Message From CEO – 4 March 2018
Welcome to Bathampton Primary School, Batheaston Church School, Bathwick St Mary Church School, St Andrew’s Church School, St Saviour’s Infant School, St Saviour’s Junior School and St Stephen’s Church School – pupils, teachers, staff and communities – who joined our family of schools on Thursday this week.
We are delighted you have chosen to join us. Whilst visiting and learning about your schools, it has been wonderful to see your strengths and the unique skills, qualities and experiences you will bring both to our Trust overall and to the new ‘Bath Hub’. We look forward to working together, sharing ideas, best practice and learning from each other.
On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees met to review our Trust’s progress. It was wonderful that Trustees who had been visiting schools commented on the rich, engaging curriculum they had seen and the impact this is having on pupils and their learning.
Cheddon Fitzpaine’s Class Four’s topic morning last week is an example of this. Pupils learnt about solids, liquids and gases. They discussed particles and how irreversible changes are created. They made cornflour slime, watching it turn from a solid to a liquid. Pupils inflated balloons using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, measured out ingredients, designed a fair test and recorded their observations
Congratulations to Bethan and the team at Oakhill Church School whose ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection judgement was ratified this week. The report recognises pupils’ enthusiasm for learning:
“…Year 5 pupils were conscientiously conducting scientific experiments to understand how and why solids dissolve. Younger pupils were keen to explain their knowledge of the animals of the African savannah”.
Thank you to staff who prepared for World Book Day on Thursday, only to find bad weather led to a change of plan. Thank you to everyone, particularly site staff, who worked so hard to keep pupils and the school communities across our Trust safe in such challenging conditions. It was heart-warming that at Norton Fitzwarren and Staplegrove Church Schools, over 50 people gave their time today to help clear each playground ready for tomorrow.
At our Academy Leaders’ Day on Friday, Head teachers will be working together to explore the shared principles that underpin each of our schools’ creative curriculum. This discussion will explore: project-based learning; teachers as learners; families and communities; pupils’ involvement; assessment into learning and creative ways of using learning spaces, the length of lessons and technology. It will be exciting to hear our leaders share their expertise and see how each of our schools draws on this to further develop their curriculum offer and the skills, qualities and attributes of our Trust’s pupils into the future.