Bussage continues to be a Good school – OFSTED Report

OFSTED Inspection Report Bussage Primary School 18 and 19 October 2022

We are pleased to share with you the Final Report following our recent OFSTED Inspection. This wa what is called an Ungraded Inspection. Good and outstanding schools, whose last inspection was after September 2015, will normally receive an Ungraded Inspection. This means OFSTED come in to check that the school is still operating at the same level as its current grade.

We are therefore extremely delighted that the school has continued to be recognised as being a GOOD school. As well as containing some highly positive comments, only one area of improvement was highlighted.

The support of parents was overwhelming during the process and we want to thank all of you who participated in the surveys or spoke with the inspector. The children were of course, immense on the two days of the inspection (as they are all year round) and we are all really proud of them.

We are extremely pleased that the hard work and dedication of staff and governors has been rightly recognised in this report.

“Bussage Church of England Primary School continues to be a good school” – we can all take pride in that!

You can read the full OFSTED report here.

A Ferguson, Co-Headteacher

Z White, Co-Headteacher

R Bedford, Chair of Governors

World Mental Health Day ’22

On Monday 10th October, the whole school spent time thinking about the importance of mental health and wellbeing. We all dressed in green and brought in a donation to raise money for TIC+

The children enjoyed participating in a range of activities to promote good mental health: yoga, peer massage, outdoor learning, mindful colouring, emotion awareness to name but a few.

Here are some photographs from the day.

Eco campaigner Josie lights up her school

“Josie Tomlinson, currently in Year 5, read about Greta Thunberg’s mission to speak out for the environment, which started when she was just 11 years old. Concerned by the environmental crisis, Josie decided that she wanted to do something significant to help.”

We are delighted to say that Josie’s story has been featured on the Diocese of Gloucester website and you can read the full article here.

Bussage Bear Hunt Winner!

So, our amazing PTA have done it again! They have raised a fabulous £6600 (final figure to be confirmed) through the Bussage Bear Hunt event that ran in September! Whilst there was a superb array and range of bears around the village that weekend, the winner was …… Dancer bear! Here’s the bear in all its glory and our super winning creator with their trophy.

The PTA are beginning to arrange our Christmas event now and would welcome volunteers to help. Please contact our PTA chair via bussageprimarypta@hotmail.com if you would like to help, new volunteers are always welcomed along with existing ones. The fund raising they do is hugely beneficial to all of our children here at Bussage C of E Primary.

Eco Schools Green Flag Award 2022

Congratulations Eco Committee!

Your hard work has earnt the renewal of the Green Flag award this year with a glowing review from the Eco Schools Green Flag team:

“We love your democratic and fair approach to appointing Eco-Committee members. It’s great to see that other pupils played a part in the process. It was really great to read how your Environmental Review provided the basis for the projects in your Action Plan. It demonstrates a reflective and considered approach to your Eco-Schools work, this is a great skill that many adults can learn from! It was wonderful to see how completing your Environmental Review helped your Eco-Committee to spot gaps in your school’s existing environmental activity. But equally important is that it helped you to recognise the great work that you were already doing. This helps to keep up the good activity whilst making you feel empowered to do different things. We love this! We love the range of activities that you and your Eco-Committee planned for delivery. You’ve clearly embedded the ethos of the Eco-Schools programme far and wide in your school! We have enjoyed hearing about how involved you have been with Bag 2 School, your School PTA, your local ChalCAN and the Great Big School Clean Up – well done! This is a very challenging aspect of the Eco-Schools programme, so your Eco-Committee should be very proud of their successes in this area! We look forward to hearing about how you become involved with the wider community next year – keep us posted! We are delighted to hear that your students have gained so much from being part of the eco-committee – well done! The parent quote is a great testament to the work that you are doing with your Eco-Committee, that they are taking their Eco-Schools work home with them and getting their families on board is something to be proud of! I hope you and your Eco-Committee take great pride in your achievements, everyone involved should be incredibly proud of the changes they have made! Your Eco-Code is really smart and concise. It’s a great message and it’s punchy nature will definitely help it be processed by everyone passing by your Eco-Board. Congratulations to everyone for the great work you have managed to do, earning your Green Flag with Merit. You should all be very proud of your work and the application you have submitted!”

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Bussage School had a fantastic week celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The children took part in lots of exciting activities such as a virtual draw-along workshop with Steve Anthony the author of The Queen’s hat, commemorative plate decorating, a jubilee trail, portraits of the Queen and a Jubilee picnic. The children learnt about the Queen and her life and the significance of such an important time in her reign.

For more pictures see some of our class pages