Governors & Visitors

Good afternoon Bannockburn, I just wanted to congratulate you on the measures that you have in place for Covid-19. Being a former Parent Governor for a Bromley Primary School I fully appreciate the need for good safeguarding. Your School have excellent measures in place and I felt that I should congratulate you. - Area Service Manager from Sharp

Thank you for hosting the visit on Friday. The feedback from my staff and the Erasmus teachers was all positive and they really benefited from seeing a different school to our own. They spoke about how passionate the staff were about the children and the learning, particularly the Heads of Site. They could see clearly the ethos of the school and that was clear across both sites. My staff spoke of a 'no excuse' culture; all children had the chance to succeed. - Head of School Green Park Community Primary School 

A huge THANK YOU to the team at Bannockburn for organising and to all the members of staff who gave up their free time to support tonight's International Evening. Their tireless good humour, willingness to get involvwed and teamwork never fail to make an impression. - Parent

I was very impressed to see the high levels of pupil engagement across all year groups and the differentiation across different year groups. Behaviour was exemplary and adult expectations of behaviour for learning were very high. - Royal Borough of Greenwich School improvement Advisor

The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and the children were all so engaged and friendly. Overall ethos of the school was warm and comfortable. The day exceeded my expectations; it really expanded my knowledge and challenged my thinking through watching how you teach and how the children learn. - Greenwich University Student Teacher

I have been doing the school run more often recently and wanted to say how impressed I am with the seeing the senior leaders present in the playground and at school gates. This happens on a regular basis and complemets the excellent job that the Premises Manager on the Manor Way site does. It is really impressive to see senior staff overseeing the start and end of the day. I have also noticed senior leaders at the end of the day on Plumstead Corner, keeping an eye on children to keep them safe on their way home. - Parent

I was very pleased to be invited to a number of end of year events.

  • Key Stage 1 Sports Day - a well organised event which led to enthusiastic participation by all the children and was well received by parents
  • Year 2 Singing Assembly - this was a lovely event well attended by parents and the children sang their hearts out
  • Year 6 Leavers Production - just amazing!
  • Year 5 Reward Trip to Danson Park - what a smashing time was had by all. As always the children behaved well and the staff made sure they had a day to remember with lots of team games and fun.
  • School Summer Fete - an excellent collaboratio between children, staff and families which led to a lovely atmosphere.

As always the consideration and care shown by all the staff not only to the children but each other is amazing. Brilliant teamwork! - School Community Governor

Congratulations and thank you to the Year 5 children at Bannockburn who participated in the 'Maths 24 Competition' at Middle Park and gained first place. - Head of School Improvement, Inclusion, Learning and Achievement - Royal Borough of Greenwich

Congratulations to everyone at Bannockburn Primary for a highly successful finale to their Arts Weeks. Parents and carers were treated to an evening of music, poetry, painting and sculpture with a theme of French speaking countries around the world. There was a buzz of excitement throughout the school as children from Reception to Year 6 spoke confidently to visitors about their learning. - School Improvement Partner, Royal Borough of Greenwich

A very big thank you to the staff and children, particularly Acorn and Conker classes in Nursery and Apple Class in Reception. Words alone seem insufficient but once more, I am immensely grateful to everyone at Bannockburn Primary School - Parent

I just wanted to say thank you for having us yesterday - we had such a lovely day. The children were all so well behaved and the teachers were all so friendly. Please pass this on as it is always such a pleasure to visit a school with children with good manners. - Amy Kelly, Director, The Rig

Dear Mrs Ford, I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils for the very high level of progress pupils in your school are making. Your school's results ashow that yuor school is among the top 3% of schools in England in term of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2 in English Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Thank you for your hard work and professionalism in producing such high standards and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved. - Nick Gibb MP (Minister of State for School Standards)

As always I am enormously grateful for the way in which you and the team have hosted the open morning and in particular thanks are due to Mrs Catterall who steered us so ably through the morning. I was in a position to sample the Forest School in action with the nursery children engaged in a phonics activity, a Mathematics lesson with Year 6, foucssing on piecharts and proportions and an English lesson with Year 6 with a focus on reading comprehension and literary devices. The age ranges may have been at opposite ends of the spectrum and the activities sampled diverse in nature, but what they all shared was quality in dialogue with the teacher as the critical figure in shaping the skill or concept and creating the ethos for learning. - Robert Young (Chair of Governors)

 

As ever a great treat to be in the audience for the two Christmas concerts with Year One and Years 5/6. I was captivated by the magic of the Year One production and its distinctive take on the Nativity theme with a fabulous score. The Year 5/6 concert, which married the big swing era to festive songs was also characterised by the full-hearted engagement of the children and some welcome musical challenges which took them beyond their comfort zone. The Plumstead Manor auditorium seemed to me to work well as a concert venue with surprisingly good acoustics and marvellous sight lines for the audience. So please pass on my congratulations to children and staff alike! - Robert Young (Chair of Governors)

 
I also wanted to say how much I have enjoyed working with Bannockburn over the last two years and getting to know you all. Your commitment, passion and care for the children in the school is evident and I feel I have learnt a lot from working with you all. As I said in the review meeting, I have observed some inspiring and skilled teaching and learning within the school from both teachers and support staff, as well as many warm and nurturing interactions between pupils and staff. I am impressed by the range of opportunities on offer for pupils at Bannockburn and feel that as a school you pay close attention to the social and emotional well-being of the pupils, which is reflected in the happy and settled presentation of the children at Bannockburn, as well as the general calm and relaxed atmosphere within the whole school - not an easy feat gievn the size of the school and high level of need.Katherine Robinson (Borough Educational Psychologist)
 
Can I say how much I appreciated the opportunity of meeting with the Year 6 pupils in three classes on Tuesday 6 June to talk about our role as governors. I was struck by the children's engagement with the topic and the probing nature of many of the questions raised, of which the following are just a sample. Why did you want to become a governor? What are the things you like about the school? How many meetings do you attend? I think it is important for children to become aware of the wider educational community and I therefore see this dialogue with the pupils as part of the contribution to that education for citizenship. The opportunity to experience the Arts Week in action was also much appreciated. Governors have always placed great importance on a balanced and wide-ranging approach to the curriculum and it is therefore vaulable to see the aesthetic dimension to education being given prominence through the medium of the Arts Weeks. Children can only benefit from the sustained and focused opportunities for artistic exploration in depth. I am very much looking forward to the Year 6 Performance at the end of term and no doubt thiw will also build on a foundation of experiences which will have taken them into different artistic avenues. Please pass on to colleagues my appreciation, as always, for their welcome and hospitality. - School Governor
 
 
The day started with a visit to Aspen class where we (Robert, Chair of Governors and I) watched an Art lesson centred on The Perspective of an Artist. It was great to listen to the children describe the pictures usign keywords. Thereafter, we all went to the hall for Values Assembly, listening to a story on the month's value of 'Friendship'. I particularly loved the exceptional behaviour of the children in the hall with minimal prompts from adults. It was a touching story and the contributions of the children were amazing. The visit to Elder class was spectacular! I loved the masks made by the children, the in-depth attention to detail and the level of concentration was phenomenal. The quality of questions asked by the children was remarkable. In all, the visit confirmed the exceptional behaviours of pupils and the high level of discipline in the school, the outstanding level of teaching and learning in the school. The visit provided an opportunity to see how many resources were provided for the children. I, as the Link Governor for Years 5 and 6, am particularly impressed. I say a big thank you to the Year 6 Team and the leadership for all their efforts.- Parent Governor
 
 
Now that we have come to the end of the senior leader and middle leader programmes, I wanted to take the opportunity to share my thoughts, with you, regarding the leaders who have attended the two programmes. I have had a career of over 20 years in educational leadership, the last 11 years within the role of facilitator/consultant for the National College of Teaching and Leadership, the Institute of Education, Eastern Leadership Centre and our own company, ES4S.  I have had the pleasure of working with leaders in the UK, Europe and Asia and through all of these experiences, I have NEVER worked with such a passionate, committed and dedicated group of leaders than those at Bannockburn Primary School…they have been an absolute credit to your school. It has been a pleasure to share the learning experience with every one of them and I just hope they have found the professional learning sessions worthwhile with regard to their individual and joint leadership development.- Andy Hind (Education Consultant)
 
 

"Thank you for putting on the Art Exhbition on Friday, I visited both High Street and Manor Way and it was wonderful to see such lovely work and talk to the children who were so enthusiastic about showing off their creations.   I really enjoyed the theme of school values and was pleased to see so many amazing and creative ideas to interpret the values in a really thoughtful way.  I always ask the children about the values when I come in and visit, and without fail - right across the school - everyone can articulately clearly the value for the month and what it means to them.  The Art Exhibition was no exception. It was lovely to look at the art works, and also to have a go at creating our own art too.  

A few things stood out for me:

  • Courage - I loved the poems and particularly liked seeing the thoughtful peer comments.
  • Kindness - wow! I loved looking at the beautifully painted hands and talking to the children about what kindness meant to them, and exploring the idea of "what colour is kindness?"
  • Thoughtfulness - the Haiki poems were fantastic.
  • Honesty - the paintings and wooden spoons were beautiful and the children were so enthusiastic about explaining how they had used an idea about leaves and nature to create "honesty leaves", and had thought about looking through things using mirrors.  
  • Patience - the children were really keen to show off their wonderful sewing, plants, and I even had a tutorial on how to create a Haiki poem!
  • Persistence - the children had used many different materials to create beautiful sea scenes, and parents and children could try out one of the techniques used. 
  • Equality - the children had developed a theme around Elmer the Elephant and created some beautiful paintings.  We enjoyed creating our own elephant picture too.
  • And finally, such an enthusastic rendition of "We are the World" with drum accompaniment from Maple class!"

Year 3 Parent

"I just wanted to say thank you and a big well done to the staff and children for the just completed Sports day. The children were resilient, competitive, taking part and cheering their peers all through the events. Staff were highly involved, supportive, organised and very helpful. Overall, I  thought both Sports Days (KS1 and Years 3 & 4) were brilliant. I am sure the best House won but we all had fun and fun and enjoyed ourselves. Many thanks to Ms Devlin for leading Sports and such a wonderful Sports day. Once again, thank  you to all at Bannockburn and  well done!" - Parent