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01 Apr 2020 04:41pm

octopus reading multiple book in hadsOur ‘business’ is to ensure that children leave us with firm foundations for Future Readiness

These foundations aim for pupils to learn about Learning, Themselves and Others, Technology and Spirituality. In doing so, we aim to nurture and empower young minds capable of making better decisions to help shape better futures for themselves and others. 

This vision has led to our school securing numerous awards, achievements and public recognition for academic excellence, teaching innovation, an exemplary ethos, the highest quality of pupil play in the UK, sporting success at a national level and much more.  

When it comes to the school vision for our pupils, we mean business.We’re looking for a School Business Manager who wants to make our business their business too.  

24 Mar 2020 10:16am
Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),
 
Today, we have opened our doors to families of vulnerable pupils and key workers. 
 
We appreciate the conscious efforts you have made to make childcare arrangements at home wherever possible. This is the safest place for your child at this time. However, some don't have this option and this is where you can rely on the school's support.
 
Many families communicated the desire for an option of childcare to remain open should their critical roles change in coming days or weeks. This is, of course, the case and we only require that you communicate with us should this happen. Ideally, you would always use the ParentMail app (as school phones cannot always be managed during these periods) to notify us in advance so as to arrange staffing, but we appreciate that this won't always be practical. In these instances, just bring them to school with a labelled water bottle and we will work with you. School will be open from8am - 6pm (or until the last child leaves) daily until further notice.
 
Similarly, should you not require your regular childcare arrangement on any given day then please would you notify the school as you would usually so that we can account for them in our daily registration procedure and catering arrangements.
 
Thank you and please stay safe in your roles and in your homes.
 
 
Mark Ryan
Headteacher
18 Mar 2020 12:55pm

2015 01 06 10.22.01 amIt's not always easy to find suitable learning for your child on the internet. Under the current circumstances in which many children are at home, we have offered a 'first go' at some useful sites that can help your child continue to learn online.

However, please remind your child to have regular EYE BREAKS and to STAY SAFE online by closing and reporting any pages to you that they think could be unsafe or not meant for them.

Please check back on this article as we will add more teacher recommendations over coming days:

05 Mar 2020 05:16pm

2020 03 05 05.15.22 pmEvery year, World Book Day brings phenomenal support at Blue Coat. This year was no exception. The children (and staff!) dressed to the nines to express the characters from books that they love. It wasn't enough to just dress up... everyone then was expected to share their characters with the rest of the school in a mornign parade around our school hall!

10 Feb 2020 09:26am

thumbnail image0The school has joined the local community in the Window Wanderland transformation of Wotton. The principle behind the project is to get people out and about of an evening to marvel at the creativity of window displays throughout the community.

We're lucky enough to have some creative 'dab hands' on staff, so Mrs Murray, Mrs Wallace, Miss Cole and Mrs Forman set to work to transform the front windows of our school building into a child-centred masterpiece. The materials were produced by our pupils with Miss Cole's Art Club, in particular, making significant contributions to the artwork. Well done, everyone!

03 Feb 2020 10:10am

2020 02 03 09.52.29 amPupil voice is an important dimension to any school. At Blue Coat, we have the pupil-selected Future Leaders who represent the pupil body and engage in specific project work and marketing of our school. We also have other opportunities for children to have their say...

Play assemblies every fortnight puts the power of play back in the children's hands as they shape what and how 'Platinum Play' at Blue Coat looks and feels like. In the past, this has yielded the children's own Football Charter in which they determined what fair and fun football is at Blue Coat, expecting everyone to respect and follow the behaviours outlined within.

13 Jan 2020 02:36pm

imagesWe are proud to top this year's Real School's Guide ranked list for 'Best Primary School in Gloucestershire'!

This relatively recent way of ranking schools comprehensively considers 45 different data points in arriving at the school's 5-star judgement. It then compares this with all other state-funded schools in the county and decides 'Best Primary School' each year.

09 Jan 2020 08:17am

imagesIt remains a challenge to try to ensure that young people are safe online as apps and technology continue to evolve at ever-increasing rates. One of the fastest growing social media trends amongst this peer group comes in the form of video-based app TikTok. It may well be that your child has already downloaded it and is using it on their devices. The following offers some information for parents and some precautions to ensure that children using the app retain their online safety (information from Parentzone.org.uk)

19 Dec 2019 04:30pm

IMG 0194Our PTA have some exceptional connections. Top of the list is the direct line they seem to have with the Man in Red: Santa Claus. Accompanied by an entourage of PTA elves, Santa managed to find time in his busiest period to drop in on our pupils and spread some Christmas cheer.

At breaktime today, some of our recorder musicians played Christmas carols whilst children gathered in anticipation of a special arrival. And he didn't disappoint...

12 Dec 2019 10:44am

IMG 3223As a school community, we all realise that play is an integral part of each child's preparation for Future Readiness. We probably don't need to outline here the virtues of child-initiated play on how children thrive and learn.

One thing we may need to point out though is that for quality play there is a 'trinity' of key ingredients: PERMISSION - SPACE - STUFF. 

PERMISSION: we hold fortnightly play assemblies, led by Mrs Murray and the children themselves, to help children make better decisions in their play. There are few rules to adhere to, but the ones we have are 'Golden', such is their importance to projecting respect and keeping ourselves and others safe. This forum offers a valuable opportunity to discuss the nature of play and in particular the equipment children get to play with (its opportunities and potential risks).

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

Remote learning has launched today and teachers are excited to hear from the children. Some have videoed in to us!

01 Apr 20 at 1:21pm