WMAT Parent and Carer Newsletter: May 2020
21/May/20

WMAT Parent and Carer Newsletter: May 2020

An Easter message by the staff of Saltford CofE Primary School
09/Apr/20

An Easter message by the staff of Saltford CofE Primary School

School closures due to Covid-19
20/Mar/20

School closures due to Covid-19

Information on the current status of our schools

Last updated: 1001 20/3/2020

Front line workers school placement request form

Please follow the link to the Front Line Workers - School Placement Request FormPlease also see the Key Worker List for further information on those parents/carers who are eligible to access our childcare provision.

 Please note the message from the government that ‘children who can stay at home, should stay at home’.

Primary schools

Chandag Infant School
Status: 
closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Chandag Junior School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Cheddar Grove Primary
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Saltford CofE Primary School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

St John's CofE Primary School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

The Meadows Primary School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Wansdyke Primary School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Senior schools

Bedminster Down School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

IKB Academy
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Sir Bernard Lovell School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

The Bath Studio School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Wellsway School
Status: closed from Friday PM 20/3/20

Special schools

Aspire Academy
Status: Open
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Covid-19: school closures (19/3/20)
19/Mar/20

Covid-19: school closures (19/3/20)

Message from our Chief Executive

Covid-19: school closures (19/3/20) (Pdf)

COVID-19
02/Mar/20

COVID-19

The situation regarding Coronavirus continues to be very dynamic. We are working closely with our health and safety advisers to monitor the situation and will continue to follow the guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. We will update you with any significant changes. 

The link to their guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public.

Supper raises £1,100 for FareShare
11/Feb/20

Supper raises £1,100 for FareShare

Charity Fareshare supper at the Chocolate Factory, KeynshamAward-winning chef Tom Martin joined volunteers from Zest and our Trust to hold a charity surplus supper at B Block in Keynsham.

They served up a feast to end all feasts! The Middle Eastern themed menu included warm spiced lentil soup, roasted lamb and chicken with assorted salads and creamy rose-flavoured dessert and proved very popular with diners.

WMAT staff, local parents, families, residents and employees from the St Monica Trust attended the supper, raising over £1100 for FareShare South West. This will go towards providing food to more than 4500 vulnerable people within our city.

Everyone’s a winner with FareShare
28/Jan/20

Everyone’s a winner with FareShare

Our in-house catering company Zest received almost three tonnes of surplus food - worth between £4,500 to £12,000 - from the charity FareShare South West last year, enabling them to provide food at school breakfast clubs. It’s estimated that using this surplus food saved 1.18 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

Zest has raised money to support the charity. Its latest event is a surplus supper at The Chocolate Quarter on 3 February 2020 at 6.30pm.

Executive headteacher appointed for Two Rivers CofE Primary School
23/Jan/20

Executive headteacher appointed for Two Rivers CofE Primary School

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust has appointed an executive headteacher to oversee the launch of its new primary school in Keynsham.

Annie Smart will take on the leadership of Two Rivers Church of England Primary School alongside her current role of headteacher at Chandag Infant School.

Mrs Smart, a highly experienced and successful primary school leader, will be responsible for establishing the new school, which will open with one reception class in purpose-built temporary accommodation on the Wellsway School campus in September.

She will take up the post after Easter, working with the trust’s director of primary Dr Matthew Cottrell and colleagues on the pre-opening phase.

Mrs Smart will also oversee the school’s move to its new permanent building on the Hygge Park development as soon as it is completed, during the academic year 2021/22. At that time, the trust will appoint a permanent headteacher for Two Rivers school to lead it in developing its own distinctive identity as a Church of England primary.

The new school, which is being opened to address a shortage of primary places in East Keynsham, will take in two reception classes a year from 2021 - up to 60 children - until it reaches its planned admission number of 420 pupils.

It will benefit from collaborating with other trust schools in the Keynsham and Saltford area and from the wealth of expertise and skills available across the trust, which runs 13 schools in Bath, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Mrs Smart said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of setting up Two Rivers primary and making sure that from Day One it delivers the high-quality education that all children deserve.

“I am confident that with the backing of the trust and the Diocese of Bath and Wells, plus the strong roots we already have in our community, we can build an outstanding team of staff to work with parents and children and achieve great things.”

Dr Cottrell said: “I am looking forward to Two Rivers CofE Primary becoming part of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust’s family of schools. Mrs Smart is an excellent leader who knows the Keynsham community well and I am delighted that she is taking on this role as executive headteacher.”

Caring pupils have capital adventure
10/Dec/19

Caring pupils have capital adventure

Wansdyke Primary pupils in LondonWansdyke Primary pupils Connor and Rosie went to London with two teachers to represent the school after it was nominated for a Dementia Friendly Award.

The school was put forward in the youth organisation of the year category because of its work in raising awareness of dementia.
Connor and Rosie said that although they did not win they were very proud to attend the event at The Royal Horseguards and to hear about other projects like theirs in which people work to support people with dementia and those affected by it. They said: “Last year we met Mike and Lynn who taught us all about living well with dementia. This year, we will welcome them back. We are ready to take on new challenges and welcome new members into our community.”

The trip was funded by Bristol’s Dementia Wellbeing Service.

One of the projects at Wansyke involves Year 6 organising an afternoon tea for elderly people in the community. This is supported by Re-Engage UK.

Let’s celebrate supersonic work!
10/Dec/19

Let’s celebrate supersonic work!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and attended the ceremony in the Concorde hangar at Aerospace Bristol.Two pupils from The Meadows Primary were put forward for the South Gloucestershire Education Awards 2019 Jess and Will in Year 6 received awards for their hard work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and attended the ceremony in the Concorde hangar at Aerospace Bristol.

The speakers were Tim Harrison from Bristol University and author Rob Eastaway. South Gloucestershire Council organised the event and its cabinet member for schools Erica Williams said: “Well done to all of our winners, who are a testament to the fact that, whatever level of study you are in, having the right attitude and putting in hard work always pays off.”

We are looking for Governors and Trustees
27/Nov/19

We are looking for Governors and Trustees

Recruiting WMAT Governors and Trustees flyer

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust are seeking Trustees and Governors. This is a rewarding voluntary role. Full training and support will be provided.

These roles are a great opportunity to make a difference in your community and develop your skills and boost your CV.

For an informal conversation or for further details please contact:

Clerk to the Trust: Mrs Holdaway
Tel: 0117 9461239
Email: sholdaway@wellswaymat.com

Roman invasion
27/Nov/19

Roman invasion

Pupil from Chandag Junior School dressed as a Roman centurionTwo Roman visitors came to Chandag Junior School to bring learning to life. Children in Pod 4 were immersed in Roman daily life and the role of a Roman soldier. They had the opportunity to explore artefacts from the Roman period, try on a soldier’s uniform and also come close to weaponry.

The highlight of the day for all the children seemed to be the epic  mock battle between the girls and the boys, where the children were taught the traditional techniques of protecting themselves with the Roman soldier’s shield.

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