BWMAT | Message From CEO – 1 December 2019
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Bath and Wells MAT
Dec 02 2019

Message From CEO – 1 December 2019

Dear All,

This term All Saints Church School were given a unique opportunity to participate in a ‘mock trial’ competition held at Perrott Hill School.  The case presented to them revolved around a 19 year old man being accused of fly tipping.

Ten year 6 pupils worked on a script and were part of the defence team.  The children took on the roles of: Usher, Magistrates, Witnesses, Defence Solicitors, Court Artist, Court Reporter and Witness Service.  They had to work hard leading up to the trial to really understand the role that they would be taking on, and to anticipate all the questions they might be asked.

The case took place on Thursday 21 November and all the children took their responsibilities seriously, and learnt much about the different roles within a court case.  They also had the opportunity to watch some other cases.  Mrs McKenzie was proud of each and every one of them.

Once the children had returned to school a press conference was held and Class 6 became journalists.  They then used their notes to write a news report.


Elm Class enjoyed role play this week, meeting Samuel Pepys and finding out about the great plague of London in 1665.  They used the information they gathered for their historical accounts in English.

The children were also pleased to receive their ‘emotion face masks’ back from the Bath Potters.  They look great.
Progressive Sports helped to facilitate the first Bath & Wells MAT inter-school Dodgeball tournament.  Luckily for all involved it was an indoor event held at Batheaston Church Primary School where the school welcomed children from Swainswick Church School.  Dodgeball is an extremely inclusive game and attracts children of all ages and abilities.  It really puts smiles on faces and encourages plenty of coordination, agility and team-work.

Approximately 45 children participated with such enthusiasm.  We hope that this will be the first of many tournaments across the area.

Thank you to Jenny Enstone from Batheaston and Brendan Rouse from Swainswick who worked with James from Progressive Sports to make this happen.

The Reception class at Bishops Lydeard Church School have been experimenting with colour mixing.  They created a beautiful canvas which is now displayed in the school.  They have also been colour mixing on clingfilm.


The Nursery children had a visit from the owner of Daisy Tea rooms in the village to support their ‘Café’ theme.  The children will be visiting the cafe in the village next week.


Diamond class at Kingshill Church School welcomed parents into their classroom for a “Stay and Play” session.  It was great to see so many parents in the classroom.


Kestrel and Kingfisher classes at Court De Wyck Church School had their presentation of learning to parents.  This was an opportunity for the children to showcase their work so far this year.  The work shown included History, Science, Art, DT and English.  They were delighted with the number of parents who came to admire their presentations.


Trinity Church School are very proud of their Year 5/6 girls’ football team who reached the final of the North Somerset tournament.  They demonstrated great teamwork in very chilly conditions and came first against some other very good teams from across the county.  They are very excited to be going through to the Somerset finals in January.

On Friday Headteachers from across our Trust met at Dillington House to share how you are developing the curriculum to further improve pupils learning.  The progression of skills in core subjects and how these are delivered in each school’s curriculum offer was central to our discussion.

Headteachers discussed how we might collaborate together to share our learning in these areas.  I shall share more of this with you over the coming weeks.

Children from All Saint Church School joined us for part of the morning and explained how their school curriculum works using a STEAM approach.  They displayed incredible confidence and knowledge in presenting and feeding back to a large group of Head teachers.  Thank you to the children of All Saints Church School for their inspirational presentation.

The way you work together to create a curriculum which generates enjoyment, ambition and excitement for pupils, that nurtures and supports their growth is so important to every pupil’s learning.

Thank you for all that you do to support each other, provide the very highest quality offer to our pupils and set the highest ambitions for our next steps in developing the curriculum.

Kind regards



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