New to English Centre of Excellence

Our New to English provision has gone from strength to strength over the last 5 years, and we have really enjoyed seeing children develop their language skills and confidence. Children who are brand new to the country settle in well, building relationships with other children quickly and happily. This means that children with small amounts or no English make rapid progress.

We are delighted that these developments mean that we are now an official ‘New to English Centre of Excellence’, along with 2 other primary schools and 3 secondary schools in Bradford. This is credit to our fantastic New to English team, who work their socks off to make NTE provision the very best it can be. As part of the award, we are looking forward to supporting and adding to the New to English expertise across Bradford.

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Attendance for the week ending 13th November 2015

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Newsletter 20th November 2015

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Professor Mick Waters visits school!

Last Friday, we had a visit from Professor Mick Waters (the Ex-Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) who came to see how school has developed since his last visit 5 years ago. You may remember, all those years ago, that Professor Waters made a special film all about Bowling Park (you can watch the video here Teachers’ TV).

Professor Waters was delighted with school, and sent us this very complimentary message to celebrate our achievements over the last 5 years:

“Looking around the school(s) was a delight in so many ways. There is so much going on in terms of getting the children to see the purpose in learning and then to go for the best they can. I could see where the school has moved on in the five years (!) since my last visit and the quality of the staff seems to be the drive for endless development. In passing, I used the word ‘sharp’ and I have thought since that it was quite a good word to use. There is something very sharp about the school in so many senses.

You seem to have the ability to drive for standards without factoring children out of the equation, which so many schools seem to do nowadays. The children are so obviously at the heart of the school.

Keep going…as a team there is so much to enjoy in the achievement…you really are ‘team incredible’.

Thanks for a smashing morning…it did me good”.

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Children in Need ‘Superhero’ day

We’re raising money for Children in Need today! Lots of children and staff have come dressed as superheroes and real-life heroes. We particularly enjoying Mr Herrington, Mr Langley and Mrs Thompson’s team effort as The Incredibles…

The Incredibles - children in need

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Children in Need

On Fri 13th November 2015, we will be celebrating Children in Need 2015! The theme is ‘Be a Hero’, so please come to school dressed as a hero.

This can be a super hero or an everyday/real life hero, for example a doctor or a teacher. Think about what qualities that make a good hero or a role model. They should be kind, self-less and brave. You could even come to school dressed as your mum, dad or someone from your family who looks after you.

Foundation Stage children will be learning about ‘Home Heros’, while KS1 will be looking at the importance of real life hero such as fire fighters.

Donations of £1.00 are warmly welcomed.

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We Love Books Day

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Born in Bradford

Check out this fantastic clip from the Born in Bradford conference, where poet Ian McMillan and photographer Ian Beesley talk about their work with children in current Year 4 at our Usher Street site. There is even a special performance from our children, who wrote a catchy song all about what they eat for tea.

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Bradford Apple Day

Bradford Apple Day

Sunday 18th October 2015

12.00noon to 4.00pm

Enjoy the orchard and join in activities such as:

  • Apple cake, juice, tea and coffee for sale.
  • Apple and chutney sale.
  • Horticultural advice and trees for sale
  • Apple tasting and activities
  • Music
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