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.

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.

Reflections and Projections…

The Christmas Holiday is now gone and we find ourselves digesting the last Rennie and looking forward to what is coming next and looking back over the holiday period and first term.  There is much to discuss in between reciting our times tables ready for another test.  It’s my favourite part of the holiday when we find out what surprises are in store, in terms of the next “new” idea.  I did enjoy the Minister refusing to answer the question regarding 12 x11.  Enough of this though, I want to reflect on the holidays and the near future.  This may prove to  mildly interest the reader and be cathartic for me.

We were really pleased to see our results published and in terms of progress from key stage one to the end of key stage two we are in the top 50 schools in the Country.  In the whole of the East Midlands we are the top performing school in terms of progress.  We see this is as just reward for the effort our children and staff put in.  Our parents support us in all that we do and this has meant our school is enjoying it’s longest period of sustained success.  Seven years of strong performance is further evidence of the commitment of everyone to ensuring our children are well prepared for their next stage of their education.

For us the next stage is to work towards being a multi-academy trust.  We are seeking to work with like-minded schools that are in a strong position and keen to share expertise for the good of all of our children.  This will be an exciting time for all of us as we look forward to developing new partnerships and further strengthening our curriculum.  If you want to talk to us please contact me at school for an informal discussion.

It’s a busy term and our year six pupils go to Kingswood Peak Venture in February.  This is a great visit as you see the children gain so much in terms of confidence and resilience.  It is a big part of our work outside the classroom and is a key strength in our curriculum.

Our double decker bus will be complete this half term as we turn it into a teaching space.  This will be a place where our children work on all areas of the curriculum, with a particular focus on blogging to a global audience.  We are excited about this part of our term as lots of hard work has already taken place to prepare the bus for the children.  Watch this space for news.

It promises to be a very challenging part of our year but we are well-placed to make sure we continue to provide our children with a primary school education that is world class.  As always, we are committed to our school mission to “Be The Best You Can Be”

The only thing left to ask is, “Who is coming with me?”