Years 5 & 6 WW1 Performance at the church Thursday 8th November 2018 at 6pm – All welcome

Please park in the sign posted field to ensure we are considerate of all local residents – Thank you

Governors Blog – Term 1

It seems unbelievable that we are nearly at the end of our first term and Summer has given way to Autumn.  The Harvest Festival service has been held and those who have need of the Food Bank will be extremely grateful for your generosity.

The new Reception class are settling in well and don’t they look cute?  As usual, it’s been a busy time for everyone, settling into new classes and routines after the summer break.

What does the Autumn term hold for us as Governors?  Over the summer Governors and Senior Leaders have been putting together two important documents: the Slimbridge Primary School Self-Evaluation Form, and the School Development Plan.  In a nutshell these will collectively look at where we are now, (strengths and areas to develop),  where we want to be over the next 3-5 years and how we intend getting there.  The views of all stakeholders will feed into this, (such as some of your responses in the parent questionnaire) as well as data analysis, the quality of teaching and learning, the social, moral and emotional development of our children and the quality of leadership and management.  We have had our first term of meetings which focused on the key objectives in these documents, and included looking at the financial, teaching and learning and overall welfare of the school and its buildings to ensure that the children’s school experience is positive, rewarding and enables them ultimately to move on to secondary education as confident, enquiring and well-rounded individuals.   This term also sees the start of our annual cycle of review of policies for the school, many of which are published on the school website.

Paramount to everything we do, is the importance of keeping the children safe.  Communication is key.  If you have any concerns at any time, please let the school know and we will ensure that these are followed up and resolved.

As a gentle reminder, please ensure footpaths on your way to and from school do not become hazardous places with children riding scooters when crowded with other pedestrians.  Also, when parking on the road, car doors are opened responsibly.

As you know, there are a number of car parking spaces available at the British Legion and it would ease the congestion considerably in St John’s Road if these were fully utilized.  We are working with the County Council to once again look at providing access into the school via the recreation ground and bridges and hopefully, this will be implemented in the near future.  We will keep you posted!

We are looking forward to the concert by the school in Church on 8 November as part of the village commemorations for WWI and Slimbridge History Society also has a number of events planned around that time.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about this period of history and its relevance to our community.  As Governors, many of us will be at these events so please speak to us!

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you have any comments or suggestions we can be contacted by emailing

Tricia Carrington & Sarah Kiddle

Co-Chair of Governors

Harvest Festival

Harvest Assembly Friday at 1.30pm at the Church.

School Continues to be Good

As you will have been aware on the 28th November 2017 Ofsted visited the School.

“Parents are extremely positive about the school’s work.” 

We have now formally received the news that the School continues to be Good. This is great news and we would like to thank all our staff, governors and parent for their efforts in the build-up to and during the inspection. Especially all those parents who completed the Ofsted survey providing evidence for the inspector comments below

Parents are extremely positive about the school’s work. They praise the approachability of you and your staff. They greatly value the school’s caring and nurturing ethos, where pupils are encouraged to be considerate and look out for each other. They state that their children go from ‘strength to strength’ in their learning because lessons are enjoyable yet challenging. Many say that the school is ‘fantastic’, with several commenting on the interesting curriculum that focuses on outdoor learning and local history. Parents clearly see the school as an important feature of the local community.

Sandra Woodman Ofsted Inspector – December 2017

If you would like to read the full letter from Ofsted, including the findings it can be found on the Ofsted Page of the school website


Otter Adoption

Our School Council’s initiative this term was to adopt one of the WWT otters. After some fundraising, we raised enough money to pay for one year’s adoption. Last week, the School Council members went to the WWT to test out some brand new educational resources and at the same time, purchased the adoption pack. They… Continue Reading

Year 5 Maths Challenge

Well done to four of our brilliant Year 5 mathematicians who participated in a maths challenge Friday 24th November at St Edward’s School in Cheltenham. They had to work very quickly to solve some tricky maths puzzles but really loved the experience. Super Effort!     Continue Reading

New Term and New Governors

Firstly, a huge thank you to Laura, who has stepped down as Chair of Governors and a Parent Governor after an amazing nine years – nine years that have seen huge successes in the achievements and progress of the school. Thank you very much, Laura – a very tough act to follow! We have two… Continue Reading