Hot on the heels of our successful Ofsted inspection came the Diocesan examination of Brightwell as a church school. The process is as tough and rigorous and, in some ways, more challenging than Ofsted. The inspector, Mrs Gillian Allison, looked at our distinctiveness as a church school, how we meet the needs of our pupils through our Christian character, the impact of collective worship on the school community, and how effectively the school is led and managed as a church school. She graded the school as good in all these matters. She describes us as ‘a happy, caring school with a good sense of community … where children flourish because there is a shared commitment to the school aims rooted in Christian values’. She identified the care everyone shows for each other as a real strength. As a focus for development, she asks the school governors to involve pupils, parents and staff in evaluating the distinctiveness of the school as a church school and to incorporate the findings into development planning.
Year 3 & 4 children participated in a Tag Rugby Festival at Wallingford School. As defending champions, the team of boys and girls acquitted themselves well, showing good skills and a positive sporting attitude. Also, our Y5 & 6 football team, coached by villager Bob Howarth, drew one match and lost another against Benson. However, the performance of the term was Miss Shinner’s troupe of dancers. They performed at the Wallingford Partnership Dance Festival in March and, with a very professional presentation, were excellent ambassadors for the school.
A workshop for parents on the new approaches to teaching adding and subtraction was well attended. Parents have also added another phase to our adventure trail in the playground through the Friends of Brightwell School. On the fundraising front, our children have done remarkably well to raise £93.50p for our adopted charity this year - Feed the Children - through a ‘cinema evening’, £23 for Book Aid International on World Book Day, and a whacking £653.54 for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day!
Forthcoming events include an Open Afternoon 1-3 pm on Friday 8 June (all visitors welcome) our Summer Fair on Friday 22 June 6-9 pm. Do come along and enjoy a fun-filled and relaxing evening. Also, on the evening of Monday 9 July, 6-8 pm, we will be holding a sports event when the children will compete in their House Teams.