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21 Feb 2013 01:49pm

SickThe Health Protection Agency have released a memo to Gloucestershire schools outlining concerns of recent trends in measles infection in the locality. This is available for you to view in its entirety below but at the very least please could parents be watchful of some of the common symptoms:

09 Feb 2013 07:30pm

DSCN0365Our playtimes at Blue Coat are 'fine' - but that's just the problem. Children largely entertain themselves and we've identified that we should be doing more to make these times more engaging socially and physically for the children whilst injecting a big dose of fun into the mix. 

01 Feb 2013 09:15am

IMG 4319Last night Blue Coat held its first vision setting meeting in recent memory. This essential part of the consultation process saw a healthy turnout of around 60 parents and members of the wider school community who were personally invited to attend. Also in attendance were teachers, school governors, PTA members and the school's leadership team who hosted the event. 

2020 Vision?

24 Jan 2013 12:03pm

visionNext Thursday evening, 31st January, the school cordially invites you to have your say in Blue Coat's vision for 2020 and beyond! We will be contemplating current and future world trends as well as hearing (and seeing!) what the children's vision for their school is.

The meeting should be a positive opportunity for all stakeholders from our extended community to discuss what they believe is most important in making Blue Coat the best possible school it can be for our pupils.  

If you are able to attend for some or all of the meeting then please take this unique opportunity to have your say next Thursday from 7-8.30pm in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

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


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