BJS BulletinBILTON JUNIOR
7TH OCT 2016
Inspire Dear Parents/Carers,
Achieve Wow another week over and it has been busy here in school! I thought you might like to know some
of the things I have been up to this week.
On Monday myself and my Deputy, Mrs Webb had the pleasure of interviewing for our new Assis-
tant Heads. Mrs Kate Browning (new Co Chair of Governors) also helped us find the final addition to
our Senior Leadership Team. I am excited to announce that Mrs Thompson is now Assistant Head
leading our Lower Junior Phase (Yr. 3and 4) and Miss Lewis is now Assistant Head for the Upper
Junior Phase (Yr. 5and 6). Together, with the rest of the team here at BJS, we are prepared to
continue to strive towards excellence in all we do.
Tuesday then saw my Performance Management meeting with Governors and an external facilitator
with some rigorous targets in place for me to ensure that each and every child achieves their full
potential socially, emotionally and academically. My first job is to set targets for the rest of my
Senior Leadership Team and then in turn they set targets for their teams.
Wednesday was great fun with the launching of 'Marathon Wednesday' led by Mrs Webb and the
Midday Playleader team. See photos attached. The plan is that everyone in the school community
can take part in running a marathon over the year! I have my running shoes ready! The evening saw
the PTA AGM with plenty of Parent Support as always!
On Thursday I monitored books as we have amended our marking and feedback policy. It is always a
great privilege to look at the children's work and how the teachers/children respond to one another.
We also had our open evening for parents wishing to send their children to us next September. Yr. 6
children were on hand to show prospective parents around and I spoke to parents about what they
can expect from us.
Finally on Friday, amongst other things I interviewed for a new Site Manager to take over from Mr
Pete Galligan who has done an amazing job for the past nine years. Alas, it is time for him to hang up
his overalls and put his feet up for a bit. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank him for his
support for the school and in staying a couple of years longer than he really wanted to, just for me!
Things to look forward to next week are Parent Partnership Evenings. If you have not signed up then
please ring the office to help you or sign up via our website. Remember to bring your children
along! We also have some open mornings for prospective parents to look around school.
OPEN MORNINGS at 9.00 am to 11.30 am
Tuesday 11th October and Thursday 13th October 2016
Also I am looking forward to seeing lots of volunteers to plant crocus for 'Purple for Polio' on
Saturday at 10 O'clock at Rugby St Cross (See info on next page) and to welcoming you to St Mark's
Church on Sunday at 10 O'clock as BJS are leading the service.
Phew! Have a brilliant weekend... Mrs Norton.
Lunch Time Top Table Every week Mrs. Punctuality
RESPONSIBILITY WISDOM Reeves-Brown Chestnut House won Time Keeper's Award this week with 5 late
Julia R - 3FR Evelyn J - 4JE awards children marks.
Hemapriya K—6CC Brody C - 6KC for demonstrating
Sneha D - 6CC Joel D - 6KC our Christian Unfortunately we have seen lateness creep back up across school
SERVICE Kieran C - 6KC values during with the total reaching 20. (Oak recorded 7 and Sycamore recorded
Demi-Leigh R - 6CC RESPECT lunch time, the
Asher L-S - 6KC Josh H - 4BY nominated 8).
Emily G - 5SS children get an
invitation to join The only class to achieve perfect time keeping was 4JE so thank you
the top table on and well done to them.
the Friday of that
We all know that the school run can be hectic and parking is
difficult however can we please ask AGAIN that you respect
Freya B - 4SV week. your child's timetable and the work our staff are trying to do.
Not many children are comfortable walking into the
classroom late when everyone else is sat down and already
Excellence Awards working. Please don't put your child in that position.
This week’s Excellence Awards were presented to the following Schools Direct—Do you want to train to become a
children during Thursday’s assembly: primary school teacher
3FR—Bennie R for working hard in maths What is School Direct?
School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT)
3ED—Rheagan F for always being ready for learning, working scheme. It is run by a partnership between a lead school, other
hard and doing her best schools and an accredited teacher training provider.
School Direct courses generally last a year, and you’ll train in at least
two good schools.
3AT—Ellie W for excellent learning behaviour—always works This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the
hard job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end.
You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support
4SV—roll over from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be
teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.
4BY—Izzy F for consistent hard work across the curriculum The principles of academic rigor on School Direct are the same as on
university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training
4JE—Lennon H for excellent effort and contribution in class this bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the
week same financial support, such as student loans.
5SS—roll over School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). Most
also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or
5BG—Sam N for showing improved concentration and master’s-level credits, but you should check individual courses on the
determination to do his best UCAS Teacher Training site.
5FM—Joseph R for his excellent learning behaviour Who is in our partnership?
Our School Direct alliance is called the Rugby Primary Learn-
6AL—Tilly S for her excellent Home Learning about war ing Consortium, led by Bilton Infant School, in partnership
memorial at Rugby School—a real professional presentation!
with a group of seven other local Rugby schools and a
6CC—Lewis F for fantastic effort and concentration while up university. These schools already work effectively and we each
levelling English writing
have a record of training teachers with experienced mentors
6KC—Joseph E for a massive improvement in attitude towards across a wide range of primary subjects.
Who should you contact?
The lead professional in Bilton Infant school is:
Mrs S. Harris (01788-811549). Our recruiter Mrs A Norton can
be contacted at Bilton C of E Junior School
on [email protected] to arrange a date and time
French—Killian S (4JE) for always trying 100% and always Please get in touch should you wish to explore the School Direct
listening intently—Bravo! within the Rugby Primary Consortium for the academic year
For more information please visit our school
Home School Support
'Thank you to all those parents who completed the parent surveys. As you know, we take your feedback seriously and it would
appear from the survey results that some of you are not aware of our Home/School Support worker so here is some information for
For those of you who have not seen me around school, heard about me through your children or read about me on the school
website and in the bulletin, I am Mrs Hodgson the Home/School Support Worker at Bilton C of E Junior School.
At BJS we are very aware that in order to support children in achieving the best possible outcomes, we must look at the ‘bigger
We now live in a time where pressures on children and their families are mounting and sometimes that can impact on the way
children behave, learn and feel. We also know that at times parents need support too.
My main role is to work with children, families and my colleagues in school to identify any barriers to wellbeing and learning. We
then look at the best ways to tackle those concerns. Positive changes can be achieved through support delivered directly in school
(for example through 1:1 with the child, delivering the Triple P parenting program with families or opening support meetings
(previously known as CAFs.) This is not an exhaustive list!) There may also be times where we need to look at services delivered by
external services and I work with families to access those.
If there is an issue that may, in some way, impact on your child’s happiness or ability to either attend school or settle and
concentrate once they are with us, please let me know. For some, this may be connected to development or health issues, for
others it may be due to a house move, relationship breakdown or loss within the family. The list is endless, but rest assured, I am
more than happy to work with you to find the best way to support you and your child.
I also monitor punctuality and attendance so if we feel there are concerns about repeated lateness or low attendance I will make
I can be contacted via the school office on 01788 810675, on email at [email protected] or come and
see me on the gates in the morning!
Rugby in Bloom—Award Collection
We were very pleased to receive a
Silver Gilt Award
Parent Governor Needed!
School Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school
standards. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again, Ofsted has noted that the most
effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.
An important part of the role of a governor is to both support and challenge the school and to help investigate how it’s doing to
ensure high standards for achievement for all children in the school.
We are currently looking for two Parent Governors and would be delighted to hear from anyone who has:
• an open and enquiring mind
• an interest in the performance of the school
• the ability to look at issues objectively
• the confidence to ask questions and join in debate
• a willingness to listen and make informed judgements
• the ability to work well with others
• time to spare!
In order to perform the role well, a governor is expected to attend full governing body meetings four times a
year and become a member of one the Governing Body committees which meet three times a year.
It is also important that you are able to get to know the school by visiting the school School—Diary Dates
occasionally during school hours in order to gain a good understanding of the school’s
strengths and weaknesses. Monday 24th October - 28th October 2016—half
School governors come from all backgrounds reflecting different cultures,
communities, work skills and life experiences. No prior knowledge is required as Friday 16th December 2016—school closes at
training and support is provided. 3.30pm
If you are interested in the position and would like any more information then Wednesday 4th January 2017- School opens
please contact Kate Browning (Joint Chair of Governors) through the school office.
You can also reads more about the role by going onto the National Governors’ Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February
Association web site www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx 2017 —Half Term
For nomination please contact [email protected]
Friday 7th April 2017—School closes 3.30pm for the
PTA NEWS Could you sponsor the printing of Monday 24th April 2017—School opens
the Christmas Raffle Tickets?
The PTA held their AGM on Monday 1st May 2017—Bank Holiday—School
Wednesday night and can confirm We are looking for a company / closed
the following for the next year. business to sponsor us for the
printing of the raffle tickets. The Friday 26th May 2017—Teacher Training Day—
Chair: Georgia Chadwick cost is approx. £100, if you feel you School closed
Secretary: Annie Smith could support us in this way please
Treasurer: Tash Strefford email the Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June—Half Term
Thursday 20th July—School closes at 3.30pm
Friday 21st July—Teacher
School To report your child absent please use:
Plantagenet Drive, Rugby To arrange an appointment to see your child’s class teacher use:
Warwickshire, CV22 5RU [email protected]
CV22 6LB To get a message passed onto your child’s class teacher use:
Phone: 01788 810675
E-mail: [email protected]