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Welcome message from Tracy French, Principal

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Welcome back to school! Another exciting and inspiring school year lies ahead. I wish an extra special welcome to the new Early Years pupils and any arrivals throughout the school. I am sure you will be happy at St Ursula’s and will quickly feel part of our school family.

The start of a new school year enables us to set the tone for learning and behaviour in the school. It is an important time for teachers and children to establish classroom routines and to set expectations of behaviour and working well together. Please help us by ensuring children are in school by 8.50 at the latest (in preparation for a 9.00am registration), wearing the correct school uniform and prepared to learn. On the school website you will find detailed information about the school day including school uniform information and what they need to bring, when for games and PE. We know it takes a day or two to get used to going to bed on time and settling back in and this is key to helping the children do their best.

Over the summer we have had extensive building works carried out in preparation for the new school building that will start in January my apologies in advance for any confusion and assure you I will do all I can to minimize this.

Shine ran summer clubs through the holidays. Well done to all children who attended; I was told repeatedly that the children were a delight to teach and that their behaviour was truly exceptional.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to be the Principal at St Ursula’s Academy, and look forward to working closely with the wonderful dedicated staff, governors, parents, and children to continue to build on the many strengths of the school and to realise our ambitious goals for all our children.

With kind regards

Mrs T French
Principal

Year 2 - 6 Sportsday

Year 2 - 6 Sportsday has had to be cancelled due to the rain this morning. As such we have rearranged it for Thursday the 16th of July at 09:10.

Year 5 / 6 Camp 2015

Please find here the camp diary for this years school camp.

 

New Build Parent and Governor Meeting

Please find attached the Slides and the Q&A document from the Parent and Governor meeting on the 27/04/2015.

Slides Seection 1

Slides Selection 2

Slides Selection 3

Slides Selection 4

Q&A Document

Children's University

As a school we have signed up to a new initiative, Children’s University. The Children’s University is an international charity that provides 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) with access to exciting and innovative CU learning activities and experiences outside of the normal school day. On becoming members of the Children’s University, children are issued with a Passport to Learning which will be available from school from the 22/04/2015. They are then encouraged to participate in CU Learning Activities. Each hour of CU validated learning they complete brings the child closer to a Children’s University graduation certificate presented at a locally organised graduation ceremony hosted in a real university setting. Shine After School Club have also signed up so pupils can gain validated learning there too. For more information visit www.childrensuniveristy.co.uk

SAT tests

Please find a presentation on KS1 and KS2 SAT's tests here.

New Build

E-Act has been working closely with the Education Funding Agency (EFA), Bristol City Council officers and the Planning department to facilitate the redevelopment of St Ursula’s Primary School.

 We are delighted to be able to announce that an exciting milestone has recently been reached. The planning application was submitted at the beginning of February 2015 which can be viewed on the planning department’s website. A decision is expected in May 2015 with the proposed opening date for the new school in September 2016.

 If planning permission is granted and the listed building is not required for any other education purpose, the council will seek the Department of Education's consent to put it to alternative use. Any change in use to the existing building would not take place until the new school has been completed and the pupils relocated.

 Funding for this redevelopment has been allocated from the EFA’s Priority Building Schools Programme (PBSP), with additional funding from Bristol City Council for the parts of the project that the PSBP does not cover. This will provide a fit-for-purpose modern primary school that will help the city achieve the number of additional primary places projected in the Bristol School Organisation Strategy.

 The proposed option is to build a new school behind the existing Grade II Listed building. Many locations on the site were considered and it was concluded that this option would deliver the best educational outcome, have the least impact on the playing fields and landscape, and enable the listed building to be re-used for an alternative purpose. It is anticipated that the pupils will remain in the current accommodation until the new build is complete and then move across.

 No decision has been made regarding the future of the existing sports hall. The new school has been designed to provide sufficient space for the school to deliver their PE curriculum, as well as provide space for community use outside school hours.

Rights Respecting Schools

Well done to all the pupils and staff as we have completed Level 1 of the Rights Respecting Schools initiative. We are now working hard on achieving Level 2.

For further information please see here.

New Term Dates

Please find the term dates for the next academic year here.

OFSTED Inspection

During the 14th and 15th of January 2015 we entertained a group of inspectors from OFSTED who reported back on Friday the 23rd with their report. Here is a copy of the report.

Thank you to all Staff, Parents and Pupils.

SCHOOP

You may have seen the posters or read the emails and facebook posts, but what is SCHOOP? SCHOOP is a school communication system that allows your childs teacher to communicate important information to you at any time of the day. If there are a new set of spellings that need to be learnt, or if there is a trip that their class or year group are going on, or if we need to communicate that the school needs to be closed due to severe weather this can all be communicated directly to your smart phone. 

If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet

  1. On your iPhone or iPad click the App Store button
  2. On your Android phone or tablet click the Google Play button
  3. Search for Schoop and download the FREE app
  4. Run the app and follow the instructions
  5. Enter our Schoop ID 3801
  6. Add the years and groups relevant to you
  7. That’s it – you’re in the loop!

Kind regards,

Mr Boobyer

IT & Data Manager

 

Academy Improvement Plan

Please find the Academies Improvement Plan here.

 

St Ursula's a Rights Respecting School

St Ursula's is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. Please take a look at our booklet to learn more.

 

Homework Policy

Please find details of St. Ursula's Homework Policy here.

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