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Stoke Gifford news round-up (January 2018)

Posted on Friday 9th February 2018 at 9:17 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

For many residents of Stoke Gifford, the start of the new year has been a busy one as local schools have started new topics and the St Michael’s Centre has been feeding the men of the community! Here is a round-up of some of the events that have been taking place throughout January and a few things to look forward to in February.

Abbeywood Community School

Whilst all of the students at Abbeywood have started the new year in a busy and productive way, there are some who have gone above and beyond their usual timetable of lessons. Two groups of Year 12 students are taking part in the ‘Envision Programme’, an inter-school competition where young people have to develop their own projects and then pitch their ideas to businesses in Bristol.

One group is looking at ways to tackle domestic violence and the other is trying to address the issue of homelessness across the city. After delivering brilliant presentations to the businesses, both groups have been awarded a sum of money to help develop their ideas even further. The final winners of the competition will be announced in June so look out for an update then!

Looking back to before Christmas, the Fundraising Club were busy putting on two film nights to raise money for Young Carers UK. In total they managed to raise almost £100 for the charity.

Year 8 students have also been spending time raising funds; only the money that they have raised will be going to the Children’s Hospice South West. So far, they have raised an impressive £182 and we look forward to hearing what their final total is.

St Michael’s Primary School

The children at St Michael’s have been enjoying starting their new topics in January, including; Toy Story, Robots and Vive la France! Year 4 enjoyed an exciting trip to the SS Great Britain for their topic ‘Shipshape’ and Year 5 had a visit from the Explorer Dome as part of their ‘Earth and Space’ topic.

Looking forward to exciting events throughout this month, Thursday 8th February is ‘Wear Red Day’ to mark the Chinese New Year and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the children need to start thinking about what character they are going to dress up as for World Book Day.

More: St Michael’s Church. Bristol One Act Drama Festival. »

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St Michael’s to fill the breach with two extra classes

Posted on Saturday 9th February 2013 at 9:03 pm by SH (Editor)

St Michael's Primary School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Governors at St Michael’s Primary School in Stoke Gifford have agreed to take on an extra reception class for the next two years, in response to a shortage of places anticipated by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

Construction work to create three new permanent classrooms at the school is nearing completion and it had been anticipated that some of the temporary ‘Elliott’ buildings at the site would be removed once classes had transferred from them into the new building.

However, the Council has now asked the school if it could use the soon-to-be-vacated temporary classrooms for an extra intake form in September 2013 and September 2014.

The school has agreed to the request, provided that a number of conditions are met. These include the refurbishment of the temporary classrooms and improvements to other parts of the school’s infrastructure.

Governors have also insisted that the breach in admission numbers should last for no more than two years.

Headteacher Mark Freeman. writing in the latest school newsletter, accepts that there is a strong demand for places at the school, demonstrated by the fact that 25 first choice applicants were turned away last year.

SGC has earmarked £110,000 to refurbish the temporary classrooms, subject to approval by Councillors later this month.

Related link: Schools in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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St Michael’s Primary School rated “good” by Ofsted

Posted on Saturday 7th April 2012 at 1:05 pm by SH (Editor)

St Michael's Primary School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in Stoke Gifford has been rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school for two days last month.

The team of four inspectors observed approximately ten hours of lessons at the 597-pupil school, which is located in Ratcliffe Drive.

The report begins:

“This is a good school. The consistent quality of its provision has maintained a safe, happy environment and above average attainment.”

Inspectors says that pupils make good progress across years 1 to 6, adding that strong support for individuals in danger of falling behind ensures good achievement for all groups of pupils.

Behaviour at the school is classified as “good”, which makes a significant contribution to the calm atmosphere in lessons and around the school.

Teaching is also rated “good” but inspectors warn that teachers sometimes talk for too long in lessons, slowing the pace of learning and reducing opportunities for pupils’ independence.

The latest report for St Michael’s confirms the “good” grade awarded in December 2008.

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Plans revealed for three new classrooms at St Michael’s

Posted on Saturday 28th January 2012 at 1:54 pm by SH (Editor)

St Michael's Primary School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

A planning application for three new permanent classrooms at St Michael’s Primary School in Ratcliffe Drive [map] has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.

The proposed new classrooms will be situated in a new extension at the rear of the site, taking up part of the existing playground.

Funding for the extension is coming from a financial contribution by the developer of Parkway North, required by part of a Section 106 agreement signed in 2000.

Construction of the new classrooms will allow the number of temporary classrooms on the site (currently eight) to be “reduced proportionally”.

The temporary classrooms were originally installed to cope with a an anticipated “bulge” of demand arising form the Bradley Stoke housing development. It had been anticipated to remove them once the bulge had passed but further development, particularly at Parkway North, resulted in the need to retain them.

A feasibility study carried out in 2009 confirmed the possibility of increasing accommodation at the school to provide 630 places on a permanent basis.

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