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17 Jan 2013 10:13am

shoveling-snow-2-clipartThe Met Office have updated the Friday forecast to an Amber Warning of snow.  The warning now takes effect from 4am on Friday morning and reads:

"As the weather breaks down, an area of snow looks increasingly likely to spread from the southwest. Winds will strengthen and blizzard conditions are likely, especially over high ground. Accumulations of more than 10-15 cm of snow could well occur quite widely, with the risk of 25 cm or more over high ground."

Clearly there is the potential for some severe disruption, and we will be following advice in watching for updates to this warning. Disruption is predicted to be looking increasingly likely as we move nearer to Friday.

16 Jan 2013 11:09am

imagesIn a recent newsletter I alluded to the fact that we are always trying to find ever more effective ways of improving the quality of learning in lessons at Blue Coat. We do this with a relentless focus on how we teach our children.

Our recent development in this area can be quite neatly summarised in terms of this photo of a recent display created by the school's leadership team.

11 Jan 2013 01:14pm

brainEvery autumn term, maintained schools in the county undertake Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) for Year 5s. The LEA collect the information and disseminate it to schools.

We use the results as a check for whether children are making expected progress and to also diagnose any learning difficulties. 

If you are not familiar with CATs then the scores do require some explanation and interpretation. For that matter, we ask that if you would like to know your child's CAT scores that you contact Mr Ryan by telephone or visit - they will not be sent out 'cold' by default.


11 Jan 2013 09:45am

P1110043First of the new year, Blue Coat's Big Breakfast was brilliantly attended this morning by parents, children and staff to bring about a lively, sociable start to the day. Pupils' learning was perused on both the big screen ('Gangnam style' anybody?) and on table tops set up around the perimeter of the hall to keep parents and children informed as to what is being learnt throughout the Key Stage 2 classes.

A huge thanks to Mrs Haywood and her catering team as well as office and teaching staff for your voluntary input - it's much appreciated! Finally, a big 'thank you' to all families in attendance for supporting the Big Breakfast and allowing it to continue to be a success.

Mrs Sellick...

23 Dec 2012 04:50pm

DSCN3095...talented teacher and much-loved member of the Blue Coat team spent her last (official) day with us on Friday. We couldn't let it go without a celebration of some of our fondest memories of Mrs Sellick (below).

We're hoping to see Mrs Sellick around Blue Coat at some point in the new year... once she's picked up a "suntan" and has a substantial number of airmiles under her belt! [Maybe she'll drop a few hints on the school blogs from time to time?]

Best of luck, Mrs Sellick, and a massive thank you from the whole school community for all that you have achieved at Blue Coat over the past 21 years - a huge legacy remains.

Just To Say...

21 Dec 2012 11:44am


20 Dec 2012 11:14am

IMG 6161This year Key Stage 2 decided to go with a performance that would unite both mileposts and provide a Christmas bonanza for our parents. The result was impressive. The performance focused on the appreciation for the paraphenalia associated with Christmas but emphasised the point that at the heart of it all, aside from all of the distracting trimmings, Christmas is about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Key Stage 2 achieved this by craftily weaving in the pop culture theme of X-Factor and with it some convincing acting (corny jokes excused!), catchy songs, instrumental performances, energetic dance routines and, above all, some superb singing.

18 Dec 2012 05:30pm

leagueThe Department for Education now annually devise school league tables based on schools' performances within each local education authority. They are available here:

Gloucestershire League Tables published by the DFE

[Columns can be sorted by clicking on column headers as well as the light blue ribbons and tabs at the top of the page.]

13 Dec 2012 05:15pm

IMG 5518For the first time in living memory our Early Years part of the school married with Key Stage 1 this year to bring a 'super nativity' to parents. The performance, entitled 'Hey Ewe', was a slightly humourous take on the nativity from the perspective of 3 charismatic sheep!

The children were fantastic. Loud, clear voices coupled with beautiful acting, cheeky jokes and wonderful singing made for a very successful performance with many highlights - some of which have been kindly snapped by talented parent Mr Titley (huge thanks for sharing such high quality images with the school community!)

07 Dec 2012 09:10am

kids-rooms-wooden-nativity-set-webYesterday, the ever creative Open the Book team treated our children to a performance of the Christmas Nativity. The team always endeavour to engage and weave children into their teachings and yesterday was no exception - numerous children joined the cast playing key roles.

A huge thanks to the team for all of their support thus far in underlining our Christian Values at Blue Coat every Thursday. This is an anticipated part of the children's weekly timetable and it never disappoints.

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

'Thank you' to all those who attended and made the Open Morning today possible!

07 Nov 17 at 11:55am