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BCPS Nursery Ofsted Report Now Available

I am pleased to inform you that the recent OfSTED inspection of the School Nursery has now been published and available for parents to see on the OfSTED website:


The report has graded the Nursery as ‘Good’ in all areas. As you are aware there have been many changes nationally from the Department for Education and OfSTED with regards to all Early Years settings and what is expected of them. The OfSTED requirements and judgements have become much more rigorous with a far greater focus on teaching and learning within settings and the expectations of progress for 2 to 4 year olds.

The Nursery has achieved really well and we are pleased that the many changes and new measurements that we have implemented since September are embedding well and have been well received by the children and parents. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the school and we will be pleased to provide you with a print out.

OfSTED only identified 2 areas for improvement which would make the setting ‘Outstanding’:

1. The organisation of lunch times is an area for review so that it runs smoothly and to make sure the room is set up quickly in readiness for children to engage in play when they have finished their lunch; and

2. Staff are not always consistent in their use of open-ended questions to give children time to consider their response and they do not always help children to learn the sounds that letters make during activities as they play.

Both of these points have been swiftly dealt with by the Early Years team. We are still progressing the plans for the building improvements and have already invested in many new resources and opportunities for the children.


Devon Chess Tournament

On the 29th March, Ben Bishop, Craig Marriott and Josh Quinn Rice represented Devon in an inter-county tournament, hosted in Cardiff against South Wales and Wiltshire. The boys played very well putting in a great deal of effort. Although Devon came third, it was a close fixture. Ben and Craig both won games and Josh gave a good account of himself on a very high ranking board. The chess team has a number of matches coming up in the next few months.


Tag Rugby Team at Culm Valley

The Tag Rugby team had a successful week, winning the opening round of the Culm Valley Police tournament convincingly. They won all of their games, some of which by a large margin. Their performance has allowed them to automatically qualify for the finals in July, which they are looking forward to!

The team’s effort and effort was a credit to the school. Craig Marriott received the ‘honesty’ award after displaying exceptional sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Ben Bishop also picked up an award for the best captain of the tournament, after demonstrating excellent leadership of the team.

The team continue to train hard and are looking forward to a number of other fixtures that are coming up in the next few weeks. We wish them the best of luck!


Devon Life: Broadclyst school wins £15k from Microsoft

Article in 'Devon Life'

Tuesday March 26th 2014:

An East Devon school is putting the county on the global education map with a pioneering new project which has already seen them awarded $25,000 (£15,000) from Microsoft Corp.

Broadclyst Community Primary School presented their Global Enterprise Challenge idea to judges at the international Pitch Competition, held at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona.

The Forum, one of the world’s leading education technology events, has grown 25 per cent year-on-year and welcomes more than 1,100 attendees, including 150 government education leaders, private sector executives, 250 educators and 75 mentor school leaders, all sharing ideas on how to solve the challenges that the sector is currently facing.

The full article can be read on the Devon Life website here.


Radio Exe Article: Software giant hands $25,000 to local village school

Taken from radioexe.co.uk:

Software giant hands $25,000 to local village school

Sunday, March 23rd 2014 08:00

A local primary school's won funding from IT giant Microsoft to carry out an idea it's had to educate pupils in technology and international business.

Broadclyst Primary came up with the Global Enterprise Challenge, in which students from around the world will use the latest communications to work together running an international company.

They had to do a Dragons Den style pitch to the Microsoft judges at a forum in Barcelona - and won them over when two pupils spoke to them from Devon via a live video link.

The school has been awarded 25 thousand dollars to make the project happen.


Under 7’s Tag Rugby Tournament

On Tuesday 25th March two mixed teams travelled to Blundell’s Prep School in Tiverton to take part in a Tag Rugby tournament that involved other primary schools from around Devon including Duchy, Willand and Uffculme.

The teams consisted of many children who have only been playing tag rugby for a couple of weeks as well as some more experienced players. The children showed skill, speed and bravery throughout the matches and I am delighted to tell you that Team 1 won all three of their matches whilst Team 2 won one and drew two.

Afterwards each school was presented with a certificate and the children were also provided with some well-deserved refreshments.

The event was a great experience for the children who all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Many thanks go to Blundell’s for hosting the event and Mrs Wright for driving us there and supporting the children throughout the matches.   



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