Successess 2014/2015

Successes of the Year 2014/2015

      • The Quad was successfully re-developed over the summer holiday. The Year Six children had provided designs when they were in Year Five. The water feature and the giant chess paving have proved particularly popular;
      • A new accessibility ramp was constructed during the holidays by the entrance to the Lower Junior cloakrooms;
      • The new daily Breakfast Club was launched in September and became more and more popular as the year went on;
      • All our Junior children attended the screening at Witney Cineworld of a new BBC initiative called ‘Ten Pieces’ which introduced the children to ten pieces of classical music through the medium of film and special effects.       This was followed up in class during the year;
      • We welcomed 16 teachers from the Witney partnership in October. They visited four classrooms as part of the Olevi Outstanding Teacher Project, being led by staff at Henry Box. We received very positive feedback from them about the quality and consistency of the teaching and learning. The visit was repeated with a different cohort of Witney teachers in March;
      • Our Auction of Promises was very successful with a good range of items and experiences on offer. We raised £7,100, the majority of which went towards the cost of the Quad redevelopment;
      • Two of our pupils were the ‘Headteacher for the Day’ in October and November. These were prizes from the Auction of Promises.       They led Collective Worship, answered emails from other Witney Headteachers, judged the tidiest cloakroom, carried out a learning walk, signed the newsletter and authorised the ordering of classroom resources on the computer;
      • Infant Sports Club began in November, led by a sports coach;
      • Significant improvements were made to the Reception class outdoor area. In November, the new covered area was constructed, along with new storage and large resources, and in March, block paving replaced the existing ground cover. This re-development has enabled the outdoor area to be used in a far more organised and productive way;
      • The interactive performance of Macbeth by the Young Shakespeare Company for the Upper Junior children in November was excellent and inspired them to learn more about Shakespeare and the Tudors;
      • Groups of Year Five and Six children took part in a Radio Oxford broadcast during the year in which they discussed issues in the news with the presenter;
      • The whole school went to the Oxford Pantomime, taking up nearly 400 seats in the stalls;
      • Our Infant Nativity was performed so well by the children. As always they looked great and sang well;
      • Our annual Carols by Candlelight was excellent with approximately 80 children taking part in a very special service;
      • We raised £144 for Save the Children by wearing Christmas jumpers. This was on the same day as our Christmas lunch which went very smoothly with the cook preparing 300 lunches;
      • A group of Year Six children raised £111 to fight against Ebola by making and selling cakes during the lead up to Christmas;
      • Our Christmas disco raised more money than ever before and was very well attended;
      • Our Christmas Service on the last day of term told the story of Christmas through songs, readings and drama;
      • Our swimming team won the Witney and District gala in January. Both the girls and the boys won and proceeded through to the West Oxfordshire gala in March;
      • More Play Leaders were trained in January and their guidance for the younger children at lunch times proved invaluable all year. They introduced their Play Leader Award after Christmas;
      • Our hockey team won the Witney Schools’ tournament in January;
      • Both the boys and the girls Athletics teams won the Upper Junior event at Henry Box and progressed through to the West Oxfordshire competition;
      • As part of their work on Roman history, the Lower Junior children enjoyed their trip to Chedworth Villa, visits from Roman Centurions, Hands On History lessons and their Roman Day during which they dressed up as Romans and ate Roman food;
      • Our new PE and outdoor equipment storage was constructed in February and has proved to be an excellent addition to the school;
      • Our football team suffered heartache as they lost 4-3 in the semi-final of the Witney Schools League in February;
      • We were very proud of our Year Six children for singing so well in the Witney partnership concert at Wood Green School. It was a great experience for them performing alongside all the other Year 6 children from the Witney schools;
      • Our netball team finished as runners-up in the West Oxfordshire tournament and proceeded through to the County finals in April, eventually losing in extra time to a school from Henley in the semi-final;
      • The children enjoyed dressing up as book characters for World Book Day and they also appreciated the staff dressing up as characters from The Demon Headmaster;
      • Class 5J raised an impressive £1,097 for the charity Children’s Liver Disease Foundation by organising their Big Yellow Friday. All the children were invited to wear yellow for the day and Class 5J organised games and activities after school for the families to enjoy;
      • Both our Lower Junior and Upper Junior choirs performed at the Chipping Norton Music Festival in March. Competing against four other schools, private and local authority, they sang beautifully and the Upper Junior choir came away with the top award, Outstanding, and the Lower Juniors achieved the next grade down, Distinction;
      • Our hockey team, having qualified in February, took part in the West Oxfordshire tournament. They won their first four matches and narrowly lost by one goal to the eventual winners Madley Brook and also lost to Woodstock. We finished third overall, missing out on a place in the County Finals by one place;
      • Our Rugby teams played very well in the Witney Schools tournament. The A and B teams were unbeaten throughout, the B team collecting the Plate trophy, and the A team picking up the winners’ trophy for the 4th year in a row and proceeded to the West Oxfordshire finals at the end of April;
      • Classes in Years 1 to 4 wrote songs with support from the World School of Rock in Witney. Each class had two sessions with the rock musicians and really enjoyed the experience;
      • Our Infant children looked splendid in their Easter Bonnets at the end of last term. As always, a lot of effort had gone in to creating the wonderful bonnets;
      • Our Infant and Junior discos were enjoyed by approximately 275 children and raised over £250;
      • Our Easter Service was very well supported by parents, friends and other family members. The children told the Easter story though a dramatized narrative poem, interspersed with songs and prayers. We also held Communion;
      • The Godly Play sessions throughout the year at High Street Methodist Church were an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all Junior year groups, particularly the Easter activities;
      • Two of our children qualified for the Witney and District Cross Country in April. They ran very well, finishing 14th and 17th out of approximately 100 runners;
      • Our Junior quiz team took part in the regional round of the national Challenge Quiz in Oxford and finished a creditable 8th out of the 11 teams from around the county;
      • We were asked by the publisher Hamilton Trust to have our Reception class filmed taking part in a Maths lesson for teacher training purposes. A group was the filmed being taught by the educationalist Ruth Merttens. She was very impressed with both the teaching and the children’s knowledge and ability, comparing them to a year One class;
      • Our netball team won their Witney Schools League semi-final against Witney Community Primary 5-4 and proceeded to the final;
      • The school rugby team played in the County finals, were unbeaten throughout and drew the final with Windmill School, Oxford, and came away as joint winners;
      • Our Year Three and Four tennis team finished second in the in the Witney Schools tournament and qualified for the West Oxfordshire finals;
      • Our Year Two children performed beautifully at the Partnership concert at Wood Green in May, singing alongside 120 other Year Two children ;
      • Our May Fayre raised £1,700 and was enjoyed by all the families;
      • Our boys and girls swimming teams won the West Oxfordshire gala at Carterton in May and qualified for the county finals on 9th July;
      • May Dancing was marvellous – the children were great;
      • Our Year Five cricket team competed predominantly against Year Six children in the Kwik Cricket competition and came a very creditable 5th;
      • Infant Sports was organised and run effectively by Abingdon and Witney College students alongside our staff. It was enjoyed by all the children;
      • We entered our first Quidditch tournament at Hailey School in June and were unfortunately beaten in the final by Madley Brook;
      • The Magic of Oz musical, performed by a cast of 327, was a wonderful experience for all. There were some wonderful individual performances on stage and the contribution from the chorus was outstanding. It was a great community achievement and the hard work by so many staff and volunteers certainly paid off;
      • Junior Sports was very successful again this year, with the children taking part in running races as well as field events. Once again there were several stand-out performances, particularly on the track;
      • The Year Five children enjoyed their walk to Minster Lovell and back, followed by a barbeque and camp out in tents on the school field;
      • Our boys and girls swimming teams, having qualified for the County gala, swam superbly and both finished as bronze medallists – third in the county is an outstanding achievement;
      • The Year Three children worked hard to prepare the French Café and activities after school at the end of the summer term. They enjoyed the experience of planning, setting up and running the variety of stalls and raised £165.70 as a Thankyou to the High Street Methodist Church;
      • Our annual Pig Roast raised over £1,100 towards BSA funds;
      • During one of our final assemblies, we presented a new school trophy, donated by Peter Colville, one of our retiring governors and a very keen sportsman. This trophy, the Games Player of the Year, was awarded jointly to Jake Bracher and Sophie Crichton for their outstanding contribution to sport at The Batt School over the year;
      • Our Year Six children achieved excellent SATs results once again. Highlights included our highest ever Level 5 Writing results, second highest Level 5 Maths and highest ever Level Six results in all four subjects, Reading, Writing, Grammar and Maths.