Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to St Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School.  I was appointed headteacher in April 2017, 6 months after the last OFSTED inspection.

We are implementing an extensive School Improvement Plan (SIP) based on the recommendations from OFSTED. The SIP can be found in the School Improvement section of this website.

Our first priority was to improve behaviour by introducing a new behaviour policy with simple strategies for teachers to implement to focus on encouraging positive behaviour. The behaviour across the school has significantly improved as was recognised in our HMI interim visit in May 2018 - "...we saw no low level disruption in lessons or around the school during my visit."  One child told the inspector “It feels more safe.” And another said, “It was like a level 1 and now it is a level 50!” 

Secondly, we are working hard to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the school, to ensure our pupils are challenged by the teacher’s expectations.  The Inspector said "Teachers now take more account of what pupils already know and understand, when planning mathematics lessons.  They no longer have pre-conceptions about pupils' ability.  They say this has removed the ceiling on learning.  Where this is most successful, pupils are starting to make more rapid progress.  Pupils reported that they enjoy choosing for themselves at the right level of difficulty.  They were clear that this makes learning 'more fun'."

See the letter from Her Majesty's Inspector (May 2018) for more detail about the significant improvements we have made over the last 18 months. 

We have also been lucky enough to secure a £10,000 donation from Natwest to support behaviour and attendance. To further support the improvement of attendance, we have formed partnerships with local café Al Campo and local pizza company, Dodo Pizza, who provide regular rewards for the class with the best attendance. 

For a city centre school, we have very large school grounds, which are undergoing a programme of improvement, including the addition of some artificial grass.  The children at St Bartholomew's are so lucky to have such large play spaces for playtime, PE and outdoor learning.

I am proud of our wonderful pupils and the commitment they show to their learning and our school.  They are a joy to be around and are so very kind and welcoming.

We welcome visitors to our school, especially potential parents.  Please contact the office to make an appointment - I would love to show you our wonderful school.

Katie Blood

Headteacher