Catching up…..

It has been a very busy time at Norbridge in the past 6 months.  Lots of visits have taken place and since I last blogged and I have run two half marathons.  As it has been a while since I shared news I thought I would catch up and bring people up to date with events in school.

We have visited France and Hathersage during residentials this term and we visit Hathersage again next weekend.  It promises to be a cold spell and the children will gain so much when they carry out their activities there.  Miss Carter will be joining us for this visit and this will be her firast time on a residential trip.  I am sure she is looking forward to it.

Our new building is only weeks away from completion and the children and staff are very excited about moving in to their new classrooms.  It is looking so good and it will be a wonderful place for children to learn in.  Soon we will begin the process of moving everything we need into the new building.  Everyone is working hard to ensure things run smoothly.

Watch this space for details of our opening date!

First night at Kingswood

The children have started the activities really quickly after arriving earlier.  The greatest early struggles were mainly to do with trying to put a quilt inside a quilt cover.  Team work was the order of the day as the children helped each other to overcome the challenge.

The first ctivity was archery and the children really enjoyed the challenge of learning new skills.  There was some super shooting from lots of children and they coped very well with the cold and the fog.

The children have enjoyed the campfire activity and they loved singing and playing games with the instructors and staff.  It was an awesome experience being deep,in the woods playing games and seeing the children really laughing and enjoying the activity.  Some of the songs will be stuck in my head for many months to come.

The children are now in their dorms ready for a sleep.  I am not sure how much rest they will get as they are very excited about being away.  It promises to be a great week.   Check back on my blog tomorrow for more updates.

The Bus Project….

We have decided to create a series of short film clips that help us share some of our ideas that we have used in school.  If you want to share your thoughts on them that would be great or if you want to work together on a particular idea or project get in touch.

Our narrators have done so well with this new idea and we hope you enjoy watching.

Looking Forward….

It has been a very busy term at Norbridge Academy and there has been many great things to reflect upon.  Our “Get up and give” theme has seen many children and adults across the school community raise lots of money for very worthy causes.  I have been delighted to see so many people work so hard in the service of others.  It has been inspiring to see so many great acheivements by so many people.

Our children have taken part in a wide variey of activities and the staff continue to strive to give the children meaningful learning experiences that are exciting too.  Children have been fortunate to have the opportunity to attend extra lessons to ensure they accelerate their progress as they move through the school year.  I have been really impressed at the attitude and determination of the children.  This will ensure they do well and become resilient, which will help them in life when things may seem challenging.

We have created the company that will mean we will continue to work on developing a Multi Academy Trust.  This will be a chance for schools that have a real focus on learning and their students to become part of a company that delivers high academic standards and an excellent curriculum for all children within it.  The values thay underpin our trust will be honesty, endeavour and integrity.  We will be looking to work with schools that are keen to be part of an organisation that upholds these standards and have a real sense of moral purpose.  In the current educational climate integrity is a key part of partnership working.

We have recently seen the school league tables published and we are placed in the top ten percent of schools in the Country in England.  I am delighted to see the children be successful and I am also grateful to the staff and governors for the work that they do to ensure our children reach their full potential.

I have enjoyed seeing the children work so hard this year and show they are committed to reaching their full potential.  I am sure we will see more success stories as we enter 2017 and I look forward to working with all members of our school community to ensure we deliver a World-Class Education for all of the learners in our school.

Have a great break and see you in 2017.

Summer …..

There are lots of exciting things happening at Norbridge in the coming weeks.  It promises to be a very busy period and we are all excited about the great things that are happening.

We are in the finals of the Pupil Premium Awards in London in May and we are really happy to see the work of the children, staff, governors and directors get some recognition.  We will let you know the results on the day through twitter and my blog.

We have funding to extend our school by six classrooms and we are looking forward to seeing the building develop from scratch over the next twelve months.  The teachers and children are really looking forward to working in their brand new classrooms.  The plans for the building are wonderful and we can’t wait to see the finished building in the near future.

We will be working on a special area to remember James Allbones, who recently passed away.  We will work with James’s parents to develop this area and we are going to create a very special place that his friends can go to and remember him.  We will be having this work completed in the summer holiday.

I will update you with more news as we work as hard as we can to be the best we can be during the summer term.