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.

National Support School….News

We are pleased to let our community know that we have been designated a National Support School.  I have been designated a National Leader of Education.

This designation means we will be working with other schools to help them improve and secure improved outcomes for children.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the team at Norbridge Academy to work with others and it is recognition of the level of skill and professionalism within our school.

We are very excited about this news and we will keep you informed as our work in this new role develops.

 

 

Away Days and Memories

I am currently on a residential visit with our year six pupils at Peak Venture, near Barnsley.  There was a howling wind as I ventured outside early this morning for my usual walk.  I was met with all manner of weather and it would be fair to say it was a wee bit chilly. I even managed to appreciate some rather stinging sleet!

I was thinking about the things I have seen the children achieve during the first two days of our visit.  I have seen the quieter more reserved children show great courage when climbing to a great height and admired their determination to push themselves to their limit.  It has been a privilege to see the children tackle things they have never done before and it has been clear to me that their resilience and determination has grown.

The greatest part of watching children learning is when you see them having fun and they are sharing experience and knowledge with their peers.  This particular group have been very good at being positive and encouraging their friends when things are tough.

I particularly enjoyed watching them during the activities this morning.

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?”

Scrooge – A Ghost of a Chance …Rehearsals

I have just had a sneak-preview of our Christmas performance and I have been amazed.  The singing was beautiful and the young lady in the lead role of Scrooge was awesome.  I do not want to give too much away but our parents and visitors will be in for a real treat when this is performed.

It is great to see the children working together and each of them playing their part in creating something that is going to be awesome.  I am looking forward to seeing the first performance and I may even share a snippet on my blog so you can see the quality of the performance.  Check back for more updates soon.

To Tweet or Not To Tweet?

It promises to be an interesting day on a number of fronts.  One of the various items on the agenda today is our visit to Carr Hill Primary School in Retford.  We are going to be working together this year on a number of areas and we take our first steps on our journey today.

It will to be of great benefit to all of us involved as we work together during this academic year.  Collaboration is a powerful process when done well, with real purpose and I am looking forward to developing our work together during this year.

It would help us if you can comment on how you have used social media to help you with your work / blogging.  Thank you.

 

First Day

It has been a busy first day of the new term.  It was lovely to see all of the children settle straight down to their work in their new classrooms.  I have met lots of new faces in school today and it has been a real pleasure to see the children making new friends.

There will be lots of interesting events coming soon and the school will be very busy over the coming term.  Keep checking the blogs to keep up to date with events in school and remember we love comments on our work.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

A new term approaches…

It is not long now until we are back in school and it is looking great as the staff prepare classrooms for the arrival of the children.  Some changes have taken place over the summer, including the arrival of our new classrooms.  There has been a great deal of effort put in making sure they will be ready for the start of term. Here is a glimpse of the new classrooms from outside.

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Our theme this year is “A year of Endeavour.”  This will place responsibility on us to ensure that we all work as hard as we can to reach our full potential.  This theme will be seen in everything we do in our lives, not just at school.  I am looking forward to hearing your inspirational stories about what you achieve and also what you do to serve and help others.

Mr Scott deserves a mention for performing so well in his maths and English exams and we are very proud of him.  If you see him in school please congratulate him as I know he will appreciate it.  He has worked so hard to achieve so well in the tests.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays and make sure you are raring to go!