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Little Stoke Primary rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Posted on Thursday 30th August 2018 at 6:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School standing in front of a sign depicting the school logo.

Little Stoke Primary School’s rating as a ‘good’ school has been confirmed in a report produced by an Ofsted inspector who carried out a ‘short’ inspection on 22nd May 2018.

The visit was the first ‘short’ inspection carried out since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in January 2015.

Speaking of headteacher Scott Howes, the inspector writes in her report: “You lead the school with drive and ambition, ably supported by your deputy headteacher and a strong staff team who share your high expectations for all aspects of pupils’ learning and welfare. Since the previous inspection, you have further developed the design of the curriculum so that pupils extend their literacy and mathematical skills across other subjects.”

The reports adds that governors are well informed about the school’s performance and carry out their monitoring responsibilities diligently. They are said to “have an accurate understanding of the quality of the school’s work and what needs to improve further”.

Pupils at little Stoke are said to “thoroughly enjoy their learning and appreciate the school’s varied and interesting curriculum, both within and beyond the school day”.
Two specific areas identified for further improvement are the teaching of middle-ability pupils in reading and efforts to improve rates of attendance and reduce the number of pupils who regularly miss school.

Headteacher Scott Howes said:

“We are delighted that the most recent inspection has identified the excellent provision that all school staff make for pupils both academically and pastorally. The report captured the fact that pupils feel safe and well cared for and enjoy coming to school. It also noted that the significant support from parents and carers has been a key part in making Little Stoke Primary School a popular and expanding local school. As a team, we will continue to work hard to maintain this high quality provision for our pupils.”

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School’s parental engagement earns national award

Posted on Saturday 24th June 2017 at 7:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School standing behind a LPPA banner.

A local primary school has been recognised through a national award scheme for enhancing and strengthening its links with parents and carers.
Achieving the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) is the culmination of 18 months of hard work by the whole school community, including parents, children, staff and governors.

The LPPA programme is intended to help schools meet longer term success criteria, such as improved pupil progress, punctuality, attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement in school life.

Anne Sargent, deputy head and LPPA coordinator at Little Stoke Primary School, said:

“Everyone has contributed to the process of reflecting on, developing, and increasing the ways we link with parents and the impact this has on children’s learning. We are very proud that this respected organisation has recognised our progress and achievements.”

Over the last two years, the school has developed and increased the opportunities offered to parents to find out about how children learn and how to offer the best support at home. It has run information and training sessions and also increased opportunities for parents to get involved with children’s learning through parent and child learning events linked to its curriculum themes.

The school reports that an enormous number of parents and grandparents have attended sessions that have included building volcanoes, giant Picasso paintings, designing and building alien buggies, building giant skeletons and underwater dioramas.

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Tesco staff help out at local Forest School

Posted on Thursday 1st June 2017 at 8:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jenny Ratcliffe with Dawn Richards.

Staff from the Tesco Extra store in Bradley Stoke have been helping a local school maintain and improve an area of woodland that is used for Forest School lessons.

As part of its community outreach programme, the store has provided materials to construct a privacy screen around parts of the woodland within the grounds of Little Stoke Primary School. Store staff have also visited the school on a number of occasions to help install the screening along sections of the school’s perimeter fence, helping create a safer environment in which children can wander off under the trees, pursuing whatever makes them curious.

Jenny Ratcliffe, Forest School leader at the school, said:

“We greatly value the support that Tesco has given us in establishing and maintaining our woodland area that we use for Forest School. Every child in the school benefits from the improvements that have been made and we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Dawn Richards and her team of Tesco staff, who not only donated fencing, but have also come and done some manual labour for us!”

Forest School has been taking place at Little Stoke Primary for the past two years. It is now deeply embedded in school life and each child goes out for a morning or afternoon session for two terms each year. Since starting the project, the school has worked hard to develop the site, encourage wildlife and sustain its use throughout the year.

Little Stoke Primary School is currently applying for a Forest School accreditation, which would recognise the highly effective quality of the sessions that take place for pupils every week.

Parents provide great support for the school in its child-centred approach to Forest School and recognise that these sessions compliment other activities that take place in school throughout the week.

“Our pupils love to go outside, whatever the weather, and learn new things about nature, themselves and their peers,” says Jenny.

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The sound of music at Little Stoke Primary

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 10:35 am by SH (Editor)

Music at Little Stoke Primary School, Bristol.

By Anne Sargent (Deputy Head) and Rosie Griffiths (Music Lead).

As you walk through the corridors at Little Stoke Primary School it would be unusual not to hear music being made in some form or another. Our children absolutely love music and there is a wealth of different musical opportunities which children across the school participate in.

Our seventy strong red-tie choir performs concerts which are truly memorable and magical. The Christmas show is our pièce de résistance and is always a sell out! The programme is varied, challenging and highly entertaining with songs which are funny, reflective and moving in equal measure. We also have twenty children who participated in the South Gloucestershire Schools’ concert at the Colston Hall in June.

One hundred and twenty children are currently working hard on our summer musical production – Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! It promises to be a spectacular event for parents and friends to enjoy. We have been amazed at how quickly the children are learning the lyrics, the tunes and the drama and dance; their enthusiasm and motivation is always awe-inspiring. As an added bonus, staff are enjoying it just as much as the children!

Next year, we have a full and varied music curriculum planned to engage and excite children as well as introducing them to some new musical experiences linked to different cultures. These are provided by the Music Hub, conveniently located in our school!

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