Friends of West Blatchington held a pumpkin carving contest last week to kick off our fundraising for Pennies for Our Playground, the campaign to raise funds for outdoor equipment for our new school building opening in Spring 2019.
The contest was extremely popular and we were excited to see a host of creative and spooky designs brought into the school. Peter Kyle (MP for Hove) came along to join our assembly and conduct the very important task of choosing the winner!
Peter Kyle said "Starting the day with so many engaged and excited kids at a brilliant community school really can't be beaten!".
Thank you Peter for visiting our school and judging the pumpkins!
During the last academic year, Mrs Tuck and Mrs McCully undertook a significant amount of work around the Autism Aware Award. This involved them participating in training on specific areas of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) as well as producing a portfolio of evidence to show what we do as a school to ensure the very best support is in place for our pupils with ASC.
An autism aware school is defined as a school that provides an environment that accepts and understands pupils with autism spectrum condition and provides opportunities for the whole school community to continue to increase its awareness and develop its understanding of ASC.
We are delighted to announce that we have received the Autism Aware Award 2017-2020! We would like to thank all the of the school staff for their hard work and dedication in supporting all of our pupils. We are extremely proud of the wonderful work they do to ensure the best outcomes academically, socially and emotionally for our ASC pupils both within mainstream classes, and Seals and Dolphins. Congratulations West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School!
Mo Bham, Head of Brighton & Hove Inclusion Service, presented Mrs Tuck with the Autism Aware Award.
We are holding open days in October and November for parents of children who will be starting Reception in September 2018. Please call 01273 770777 to book a place on one of the open days. If these dates are not suitable for you, we are happy to arrange an alternative date for you to come and visit us.
For further information click here: West Blatchington Reception Open Days Autumn 2017
The school currently has the following vacancies:
Midday Supervisor - Fixed Term
Midday Supervisor - Casual (ad-hoc cover as required)
Minibus Driver - Casual (ad-hoc cover as required)
Should you wish to apply for any of these roles, please download an application from the links below or pop into the school office and request a paper version.
Completed applications must be returned to the school office or by email email@example.com by Friday 6th October 2017.
Interviews are scheduled for Monday 9th October 2017.
Midday Supervisor - Job Description Midday Supervisor - Fixed term advert
Midday Supervisor - Ad-hoc cover advert
Minibus Driver - Job description Minibus Driver - Ad-hoc cover advert
Application Form (support staff)
Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Committee have unanimously voted to approve the plans for a new school building for West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School!
The plans also include a new permanent building for King’s School, currently located in Portslade. The construction will occur in one phase and the existing buildings demolished once the school moves into the new building, at the end of 2018.
At West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School we have outstanding teachers, strong and experienced support staff and will now soon have first rate facilities to match!
Rachel Simmonds said “I am delighted with the planning committee's decision. I am very proud of our school community and its achievements. The new build will enable us to be at the forefront in providing the highest quality education and opportunities for both pupils and the wider community”.
The new building will enable the school to be truly inclusive, with all year groups (including the nursery and ASC unit) housed under the same roof. The modern and efficient building has been designed to inspire and instil pride across the whole school community and will empower the school to deliver the highest quality of education in a stimulating environment for many generations to come.
Philip Worsfold, chair of the school’s governing body, said: “The new building means state of the art facilities for current and future pupils at West Blatchington to help them thrive. It is a very exciting moment for the whole school community.”
The building will house a dedicated music room, a music practice room, fully equipped cookery room, ICT suite, sports hall and performance hall. A library will sit at the heart of the school on each floor, promoting the school’s love of reading for both Early Years/Key Stage 1 pupils and Key Stage 2 pupils. The much loved wildlife garden will be retained in its existing position.
The development of the school site will bring enormous opportunities for the school to further strengthen its role within the community. The plans have been carefully designed to offer opportunities for community usage and rental of the school facilities.
Bonjour once more! The children had a fun filled day yesterday, meeting their French penfriends. They made the children feel very welcome at their school and planned plenty of fantastic activities for the children, including archery and traditional wooden games.
After dinner, the children went bowling. The temperatures have dropped a bit now, like at home, and all is well.
The children are looking forward to sharing stories about their amazing adventures with their families when they get home tonight.
After a lovely dinner at their hostel, the children spent time on the beach. They had lots of fun playing football and games as well as eating tasty ice creams!
They ended the day extremely happy and were showered and settled in time for bed. Some of the rooms even have an amazing view of the sunset!
The children are all looking forward to seeing their French penfriends at their school today!
Bonjour! The year 6 pupils have arrived safely in Calais, France after a good journey. First stop was the bakery, where they learnt to make yummy croissants and they all had great fun with Bruno the baker.
The weather is as hot in France as it is at home, so they are all enjoying the glorious sunshine.
Watch this space tomorrow for more updates!
As you may be aware, over recent months the school has been in meetings with Brighton & Hove City Council and the Education Funding Agency, regarding the potential development of the school site to build a permanent site for King's School and a new school building for West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School.
On Thursday 25th May 2017 there will be a Public Exhibition held in the Junior Hall from 15:30-19:30 and parents, staff and the wider community are invited to come and view the proposed plans.
For further details please click on: Public Exhibition
A group of Year 5 children are currently at Bowles for a residential. Everyone is having a fantastic time, enjoying the glorious sunshine and getting lots of fresh air, whilst trying out new activities.
The children had great fun having a onesie party as well as enjoying a camp fire yesterday and will be doing abseiling today!
They have been busy making memories and can't wait to tell their families all about their adventures when they arrive back tonight.