The plans to become part of St Bartholomew’s Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) are moving along and we are making progress. As it             involves a number of agencies including land registry, solicitors, the local authority, the diocese, parish council and HR, it does take a time to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s. However, as a school, we are already benefiting from working with the other schools in the MAT. During the recent teacher training day, all the staff from the MAT schools (All Saints’, St Bart’s, St Benedict Biscop, Woodfield Infants and Woodfield Junior) met at St Bart’s to carry out book scrutinies of all the pupil’s books to share good practice and to ensure levels of teaching and learning are similar across the MAT. Staff have also visited the other schools to watch lessons and meet with staff who teach the same year groups as them. This ensures that all staff continue their own professional development as well as securing high standards across all of the schools.

Forest School

As you are aware, over the past two years the children have enjoyed visiting Ezone, based at Roberts Primary School in Dudley. The  children experience a wide range of activities outdoors including den building, fire-lighting and learning about the environment. As well as continuing with our visits to Ezone, I am very keen to start our own forest school in order for the children to have instant access to outdoor learning. We are very much in the planning stages at the moment, but if you or anyone you know, would be interested in helping us set up our own forest school in part of the orchard, please get in touch. A big thank you to Jenny Wright who has taken the saplings we received from the Woodland Trust home to her own garden to give them a good start before bringing them back to school in the spring.

Thank you to all the children who wore their pyjamas last Friday to raise funds for Children in Need. We raised £89 in total.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Jane Woodall