Our cross country winners from Beckley took part in the Hastings and Rother event last week, along with over 80 other pupils from across the area! We are incredibly proud of all our pupils who took part in the event.
Special mention goes to Florence who came 5th and has qualified for the county finals in Brighton! Fantastic!
In October, Beckley School were awarded the prestigous ‘Sportsmark Gold’ award for our commitment to PE activities and sports. The Gold award is based on the number of pupils participating in extra-curricular sports clubs, the number of sports competitions and events the school has taken part in, the number of pupil involved in leading and organising sports activities and the links that the school has to local sports clubs. We are delighted that so many of our children take part in a wide range of sports activities throughout the year and want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mr Bourne, our Sports Coach for all the work he does.
At Beckley, we believe that taking children away from their classroom into a different space can open up creative opportunities for their learning. We have a well-established culture of using the spaces around the school as ‘outdoor classrooms’ and have recently improved some of our outdoor spaces by making them a little more weather proof. In October, we added large awning covers to the outdoor spaces by Acorns and Red Maple classes, to help keep some of the rain and wind out as we move into the winter months. Already, children are enjoying being able to use these spaces, even when the weather is miserable!
In October, we were thrilled to receive a letter from the Minister for Education Standards, congratulating us on our outstanding results for the Phonics Screening tests last year. This is someting that all Year 1 pupils in England and Wales are required to take. Our success in June 2019 placed the school in the top 2% of schools throughout the country, which is quite an achievement. Huge congratulations to the pupils, and the staff who worked so hard to achieve such success!
On Friday of last week, pupils and staff from Beckley performed a specially written play about the life of Beckley School throughout the years of the First World War. The moving and powerful play was based upon the entries in the school log book between 1914 and 1918, by Mr Blackmore the Headmaster at the time. The performance took place in the village hall, with over 100 people in the audience – including the 92 year old sister of one of the ‘Garden Boys’ in the play, who lost his life during the Great War.
The play was a very powerful and poignant reminder to all those who were there of the impact that WW1 had on the school, the village and the lives of so many people!
Last term, many of our pupils entered the Stormont Art Competition organised by Rye Art Gallery. This year the theme was ‘Jungle’. We had 25 pupils whose work was chosen to be included as part of the exhibition, which had its official opening to the public on Saturday. Out of all the local schools involved, the judges selected Alexander from Beckley as their overall winner in the 5 -7 years category! What fantastic news! The exhibition is open to the public until 25th November, so please go along and take a look – you will be inspired!
Early this term, the pupils in Years 5 and 6 went on their week-long residential trip to an activity centre, near Ashford. They had an amazing time, challenging themselves to work as teams, face their fears of heights, problem-solve and be creative. For some of the children, it was the longest they had spent away from home. Some of the most popular activities included the ‘leap of faith’, the ‘3G swing’, the ‘night line’ and the ‘chariot building’. Many pupils developed their confidence, independence and made new friends. It was a fantastic week and a brilliant way to start the new school year as a new class. Huge thanks to Mrs Morley for organising such a wonderful residential trip!
Last week, we held a ‘Vision and Values’ evening for parents of the two schools in the Federation. It was an opportunity for parents from both Peasmarsh and Beckley to hear from the headteachers about the sharted vision and values developing as we move the schools forward together. Parents said they really appreciated the opportunity to share their ideas and comment upon the Church of England Vision for Education document that both schools are using as the basis for this developing piece of work.
Welcome back to all of the pupils and parents at the start of a new school year, and a big welcome to all of our NEW pupils and parents. Over the summer break, there have been a number of contractors in school, working hard to develop various parts of the building and outdoor spaces. Work over the summer has included:
Developing the piece of land behind the school, including access from the playground so that we can begin to use this area as an outdoor learning space
Re-developing the old staffroom so that we now have an extra two room spaces. One is being used as an office space for our bursar and SENCO, with the other room being multi-purpose for small group work; music lessons; meetings and a teacher workspace.
Decoration of the school hall
Decoration of the school entrance lobby
Completing the Learning Pad by adding a weather panel that allows us to countine to use the space as the weather deteriorates
The works carried out form part of our rolling programme to enhance, upgrade and develop our school environment.
‘It was a pleasure talking with your pupils. I was impressed with how confidently they talked about their school, their learning and what they enjoy.’
Beckley had our OFSTED inspection on 14th June and we have now received our report from the inspector. There are many positive aspects to the report and we are very pleased to have been judged as a ‘good’ school. If you would like to read the full report and the parent letter from our governors, they can be downloaded from our Policies and Documents section on the web-site.
‘The school’s Christian values, particularly the need to care for eachother, are very evident.’
‘The curriculum provides exciting and memorable learning opportunities.’