Welcome to Bovington Primary School.
I am proud and privileged to be able to say that it is my third year as Head teacher of Bovington Primary School. The past two years have seen many necessary changes made to move the culture of the school forward to now function as an effective Primary School. This year we will continue to bed strategies in through ensuring that there is high quality teaching in the basic skills alongside the delivery of a broad and rich curriculum.
We now have a team of Middle Leaders that are responsible for raising standards through leading different phases and aspects at the school. Each professional has an understanding of how to secure good learning and progress appropriate to each child’s age and stage and will do their best to ensure that every child succeeds. Our team are committed to the development of respectful relationships, good behaviour and positive attitude to learning in every single unique child in their care.
We are proud that we have a very strong pastoral approach. We see this as the foundation to ensure that children become emotionally resilient, self- reliant and able to strive and persevere through challenge to reach ambitious goals. We work hard to instil self-discipline and a strong sense of responsibility in each child and toward others. We know that some of our children will face tough times in their life, some whilst they are with us, so we work hard to offer the children both a haven and an attitude of resilience and grit to thrive. We are proactive and take the lead in multi-agency work to ensure that every child is kept emotionally and physically safe and that any needs, issues or concerns are fully addressed and resolved. We have developed and will continue to use strong partnerships with parents and carers to support children.
Furthermore, we provide opportunities for all children to blossom and grow as young people with the skills, intellectual curiosity and appetite to challenge and develop themselves. To do this we build a growth mindset in our learners so that when they face challenge, they expect to learn and to grow with confidence and also to persevere through failure onto finally mastery and success. This resilient and personal attitude is important as children apply the deep mastery learning that they come to possess to strive to reach for their next challenge.
Over the past two years and following the award of the Primary Quality Mark last year, there has been much staff training and investment in new resources as we have introduced robust and proven strategies to ensure that every child achieves mastery in the basic skills to read, write, code and calculate with confidence. In English we have introduced the Read, Write Inc. resource in the early years and this is built upon through Talk 4 Writing as children move through the school. We have also invested significantly in developing a fantastic school library and book stock that sits at the centre of the school. Additionally, we are in our second year of implementing the Maths No Problem textbook scheme to ensure that children develop the mathematical mastery required by the National Curriculum. These core resources are making a real impact upon the learning and progress of children going through the school and we will continue to build upon our implementation of these approaches this year.
Sport and activity is very important to us and we believe underpins pupil health and well being through real PE, opportunities for sport and the also the engaging wider curriculum. This curriculum makes best use of our unique grounds and location in beautiful rural Dorset and this year sees the development of Forest School provision for all pupils. We have built up good partnerships with and utilise the facilities on the nearby garrison camps to the benefit of all our pupils, for example, all our KS2 pupils learn to swim. In addition, through a successful partnership with the Tank Museum (across the road from us) our pupils are able to use this wonderful place as part of an exciting extended classroom and learning environment that has proven to enrich and bring so much learning to life. We are a 'restless' school and seek new challenges through being ambitious with and utilising new technology, such as Raspberry Pi mini-computers in exciting ways through coding and robotics. In addition, our pupils will also continue to work with visiting artists, musicians and theatre groups to be inspired by and apply the skills they acquire at the highest of levels, for example, last summer the school received an award for Outstanding Creativity through collaborative work on a stain glass mosaic installation.
We take seriously the development of an understanding of spiritual, moral and cultural values in our learners through PSHE to help them take the steps towards growing into empowered and reflective British citizens. Our rights respecting approach is deeply embedded in the school culture and this year we will be working on reviewing and renewing our commitment to this.
I am proud to lead such a vibrant, diverse and unique school where pupils, staff, governors, parents and the school community together all work collaboratively towards striving to secure the best outcomes for each individual child. Our team will ensure your child is safe, happy and challenged through nurturing their curiosity, growth and resilience.
I am looking forward to meeting and working with you.
Kris Winthorpe BEd(Hons) NPQH