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14 Oct 2015 09:40am

UnknownDue to the commitment of Blue Coat families, our school can be proud of high rates of pupil attendance. Extensive research shows the positive relationship that exists between pupil attendance and their in-school achievement.

For this reason, attendance really does matter and we take a wide range of actions in school to promote and support healthy pupil attendance.

The Department for Education (DfE) continues to highlight the importance of this issue through policymaking. As a result, we must highlight some recent changes that now affect schools and families nationally.

05 Oct 2015 09:06am

FullSizeRender-8Friday saw us formally saying 'Welcome' to our new Reception starters and their families at St Mary's Church. The service was packed full of songs, hymns, readings and, of course, the ceremonious placing of pebbles around the school's holy candle.

The tradition of pebbles was formed a few years ago by our Year 6's. As 'buddies' of our reception children, they wanted to formalise the friendship through gift-giving at the service.The pebbles were chosen to be handpainted so as to be customised for their buddy, with the reception child's name on the underside. The recipient's pebble sits around our holy candle throughout their first year at Blue Coat, symbolising the fact that they are the youngest learners whom are being nurtured and introduced to our Christian values of Respect, Responsibility, Creativity and Happiness.

30 Sep 2015 12:26pm

187567849Making the choice of which school is right for your child is a really big one, we know. In October we are going to help prospective parents of the school make that choice a little easier (we hope) by opening our doors to give a taster as to what we stand for and where we hope to be heading.

25 Sep 2015 04:12pm

2015-09-25 05.12.48 pmWe broke our 'Big Breakfast fast' today by reintroducing the event to our Key Stage 2 community. Support from families was, as usual, excellent as early risers tucked into a selection of cereals, pastries and drinks from 8am in our school hall.

Meet The Future

09 Sep 2015 12:55pm

FullSizeRenderLast week, children in Year 1 to Year 6 classes got creative in their electioneering campaign to be voted in as pupil leaders of our school. Blue Coat's Future Leaders are elected 'for the pupil by the pupil' on an annual basis. Their role? To work alongside the school's leaders to improve our school for everyone.

Announced in our Star Achiever assembly on Friday, the excitement mounted as this year's leaders were, one by one, called to the front to show the rest of the school who was representing them. The children were very convincing in their campaigns and gave pupils and teachers alike great confidence in them to communicate issues and ideas raised in classes to the school's leaders for their attention.

08 Sep 2015 12:58pm

BC 36 of 122Several newspaper column inches have been devoted to the government's launch of website over recent days. Recognising the importance of young people staying safe online, the Education Secretary has called for a website that informs parents of the perils of the online world and how they can help keep children safe. It raises parental awareness of a number of issues, websites, and technologies that parents should get to grips with, but also publishes a glossary of 'text chat' used by young people when socialising online. Please do check out this resource and its partnering websites for invaluable up-to-date information.

13 Jul 2015 08:08am

P1100552It's been 2 years since the school embarked on the OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) project. Without a Play Co-ordinator to spearhead the first year, we found it difficult to make progress with the ambitious plans we had for our pupils' play. That all changed, this academic year, with the appointment of Mrs Murray who has formed and led a fantastic 'Play Team'. They have trained and worked tirelessly to ensure that play times for our children are valuable, exciting and fulfilling. 

06 Jul 2015 12:41pm

IMG 5042Friday evening saw Gloucester Cathedral open its doors to a slightly more diverse crowd than usual. The Sainsburys School Games Celebration Ceremony was hosted both in and around the cathedral in honour of celebrating those who have represented their school in the Gloucestershire School Games over 2014-15. This involved the place of worship being turned into a haven for BMX bandits, skaters, dancers, cheerleaders, musicians, archers and gymnasts!

25 Jun 2015 04:07pm

IMG 2688This year's Sports Day was highly anticipated: a warm-up District Sports track event last night coupled with competitive tweaks to the Key Stage 1 format made for an interesting fixture.

The children did the format justice. 

03 Jun 2015 09:21am

check-mark1At our mid-year consultations, parents were asked to express their views on the school via paper questionnaires following the Ofsted suggested format. The questionnaire stretched across eleven key themes including how happy your child is at school through to bullying, reporting, homework and pupil progress. Ultimately, parents were also asked whether Blue Coat is a school that they would recommend to other parents.

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

Excellent support for both the KS1 last week and KS2 parent meeting this week. Thanks to all attending

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