Mead Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 5YS
Ready for Life
At Abbeymead we believe that community links are essential in the growth, development and wellbeing of all our pupils. Links with our local community help us to build relationships with groups and individuals who will provide positive role models for our children whether this is within the world of work, or as part of spiritual and moral development or everyday experiences. In addition to local communities we also value the importance of developing strong links between regional, national and international communities, this through visits, assemblies, concerts and special events.
We liaise with other local schools in a number of ways. Some of our children have an opportunity to meet with those from other schools who share their passions and engage in quality activities to stretch and challenge them in their field. Our sports teams are becoming increasingly successful in cross-school competitions, including football and cross country.
Members of the local community are welcomed as volunteers in the school, subject to the necessary safeguarding checks and induction procedures, and take on a variety of roles from hearing readers to running clubs.
We endeavour to utilize the local area when planning our visits. A number of our classes have visited local businesses, including Tesco and the River Twyver. This has led to some fantastic activities, from practical Maths application through to learning how to conserve water.
Over the school year we work very hard to support local and national charities with parents, children and staff getting involved.
Our Family Welfare Officer has excellent links with our parental community. Examples of some of her activities are listed below.
Examples of some community links we have.
Year 6 – VE day celebration for Yr6 friends and family, visitor from GCHQ, Dragons Den project
Year 5 – Pirates celebration to parents, VR experience to Space
Year 4 – working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust testing the River Twyver for water pollution, Football with Gloucester Community Tigers
Year 3 – Gloucester City AFC – Football coaching
Year 2 - @Bristol
Year 1 – Trip to Bristol Zoo
EYFS – Nativity to parents and community, trip to Gloucester Cathedral
Family Welfare Officer
Our Family Welfare Officer regularly arranges courses for parents, either running them herself or linking with local organisations including Community Family Care, The Redwelll Centre, Acorn House, and Info Buzz.
We also use the Adult Education Local Authority Service to provide parents with courses such as First Aid, supporting the development of reading skills, Calm Kids and basic Maths skills.
Previous courses include well-being sessions, parenting workshops, nurture workshop for families, and Christmas crafts.
Our Family Welfare Officer also works very closely with local charities to support some of our parents including food and clothes hampers, school uniform and even providing families with washing machines.
The Great North Run - Miss Workman and Mrs Clarke have completed the Great North run and raised an incredible amount of money for The Bone Cancer Research Trust. Well done, we are very proud!
National Star College - Can Do Campaign
On the 14th January the school had a dress down day to support The National Star College 'Can Do' campaign. Our aim was to raise as much money as possible to help children at the college achieve the impossible, whilst also inspiring our own children to dream big and believe in themselves, even at the most challenging times. Amazingly, we raised £430.
To find out how you can support the campaign you can find further details here http://www.nationalstar.org/support-us/can-do/