Governors & Visitors

 "I was lucky enough to attend the Christmas concert on Tuesday 15 th December this year. Please accept my congratulations to you and your staff for such a wonderful event.   I appreciate how difficult must have been, the logistics of transport, feeding and amusing 320 children on that day. Altogether a tremendous performance from the children who were just wonderful and this reflected on the calibre of the staff teaching them. It made my Christmas."

Mrs Fairley Ramsay (Grandparent)

"Congratulations on tonight's concert which was a credit to the Borough! I thought it was awesome - the sheer exuberance of the children was overwhelming from beginning to end. We were also treated to some items from the older children which gave the programme some added musical virtuosity and variety and what an asset Tommy Blaize was to the evening! You and your colleagues have done a formidable job in getting the concert together and achieving such high standards of choral performance. I loved it. - Robert Young (Chair of Governors)

 

"The appearance of the school, from vibrant wall displays championing children’s work in corridors to the layout and presentation of classrooms play a key part. More significantly however, is the dedication and enthusiasm of the teaching staff. Children greeted their teachers and other members of faculty enthusiastically and looked genuinely happy to be at school."

Alex Le Vey (School Governor) - visiting Foundation Stage

 

"There is a most accommodating feel to this school.  Pupils are happy; staff are friendly yet business-like. There is a sense of purpose. I am really pleased that our student is having such a positive experience."

 

Mark Betteney (Greenwich University Tutor)

 

"Everyone, from the staff on the front desk, the teachers and the TA's were fantastic and helped us all greatly. I loved working in both of the classes and the children really are a credit to the teaching staff, they are happy and really well behaved."

Michelle O'Donnell (Student)

 

"Teachers deployed a variety of different techniques to ensure that different ways of learning were catered for, and children’s needs met. This was especially pronounced in a Reception class I observed in which children were learning to write, with both phonics and practically writing letters on small white boards used."

Alex Le Vey (School Governor) - visiting Foundation Stage

 

"It was so refreshing to see how investigation is embedded into the maths curriculum and evident that this is consistent across the year groups and across the school.  We really liked how most lessons started with the problem and all the skills practice came from that."

Jo Atkins (School Improvement Advisor)

 

"Billingsgate Seafood School have had a fantastic time with Nursery and Reception – finding out about Fish as a food. Great tasters and very enthusiastic."

Paula Williams (Schools Coordinator)

 

"The school itself is beautiful. The artwork is stunning and I have certainly logged those ideas for the future. Very inspiring!"

Michelle O'Donnell (Student)

 

"I would like to say a huge Thank you to you all for making the last two weeks an absolute pleasure.  The atmosphere at the school has been happy and welcoming. I have really enjoyed working in the classes I had the fortune too. The children are really well behaved and appear to enjoy their school day to the full.  All the staff have proved to be really welcoming and helped me greatly."

Michela (Greenwich University Student)

 

"I thought the Bannockburn choir gave an excellent performance both as a group and in the combined choir.  I particularly noticed how well they went up on to the stage and the way they held themselves still when singing - so we the audience could concentrate on listening to their performance.  This of course provided an excellent contrast to when they introduced a more dynamic performance with the actions!"

Maria Freeman (School Governor) - Reviewing the Music Festival at Correlli College

 

“The structure of the day worked exceptionally well. Learning all about assessment and then seeing it in action was great. The lesson observation was outstanding and the team games worked really well. I learned more about assessment in this day than I have in the last 5 months. Thank you for an outstanding day!”

Greenwich University Student

 

"A couple of weeks ago there were a few groups of small classes visit Woolwich Market to purchase fruit to make fruit salads. I am contacting yourself to make you aware of the sheer pleasure it was to have such well-behaved groups of young children be of custom to us. All your pupils and teaching staff were of great credit to your school and are most definitely something to be proud of. We'd like to say thank you very much to everyone who was involved, teaching staff and pupils alike, and would be more than happy to be of any help in the future."

Andy and Tony of Woolwich Market

 

“The day was really useful and incredibly thorough, covering every aspect of assessment.”

Greenwich University Student

 

"Consistency and progression was a real strength in the books that we looked at.  The thinking process was so clear to see and we really liked the thought bubbles where the children were assessing their own learning."

Jo Atkins (School Improvement Advisor)

 

"Key strengths across the school include high expectations, the effective use of learning walls, clear learning objectives, attractive learning environments and the active engagement of pupils in meaningful and relevant learning experiences.”

Florence Olajide (Improvement Partner)

 

“The lesson I observed today was EXCELLENT! It had different examples of assessment being used throughout (peer, self/whole class/questioning etc) and was truly inspiring – I learned lots.”

Greenwich University Student

 

"What a delight! The blend of the traditional carols with contemporary settings of songs linked to Christmas ensured that there was something to please all tastes in the audience."

Robert Young (School Governor - Chair) reviewing the KS2 Carol Concert

 

"What a wonderful musical event! I loved the twist on the nativity story and the engaging score which seemed to me to be so well tailored to the needs of young children."

Robert Young (School Governor - Chair) reviewing the FS and KS1 Nativity Performance

 

“Lots of opportunity to see ideas in practice.”

Successful Teaching and Learning Participant

 

“Great to have the opportunity to look around your school.”

Successful Teaching and Learning Participant

 

“I have new strategies for behaviour, differentiation and lesson structure that I am already using and seeing the benefits of.”

Successful Teaching and Learning Participant

 

“It was good to have the time to observe teachers and think about how they were impacting positively on their children.”

Successful Teaching and Learning Participant

 

“In this school I see what is possible.”

Successful Teaching and Learning Participant

 

“It has been inspiring to spend time in a school like Bannockburn that values all pupils and gives them every opportunity to succeed.”

Successful Teaching and Learning Participant

 

“Your classroom displays and you’re learning environments have motivated me and given me a lot of ideas as to how I can improve my environment for my children.”

Successful Teaching and Learning Participant

 

"An enormous thank you for an inspiring visit and such great hospitality and all your time. It is everything I thought it would be, plus some!!! The school is amazing and you must be so proud. I am in full rave mode about Bannockburn now."

Oli Thomlinson - Paddington Academy

 

“I really enjoyed my visit to the school and to see the Foundation Stage classrooms. The quality of display and layout of the classrooms was of the highest order – they create a super learning environment. I was also pleased to see the way in which the children were playing together at lunchtime with so many activities going on. The children’s behaviour was excellent. Best wishes to all the staff – you are doing an amazing job.”

Chris Hilliard (Former Chief Executive, Bedfordshire County Council)

 

"The schools, pupils and environments were fantastic."

Gayle Adam (Headteacher at Patcham House School

 

"The consistency of the the teaching and learning throughout the school, the 'wow' factor ad the immediate impact when walking in to every classroom will have a positive impact on the wor that we do at our own school."

Teachers from Elaine Primary School

 

“We were hugely impressed with the quality of both the learning and the learning environment that we saw at Bannockburn.”

Peter Stumpf (Headteacher at Cranford community College) & Kevin Prunty (Deputy Headteacher at Cranford community College)

 

"The childrens pride in their learning and their environment is outstanding. All children were very articulate about their successes and next steps, this clearly contributed to their exceptional progress. Thank you to all staff and children for being so welcoming."

Jeanette Bromby (Head of Hazeltine School)

 

"It was wonderful to see so many parents at the Music Festival supporting their offspring and obviously taking pride in their achievements."

Robert Young (School Governor - Chair)

 

"Bannockburn’s Gospel Medley was one of the few items which challenged the children to sing in parts, as opposed to in unison – a very welcome feature of the performance which made it stand out as a musical experience for children and audience alike."

Robert Young (School Governor - Chair)

 

"We were so impressed with the new site. A great deal of work has obviously been put into making the new classrooms both interesting and exciting. What came over was how committed the staff are to establishing the right environment."

Jenny Branscombe and Jeena Thapa (School Governors)

 

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for affording me the privilege of being a part of today, I thought the conference you spoke at was fantastic. There was a quality and an excellence about every aspect of the day that was quite striking and the content of the sessions was both informative and inspiring.”

Class Teacher and Behaviour Leader from North London

 

“It was a great pleasure spending the afternoon with Year 5/6 children on 16 March. The opportunity of addressing the age phase on the theme of recollections of the post-war years to link up with the current project was one that I was delighted to take up because I saw it as a positive and very personalised way of contributing to the children’s exploration of those years.”

Robert Young (School Governor - Chair)

 

"By touring the whole school it clearly demonstrated the ethos and high expectations across the school community."

Teachers from Elaine Primary School

 

“I applaud the children for their receptiveness and impeccable manners at the end of a long week and appreciate that this is in large measure a tribute to the expectations of the staff and the interest they have generated in the project.”

Robert Young (School Governor - Chair)

 

“We are incredibly grateful for the offer of on-going support and we look forward to the opportunity to work together in the near future.”

Peter Stumpf (Headteacher at Cranford Community College) & Kevin Prunty (Deputy Headteacher at Cranford community College)

 

"The tour of the school was really helpful to get an overview of how consistent your learning environments are. The lesson observation also helped us to further understand how you are framing lessons around an artefact and using this to inspire writing. Looking at your books in the afternoon made it very apparent that all of your staff have high expectations of pupils."

Visitors from Whitehawk School

 

“I also welcomed the opportunity of meeting with a group of children to discuss their project on solar panels. Discussion with the children alerted me to the extent to which they were being inducted into the world of economics, developing an awareness that an initial investment can have financial benefits, not in the short term, but in the long term.”

Robert Young (School Governor - Chair)

 

“My visit was very positive. It was an invaluable opportunity to reflect on my role at Whitehawk and how we could use the good practice at Bannockburn to support and strengthen development at our school. I came to see something special and was not disappointed.”

Senior Teachers from Whitehawk School

 

"During our visit to the High Street site we looked at examples of the children’s work, which was truly impressive. We visited several classrooms and everywhere we went the children appeared relaxed and comfortable in their environment."

Jenny Branscombe and Jeena Thapa (School Governors)

 

“I was inspired by your talk.”

Headteacher from East Sussex

 

"The assembly was really good. It was very encouraging to see so many children receiving merits and not just for academic achievements."

Jenny Branscombe and Jeena Thapa (School Governors)

 

“The school displays fantastic art work that is both inspiring and celebratory.”

Senior Teachers from Whitehawk School

 

“The nurture of young people is stunning! Everyone is striving for the same thing and its noticeable everywhere. The children were fully engaged and willing to talk about their learning.”

Senior Teachers from Whitehawk School

 

"Thank you for letting me visit your classroom last week. You made me feel very welcome and answered all of my questions. I was impressed by the standards of display in your classroom and the level of challenge set for the children. The steps to success posters and table top resources seemed really helpful and the children were really using them well. The children certainly demonstrated to me that they understood the calculations. I also enjoyed talking to the children I met who were enthusiastic, engaged and articulate."

Ken Maslin (Deputy Head of Invicta Primary School), following a visit to Hazel Tree Class

 

“There is a consistent, positive, child centred approach at Bannockburn where there is a real sense of shared vision and accountability. I heard positive conversations between staff to support development and celebrate good practice.”

Senior Teachers from Whitehawk School

 

"All three Year 3 / 4 classes that visited the Environmental Curriculum Centre were exceptional. The teachers, helpers and children all worked together to make a really positive learning experience. It is wonderful to see such good work and it made our day run very smoothly. What a superb example of excellent teaching practice. It was a pleasure to have Bannockburn visit the centre."

Claire Kirby (Deputy Head of the Environmental Curriculum Centre)

 

"This is a truly inspiring school. Your high expectations are clearly evident everywhere - planning, children's books, your learning environments etc. It is obvious how hard all staff must work and how committed everyone is to this being a great school."

Visitors from Whitehawk School

 

"Your commitment to using different types of stimuli to inspire writing and the quality outcomes you get from pupils from basing their learning around engaging artefacts, art, books etc will have a positive impact on the work that we do in our school."

Visitors from Whitehawk School

 

"Some examples of good practice that we saw within the school were consistency, high expectations of all pupils, your confident pupils and all pupils were on task and engaged in learning."

Visitors from Whitehawk School