Welcome to our school website. I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Bedgrove Junior School. I joined Bedgrove in January 2016 and I have seen the school undergo considerable changes during the past five years, which has resulted in a significant increase in pupil numbers, pupil outcomes and a vastly improved curriculum offer.
We understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make and we hope that the information you find here will support you with that decision. I am sure that our website will give you a full flavour of all the great things that happen at our school, whilst also providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community.
On 1st April 2019 Bedgrove Junior School converted to an academy and joined the Great Learners Trust. The Great Learners Trust, which was established in 2014, is a local multi-academy trust specialising in primary education based in Buckinghamshire. The aim of the trust is to provide local, responsive, practical and strategic support for all partner schools (Great Missenden, Princes Risborough, Wooburn Green, Bearbrook Combined, Elmhurst, Great Kimble and West Wycombe). Bedgrove Junior School joined the Trust to ensure that we continue to be an outward facing school, relishing opportunities to work collaboratively with other schools, whilst supporting with the GLT offer of self sustaining school-improvement.
Although we are now part of the Great Learners Trust, we relish further opportunities for collaborative learning and professional development with other local schools. In particular, we have strong links with Bedgrove Infant School (our main feeder school) and continue to share a number of projects and staff development across the two schools. We also engage with Ashmead Combined School as part of their ITT programme and offer placements for students within our school. We liaise closely with other local Aylesbury schools through the 'Side by Side' project led by Buckinghamshire Council and have recently completed successful 'MITA' training for all staff through this project. We are also part of a local Aylesbury Hub for the 'Challenge Partners' network where we are working closely with Aylesbury Grammar School and a number of other local schools on leadership development.
Our own self evaluation framework identifies many strengths in the school and as a result we grade the school as 'Outstanding' within all areas of the new OFSTED framework (September 2019). This judgement has been externally verified (Nov 2019). Bedgrove Junior School was last formally inspected in June 2015. During this inspection the school was graded as a good school where; "Teachers successfully strive hard to challenge, engage and interest pupils in lessons. Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is a strength. The school is an extremely caring place where pupils are kept safe and every pupils welfare matters greatly". (OFSTED June 2015).
As a school we are committed to ensuring that every child learns in a safe, challenging and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to achieve their very best, both within and outside of the classroom. We are continually striving to improve outcomes, across the curriculum, for all of our pupils and make our school the very best it can be. Our core purpose is to ensure that pupils are ready for the next stage of their education. We have three core values that drive us towards achieving our goal of providing the best education we can - 'Inspire, Challenge, Succeed'. We have exceptionally high expectations of all of our pupils and we follow a 'Behaviour for Learning' policy that links closely to British Values. Through this we prepare our pupils to be good citizens of our school and the wider community whilst encouraging them to become lifelong learners.
Bedgrove Junior School is a well-resourced primary school with a very committed, stable team of staff, supportive Local Governing Board and an active PTA. We have specialist teachers for creative arts and PE and offer the children a broad and balanced curriculum which is enhanced with our many trips, visitors and in school experiences. All classrooms are equipped with up to date ICT equipment and other learning resources. We have a dedicated creative arts room, children's kitchen, well-stocked library, computers in our ICT suite and class sets of laptops and IPADs for the children to use. We have developed our outside space with the installation of climbing equipment in all three playgrounds and our MUGA (multi use games area) to improve our PE and playtime provision.
We know that our close partnership with parents is crucial to the successful education of all our children and we encourage parents to communicate with the school at every opportunity. Parents are regularly invited in to school for our open events, termly parent presentations or to join our parent forum as a class representative who meet on a half-termly basis with members of the SLT. We communicate with parents via parent mail, our school website and our fantastic twitter accounts.
In a recent parent survey 100% of parents stated they would recommend our school to another parent.
Our parents say:-
"My children love school, that speaks for itself"
"My child loves it and skips in to school each day"
When asked how to improve our school, one parent commented:
"Nothing comes to mind. You would find it hard to improve on what is already a great school!"
We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website and that you find the information you are looking for. We normally operate an open door policy and welcome current parents, potential parents or any other visitors to come and see the school in action at any time - however due to coronavirus we have had to alter this for the time being - please contact the school office if you do have any questions about the school.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. We look forward to hopefully meeting you very soon.
Mrs L Greco