Firstly, I would like to pass on congratulations to Kirsti and all the staff at Staplegrove following their one day Ofsted inspection this week. I will share further details once their report has been published.
This week I visited St James’ Church School and Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School to look at how teaching, learning and leadership are being developed. At St James Head teacher Jason Eveleigh, Deputy Lizzie Allen and SENCO Fiona O’Connor shared their clear plans for taking the school forward. We also visited classrooms. It was wonderful to see such vibrant, engaging learning. During my visit to Trinity, Karen Sancto, Head teacher, set out the school’s plans for continuing to improve outcomes for pupils. In the year Trinity has been part of the BWMAT family, the school has made such a positive contribution to our Trust. This week, pupils have been challenged to undertake 40 Good Deeds over the period of Lent. Each class is aiming to carry out two or three. It will be interesting to hear about the deeds they undertake.
Across BWMAT schools, World Book Day was joyfully and wholeheartedly embraced and celebrated. It was fantastic to see pupils dressed as their favourite character. It was also lovely to hear about the creative, imaginative opportunities for reading and writing pupils experienced as part of World Book Day that showed the importance and power of stories, poems and non-fiction in our lives.
On the 17th March, there will be an innovative first for our Trust. In response to requests from Heads and Y6 teachers, all have been invited to a day’s conference at Dillington. Heads and teachers will work collaboratively to ensure BWMAT pupils are ‘secondary ready’ and that Y6 children’s end of year teacher assessment and SATs results accurately reflect their skills, knowledge and learning. There will be input during the day from Literacy and Numeracy specialists. Teachers will have time to reflect on the next step needs of their pupils, gain further experience in making accurate teacher assessment judgements and have opportunities to share best practice.
Meetings, training and development opportunities this week:
- TA Champions, Taunton Hub
- Safer Recruitment Training, North Somerset
Tuesday 7 March, St Georges Church School, 13:30 – 15:00
- Early Years Session 2, Feedback from autumn visits, marking and keeping evidence, Wednesday 8 March, St Georges Church School, 13:30 – 15:00
- RE Steering Group
Thursday 9 March, St Georges Church School, 09:30 – 11:30
On Friday, Head teachers new to the BWMAT came to Wells for an induction day. They shared experiences and expertise, explored and further developed their leadership skills and found out more about our strategic priorities, school improvement, governance, HR, finance, Diocesan systems and support within the BWMAT. Their commitment to our aim of every child having access to an outstanding education of mind, body and spirit shone throughout the day. We look forward to working further with and learning more from this highly skilled, caring and motivated group of leaders.