Category Archives: School

Childcare clubs will be run by school

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The Duke of Bedford School is to take direct control of running the before and after-school club.

The decision to run the club directly was made after the current external provider decided to quit.

Headteacher Mrs Cathy Bailey has assured parents that all children who attend the club at present will continue to have a place and there will be no interruption of service.

The club, which provides a vital service for working parents, will move out of the Children’s Centre and into the main school building in March.

Mrs Bailey said that, in future, it is hoped to be able to expand the group to provide more places and also offer breakfasts to children attending the before-school club.

Thorney among top ranked schools in city

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The Duke of Bedford School in Thorney has been ranked fifth best out of 56 primary schools in the Peterborough area.

The rankings are based on school performances at Key Stage 2 tests in the National Curriculum which assess reading, writing and maths skills.

Eye Primary School was ranked 37th and Newborough 24th.

As a district, Peterborough struggles near the bottom of results nationally, being 146th out of 152 local authorities, although it did move up two places this year.

This is blamed partly on the challenges of a high number of immigrants, which mean many children have English as a second language and many are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Could you be a school governor?

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Would you be interested in helping your local school provide the best possible education for village children?

The Duke of Bedford Primary School has a vacancy for a governor from the community and the school would love to hear from people in the village willing to help.

The school’s governing body does a variety of things – it is responsible for setting the budget, it appoints the head-teacher and works with the teaching staff to ensure that pupils have the best-possible learning experience.

The school governing body comprises 12 governors, including the head-teacher. There are four Parent Governors (filled by parents or carers of children at the school); five Co-opted Governors (appointed from within the community), one Local Authority Governor and one Staff Governor.

There are no specific skills required, just an interest in helping the school be as good as it can be. Professional expertise or experience of business can be helpful, but governors are expected to attend training courses run by the local authority to provide all the skills and knowledge required.

Chair of governors, Pauline Coakley said: “This is an excellent way of helping in the community and it can be extremely satisfying. Don’t feel that you can’t do it or you’re not skilled enough, we are just ordinary people doing our best for the school.”

Anyone interested can contact:

Pauline Coakley on 270693 or e-mail p.mcoakley@yahoo.co.uk

Eric Rayner on 270137 or e-mail: eric.rayner@btinternet.com

Thorney golf course closes

The 18-hole Fen Course at Thorney Golf Centre closed in January.

Thorney Golf Centre now just has the 18-hole Lakes Course available for play.

The restaurant, function room and bar remain open and the driving range is still in use.

The nine-hole Par 3 course is being extended around the driving range and should be open by early summer this year.

New head at Duke of Bedford

Mrs Bailey

The Duke of Bedford School has a new head teacher – Mrs Cathy Bailey.

Cathy took over at the start of the year, replacing Jackii Crockett who has moved on to St Botolph’s Primary School in Orton Longueville.

This is her first appointment as a head teacher, but she had previously been acting head teacher for two years at Sawtry Junior School.

Cathy was born in Cambridgeshire, but her parents moved to France when she was quite young, so she grew up a fluent French speaker. She returned to the UK to study and decided to go into teaching after graduating.

Cathy is the mother of two sons and lives in Bretton. She spoke to the Thorney Post after a few weeks in her new role:

Q: How are you finding life at the Duke of Bedford School?

A: I am hugely enjoying it! The children and staff have all been very welcoming and I am gradually meeting more and more of our parents who have been very friendly too.

Q: What do you like best about the school?

A: I love the building, with the huge windows in the classrooms and hall, but most of all I love the atmosphere in school which is purposeful and buzzing.

Q: Did you know Thorney before applying for the job as head teacher and what were your first impressions of the village?

A: I used to drive through Thorney when on my way back from the seaside. I always admired the cottages along the main road which are very attractive.

Q: Do you miss France? How often do you go back?

A: I do miss France and my family who still live there. I try to take my boys over there or they visit us here most years.

Q: What made you want to be a teacher? Would you recommend the profession to a young graduate?

A: Teaching is hard work and you have to be committed to it, but in my opinion there is no other job I would rather do.

Q: How do you unwind at the end of a busy week? What are your interests outside school?

A: I generally like to spend time with my family and friends, either going out for a nice meal or staying in and relaxing.

Q: If you were given a £10,000 gift for the school, what would you spend it on?

A: When I’ve been here a little longer I might have different ideas. For now, I think it might be useful to have a roof over the fantastic swimming pool we have, for those rainy summer days!

Q: What would you take as your Desert Island Disc?

A: These days we can compile our own playlists but I suppose that’s not allowed! I don’t think I’d survive for long without Daft Punk.

 

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