New year update
8 January 2019 (by admin)
As we settle into 2019, we’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of our achievements during the autumn term.
Growing in partnership
At the start of the new academic year we became part of the Birmingham Diocesan Academies Trust.
Joining this group of schools lead by the Birmingham Diocese, (who have been a valued partner of ours as a Church of England School for many years), enables us to work together with a shared commitment to providing a high quality education with a Christian ethos for children of the local community of any faith or none. We have increased opportunities for collaboration to share best practice and learning, and benefit from strong centralised support.
The values for which the trust stands are closely aligned to ours and are based on our distinctiveness as a Church of England school. One of the main aims is to ensure our pupils and staff enjoy life in all its fullness.
Head teacher Mr Edwards said, “Our conversion to an academy marks the most significant change to the school’s structure and governance since its inception, and we are delighted to be part of such a forward thinking, aspirational and supportive trust who share our commitment to driving continuous improvement.”
To find out more, visit www.bdatschools.com.
A chance to reflect
We have been developing our “pop-up prayer space” concept which first launched during the summer. During one special week each half term staff transform an area of the school into a quiet and relaxing space for prayer, thought and reflection, with a variety of fun, creative and sensory activities based around a particular theme. Previously children focused on bringing and leaving their worries at the prayer space. Most recently the focus has been on the Lord’s Prayer.
Miss Goodfellow, RE Coordinator said, “These kind of events are part of what helps us live our values as a Church of England school, where Christian love and commitment are expressed in everyday life. We extend an invitation to family members to come and explore our prayer space with their children at the end of the day, and we have received really positive feedback about the value they have found in sharing this quality time together.”
Headteacher Mr Edwards added, “The pastoral care of our children is so important because when we have happy, positive children they have a better chance of becoming the best that they can be. With the pop up prayer space we wanted to give them a quiet place and time to refresh, and share their thoughts in a way that also celebrates our Christian distinctiveness.”
Breaking new ground
As our school continues to grow, we are pleased to report our latest building project to create a new Year 1 classroom is due for completion in the spring. We are now two form entry from Reception to Year 6, and the governors are delighted to have been able to extensively develop the school and nursery buildings over the last decade without compromising on our fantastic outside areas, which gives our children a safe space for plenty of fun and fresh air right in the heart of Coleshill. We’d love to show you what’s changed - please get in touch to make an appointment.
Thinking of others
Finally thank you to everyone who took time to think of others at Christmas with a shoebox donation to our Operation Christmas Child charity appeal, helping to bring joy to children in need around the world.