We are very proud of the achievements of our school, and of the awards that we have won in recent years.
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our sporting achievements this year include: running a weekly range of successful inter-house sporting competitions, attending and competing in school friendly's, tournaments and regional finals of the following sports: girls' football, boys football, cricket, tennis, netball, rowing and both indoor an outdoor athletics.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
In January 2013 our school was awarded the Investors in People standard following an intensive assessment of our leadership and management practice. We are delighted to have our school recognised in this way.
In April 2016 our school was reaccredited with the Investors in People Standard. This involved a rigorous assessment of our systems and procedures for developing the learning and empowerment of our staff. We are proud that our continuing good practice has been recognised.
We were awarded the Bronze Eco Schools accreditation during the first week of December 2009 in recognition of our achievement in working towards developing a sustainable environment.
In November 2013 we were delighted to have been awarded the Eco-Schools Silver Award to recognise our progress in improving the school environment.
The Bidford Primary Partnership formed in 2013 with Alcester St. Nicholas' CofE Primary, Bromsgrove School, Ridgeway Middle School, St. Bede's Catholic Middle School and Webheath First School Academy. School Science Partnerships are core to the Ogden Trust strategy, providing funding for programmes for state schools to work with each other, with independent schools, and universities, the result is better opportunities for all students.
The partnership scheme is supported by Ogden Regional Consultants (themselves former academics and teachers), university Ogden Science Officers who are based in physics departments, Ogden Teacher Fellows and Science Mentors based in schools and sixth form colleges.
From September 2013 Mrs Greygoose, as hub leader, is to become an Ogden Teacher Fellow. Ogden Science Teacher Fellows are part-funded by The Ogden Trust to help co-ordinate, run and evaluate science outreach work at schools and universities. They are normally based within an Ogden Science Partnership, either in a university department or at a hub school. A School Teacher Fellow will typically be a qualified teacher; the Trust will fund outreach work or research, which they will do in conjunction with their teaching post. Science Teacher Fellows organise and administer the Schools Physicist of the Year Awards and may be asked to represent the Trust at external events.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded Gold Status for the Primary Science Quality Mark.
We are really proud of our achievement and would like to thank all those who contributed via the website and pupil/parent questionnaires. The award process has helped to raise the profile of science in our school, acknowledged good practice in science teaching and learning and celebrated our commitment to excellence in science in our school and local community and through our support of other local schools.
In November 2013 our school received the Food for Life Silver award. This award, from the Soil Association, is in recognition of our continued commitment to healthy and sustainable food and a curriculum that supports children’s appreciation of cooking and food production. County Caterers have also received the Silver Catering Mark in recognition of their commitment to serving freshly prepared meals using seasonal, local and organic ingredients.
In May 2011 our school was awarded the Food for Life Partnership Bronze Award for our healthy and climate-friendly approach to food. We have been working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform the school's food culture, and that of its local community, by reconnecting the children with climate-friendly, healthy and real food.
As part of the bronze award scheme, we are serving seasonal school meals, 75% of which are freshly prepared by our experienced school cook, Tanya Fisher of Warwickshire County Caterers. Our pupils have the opportunity to visit a farm, cook and participate in food growing activities, and pupils and parents are involved in making improvements to the school's menu and dining experience.
Following an inspection in April 2015 the challenge we provide our pupils was once again recognised by the National Association for Able Children in Education.
We were awarded the NACE Challenge award for a second time and we are one of only 79 schools nationally to achieve this.
Bidford Primary School has been awarded Healthy School Status.
We actively promote a healthy lifestyle by modelling good practise and by having high expectations. We are currently involved in the Food For Life project, enhancing our provision for growing our own food, cooking and learning about healthy food.
This award recognises our commitment to ensuring good standards of physical education across the school and pupil's participation in a diverse range of sporting endeavours.
Extra Curricular activities are accredited through the Children's University for Key Stage 2 and Kids College for Key Stage 1.
Children receive certificates and have the opportunity to work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
We at Bidford Primary School provide an inclusive learning environment where there is full access to curriculum and facilities endorsed by the Dyslexia Friendly Standard.