Outstanding

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Outstanding Leadership and management.
Outstanding Behaviour and safety of pupils.
Outstanding Quality of teaching.
Outstanding Achievement of pupils.
Outstanding Early years provision.

Ofsted said, ‘Something special and something of excellence takes place at Birkwood’.

 

This Outstanding Ofsted Report is a real celebration for our community of children, staff, governors and parents of what happens each and every day. 

We are all so very proud!

Julie Allen (Mrs)
Headteacher

Click the link or the image below to read or print the full report

449140 Birkwood PS – Published Report (October 2014)

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Headteacher’s Welcome Message

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We wish you a very warm welcome to the Birkwood Primary School website and hope that by using the site you will get a picture of our vision, aims and the values we uphold.

Our school is a caring, supportive and family orientated community where we encourage our children to ‘be the best that they can be’.  This is achieved within the context of an exciting and relevant curriculum that meets their needs and is underpinned by our School Logo ‘Inspire, Cherish and Achieve Together.’

Our strong and committed Governing Body have made the decision to keep class sizes as small as possible lower down the school in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. The entire school has been refurbished over the past 4 years to include the playground and a Trim Train on the large playing field, a purpose built kitchen so that children can cook as part of their learning in Science, Maths and Literacy.   A community garden area is soon to be undertaken following successful Big Lottery Grant funding.

We are very proud of our school community; if you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

With best wishes,

Mrs Julie Allen
Headteacher

 

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Newsletter 15: Friday, 19th December 2014

Newsletter 15: Friday, 19th December 2014

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Attendance Matters

Many thanks to Mrs. Ellis who arranged our Termly Attendance Awards again. All children with 100% Attendance received a certificate and were entered into a raffle for a Special Prize. The Lucky Winners were absolutely delighted with their prizes, well done everybody!

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Thank You Mrs. Smith

We said goodbye to Mrs. Alison Smith – our lunchtime Lead Supervisor and School Governor. Mrs. Smith has done a fabulous job and introduced many exciting Lunchtime Activities such as the Top Table and the tokens reward system. Here she is presenting our Year 1 Dolphins with the Token Prize for Term 1 2014-15! We’ll miss you Mrs. Smith – Thank You for everything.

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Thank You Mrs. Smith (EYFS)

We said Goodbye to Mrs. Smith (Miss Marson) from our EYFS Team this week. Mrs. Smith has led our Nursery & Reception Team for 7 and a half years – and of course finished her time with Birkwood by helping secure our wonderful Ofsted Inspection Outstanding Outcomes. Thank you Mrs. Smith and Good Luck for the future; we’ll all miss you.

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Christmas Cakes

Year 6 had a wonderful time making and then decorating these amazing Christmas Cakes! They learnt some Sugar Craft skills and used them to wonderful effect. Thank you to Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Birch and Miss Collins for their help with this exciting opportunity – we also hope our wonderful families will enjoy the tasty treat over Christmas time.

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Year 5 party time…

Posh frocks, silly hats, delicious food, pass the parcel and loud music, Year 5 had it all this week when they celebrated the festive season with a Christmas party. We had a wonderful time!

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Final Photos of 2014

Although we’re nearing the end of 2014, KS 2 Gardening Club have been thinking ahead to next year and what kinds of things to plant. They collected sunflower and poppy seeds from the plants that had flowered in the summer and have made beautiful little packets in which to keep them safe.  

 

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Christmas Dinner

We had a wonderful Christmas Lunch today thanks to Marie and the Kitchen Staff. The children received a Christmas Cracker to accompany their Lunch and were served by two unusual members of the lunchtime team! Merry Christmas everyone – Birkwood has enjoyed a feast fit for royalty.

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Year 3 Christmas Preparations

Mr Summerfield was helping the Zebras package reindeer food for Christmas. Don’t forget to sprinkle it outside your house on Christmas Eve everybody!

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Carols Around The Tree

Many thanks to the Barnsley Music Hub who provided ‘Carols Around The Tree’ for our Years 5 and 6. We had a wonderful morning which culminated in a performance for the whole school – well done everybody have a listen here.

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