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16 Dec 2016 03:31pm

2016 12 16 03.38.34 pmWhat a busy but rewarding few weeks of advent in the lead up to the Christmas break! 4 EYFS-KS1 Nativity performances, 2 KS2 Christmas productions, a Year 3/4 Christingle Service, numerous choir events, a PTA-sponsored visit from Santa, a playground sing-song around the Christmas tree... and much more! 

In the midst of all this excitement we've had tremendous support from parents attending these events but also by bringing some hope into the lives of others in need...

29 Nov 2016 11:50am

Rachel Murray portrait Blue Coat school

Learning through purposeful, creative and engaging play has been on a rapid upwards curve over the past couple of years at Blue Coat. In this time, we have won nationally recognised awards putting the school in the top 10 of play providing institutions in the country. It would seem unlikely that we could go much further right now... or could we?

10 Nov 2016 02:29pm

UnknownAs our minds prepare for the Christmas season, with advent just around the corner, we have started to reflect in school on those for whom our Christian value of Hope this term may be in short supply.

This year, as we have done in the recent past, Blue Coat has decided to support the cause of the Samaritan's Purse 'Operation Christmas Child'.

Support for the appeal takes the shape of donors providing a shoebox that they have carefully packed with a range of gifts suitable for youngsters who are in need of hope at Christmas time. These may be children subjected to poverty, disease, bereavement or otherwise. The children receive their gifts and realise that someone cares about them at this special time.

11 Oct 2016 01:24pm

2016 10 11 02.26.29 pmTechnical issues have prevented us from posting images sooner from our Reception Welcome Service  - but here they are now in their full glory!

Gratefully hosted by our home-from-home, St Mary's church, Reverand Axford led a service to formally welcome our youngest pupils and their families into the Blue Coat community. The service comprised of songs, hymns, readings from our Year 6 buddies and school leaders, as well as prayers and blessings.

12 Sep 2016 10:08am

clotc logoCelebrating success is a central part of Blue Coat's school ethos. This happens on a daily basis when we learn and play, but also we carve out time each Friday to celebrate the huge diversity of achievements of our pupils in our end-of-day worship.

However, successful pupils require successful adults to nurture them. Recognising this, we have nominated Mrs Murray, our play expert, for an Outstanding Contribution award offered by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC). 

We are delighted that her hard work and inspiration has enabled her to reach the final stages of nomination, in a shortlist of just 4 nominees from across the UK! 

29 Jul 2016 10:20am
qiBXKjraTThe value of Play at Blue Coat requires little explanation. Simply put: we believe it to be a key ingredient in our children's personal development in their quest to be 'Future Ready'.
Key ingredients require constant investment of time, inspiration and effort. Thankfully, we have Mrs Murray, the Play Team, committed parent helpers and, of course, our children as our biggest investors delivering on all 3.
With another year of play under our belts, this is how far we've come over 2015-16:
02 Jul 2016 07:50pm

up clip art up clip art 5Where has the year gone? With less than a handful of weeks of term left, there’s still lots to do, yet we begin to reflect on the year and how far we’ve come since September. 
Thanks to our fantastic pupils, staff, parents and wider community we have been able to chalk up another successful year where the school has improved across many areas. So, how exactly has Blue Coat got better? 

27 Jun 2016 01:20pm

2016 06 27 02.21.45 pmFollowing their success at the Cheltenham Arts Festival earlier in the year, our Year 2 and 6 dancers were invited to perform at the annual Gloucestershire School Games Celebration Evening.

The Active Gloucestershire event, held at Gloucester Cathedral, showcased a diverse range of talents: from African Drumming to Fencing; from skateboarding to cheerleading. The programme of events offered something for everyone.

27 Jun 2016 12:10pm

test clip art cpa school testThe introduction of a new National Curriculum by the government brought about changes this year in the assessment at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. The changes were confusing for schools (let alone pupils and parents!) and many were conveyed very late - sometimes during the tests themselves. 

However, the government has issued information for parents to make some sense of the tests, the changes, and what you will receive from the school in terms of assessment information related to your child. We hope it proves to be helpful:

As well as annual reports to parents, the school will report separately to Year 2 and 6 parents on their child's performance by an envelope taken home by your child. When this information has been finalised we will relay it to parents - hopefully in the second week of July.

Sports Day 2016

13 Jun 2016 09:17am

IMG 6342The weather thankfully removed the 'question of sport' on Blue Coat's Sport Day last Friday! In fact, the sun even managed to shine in the afternoon when our youngest pupils took to their team sports.

The morning gave way to Key Stage 2 pupils where children started off earning team points competing in a carousel of activities of a 'field' event nature (with a few randoms thrown in for good measure!) Organised in their house team colours, the children earned roughly half of their points from this part of the sports day format.