BROOKSIDE OFTSED REPORT.
The latest Ofsted report for East Leake’s Brookside Primary School continues to show it as being ‘good’.
Vivienne McTiffen, Ofsted Inspector based in Manchester, visited the school in October and advised headmaster Gary Kenny of the result of her Short Inspection in a letter to him before the end of last term. The visit had been first short inspection carried out since the
school was judged to be good in November 2014.
Said the inspector: “The school continues to be good,” adding the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.
Her letter to Mr Kenny said: “You, together with governors, identify the main priorities for improvement and involve all staff in working towards them. You have high aspirations for your pupils and expect them to achieve well.
“You and the senior leadership team consider how best to modify the curriculum and teaching methods to meet the needs of your pupils and maintain above-average standards.”
The Inspector told Mr Kenny: “For example, you have introduced a wholeschool approach to mathematics to better develop pupils’ mastery of mathematical concepts and you have established a consistent approach to the teaching of spelling, with a positive
effect on improving pupils’ writing,” adding that parents and carers are very positive about the school’s work. “They value the way in
which the school nurtures their children academically and personally. This is verified by this typical parental comment: ‘My children are excited to go to school every day and enjoy the challenges and achievements each day brings.’ Parents appreciate the strong community feel within the school and the links with the local community.
“You have rightly identified ways to widen the curriculum to deepen pupils’ understanding of the cultural diversity of British society and of people and places further afield.”
The Inspector said the pupils she spoke with during her visit said they enjoy their learning.” They like
taking on roles and responsibilities, such as being ‘Peacemakers’. When I listened to pupils read, they spoke keenly about their favourite authors and their enjoyment of reading. Leaders ensure that pupils read widely and provide extra help for those who need to catch up. Staff use books and stories in a variety of ways to inspire pupils’ thinking and as a starting point for their writing.”
Mr Kenny was told that he and his senior leaders promote teamwork among the staff. “Teachers share ideas with each other and receive guidance from more experienced members of staff, although some of the good practice in motivating pupils to write is not shared widely enough.” The Inspector’s report said since the previous inspection, when the school had been were asked to ensure that pupils in key stage 1 built upon what they already knew and can do, there have been improvements in links between the early years and Year 1. “Staff share the information they have about children’s progress so that, by the end of Year 2, pupils consistently reach above average standards in reading, writing and mathematics.
“You have moved forward in ensuring that key stage 2 pupils receive sufficiently challenging tasks in writing, which you were asked to improve at the time of the previous inspection. Teachers challenge pupils to think about storyline, plot and characters before they write. “They expect pupils to use what they know about grammar, punctuation and spelling whenever they write. Pupils write for a range of
purposes and I saw some good examples in pupils’ books of interesting writing during a geography topic. There is room, however, for pupils to write more extensively in a range of subjects. Occasionally, some pupils do not receive the ongoing help they need to consolidate their basic writing skills or enough motivation to make them eager to write.”
The report complimented the school on the effectiveness of its safeguarding arrangements, saying they are of high quality and fit for purpose. “You instil in staff that the safety and welfare of pupils are the responsibilities of all. You ensure that staff receive relevant training
and know how to report any concerns. The checks carried out on adults who work with pupils are thorough. You maintain detailed and confidential records on any child protection concerns and work with external agencies to resolve any issues that arise.
“You ensure that pupils learn about e-safety and how to deal with bullying”.
FRIENDS LOOKING FOR SPONSORSHIP. East Leake’s Friends of Meadow Park group would welcome more sponsorship so they can continue tree planting in the Arboretum area of the Park.
Most of the existing trees in the Arboretum are now well established. Originally there were
33 native trees planted and the leaders say they would like to develop the
Arboretum and admit they need help from supporters to bring this about.
Anyone is able to sponsor a tree in multiple figures of £10 and donors have their gift written into the Friends book of donations and they will also get a card thanking them for their sponsorship.
Say the Friends: “It is an ideal way of giving a present or commemorating a life or a family event.”
LOCAL HISTORY TALK. The next meeting of East Leake’s Local History society will be a talk by Ann Speight on the Paget family who were local business leaders and owned Nanpantan Hall during the late Victorian/Edwardian period. The meeting will be on Wednesday next week, January 16, at 2.00pm in St Mary’s Church Hall.
COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT. East like Community Choir presented a super festive concert at the Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, East Leake, which involved an evening of Christmas songs and music, Solos and readings, and, which went down very well, audience participation! Guest tenor soloist was talented William Searle, currently studying at the Guildhall. School of Music and Drama in London.
During the evening refreshments were served.
COMMUNITY CINEMA. The latest of the series of East Leake St. Mary’s Church Community Cinema events take place on Saturday this weekend, January 12 with doors opening at 6.30pm ready for a 7pm start.
On February 9 there wll another family session, when doors will open at 5.30pm. with refreshments available and the U or PG certificate films start at 6.00 p.m.
Copyright restrictions for free-entry Community Cinemas prevent the listing of the titles here so see the posters inside church and in the porch for details of this season’s films.
The message from the church s “Round up your family and friends and come along to enjoy the features in full HD on the big screen with surround sound.”
NEW CHAIRMAN. Former East Leake parish clerk and now a parish councillor, Kevin Shaw has been elected the new chairman of the Friends of Meadow Park group following their annual meeting. He takes over from Ann Weekly who stepped down from the post and who received warm thanks from members for her work and dedication on their behalf.
Members are reminded that subscriptions are required by the end of January. The cost is £3 for an individual and £5 for a household membership.
New members will be welcomed and subscription forms are available at the Parish Office or Mel`s greengrocery.
CAREERS FAIR. Parents of students at East Leake Academy are being urged to help make the annual Careers Fair - on Thursday February 28 a success.
The message has been put out calling on both ELA Parents and Carers to help. “Our students deserve to know about the wide range of opportunities that they could consider for their future care,” is the message, which adds: “We know that you have links to both local and national employers and we would like to gain their support to make our ELA Careers Fair the best yet! “
The Academy Career Leader Ms Rhonda Smith says if any parent thinks their organisation might be interested in being involved please contact her on [email protected]leake-ac.org.uk to discuss how you could help our ELA students to be as informed as possible about their future choices.
AMATEUR PLAYERS MEETING. East Leake’s Amateur Players (ELAPS) are to hold their annual meeting tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, at the village hall. It will start at 7pm and anyone interested will be made very welcome.
ACADEMY STUDENT CEREMONY
The closing event for East Leake Academy before the end of term was the annual Students Certificate Ceremony, when the Principal Mrs Kath Hardy welcomed everyone with a special mention of Mr Simon Jones, the Senior Executive Leader of DALP, the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership of which the Academy is a member.
Special guest for the evening was Mr Nathan Moore, an ex-student at the Academy and head boy in 2014.
Former year 11 students received awards across a wide range of categories including House awards and Year 13 students were awarded prizes in highest achievers, progress and endeavour.
CHAIRMAN OF ASSOCIATION. Mr Phil Brooks has been re-elected chairman of the Bunny Allotments and Leisure Gardeners Association with Cathy Clark again secretary and Sheila Walker treasurer. The committee is Marilyn Parker, James Madison, David Brown, Lizzie Towers, Ann Robinson and Phil Read.
FRIENDS EVENTS TOTAL. The annual Christmas Fayre organised by the Friends of Bunny School raised £1380, for school funds. A Family Film night is planned on January 26.
PLANS FOR HOUSES ON FORMER FOOTBALL GROUND. A planning application has been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council for a scheme to erect houses on the former football ground in Bunny alongside the main Loughborough Road.
The application ,in outline, has been submitted by Mr and Mrs S Mourtzis and is for residential development up to nine dwellings. The address of the applicant is given as being in Pireaus, in Greece.
A 15-page flood assessment has been prepared and submitted to the borough.
The site is 1.1ha in size and is currently occupied by a disused sports pavilion. It was for many years the village football ground.
WI PARTY. The annual Christmas Party for Bunny and Bradmore WI took place at Bradmore , and was very well attended by members. Festive food was provided.
The institute, of which Mrs Anne Wright of Bradmore is president, are always to welcome new members.
Says Anne, who can be contacted on 9213798, they are a friendly and welcoming group and they look forward to seeing new members who may wish to join.
Meetings are held alternatively at the village hall at Bunny and the Methodist Church Hall at Bradmore.
VILLAGE SUPPER. Bunny’s annual Village Supper organised by the parish council was held at the Rancliffe Arms in the village and was attended by over 50 local residents.
On show there was a book presenting a photographic record of the visit to the village in September of the Tour of Britain bike ride. The book contains over 80 photographs taken on the day and has been produced by the parish council. There are two versions, a loose page one and a properly bound copy which will eventually be presented to the Nottinghamshire Archives office. Both copies are currently in the hands of the council chairman, Graham Norbury.
GRANTS FOR VILLAGE STUDENTS. Bunny and Bradmore Charities are again offering grants to those entitled for books and materials under their Apprentice Fee Charity.
Eligible students have to be under 25 years of age and reside in either Bunny, Bradmore or Costock.
Applications should be sent to the clerk, Mr Harry Barr, at 63 Musters Road, Ruddington, NG11 6JB or by email to [email protected]barr.plus.com
Applicants have to present evidence they have a firm place on their chosen course.
CRICKET CLUB BIRTHDAY. Gotham cricket club, whose first team finished fourth in the South Notts Village League last season, will be celebrating its 60th birthday this year and are planning numerous events over the coming months.
Mr Trevor Burton, who can be contacted on 07966 226992, says the club are looking for any old photographs which will help them build a more complete history, and he would be delighted if people who could help would contact him.
The 2018 season was a success for the club ‘s Under 15’s eight-a-side team, being leaders in their league while the Under 12’s shared first place in their league with Plumtree.
The club are well known for their Festival Week in July and it draws support from many areas. Last year was the 20th time it had been staged with all the matches starting at 10.45 each morning and the day ending with a barbecue.
Anyone wishing to join the club or know more about it is invited to contact Mr Burton.
NATURE RESERVE BUTTERFLIES. During a five month period ending in September, 15 species of butterfly were found in the grassland portion of the Gotham Nature Reserve site, higher than anywhere else in the vicinity.
It is admitted that the numbers recorded may be an underestimate, as surveys began a couple of months into the butterfly season, with a break during the school summer holidays.
Says the report from, the group: “The numbers of butterfly’s counted on the site were far higher than anywhere else, indicating that the management of the site is helping to maintain and enhance the biological diversity of the GNR.”
Despite the prolonged hot summer growth on the reserve was prolific and work parties began the task of bringing this under control in mid – October.
Many thanks to Neil Glenn who led a party of birdwatchers around the GNR and surrounding areas on a beautiful sunny September day, followed by an enjoyable lunch in the Cuckoo Bush. Neil is conducting another Bird Watch for the Notts Wildlife Trust on today, January, starting from the Memorial Hall car park meeting in the Memorial Hall Car Park at 10am.The walk is a highly recommended event and will take place whatever the weather.
Group secretary Pat Clarke says they would like to encourage everyone to join the Gotham Nature Reserve Trust. “It’s FREE and you can get involved as much or as little as you like,” says Pat, who can be contacted on gnr. secre[email protected]mail.co.uk
TRAPPED HORSE. irefighters from East Leake faced a puzzle on New Year’s Eve day which they have not found the answer to.
They and colleagues from the Highfields Fire Station in Nottingham were called out just after midday on the 31st with a 999 call to free a horse trapped in a brick building at Gotham.
East Leake station manager Pete Torr told the Echo when they arrived at the scene they found the horse, called Eve, trapped inside the war time pill box bunker on land at Stonepit Farm.
“The puzzle for us was how the horse got into the box, the opening just did not seem big enough and was far too small for easy access for it to have got inside”
He went on: “For us to be able to coax the horse out we had to remove part of the door lintel and from the floor at the entrance. The horse could just about get out through the width of the opening but it was a puzzle how it got in.”
The firemen had to carefully remove some of the bricks at the top of the entry hole and used an electric cutter to help remove other materials, increasing the size of the entrance hole by about ten inches.
Pete said the horse had somehow wandered inside the gun emplacement but was unable to get out again on its own. He understood that prior to them turning out to help the horse owner struggled to free it from the bunker.
Rescuers spent 90 minutes chipping away the bricks to increase the size of the entrance of the building and then had to coax Eve out with food treats.
Pete said is men were at the scene for about three and a half hours in all.