BWMAT | Message From CEO – 10 March 2019
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Bath and Wells MAT
Mar 11 2019

Message From CEO – 10 March 2019

Dear All,

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly, it’s a celebration of reading.  This is the 22nd year of National Celebration and across our Trust children participated in wonderful, memorable events.

Churchfield Church School celebrated World Book Day with lots of fun activities.  Staff and children dressed up as a character from a book and there was a vast array of different costumes on display.  Children were invited to take part in a ‘shelfie’ competition, where they tried to identify the member of staff from the books on their bookshelves at home.  All of Year 3 were taken in relay by ‘Gus’, the minibus, to The Snug Bookshop in Bridgwater where they were able to buy their World Book Day book and experience what it was like to visit a traditional bookshop.  Sam, the owner, kindly provided a storyteller to share a few wonderful stories with all of the children after they had browsed the shelves.  Year 1 spent the day with Sonny Topham a local children’s author and really enjoyed hearing all about his new book.  The children had a fantastic week learning all about Untraditional Tales.
St Stephen’s Church School also participated in World Book Day 2019 with Fantastic Mr Fox leading the assembly.
At St Michael’s Church Junior School there was a wonderful display of reading books in the foyer area.
Children and staff enjoyed dressing as a character from their favourite book.
Bathampton Primary School was another of our schools having World Book Day fun.
At St Mark’s Church School, there were some amazing costumes and the dressing up really helped bring books to life.
Trinity Church School also enjoyed celebrating their love of reading on World Book Day.  The children watched a musical performance from Year 5 based on David Walliams book ‘The Midnight Gang’ and the Trinity teachers shared their favourite children’s’ stories dressed as their favourite characters.
World Book Day at Staplegrove Church School saw the Headteacher dressed as Noddy.

Thank you everyone for making World Book day such a success, and such memorable day for children across our schools.


Year 3 at St Saviour’s Church Junior School have created some fantastic homework project displays this week.  Class 3 hosted some Indonesian visitors, puppets Semar and Cepot, to tell the class about West Java.


Freshford Church School have won an incredible environmental award by Bath Life Awards 2019.  The judges announced that the school’s “strong environmental ethos is as integrated as it is inspirational.  Highly impressive…”

Headteacher, Andrew Wishart responded, ‘I am intensely proud of the inspiring and determined hard work of our children, parents and staff in their shared mission to make our school the most energy efficient and sustainable community that it can be.’

When discussing the refusal of planning permission for solar panels for the school, one of the children enquired, ‘When we are trying to save energy and reduce global warning, why are some cafes and restaurants in Bath allowed to have big gas heaters outside on the pavement, heating the air and wasting all that energy?’
In assembly they asked: ‘If not you, then who? If not now, then when?’

There have been 3 more Team Teach courses held at St Mark’s Church School, led by Rachel Rooke and Lisa Hibbard.  Both St Vigor and St John and Bishop Lydeard took advantage of whole school training whilst St Andrew’s and St George’s joined together in another successful course.   Please contact St Mark’s if you would like to book access to this excellent training.


So many wonderful opportunities for children are being provided at St Michael’s Church Junior school and this week children participated in a really informative and engaging worship, led by SARI (stand against racism and inequality).

On Friday Head teachers and members of the support team gathered at Dillington House to continue our curriculum development work.  There is a real passion from all our leaders to ensure that the curriculum in each of our schools remains unique to the context of the school, its community and the needs of children.

Kirsten Dexter, from Fiveways Special School gave a very informative presentation about effective strategies to support positive behaviour and engagement for pupils who find school life difficult.



A number of schools have undertaken a SIAMS inspection this term.  Both Bishops Lydeard Church School and St John and St Francis Church School have improved on their previous inspection outcome and achieved a Good judgement.

The Report for Bishops Lydeard Church school celebrated that ‘The school’s vision promotes a strong sense of partnership which mutually benefits the village, church and school’.
At St John and St Francis Church School the report identified, ‘The strong, purposeful leadership of the headteacher, supported by a committed staff team and governors, promotes a distinctive Christian vision that permeates every aspect of the school’s daily life.’  The contribution of the church, local community and the Salvation Army to the school’s distinctive character was recognised.
In every classroom, every school, every hub, every day, it is what you all – teachers, support staff, governors, members of the school community and parents do, that makes learning happen for our pupils.  A creative, imaginative, challenging curriculum  that nurtures mind, body and spirit, responds to learners needs and is connected to community is so strongly evident across our Trust.  Together you create a thirst for and a love of learning in our pupils, that opens up the way for them to reach to achieve their very best.

Kind regards



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