If you are new, or curious about our school, I hope this website gives you a flavour of the wonderful learning that takes place here.
If you are an existing parent, I hope that you find the website informative, helping you keep up to date with your child's learning and all the exciting things that are taking place throughout the school.
At Berrycoombe we have high aspirations and hopes for your child. We will ensure they love their learning and have fun. That they feel safe at school and fulfil their full academic potential.
We are friendly, informal and always willing to listen, support and help.
The lead inspector was David Edwards, HMI.
We are happy to announce that our inspection report has now been published and we can share it with you.
This was a one day inspection and the school remains a 'Good' School. You will see that the style of the report is different to previous reports and is a letter addressed to the head teacher.
We are proud of this result and especially with knowing that the inspector walked away from the school impressed with the children's behaviour and attitude to learning.
We are also pleased to hear how you feel about our school.
‘Teachers celebrate each child’s success as they progress. They never give up on our children!’
‘We love that the school encourages every child to do their best,’
Covid Guidance for September
Things are fairly normal next year
- All children start and finish at the same time (8:45am and 3:00p)
- We will not be having bubbles, although the way we have organised lunch and playtimes mean that children will only spend time with one other class over the year. We reorganised things in this way to create calmer, nicer play and lunch times and the added benefit is that it will also reduce possible transmission.
- Close contacts of positive individuals in school (children and adults) no longer need to isolate.
- Our assemblies will be smaller with children joining the other class they play with for assembly in the hall. (Y1 and Y2 assembly, Y3 and Y5 assembly, Y4 and Y6 assembly). Again we are doing this because assemblies will be calmer and quicker.
Things we will continue to do
- If your child is symptomatic we will ask that you isolate until a PCR test confirms if they have coronavirus. If they are positive they will need to follow current guidance and self isolate.
- Staff will continue to test twice a week with lateral flow tests.
- There will be a continuing emphasis on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene (when you sneeze catch it, bin it) and good ventilation in rooms (windows open).
- Where possible we will have meetings and conversations outside.
- We have been told that home learning next year will be highly unlikely but we still need to be prepared. All the usual APPS are available and home learning would follow the approach we adopted previously with online videos from class teachers on Edmodo. If your child had to individually isolate then bespoke homework packs would be provided.
Next September will be a fresh start after what has been a challenging year. Full details of how our school day is changing, including new start and finish times, can be found under the 'New School Day' tab above. The at a glance guide is included below.
Our Library has just gone online
Teachers will have supplied you with Myon log in details.
Once your child has logged on, they will have access Myon which is like Netflix for books. There are over 5700 books that you child can read. A whole library at their finger tips.
The books are carefully levelled so they match your child’s reading level. There are thousands of books to read, and children have the option of reading themselves, or having the book read to them. They can instantly look up words they do not know and are able to take short online multiple-choice quizzes at the end of the book to see how well they have understood.
This uses the same accelerated reader technology we use in school with the older children (KS2) and teachers can assess and feedback on how your child is doing. The children already understand what to do but just in case, each teacher has provided a short tutorial on their class page on the school website. Just click on the ‘Classroom’ tab and select your child’s class.