Costessey Schools amalgamation news

The aim of bringing together our two Costessey Schools, the Infant School and the Junior School as one primary school on one site is now a step closer.  Planning permission has been granted for the works on the Junior site which will include building a new classroom block. We will then have the accommodation for all the children from both schools and will become a primary school. The schools have held the ideal of primary education as one seamless journey for the pupils for many years and we hope to see works commence later this year.

EAT welcomes Mrs Holzer to Dell and Elm Tree Primary Schools

Mrs Holzer has taken up her post as Executive Principal at Dell and Elm Tree Primary Schools with effect 1st January 2018.

EAT extends a warm welcome to Mrs Holzer and wishes her great success in this role. Mrs Holzer moves to oversee our Lowestoft EAT schools and additionally retains an Executive Principal role at Poplars Primary School where she was Headteacher until the end of the Autumn term.

By planning our leadership in this way the 3 schools can work closely together sharing best practice with overview from Mrs Holzer and the schools being led on a daily basis by the respective Heads of School, Mrs Halliday, Mr Hearn and Mrs Stowers.

As Mrs Holzer commences her duties with EAT it is appropriate to thank Mr Williams for acting as Executive Principal at Dell and Elm Tree last term. Mr Williams skillfully guided our schools through the period awaiting Mrs Holzer’s appointment and continued the progress of the 2 schools; this progress was verified by EAT’s own internal monitoring and through a Department for education monitoring visit.

EAT welcomes Poplars Primary School

EAT is delighted that Poplars Primary School in Lowestoft is applying to convert to Academy status within our Multi Academy Trust.

We look forward to working with the school, its Leadership and Governors, in continued support of the pupils, parents and the community.

More information about this potential work to make further improvements at the school will be notified to parents and employees direct from the school in the short term.

 

Eaton youngsters kick off new school year with their first Daily Mile run

A handful of youngsters at one primary in Norwich are getting into the stride of a new school year in more ways than one.

Pupils at Eaton Primary School embarked on their first Daily Mile on Wednesday, the first day of the new school term, which saw all youngsters don their trainers and walk, jog or run their way around a course.

They will join several other schools around the region who already take part in the Daily Mile, a national initiative which encourages children to run for 10 or 15 minutes in the fresh air every day.

The scheme – which encourages pupils to run in their school uniforms to save time – is thought to result in children running an average of a mile each day.

Though some might have been feeling the strain after six weeks away from school, there were smiles and laughter from most of the Eaton children, who were divided into two groups for younger and older pupils.

CEO designate announcement

The Trust Members and Directors are delighted to welcome Mr M Adamson as CEO designate to commence work on 1st January 2018.

Mr Adamson will work alongside Mr Hull for two terms until the end of August 2018 when Mr Hull retires from education to change career.  By doing so the Trust will achieve a smooth handover of all aspects of Trust operations and additionally provide a period of increased capacity.

After a rigorous recruitment and interview process that has been ongoing for some time the final Directors panel unanimously appointed Mr Adamson on 28th June; our congratulations go to him.  The current CEO would like to express his thanks to the Members and Directors for their dedication, work and skill during this whole process.

Mr Adamson will bring to the Trust his experience and skills from a long and successful track record in schools that can be summarised as follows;

  • Excellent knowledge of the education landscape of our region as a teacher for over 30 years in North Suffolk / Norfolk
  • Has completed 4 Headships and an Executive Headship in Norfolk over the last 16 years.
  • Headteacher at Coltishall Primary – Outstanding school in all areas December 2013
  • Pupil Premium Reviewer
  • Local Leader of Education
  • Consultant for NB2B focussing upon school improvement / Ofsted preparation
  • Worked with London Leadership Strategy
  • Chair of Broadland Cluster of Schools for previous 6 years,
  • Values Based Education (2016) (only school in Norfolk or Suffolk)

 

 

School holds giant spelling bee in push to improve literacy

Dell Primary School in Oulton Broad staged the competition for the first time on Monday, June 12.  The event was organised by Jill Peyry, who teaches Year 3 and oversees spelling across the school.

Mrs Peyry said: “We were inspired by the Ormiston Denes competition in March which only includes Year 5 and 6.

“I decided to do a whole school spelling bee in order to raise the profile of spelling. Accurate spelling is of high priority in the national curriculum so we wanted to raise the profile of it in school.”

Pupils were given words to learn over the half-term. When they returned, competitions were held in each class with the top four qualifying for the finals held in front of the school.

Petra Holden, a Year 6 teaching assistant said: “The challenge has been important for the children.

“The competitive aspect means they are stretching themselves and learning at the same time.”

She added: “The regular practice has become evident in their written work, The quality of their writing has improved and so too has their choice of words.”

The spelling bee overran the allotted time as the children outperformed the teachers’ expectations and repeatedly answered difficult words correctly.

It is the first time the school has held such a competition but they now hope to make it an annual event.

Pupils spoke positively of the experience.

Eleven-year-old Stacey Reeve was the Year 6 winner and said she enjoyed the day. “I thought it would be scary but once I got on the stage it was fun,” she said.

Alexandra Harvey, Year 6 runner-up added: “It was fun and it helped us to learn the words.”

Mr Hearn, Head of School, said: “I think it was a fantastic idea. It’s really good for the children to be involved in as many language based activities as possible.

Pupils at Wensum Junior School get a glimpse of a Tommy’s life at launch of First World War heritage project

Historian Neil Storey came dressed as a wartime army officer and took part in a day of activities, which included ‘rifle training’, marching, a team-building fitness session, and a history lesson titled ‘King, country and empire’.

Peter Hubery, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “It has been an amazing day and the children have really taken to the activities and have been getting into character.”

Another special guest on Thursday was Norwich’s Lord Mayor Marion Maxwell, who was one of the civic figures who endorsed the school’s successful bid for a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which is funding the project.

Different year levels are focusing on different aspects of the conflict: the changing role of women, how the region was changed and life for children during the war.

Mr Hubery said the school would also work with Mr Storey to research the men from the area who fought in the war, whose names are recorded on an honour roll at Heigham’s St Barnabas church.

He said: “All of the work is going to culminate in a website, a travelling exhibit and a free publication.”

Lowestoft youngsters enjoy virtual reality learning opportunity

Google visiting Elm Tree Primary School in Oulton Broad to show their app ‘expeditions’ on their Google Cardboard. Photo: Elm Tree Primary School Staff

Youngsters at Elm Tree Primary Academy took virtual reality expeditions to locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon Rainforest as well as inside the human body thanks to a special selection of activities held at the school.

Taking place on March 22, this unique educational opportunity came courtesy of representatives from internet giant, Google, who demonstrated to pupils the capabilities of Google Cardboard.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality headset designed by Google for use with a Smartphone.

And by using two free apps – Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions – users can be transported on virtual reality journeys around the world, solar system and inside human body to understand and view the workings of the world.

Google visiting Elm Tree Primary School in Oulton Broad to show their app ‘expeditions’ on their Google Cardboard. Photo: Elm Tree Primary School Staff

Youngsters at Elm Tree Primary Academy took virtual reality expeditions to locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon Rainforest as well as inside the human body thanks to a special selection of activities held at the school.

Taking place on March 22, this unique educational opportunity came courtesy of representatives from internet giant, Google, who demonstrated to pupils the capabilities of Google Cardboard.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality headset designed by Google for use with a Smartphone.

And by using two free apps – Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions – users can be transported on virtual reality journeys around the world, solar system and inside human body to understand and view the workings of the world.

Jade Hutchinson, a Year Four class teacher at the school, said: “The day was fantastic! All of the children were excited and engaged. It was a good way to reinforce some children’s learning.

“The children were amazed, there was a buzz all around the school. It was lovely to hear about all of the children’s expeditions and all of the children were asking each other what they had done and if it was good, none of them wanted their half an hour slot to end!”

The visit followed a successful application by the school for Google to come to Elm Tree Primary Academy and demonstrate how the apps and head sets work and how they can enhance learning.

During the day pupils aged between five and 11-years-old all participated in a range of exciting virtual reality journeys.

Ms Hutchinson, added: “The aim of the day was to see how the cardboard could be brought into the classroom to encourage and further learning.

“A big thank you goes to Google for getting in contact and for coming in!”

Google visiting Elm Tree Primary School in Oulton Broad to show their app ‘expeditions’ on their Google Cardboard. Photo: Elm Tree Primary School Staff