12:58 by Caroline Dansey
  • Cordula Is A Communication Champion

    An AET specialist teacher who works with children who have speech, language and communication needs has been presented with a national award at a glittering ceremony in London hosted by comedian David Baddiel.

    Cordula Hastings, a teacher at Charles Warren Academy in Milton Keynes, was Highly Commended in the 2015 Shine A Light Awards. This national event sponsored by Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust, celebrates inspirational people who excel in the development of young people's communication skills.

    Cordula said: "It is an honour and a pleasure to receive this recognition which reflects the close team work and dedication as a school to benefit our wonderful and enthusiastic children."

    Event host David Baddiel, added: "Speech and language problems too often go under the radar, so everyone should not only be congratulated for their work but also for bringing this important issue to the attention of others. They are all a true inspiration - keep up the good work."

    Posted 7 Oct 2015, 11:26 by Caroline Dansey
  • Trinity Primary Is Quality
    Trinity Primary Academy in north London has been awarded the Early Years and Primary Quality Mark by the Basic Skills Agency to reflect the school's continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy.

    A detailed assessment over two days examined the school's performance and included 'learning walks' and interviews with staff, pupils and parents. The main principles of the process of involving the whole school community, self-review and targeted intervention are an essential part of a school's relentless drive for self improvement.

    The Early Years and Primary Quality Mark is a fitting reward for Trinity's provision and practice in the key areas of literacy and numeracy and is valid for three years.
    Well done everyone at Trinity!

    Posted 26 Aug 2015, 00:37 by
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