Monday, 15 August 2022

School is praised by councillors

A HENLEY primary school has been praised by town councillors.

A HENLEY primary school has been praised by town councillors.

Badgemore Primary School in Hop Gardens was described as “magic” by one member of the town council’s town and community committee.

A year ago the school re-branded with a new, smarter uniform and a new logo which is used on all stationery and signage.

In July it was rated “good” by education watchdog Ofsted after being rated as “requires improvement” after its 2013 inspection.

Headteacher Jacky Steele and a governor Tuc Ahmed told the committee about several school projects, including the creation of planting beds and an orchard.

QR codes have been placed around the school to help pupils find information about the plants and trees growing there.

The primary has also become a “forest school” which uses woodland or the natural environment to build the children’s confidence.

Councillor Sam Evans said: “It’s fantastic to hear about what you’re doing. We should shout loud about best practice to show what schools can do if they broaden their approach.”

Councillor Kellie Hinton: “There is real improvement and you can take that and encourage other schools to do the same. Badgemore is magic, it really is. I think you have got something there that is unique. What you’re doing is great.”

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