Trip to the Quarry Park and River Cruise on the Sabrina Boat

To celebrate the end of an amazing summer term Dragonflies and Caterpillars are off for a River Cruise on the Sabrina Boat. We will then spend some time in the Quarry park/Splashpark followed by a picnic and Ice Lollies.

The visit will take place on Tuesday the 16th of July, departing school at 9.30am and returning around 2.00pm.

Children will need to wear PE kits and bring a water bottle, sun lotion, swimwear and a towel. Nursery children will also need to bring a packed lunch. Reception children will have a packed lunch provided for them.

This trip is available for all of Dragonflies and Caterpillars who attend Nursery on Tuesdays.

The cost of this trip is £12.35, which includes the cost of the River Cruise, transport and insurance. Payment for this trip should be made via your child’s Arbor account prior to the date of the trip. Although costs for trips are voluntary, in reality the school has no other means of funding these trips. We hope that everyone can contribute to the trip in some way.

Please note that this visit is covered by the Annual Consent Form for Trips/visits & Medical Information. Please notify the school immediately if there are any changes to your contact/emergency contact details or medical information.

SEND Hub Consultation

Headteacher:  Mr Sam Aiston

Bowbrook Primary School

Consultation to open a SEN Resourced Provision

 

PROPOSAL:

Bowbrook Primary School’s governing body is proposing to create a SEN resourced provision for EYFS/KS1 children from September 2024, in collaboration with the Local Authority. As part of this proposal, the DFE (Department for Education) and the local authority have requested us to consult with all parents and nearby schools to make sure that all stakeholders have their opportunity to express their thoughts on this proposal.

Background

As you may well be aware there is an increase in the demand for special school places and SEN resourced provision places nationally. At present, special schools and resourced provision places are oversubscribed nationally and locally. This means that some children who require a specialist school place either must wait for a place to become available or must travel some distance daily to be able to access the nearest available provision. Schools in Shropshire have been approached by the Local Authority to support them with an additional resourced provision in the locality. The Governors and The 3-18 Education Trust have therefore proposed Bowbrook Primary School to support the need for this additional provision in our area.

For us as a school, this is a fantastic opportunity to continue to build on the work we do to support all our pupils and would further increase the expertise of our staff in supporting a range of special educational needs.

The 3-18 Education Trust, Bowbrook Primary School, and the Local Authority propose to develop a 10-place special educational needs resourced provision within the existing footprint of the school building.

The main benefits of this proposal:

The SEN resourced provision will accommodate up to 21 primary-aged children over time with an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) with communication and interaction difficulties/MLD (moderate learning difficulties). Initially, the plan will be to start with 3 children and then grow in stages in-line with the school’s class growth.

The SEN resourced provision will accommodate existing space in the school building and there will be an internal addition to the school building to accommodate sensory facilities near the envisaged resourced provision classroom.

The SEN resourced provision would be separately funded, and both current and additional staff would be recruited to ensure that the provision of the resourced provision would not impact the quality of education currently provided at Bowbrook Primary School. Existing SEND staff are experienced and qualified to support the development of the new provision, and the school has appropriate space available.

Without the expansion, there would be insufficient suitable places for SLCN/MLD pupils in Shropshire, and their special needs may not be met locally.

Minimal capital funding will be required by the school to implement this proposal. It will not affect the capacity of the school and does not put pressure on existing classroom spaces.

The Process

The proposed indicative timetable is as follows:

3-week Consultation Period:   Monday 10th June 2024 to Monday 1st July 2024. There is a 3-week consultation period, during which anyone with a view on the change can write to the governing body to inform them. Once the consultation period has closed governors will meet to consider all the responses before making a final decision on any changes. All responses must be received by 12pm on Friday 28th June 2024.

Governing Body meeting: The Governing Body will meet to consider the consultation responses and whether to implement this proposal on the week of Monday 1st July 2024. We will respond to, answer any parent questions, and post answers to any questions raised on our school website. If it is agreed that the proposal will be implemented, then the proposed implementation will take effect as of 1st September 2024.

Please respond to the Consultation by 1st July 2024:

In writing:

Mr Sam Aiston

 

Headteacher (on behalf of the Chair of Governors),

Bowbrook Primary School

Or by emailing: admin@bow.318education.co.uk with the subject line Consultation.

Airea 51 Trip for Dragonflies & Caterpillars

As part of our “witness the fitness week” we are taking the children to Airea51 indoor adventure park in Telford.

The visit will take place on Tuesday the 9th of July, departing school at 9.00am and returning around 11.30am.

The cost for this trip is £10.85, which includes the cost of entry, transport and insurance. Payment for this trip should be made via your child’s Arbor account prior to the date of the trip. Although costs for trips are voluntary, in reality the school has no other means of funding these trips. We hope that everyone can contribute to the trip in some way.

This trip is available for all of Dragnonflies and Caterpillars who attend Nursery on Tuesdays.

Children will need to come to school wearing their PE kits and trainers. All children will need to bring water bottles.

All children will need to have the following waiver completed by a parent/guardian. If the waiver is not complete they will not be able to take part.

Waivers (roller.app)

 

Please note that this visit is covered by the Annual Consent Form for Trips/visits & Medical Information. Please notify the school immediately if there are any changes to your contact/emergency contact details or medical information.

Summer Events-Dates for your diary

We are really excited to share with you our summer events, taking place during June and July.

There will be plenty of opportunities to have fun in the sunshine.

Thursday 20th of June –We kick off the fun by inviting you to join us watch England Vs Denmark (5pm Kick off). Please arrive from 4.30pm where we will have a bar selling drinks and snacks. We will have the big screen ready to watch the match. Please invite family and friends, everyone is welcome. You can pay for tickets on the door £2 per adult, £1 per child.

Saturday the 29th of June- From Midday we will be holding Bowbrook Festival. The Farm on Wheels will be with us 12-2, where you will have the opportunity to feed the Lambs, cuddle the Rabbits or if you’re brave hold a Rat. There will also be inflatables, food stalls, face painting and much more. Please invite family and friends along as everyone is welcome. Its going to be a fantastic day. Entry prices £2 per adult, £1 per child.

Wednesday 10th of July– from 9.15am we will be holding our first ever sports day. Come along to support the children in their first Bowbrook Sports Day.

Thursday 11th July– get your trainers ready and be prepared for some messy fun. Come and take part in our Colour run. £2 per adult £1 for children.

Friday 12th July – starting at 3.30 we will have Kids vs Parents/Carers Football match. Join the fun and we will provide refreshments after.

Wednesday 17th July at 1pm we are inviting parents/carers to join our Food Roadshow. The children will have the opportunity to prepare a meal and take part in an entertaining food show. This will then lead on to a sharing picnic and drama performances from our children. We would appreciate it if you can bring a small amount of food to share at the picnic. Please invite your family and friends to come along from 3.30pm for the sharing picnic and drama performances.

There is no pressure to attend these events, we would obviously love to see as many of you there, if you are able to attend.

We cant wait start our first summer at Bowbrook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governor Election

Dear Parents/Carers,

Parent Governor Election

We recently ran a Parent Governor election. However, unfortunately not everyone had the opportunity to vote for the candidates. As a result we need to repeat the process therefore we would like to ask you to vote for a new Parent Governor.

The candidates are:
-Abigail Haylett

-Kathy Hollinshead

Each candidate has submitted a supporting statement which you can read prior to voting. You may vote for one candidate. Each parent can only vote once, regardless of the number of pupils you have attending the school.

The supporting statements are attached and the link to submit your vote is below:

Voting Link

The election will be decided by a simple majority of votes cast. In the event of a tie, the Chair of the Local Governing Body (LGB) and Headteacher will request a Knowledge and Skills Assessment from the tied candidates and recommend appointment by the Trustees based the candidate skills.

You have until Tuesday 28th May at 10:00am to cast your votes. When the election has been completed, the successful candidate will have to complete certain compliance documentation including a DBS check. We will let you know the outcome as soon as we can, but the process can take up to 4 weeks.

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to support this election.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sam Aiston (Headteacher)  and Mr Phil Wilson (Chair of LGB)

 

Bowbrook Primary School Local Parent Governor Nominations May 2024
Personal Statements

Nomination 1
Abigail Haylett

I am passionate about great education for our children and feel the ethos of Bowbrook matches that of our own, as parents. The fine blend of academic study with explorative and sensory experience is key to a developing child and something I fully support. I am a registered paediatric nurse with post graduate level education, working in public health so have integrated interest to promote equitable, high-standard education for our growing community.

I have a lot of safeguarding experience due to my role and respect the restrictions regarding confidential information. I have a flexible working schedule which allows me time to dedicate to the role of parent local governor and support the share of workload. I understand the importance of good teamwork within this role to get the best outcomes for the children and staff at the school, along with having an eye for compliance and good evaluation.

As a person, I have a warm personality and am very approachable – a trait I feel is important for the school community to know they are represented well on the board. As a family, we have had a great experience at Bowbrook with our youngest starting in the nursery class, with a view to continue his primary education. I hope to support the school as a school governor to give all families the same positive experience we have had so far. We also have experience of another established school locally, so I feel that will also contribute well to the journey of Bowbrook.

Nomination 2
Kathy Hollinshead

I wish to apply for the role of Parent Governor. My son, Rupert, has recently joined the Reception class at Bowbrook and has received such a warm welcome enabling him to settle quickly into his new class. As we are new to the area, I am keen to get to know the school better and engage with the local community.

I am passionate about working with children and improving their education and life-chances. I want to ensure all children have access to opportunities and am particularly keen to support children’s mental health. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant but have previously taught pupils in a range of settings, as a classroom teacher and an outdoor education officer. Therefore, I understand the pressures of the job and have a broad knowledge of education, the curriculum, SEN and safeguarding. I also have an understanding of the challenges schools face in terms of budgets and funding.

As a Parent Governor, I would like to learn more about the pressures faced by the school and provide support where needed. I am keen to help the school and the dedicated staff who work so hard to provide opportunities for the children.

I feel that my professional skills and my strong commitment to improving outcomes for all children would make me an excellent choice for the role of Parent Governor. I would be delighted to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the education of my child and the school as a whole.

Headteacher update

Summer feels like it has finally arrived. The weather has been wonderful this past week and this has given us the perfect opportunity to get outside and use our outdoor space. There is a lot of work that still needs doing so we have the environment we want – hopefully this will all be completed before the new academic year.

We have a hectic summer coming up with lots of community events and sporting challenges and experiences. This is a fantastic time in a primary school and one that we are all very much looking forward to.

Planning for next year is well underway and I have been working with Mrs Hollis and the other teachers to ensure everything is in place for next year. In our recent assembly I mentioned that I would like feedback from parents as to what we can improve on next year. I have already had some excellent suggestions and will be hosting a parent meeting towards the end of year so we have the chance to review the year and discuss the future.

In the meantime if there are any problems then please get in touch.

Enjoy the sunshine.

 

Sam Aiston

Governor Election

Dear Parents/Carers,

Parent Local Governor Election

We wrote to you on 14th March 2024 to invite nominations for the vacancy for a parent local Governor. I am delighted to say that there has been a response and there are two candidates for the vacancy. This means we must now hold an election and would like to ask you to vote for a candidate.

The candidates are:
-Abigail Haylett

-Kathy Hollinshead

Each candidate has submitted a supporting statement which you can read prior to voting. You may vote for one candidate. Each parent can only vote once, regardless of the number of pupils you have attending the school.

The supporting statements are attached and the link to submit your vote is below:

Voting Link

The election will be decided by a simple majority of votes cast. In the event of a tie, the Chair of the Local Governing Body (LGB) and Headteacher will request a Knowledge and Skills Assessment from the tied candidates and recommend appointment by the Trustees based the candidate skills.

You have until Tuesday 14 May at 10:00am to cast your votes. When the election has been completed, the successful candidate will have to complete certain compliance documentation including a DBS check. We will let you know the outcome as soon as we can, but the process can take up to 4 weeks.

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to support this election.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Phil Wilson
Chair of LGB

 

Bowbrook Primary School Local Parent Governor Nominations May 2024
Personal Statements

Nomination 1
Abigail Haylett

I am passionate about great education for our children and feel the ethos of Bowbrook matches that of our own, as parents. The fine blend of academic study with explorative and sensory experience is key to a developing child and something I fully support. I am a registered paediatric nurse with post graduate level education, working in public health so have integrated interest to promote equitable, high-standard education for our growing community.

I have a lot of safeguarding experience due to my role and respect the restrictions regarding confidential information. I have a flexible working schedule which allows me time to dedicate to the role of parent local governor and support the share of workload. I understand the importance of good teamwork within this role to get the best outcomes for the children and staff at the school, along with having an eye for compliance and good evaluation.

As a person, I have a warm personality and am very approachable – a trait I feel is important for the school community to know they are represented well on the board. As a family, we have had a great experience at Bowbrook with our youngest starting in the nursery class, with a view to continue his primary education. I hope to support the school as a school governor to give all families the same positive experience we have had so far. We also have experience of another established school locally, so I feel that will also contribute well to the journey of Bowbrook.

Nomination 2
Kathy Hollinshead

I wish to apply for the role of Parent Governor. My son, Rupert, has recently joined the Reception class at Bowbrook and has received such a warm welcome enabling him to settle quickly into his new class. As we are new to the area, I am keen to get to know the school better and engage with the local community. 

I am passionate about working with children and improving their education and life-chances. I want to ensure all children have access to opportunities and am particularly keen to support children’s mental health. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant but have previously taught pupils in a range of settings, as a classroom teacher and an outdoor education officer. Therefore, I understand the pressures of the job and have a broad knowledge of education, the curriculum, SEN and safeguarding. I also have an understanding of the challenges schools face in terms of budgets and funding.

As a Parent Governor, I would like to learn more about the pressures faced by the school and provide support where needed. I am keen to help the school and the dedicated staff who work so hard to provide opportunities for the children.

I feel that my professional skills and my strong commitment to improving outcomes for all children would make me an excellent choice for the role of Parent Governor. I would be delighted to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the education of my child and the school as a whole.

 

Getting strong!

Physical development is one of the prime areas of Early Years learning and is something we are passionate about here at Bowbrook. Our children love our monkey bars. We have a climbing wall being delivered next week.

Head’s update

Hope everyone has had a great week.

We have got our list for our new Reception class from September. We are so excited to welcome our new families and know that they will be made so welcome by our current community.

As you know we are determined to make school life for our children really special and we are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible. Already we have plenty of things in place for the end of this academic year and the start of next but we will also be requesting your feedback as to what we can do to improve further.

Speaking of improving further, we are delighted that we have Becky Hollis joining us as the Year 1 teacher from September. We had 59 applicants for that position and are thrilled that we are able to have an experienced and dynamic teacher for the little superstars we have in school.

We will be sending out dates for next half term – it is going to be a busy one full of activity!

Have a great week and as always, any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sam Aiston

Letter regarding Lockdowns

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our school is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our pupils and our priority is to keep the children safe at all times.  I am writing to remind you about Lockdown emergency procedures, we have in place, should our school ever need to go into ‘Lockdown’.  A school lockdown is the opposite of an evacuation.  In a ‘lockdown’ children and staff remain inside the building for their safety.

It is standard health and safety practice for schools to have lockdown procedures in place as it is good practice for schools to prepare for all situations regardless of how unlikely their occurrence may seem.

Please read a brief summary below.

Lockdown Procedures

 

Lockdown procedures should be seen as a sensible and proportionate response to any external or internal incident, which has the potential to pose a risk to staff and pupils in the school.

Lockdown procedures may be activated in response to any number of situations including:

  • A reported incident / civil disturbance in the local community.
  • An intruder on or outside the school site.
  • A warning being received regarding a risk locally, of air pollution (smoke plume, gas cloud etc)
  • The close proximity of a dangerous dog roaming loose.

 

There are two levels of lockdown :

Partial lockdown during which staff and pupils remain in the school building. School activities carry on as normal, however, entrances and exits to the school would be locked and monitored closely.  All staff are aware and on alert to be vigilant. Children and parents would not be aware of the situation in this instance.

Full lockdown during which all staff and children would remain inside the building.   Internal and external doors and windows would be locked and staff and pupils are to remain seated, quiet and out of view.  Children would be fully aware of the situation in this instance and the school would follow instructions from the Emergency Services.  Parents would be informed in this situation.

 

 

The Lockdown procedure is available on the school website and all staff have been trained on the procedure.  We will be carrying out a practice exercise of a ’partial lockdown’.   Primary Schools are not advised to complete ‘Full Lockdown’ drills due to the children’s age.  We will talk to the children about this in classrooms with class teachers in a sensitive manner.   It is obviously not our intention to make any child feel anxious, however it is important that we have procedures in place and practice these to ensure everybody is clear on what they need to do.

Our school site is extremely secure and access is restricted, so we are almost operating on ‘partial lockdown’ as a normal everyday routine.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sam Aiston

Headteacher

 

 

 

Cooking

We are so lucky at Bowbrook to have a room that is designated for cooking. Throughout the summer term we will be taking the children up there and discussing healthy food choices, measuring out ingredients and making some delicious treats.

The sun is out

Finally we have a bit of sun and we are determined to make the most of it. We want our children outdoors as much as possible to run around and take in the fresh air.

After School Club

Our After School Club runs from 3.20 – 5.30pm. There will be opportunities to go outside and use the bikes and our outdoor equipment. There will be various craft activities, healthy snacks and visits to Mini-Bowbrook and the Imagination Playground.

New staff member

We have Miss Lauren Taylor in our team. Lauren will be in the office or in Nursery for this half term. I am sure everyone will make her feel welcome.

Head’s update

Summer term is here!
We are so excited for this term. Hopefully we get some nice weather and we can spend lots of time outside. The outdoors can be the best classroom in the world.

There are some new faces amongst the children and staff. Miss Taylor has joined our team and you will see her in the front office and in the Nursery classroom. We have some new children, particularly in Nursery. Please help welcome the new families into our community.

We want to make this term incredible for the children and have many visits and visitors planned. As always we want our parents and the wider community involved.

It seems to have flown by but we will be looking at transitions to the next year group for the majority of our children this term. We have waiting lists for our Nursery and Reception classes for next year which shows the success of our teaching team and the support that we have received from our community.

As always, any questions then please come and speak to me. Any ideas for trips or activities are always welcome.

Sam Aiston

 

 

Relationships and Sex Education (RE/RSE) and Physical Health and Mental Well-Being Policy

Dear Parents/Carers,

Relationship and Health Education (RHE)

It is compulsory for all schools to teach Relationships Education and Health Education. The purpose of these subjects is to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – to equip them for adult life and to help support children to make positive contributions to society.

You can read our the policy below:

RSHE-Consultation-Spring-2024.docx (live.com)

As part of this, all schools are required to consult with parents/carers when developing and reviewing their policies, which will inform decision on when and how certain content is covered.

Effective engagement gives the space and time for parent/carers to input, ask questions, share concerns and for the school to decide the way forward. We will listen to your views, and then make a reasonable decision on how best to proceed. When and how content is taught is ultimately a decision for the school, and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content.

Completing the Parent Consultation Online Survey

You can complete the online survey by clicking on the link below:

https://forms.office.com/e/qJyi1QYzkW

Please note the survey is available to complete at any point, with no end date – responses will be reviewed periodically and considered when the policy is reviewed each year.

Alternatively you may wish to discuss the Policy content in person if so please arrange a meeting with myself.

You can find further details about the introduction of compulsory Relationships and Health Education, as well as answers to many other frequently asked questions, on the  Government website

Thank you very much for your time and helping support the school.

Sam Aiston

 

Save the date for our next community event

Get your singing voices warmed up!

Librarians

Now we have a wonderful new library, we have trained up our librarians. They were rewarded with their very own librarian badge which they will be wearing everyday. If anyone needs any support with finding a particular book, these are the people to call!

 

 

Chocolate!

Easter is coming and this week we have had so much fun (and chocolate)! We have made use of our cooking facilities and made some delicious Easter treats. We also had an Easter Egg hunt around the whole school!

 

After school club

Our After school club runs from 3.20 – 5.30 every night with Miss Ferguson and Mrs Engler. There is food, games, craft activities, bikes, imagination playground and lots more.

Headteacher’s update

Our second term is over. Much like the first, it has been incredibly busy. When I looked back through our social media posts, I can’t believe how much we have done and the opportunities that our children have had.

Our school continues to grow and we are consistently getting more children. Our Reception class and Nursery for September are over subscribed. We are determined to maintain the sense of community and keep that close relationship with our families as we continue on this journey to a full school. On the subject of families, we could not ask for a more supportive group. The support and engagement has been like nothing I have experienced before and everyone, particularly the children are benefitting from this. There are new staff who have joined us and they have fitted in wonderfully well. Anyone who joins this school understands the expectations and that they will be going above and beyond to provide exciting learning opportunities for the children. This will continue to be the case.

Next term will be fantastic. Hopefully the weather will be brighter and we will be able to use the outside areas that we are developing. There will be many opportunities for our parents to visit and be involved and there will be several community events. It will be the best term yet.

Have a great Easter everyone and look forward to a brilliant Summer.

 

Sam Aiston

Reverend Charlotte

Reverend Charlotte popped in to pay us a visit today. We enjoy the support from the local church and the children enjoyed listening to her story and acting it out.

Headteacher update

This week has been World Book week. Once again our parents have been fantastic. We have had secret story tellers (our parents) come in through the week to read to our children. They have loved it. We have had all kinds of activities and visitors and I know Mrs Madden will make it into a cool video to share with you all.

We are recruiting for a Year 1 teacher currently. We are delighted that we have had so many applicants and the process to find the best one suited to Bowbrook has begun. We have been very clear to all our applicants that we are the ‘school of opportunity’ and there will be an expectation to provide far more than high quality teaching and we will expect a range of enrichment and extra curricular provision for our children.

We are continuing to put plans in place for our outdoor area. We have managed to recruit someone to work on our fields so look out for developments throughout the summer term.

Next week is Science week and we have some fun experiments and visits for the children.

Have a great week.

Sam Aiston

World Book week

On Monday afternoon we will be opening our library at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to join us. We will then be sharing a story in the Dance studio to celebrate World Book week.

Headteacher update

I hope everyone has had a good couple of weeks. This is the first Newsletter since half term and the children have quickly settled back into their routines.

This week has been incredible. Our focus has been Around the World and we have been celebrating the cultural diversity that we have within our families. We have had a live chat with Ebo school in Gambia and learned all about life in the school and the surrounding community. We have also found out all about Canada and Spain and have been lucky enough to try out some delicious food. The children have found out all about India and the Caribbean and had French lessons and sang songs from around the world. We are so lucky to have parents who are prepared to come in and educate our children and we are so grateful.

We have had Miss Jones and Mrs Engler join our team this week and we are excited to have two extremely experienced teaching assistants to support the children. Mrs Courtney will also be joining us shortly. We are currently recruiting a Year 1 teacher and have had incredible interest- rightly so too as it is a wonderful opportunity. We will be appointing the teacher before Easter so they can visit our school and meet the children before starting in September.

As always, if there are any issues do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sam Aiston