Mayoral Visit For Canopy Opening (Gazette Article)

A canopy built at Westcliff Primary School, in Crawford Avenue, Bispham, will mean its youngest pupils will now be able to sit down for class outside even in rainy weather. It was opened by Blackpool mayor Coun Ian Coleman on Monday, and welcomed by headteacher Amanda Stokes. Mayor of Blackpool Coun Ian Coleman opens the new outdoor learning area She said: “When I took over in January 2017, the first thing I wanted to do was develop the capacity for outdoor learning in Early Years. There was no undercover space outside, so whenever it rained, pupils had to come inside. “We are absolutely thrilled with the design and the finish of the canopy. Our pupils are so excited and can’t wait to start learning outside.” The £60,000 canopy was designed by Cassidy and Ashton architects. It was built by Parkinsons of Preston. Alana Frith, chairman of the governors, said: “It is wonderful to see the improvement. Children’s learning will certainly be enhanced through all the learning areas that staff have created.”

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Read more at: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/mayoral-visit-for-canopy-opening-1-8962629

Changes in primary assessment in 2018

This video explains the changes:-

Primary assessment in 2018

Tuesdays indoor athletics competition.

” They all did brilliantly.”

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Indoor Athletics Competition

The Year 3 and 4 pupils came 2nd out of all the Blackpool schools taking part at the Sports Centre on Tuesday and have qualified for the finals next January – more information to follow. Well done team!
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Praise For Youngsters’ Achievements At Bispham School

 

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The new headteacher at a Bispham primary school has brought a ‘clear sense of direction’, Ofsted said.

Amanda Stokes, who has been in charge at Westcliff Primary School for 11 months, was said to be tenacious in making sure youngsters achieve their best.

Inspectors at the education watchdog stopped short of boosting the school’s rating up from good, which it was also given after its last visit in 2013.

Tony Nicholson, the chief executive officer of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT), which runs Westcliff, said: “We are ambitious to ensure leaders and teachers at Westcliff now set their sights on even greater achievements”; he said.
Amanda added: “We are delighted that Ofsted recognised that we have maintained the high standards of teaching and learning at Westcliff.”
The inspector noted that we had fully addressed all the areas for improvement from the previous inspection, and that pupil attainment and progress is rising.
“The staff have worked incredibly hard, in a period of great change in terms of senior leadership, to maintain stability, whilst striving for improved outcomes”.
To get to “outstanding, Ofsted’s top mark, the school should now make sure there is a systematic approach to reading so pupils make even better progress, and make sure the curriculum offers rich and memorable experiences in all subjects, a letter from inspector Emma Jackson said.

The school will be known as Westcliff Primary Academy from next September.

Gazette Article

WE ARE OFSTED GOOD!

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JK Rowling Day

What a fantastic day we had!

The children  looked brilliant in their costumes  and worked together in their houses on a range of fun-filled activities.

 

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Promoting the NEW 30 Hours Entitlement to Blackpool Families

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Westcliff Photo Day