Welcome to Beckington First School
"Challenge. Exploration. Friendship."
Welcome to our school! We are a small village church school, situated in the heart of the village of Beckington.
We enjoy great relationships with our local community.
"Beckington CE First School acknowledges our duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children
and expect everyone to share this commitment."
Message from Claire Chantler, Headteacher
At Beckington School staff, children, parents and governors were thrilled to receive an outstanding Ofsted report in the autumn term of 2014.
We know that Beckington School is a special place to learn and this was fully recognised by Ofsted. “Relationships with pupils and adults are excellent. Pupils are uniformly polite and helpful. The school is a happy and harmonious place to be.”
The children at Beckington School love learning and work hard to achieve their best. "Staff have consistently high expectations and skilfully enable pupils of all abilities to make excellent progress.”
“Attainment is high in all year groups.”
We value all areas of learning and staff were praised for using their expertise in different year groups, enabling all children to experience exceptional lessons in French, music, computing and gymnastics.
We are fortunate enough to be part of an amazing village, surrounded by people who are willing to give up their time to support us. Our dedicated governing body were highly praised and our Chairman of governors would like to say thank-you to everyone involved in making Beckington Church of England First School such an outstanding place to be!
We are proud of our school and would be happy to show prospective parents around. Please telephone the school to book an appointment.
Friday 13th January 2017:
Whilst it was lovely to wake up to a blanket of white this morning, I am glad it didn’t cause too much disruption to the start of our school day! Thank-you for ensuring your children come to school with a warm coat and any other items of weather appropriate clothing.
This week has had a lot of emphasis on collaboration with other schools. All our teaching staff went to Norton St Phillip First School after school on Tuesday for a professional development training session on ASD (autistic spectrum disorder), together with staff from Rode and Kilmersdon schools. This was a useful session led by a specialist in this area and meant that colleagues could share best practice with each other.
I have spent two days this week on our annual head teacher conference, where all the head teachers in the FLP (Frome Learning Partnership) meet together to explore ways of working together to improve the learning experiences of all the children in our care within Frome and the surrounding villages. We focused around our more vulnerable pupils and how we can best utilise the funds we are given in the FLP, to provide the best support and opportunities.
Our new behaviour manager, Toby Jenkins, worked with us and will be visiting each of our schools over the next few weeks to plan out how he can best support our children and families. Our joint projects include communication (including building on the Talk Boost programme), assessment and mastery in the current curriculum (continuing to build growth mindsets and ‘can do’ attitudes), writing – looking at creating some more opportunities for children to enjoy writing with children from other schools, as well as continuing projects such as our transition between Y4 and Y5. The transition project involves ensuring our more vulnerable pupils feel ready and prepared for their move up to Middle School, through extra visits and all the children have the opportunity to visit on 7th July as well as taking part in a sports transfer afternoon on 12th July. They also do some literacy and maths work in Y4 which then continues into Y5, using the same books.
Another exciting opportunity which involves the majority of the schools in the FLP is a ‘safer internet day’. A group of our older children will be given the opportunity to take part in creating a radio show with Russell Prue just before half term – see newsletter item for further details of when this will be broadcast!
The families at Beckington will today be given a letter explaining that Beckington are part of an early adopters group for exploring a Multi Academy Trust together with Selwood, Oakfield and the College. This is another way of schools collaborating, albeit in a more formal way, looking to secure the future of our small schools especially. This does not affect the partnership between Mells and Beckington.