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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.


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.

East Leake.

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