The weather may have been wet and miserable, but it has really been a marvellous week at Eaton Bray Academy!
On Wednesday morning we received a phone call to tell us that our Ofsted report was available, following our inspection just before half term. We were delighted to learn that we have been judged "Good" in all areas!
The report contains some lovely comments, made by the inspectors, based on the observations they made about our school, the staff and the children during the two days that they were with us:
"Pupils’ attitudes to school and learning are extremely positive.
Pupils are unfailingly proud of their school."
"The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is securely good and supports
many pupils in making strong progress."
"Pupils described the school as a caring and fun environment."
"The school’s work to promote pupils’
personal development and welfare is outstanding."
"Pupils behave well in lessons and display positive attitudes at playtime.
Conduct around the school is excellent."
"Adults support children’s personal, social and emotional development well.
They model how they expect children to speak to one another and how to treat others with respect."
We all agree that this is an accurate description of school life at Eaton Bray Academy, that reflects our school ethos, and confirms that Eaton Bray Academy is indeed "A Wonderful Place To Be!"
The full report can be read on our website - click here to find it.
To add to our delight, we have also learnt that we have been awarded a gilt Primary Science Quality Mark, for our Science provision, in addition to the School Games gold award that we achieved for PE provision earlier this year.
On Thursday we held a "Shakespeare Spectacular" day. Everyone came to school dressed as a character from one of Shakespeare's plays, and the children were given the task of finding out information about their character of choice. They had fun introducing themselves to the rest of their class in character. There were witches and ghosts, fairies, donkeys, kings and queens, and a whole cast of fine Lords, Ladies, Merry Wives, Friends, Romans and Countrymen...!
The day was spent enjoying activities based around the works of Shakespeare. Otters Class focused on "A Midsummer Night's Dream". They listened to a version of the play, then worked in groups to create a magical woodland collage, filled with enchanted creatures. Deer Class also looked at this play, as did Rabbits, who created puppet characters to enact the story. Badgers Class learnt all about the life of Shakespeare, and investigated the story of "Macbeth", while Squirrels Class based their work on "The Tempest".
It was a lovely day, which the children all thoroughly enjoyed. It will be followed up in a couple of weeks with a visit from actors based at The Grove Theatre, who will come in to deliver some Shakespeare themed workshops to all the children in Main School, which is something to look forward to!
Now all that we need is an improvement in the weather, as games on the field in warm sunshine would be most welcome in the coming weeks, rather than all the wet playtimes that we have had this week!