A message in an end of year card, which made all staff smile and some even cry!
To All at Gipsey Bridge Academy
It is with a heavy heart that I write this, recognising that for our family it is the end of an era.
Thank you all so much for all that you have done firstly for *** and then for ***. GBA is a wonderful small school and I am truly thankful that both of my children have been touched by the GBA magic!
I don't know how you do it but you leave a special mark on those who pass through your doors; they all take a bit of this magic away with them.
Whatever you do, keep doing it - the village is so lucky to have a wonderful school full of such dedicated staff.
We all want to say thank and wish you continued success in the future.
Feedback from the July 2016 Parent Questionnaire
Parents and teachers are on the same page.
Friendly staff and children. Approachable teachers, my child is always happy to attend. Happy child = happy parents. Great outdoor area for reception/field. Small community feel between the children.
Class size, school size, staff, atmosphere, culture.
That it is a small school and everyone feels like family.
Friendly, understand children’s needs, good education.
It’s not too big therefore all the children have more chance to interact with the teachers as and when they need to.
Involvement of parents – strong community feel e.g. Friday assembly, WOW events. Approachable, knowledgeable staff able to deal with any concerns. Emphasis on reading and mathletics.
Caring and rural. Well organised. Focuses on aspirations.
Small and friendly atmosphere with a strong focus and emphasis on children’s learning journey.
On Friday 15th January, we invited parents and relatives into school to work on maths. Lots of the methods that we use now have changed since the parents were at school, and some of them don't feel familiar enough with them to be able to help with homework. The morning was a huge success! The children showed their relatives methods for the four operations, as well as adding and converting fractions and percentages.
Well done, Class 3; we're all really proud of you and you've received some wonderful feedback!
Tiny Town Fair November 2015
The children in Foundation Stage were pleased to welcome their families to our Tiny Town fair. It was wonderful to see so many people and the children loved sharing their homework projects and learning from through out the term as well as the food and decorations they had prepared for the day.
Take a look at some of the lovely comments from our Foundation Stage parents.
Class one WOW event autumn term October 2015
As part of our extreme survivors topic this term the children took part in an 'extreme survival day experience'. We had a visit from Mr Westaway, who taught us all we needed to know about survival in the rainforest. As part of the day the children got to work in teams to build their own rainforest survival shelters.
The next day the children were extremely excited to invite their grown ups to come and look at their fantastic shelters and all their hard work over the term. The children really enjoyed showing off and I think their grown ups were very proud. Myself and Mrs Smart definitely were.
In the Autumn Term 2015, we introduced Mathletics for years one to six. The pupils have been motivated to complete additional maths learning as a result. Below is an email received from a parent shortly after it was introduced:
'I would just like to say I am loving the Mathletics as xxx is keen to go on it to increase his score to gain credits to personalise his profile.
Great idea and keeps him off other gaming devices which aren't so beneficial. He is keen to get perfection in each section so if he gets one wrong has to do again!! Trying to encourage him to go a bit harder if getting them all right for more of a challenge.
But either way good practise.'
We really want to hear the views of our Parents and Carers so that we can celebrate the things we do really well at Gipsey Bridge Academy and identify any areas for improvement.
Parents can give their views in several ways. We invite parents to complete an annual Parental Questionnaire, we encourage parents to comment when they have visited special curriculum events in school (see below) and parents can complete Ofsted's online ParentView survey at any time. We love to hear your views so please do take the opportunity to share your opinions of our strengths and areas for development.
Parental Feedback from Curriculum Events
We regularly seek feedback from our Parents at whole school events, curriculum afternoons and parents evenings. Here are a selection of some of our most recent parents comments.
Foundation Stage - Super Heroes: Protect and Serve.
Take a look at some of the feedback that Foundation Stage parents wrote on Tapestry about about our topic and our visit from the emergency services.
To see more of our topic - The Eagle has landed please click on the link below.