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24 Jan 2014 11:58am

DSCN2030Our first of this year, this morning's Key Stage 1 Big Breakfast was bursting with life today as the hall filled with hungry breakfast goers ready to start their day the Blue Coat way. 

Traditionally, the Big Breakfast has been an opportunity to get large numbers of our families together under the school roof to have a natter whilst nibbling away at a croissant or two. Why? Because we value the community ethos of our school... and this is always brilliantly reflected by appreciative parents and those who help in bringing the event to life.

16 Jan 2014 03:40pm

ProgramRegistration clipartEach year, within annual reports home, parents receive feedback on their child's annual attendance in the form of a percentage, guidance as to what the percentage equates to in real terms, and the number of unauthorised absences. Feedback received from parents highlighted that the school could be doing more to inform parents throughout the year, particularly if percentages dip.

09 Jan 2014 09:38am

Feedback iconMonday saw only the school's teachers and leaders return to school for Blue Coat's fourth (of 5) allocated INSET day. Children would probably smirk to see the school's staff occupying the same seats that they sit in in classrooms(!), but the truth is that INSET days are invaluable opportunities to get the school's teaching staff together for training and professional dialogues as to how we can do what we do better for our children.

16 Dec 2013 12:16pm

graph chart icon symbol clip artLast week the DfE's performance tables for schools were published. The tables provide public freedom of information as to how schools are performing at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). The grouping of this information into 'league tables' allows anyone to compare schools side-by-side using a number of criteria - some of which are new to this year's tables.

20 Nov 2013 01:10pm

1214701Michael Follett from OPAL held a parent audience yesterday in a meeting focussed on Blue Coat’s decision to review its approach to play at break and lunch times. Michael has worked with over 180 schools on developing their programme of play, is a member of the board for Play England and has worldwide recognition for his work in this field.

The presentation to parents set the scene by addressing how quality play is often put at risk due to factors associated with modern lifestyles. In this context, he underlined the responsibility that schools have in order to conserve and promote rich, purposeful play for our children.

Other schools who are successfully carrying out the approach were mentioned at the meeting. A typical Beacon Rise Primary School lunchtime had been videoed and this was shown to attending parents to give them a slice of the vision that OPAL holds for the schools it partners with. This school has a higher number of pupils on roll but with a similar size site to that of Blue Coat.

Below are the highlights of the session, in presentation format, with also the key areas covered for those who could not make it on this occasion:

18 Nov 2013 12:46pm

2013-11-18 12.48.47 pmThis Thursday evening, the PTA will be hosting another Christmas Shopping evening in the school hall, hoping to build on the success of last year's with a large variety of stalls. In fact, with 62 stalls organised then it will be hard not to find something to satisfy all tastes! 

The photo carousel below depicts who will be there selling what. Double-click on an image or hit the full screen icon on the show for a larger view.

We hope to see you there on, what should be, a fantastic evening of festive shopping! 7-9.30pm

13 Nov 2013 10:52am

photo-88We held our third consecutive Reception Welcome Service on Friday 18th October. This important ceremony is an opportunity to formally welcome our youngest learners and their parents to the Blue Coat family. 

Taking place at our home-from-home, St Mary's Church, the service was kindly led by our very own Mrs Morag Langley (Foundation Governor) who was delighted to step in in Reverend Axford's unfortunate absence. During the service, Year 6's explained what it meant to them to become the school's privileged 'buddies': mentors for the Reception children during their first year at Blue Coat. Year 1's also reflected on the benefits of the buddy system to them last year being our youngest learners in the school.

07 Nov 2013 07:39pm

question-time-300x200If you've managed to make your way through our Essentials section (denoted by the 'E' icon in the top left menu) then you may have found that we have a page called 'I'm a Parent: Help Me Out Here!' 

This section hopes to address the must-know information that parents want and need, as far as we can in a single page! It is not definitive but tries to give a reasonable overview of the main areas. 

The last section of the page tries to mop up any remaining questions in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have an FAQ then please would you submit it via our contact icon in the top right menu. I will then add answers to questions to the parent section and also drip them into newsletters over the coming months for wider readership.

So, if there's a question you'd like the Headteacher to answer (that you think he might be ABLE to answer!) for the benefit of all Blue Coat parents then now's your chance! 

04 Nov 2013 07:40pm

essentials2By now, we hope that you've had the opportunity to surf the new site and take in all of the 'newness'! So, besides the new look, what else is going on? Let's take a look:

03 Nov 2013 04:52pm


parentviewWe're calling upon all parents to have their say about Blue Coat, for the benefit of the school, existing parents, future parents and, of course, Ofsted!

Parent View is an Ofsted website dedicated to parents submitting their opinion of their child's school. It looks at 12 areas such as Teaching, Safety, Behaviour and whether you'd recommend the school to other parents. The results are key in telling us where we're getting things right and what we should be looking at as a priority.

Results are taken into consideration by Ofsted during the inspection of schools. Once enough parents have submitted their views then these will be publicly viewable. Parents can also search parents' views of other schools.

As we're not parents then we don't know huge amounts about what is involved but we do know that it is quick, requires an email address, and multiple submissions can be made by parents to allow for a change of views.

If you could find time to fill in the quick survey then we'd be most grateful. Thank you.

http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk 

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from Mr Ryan

Outdoor Classroom Day was great fun! Check out the pictures on the Play blog ('Ourselves & Others' menu)

Friday at 1:05pm