BLC Girls Football tournament

Last Friday 4 teams of KS2 girls from the cluster took part in their first BLC football tournament, hosted by Archbishop Sumner Primary. Girls from ABS, Loughborough, St John’s Angell Town and St John Divine gathered for the afternoon and played 6 a side matches for nearly 2 hours. The girls showed exceptional skill and enthusiasm and a great afternoon was had by all. A big thank you to all the girls and their coaches, and to Archbishop Sumner for their hospitality. We hope to get a girls football league together in the summer, to capitalise on the girls’ talents.


INSET session to start off our Photography for Learning project with Fotosynthesis

Teachers from Reception classes in our cluster and Windmill cluster gathered last night to plan ready for the start of our Photography for Learning project, led by Fotosythesis, that starts up next week. This project is all about story making using photography as a stimulus. Looking forward to seeing the children’s story maps develop over the next few weeks!

NACE training for local schools

On Tuesday staff from our schools and neighbouring schools in Windmill cluster attended a very informative session delivered by Barbara Firth from NACE, specialists in building provision for more able learners. Barbara covered many ways in which teachers can give opportunities for able learners to progress in the classroom, emphasising the value of encouraging collaboration between pupils and giving children opportunities to talk about their learning. Barbara left us with a number of initiatives to try out in school. We shall be forming a working party to trial more work and report back on its efficacy together.

GDPR briefing from Judicium

This morning 30 Heads, School Business Managers and Admin Officers convened from our cluster and the Windmill cluster of schools at St John’s Angell Town Primary for a briefing on the new Data Protection Regulations due to come into force on 25th May 2018. Employment Law and HR Consultant Craig Stilwell, from Judicium Education, went through the new regulations with guidance on how schools can prepare, as the ICO brings out more guidance on compliance. Key messages were for schools to audit how they currently process data, to risk assess data needs, to review what policies and procedures need to be in place to comply , to train relevant staff on the new legislation and to think about employing a Data Protection Officer (an internal or external member of staff).

BLC Science Fair gets started at St Gabriel’s College

The first groups of year 5s from Archbishop Sumner, Loughborough and St John Divine Primaries got together this afternoon to start planning their experiments for the Science Fair to be hosted at St Gabriel’s College in March. Lots of interesting discussion was going on amongst the teams, keen to chose a question that hadn’t been done in previous science fairs. Looking forward to seeing the work develop!Here’s an example of some of last year’s work.