Mr Bates’ Blog – May 2016

Welcome to my first blog! (revised and updated!)

One of the recommendations from our Estyn inspection was to share more information about the school with you more often so here goes with a ‘blog’ and welcome to the new school webpage!

To help improve communication generally, I will be regularly posting a Blog and updating the news and information on the webpage.

The webpage will focus on information and parent communication .

Our Twitter, will be where you can see class and school based photos and reports, and Seesaw and Dojo are where you can examples of great work and a way to share homework etc.

If you’d like to sign up for seesaw or dojo and are not sure how, just give us a call and one of us will help you.


So how are we faring post inspection? The inspection went well, which is a real credit to the staff and pupils; the report was published last Friday 20th May on the Estyn webpage. The mood around the school amongst the staff is certainly less stressed than it was pre inspection (and during!) and there is a sense that we can build positively on the findings. Thank you for your support as parents. We are delighted that maths, English, pupil behaviour and pupil wellbeing all came out as strengths, all of which are the cornerstones of primary education.

General school update

I think it’s important to share that we are currently going through a redundancy process with several members of the support staff. This is simply a factor of school income not matching costs despite a consistently high pupil number (we are once again over-subscribed for both Reception and Nursery for Sept and are currently running at 479 out of a capacity of 480).

Clearly this is a difficult time for the school and, in particular, those directly affected.

It’s summer…nearly

The Summer Term seems to have come around quicker than ever this year (possibly this reflects my ever increasing age!) and with it will come the usual frenzy of report writing, Sports Days (both successfully completed now) leavers’ ‘dos’ etc.

Various trips and visits are planned with the Year 6s heading off to Paulton’s Park near Southampton for some roller coaster action! The PTA will once again fund a pizza party in addition to this so that they can sport their smart outfits for a final blast at the school.

Getting on my bike!

On a personal front, I rode the South Wales Velothon on Sunday! (as did one of the parents – well done the other Mr B!). Once again amazing roadside support amidst some mixed weather – torrential rain and hail as I was going through Chain Bridge and glorious sunshine in Caerphilly. Well done Wales for promoting cycling! Wales is becoming increasingly well renowned for road cycling and, in particular, mountain biking.

So what do you think?

This is my first ‘Blog’ so thanks for sticking with me! I will look to do one a month and I’ll share it on e-mail, on the school webpage and put the link on our twitter page. Any feedback, please just let me know via my email or a chat at the front of the school at the end of the day.