Bingham Day Nursery rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Bingham Day Nursery rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Bingham Day Nursery and Pre-School Centre has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. The nursery caters for 125 children in total and has improved from a good inspection back in 2008. The inspectors have said the nursery’s management and staff provided ‘exceptional learning experiences and constantly assessed children’s interests, abilities and future needs to help them make excellent process’. The Ofsted report said “Babies and children thrive and thoroughly enjoy being at the nursery. They are inspired to learn by the highly skilled and motivated staff, teachers and manager”. The inspection took place back in April and the inspectors praised the stimulating environment where children’s ideas and interests were given priority. Children were fully included and every child and their families were well prepared for the next stage in learning, including starting school. The report continued to say, “Very positive and effective relationships with parents, schools and agencies ensure children’s needs are clearly understood and exceptionally well met. “The innovative use of outdoors, accessed in all weather, ensures children benefit from exciting activities throughout the day. The wood land area, wide range of farm and wildlife animals and large play equipment and expertly used to provide children with active learning opportunities”. Deana Hardy, who works at the nursery, said “The woodland centre has made a huge difference and provided a unique facility that other nurseries cannot provide. “Most of our learning takes place outside and the children love it. The staff have worked hard to get the centre running and we are pleased that it has paid off.”...
Toot Hill Extra – Summer School

Toot Hill Extra – Summer School

Toot Hill School Extra are running their Summer School again this year. It involves children taking part in 4 activities alongside friends and professional teachers. The Summer School will run for 8 days in the first week of the summer holidays this year offering a variety of educational art based activities. This is a great oppurtunity for children aged 7 – 16 years old to take part in Masterchef, Art, Street Dance and Graffiti Art classess, as it will give them something to kick start the long 6 week break. If you are interested in the Summer School, then book quickly as the places book up quickly the closing date for bookings is Friday 5th July 2013. For more details see the flyer or visit the...
Carnarvon Parking Causing Congestion

Carnarvon Parking Causing Congestion

After a meeting with Bingham Town Council’s planning committee, plans to alter the car park at Carnarvon Primary School have been supported by the committee. The issue was raised after worries over parents causing congestion on Nursery Road which the residents are unhappy about. The school want to build nine extra parking spaces, change the front gate and extend the play ground area, in which four trees would have to be cut down to allow room for the changes. They also plan for extra classrooms to be built. Mr Alan Harvey said solving the issue should be a priority but Mrs Maureen Stockwood said the school do not own the land that requires for the problem to be solved. 90% of the children who attend the school live within walking/cycling distance but many parents choose to arrive by car causing hassle and congestion for the residents as they park across driveways. Several action points have been produced to help encourage parents and children to walk or cycle to school including continuing bikeability training for pupils and organising weekly ‘park and stride’ sessions. A set of rules will also be developed by the school council. Mrs Stockwood has said ‘They are putting extra car parking spaces along the side of the drive, although unfortunately some trees are being removed. It looks as though they are trying to do as much as they can to solved the problem.’ She continued to say that the council did not object to the plans but asked the town clerk to note concerns about public footpath access and congestion caused when parents pick up and...
Toot Hill Students Teach Dance to Primary Schools

Toot Hill Students Teach Dance to Primary Schools

GCSE dance students at Toot Hill School invited children from four primary schools to take part in a dance festival. Girls and boys from St Peter’s Primary School in East Bridgford, Orston Primary School, Flintham Primary school and Cropwell Bishop Primary School took part in the dance festival at the leisure centre in Bingham. The Year 9 pupils, Katie Smith and Charlotte Turton, choreogrpahed dance routines to teach the young pupils which they would perform in front of teachers and parents. They performed a group dance to One Direction’s Comic Relief song One way or Another (Teenage Kicks). Sarah Allcock, a Year 12 dance teacher who co-ordinated the session said that they put on a brilliant performance. “For the Year 9 dancers, it was a case of them learning skills and being able to pass them on to someone else.” All the primary school children received certificates for taking part in the session. Katie, 14, said: “I want to go to a performing arts school and I am more experienced now thanks to leading these sessions. It went well and the children seemed to enjoy it.” Melanie Brown, a traineee teacher at St Peter’s Primary School said the children from her schol enjoyed the dance session. “The girls from Year 9 have been fabulous, to say how young they are. My pupils did brilliantly, it is nice to come and do something...
Toot Hill Awarded Teaching Status

Toot Hill Awarded Teaching Status

Toot Hill Awarded Teaching Status Toot Hill School is one the 350 schools who have been awarded teaching status. This means that the school will lead the training and professional development of its staff whilst working with other schools to improve teaching standards. They will be able to train teachers on site instead of sending them on university postgraduate courses. Toot Hill were awarded the status in the third wave of selections by the National College for School Leadership. The teaching school status is given to less than 2% of state schools in England and is awarded to those who have received an outstanding report by Ofsted and where quality of teaching has received outstanding overall. The National College for School Leadership scheme opened two years ago, wants to award 500 schools the teaching award by 2015. Wendy Nelson, Toot Hill’s teaching school leader, said, “Becoming a National Teaching School is an exciting opportunity for local schools. “By creating a network of 22 local primary and secondary schools we will be able to share good practice among staff and continue to develop the best teaching methods and approaches.” Maggie Farrar, executive director at the national college, said that teaching schools like Toot Hill school, should be proud of what they have achieved. “They need to be at the top of their game to take on this role – outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support. “With some 350 teaching schools around the country, we are now well on our way to creating a self-improved school-led education system. These are the...