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North Leigh CE School continues to be a Good school

HMI praised the leadership team for maintaining the good quality of education in the school and establishing a culture of high ambition for pupils’ academic and personal development. Ofsted noted that the school provides a clear focus on achieving the highest quality of teaching and learning.

The school's strong sense of community was also praised, with the report noting that 'Safeguarding is at the heart of this nurturing and caring environment. Pupils say they feel safe in school because ‘everyone helps each other'.' The inspection is the first since Headteacher Deborah Seccull was appointed and the school became an ODST academy in 2015.

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Good result for St Peter's Church of England Middle School
Congratulations to St Peter's Church of England Middle School in Old Windsor, who are celebrating a 'Good' rating at their recent inspection.

Ofsted praised pupils' exemplary conduct and the improvements made to the school.  Inspectors recognised that the recent changes stimulated by the headteacher and other leaders had galvanised the staff, governors and parents so that they worked effectively to support pupils. The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare was described as outstanding.

The report highlighted how the ODST had supported the school, challenged school leaders on how the school could be further improved, and strengthened middle leaders' work on effective teaching and learning.

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Newly appointed apartments available for Teachers - Wantage


The Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust have been working in partnership with the CSMV Trustees at the Wantage Convent, to develop six high quality part furnished apartments for teachers (particularly for those at the earlier stages of their teaching career) at affordable rents.  The flats are available to teachers working at all ODST schools and Church of England schools.  ODST teachers will be given high priority. The apartments will be available for tenants by 1 September 2017 and tours of the facilities can be arranged.

With the affordable terms being offered and the high quality of fit out on offer, these flats are likely to be taken up quickly so an early viewing of the new facilities is recommended at an early date. The flats are furnished to a high specification including NEFF appliances, high speed broadband wi-fi, video entry system and fitted kitchen with quality work tops.

All enquiries should be directed to Mr Simon Bunyard, the estates bursar at the Convent.

His contact details are:

Email:                    info@stmaryslodge.org

Telephone:         01235 763400

Address:              S Bunyard, The Estates Bursar, St. Mary’s Convent, Denchworth Road, Wantage OX12 9AU

ODST give grateful thanks to the Trustees and Sisters at The Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV) in Wantage for their generosity and kindness in supporting and funding this important project.


Holyport C of E Primary School Joins Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust


On Friday 17th June 2016 Holyport School was joined by the Mayor of Maidenhead and the UK's new Prime Minister, Theresa May to officially open their school as an academy.
Anne Davey (Chief Executive Officer), David Cousins (Director of Schools) Suzanne Lane (School Link Adviser) and Mark Jones (HR Manager) from ODST joined the celebration, as well as governors and parents.
The year 6 children gave an interesting talk about the history of the school and year 3 shared their thoughts about what pupils at Holyport would become in the future which included astronaughts, architects and authors!!  The children then joyously sang Love Learning, Love Life.
Following on from the assembly everyone then made their way outside to release 100's of balloons, for which clearace was needed from Heathrow Air Trafic Control!!  


Brize Norton Primary School Celebrates joining the ODST

On 11th March 2016, Brize Norton held their Celebration Assembly to
mark the occasion of their school becoming an academy and joining
ODST.

Miranda Mowbray, Chair of Governors spoke about how through joining
ODST it would secure the furure of the school, enabling it to remain a
happy, safe and friendly environment where pupils will continue to
contribute to the local community both now and in the future.

The children then cheerfully sang Give it all you've got.

Anna Fairhurst, Head Teacher spoke about the vision of the school: Belonging, Learning and Suceeding.  The children then volunteered to introduce the school values which included perseverance, empathy, honesty and belonging. 

Anne Davey, CEO talked about what being academy status means and that ODST will not only look after the pupils, it will support and take care of all of the staff and governors within the school too!


 
Radio Times Competition 
 
The Radio Times recently called upon all young artisits to disign a Birthday Cover for the Queen.  Overall they received 11,000 entries,
along with the winner they selected 90 entries as highly commended, including one, by Matilda Walker
(year 3) from North Leigh!

 


 

Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust Continues To Grow


Three new schools, have joined the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust in 2017. A Warm welcome to Dr South's,Tackley CE Primary School, Leafield Primary School and Wroxton C of E Primary School. The Trust now has 23 schools.

A special assembly at Tackley CE Primary School marked the start of the school’s life as a Diocesan Academy. Anne Davey, Director of Education, David Locke, Chief Operating Officer and Mark Jones, HR Manager, from ODST joined the celebration, as well as governors and parents.  Each class shared work on illustrating the school values which included, honesty, forgiveness, respect and responsibility.

At Dr South's, the pupils sang a special song of praise, Sara Shriste. Representitives from the ODST all made a special pledge during the assembly and an ODST plaque was presented by Anne Davey, Director of Education. 

 
 
New Beginnings at North Leigh

Children, staff and parents at North Leigh CE Primary School were delighted with the opportunity of a Welcome Assembly to celebrate New Beginnings - not just as an Academy within ODST, but also at the beginning of a school year, with a new headteacher and two new staff members.

The children were also very happy and excited to demonstrate their wonderful singing voices, supported by new technology in the hall.
 
Margaret Dixon the local vicar and Simon Kirby, the vicar of St Mary's Cogges were also invited to join in the celebrations and delivered the blessing to the school, as well as taking time to visit and bless the children in the Foundation Class who were only in their second full day!
Bells Ring Out at Burford Primary School

A celebration assembly was held on 1 October, to mark the occasion of Burford Primary School joining ODST as an academy; a very special occasion in its almost 140 year history.

Anne Davey (Chief Executive Officer), David Locke (Chief Operating Officer) and Suzanne Lane (School Link Adviser) from ODST joined the celebration, as well as governors and parents.

Key Stage 1 children sang a French song, ‘Salut! Ca va?’, with Key Stage 2 ringing handbells to celebrate in traditional style, followed by the singing  of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’.

To demonstrate the process of change, from the old to the new, Year 5 & 6 children read their own versions of ‘Just so stories’.

Anne Davey presented the Chair of Governors, Zoey Khan and Head Teacher, Jenny Dyer, with an ODST Academy Plaque and shared this with the children. Anne talked about each child being special and how ODST would support their school in helping them to be the best learners possible, both now and in the years ahead.

 
Bampton School joins the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust

On Thursday 10th September Bampton School was joined by Bishop Alan and members of ODST to officially open their school as an academy.

The work of the school and all those who come together there were blessed. The year 6 children shared readings from the Bible and Anne Davey spoke passionately about the future of the ODST schools and the ODST vision for the children before presenting the Headteacher and Chair of Governors with a plaque to mark the occasion.  

Everyone then made their way outside to the new reflective garden and the Bishop blessed that space.        
 
 
A Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our schools as the academic year begins.

Lord,

As this school year gets underway, we bring before You our schools.

We give You thanks for all those in our school communities; the children and their families, the staff, and those who work to support the life of our schools, both on site and elsewhere. Each one is known to You and each one is uniquely valued.

Lord we pray for each child, that they may feel enthusiasm and excitement at the beginning of this school year.  We pray that they may enjoy their studies and activities, develop friendships and learn more about You, in an environment where they feel safe, secure and cared-for.  And we pray for their families; that You would help them to know how best to support and encourage each individual child.

We bring to You the members of staff in our schools. We thank You for them and for their care and dedication. We ask that You would give them wisdom, understanding and inspiration for the year ahead and that You would encourage them as they go about their daily work in the days and weeks to come. Help them to know Your peace in a busy working environment.

Lord, we thank You too for those who work to support our schools, both in school and in other organisations.  Please guide and direct them in their roles and help them as they seek to build and maintain good working relationships.

Finally, Lord we bring to You all those in our wider communities.  We pray that each school would be a blessing to their community and may reflect Your love.

In Your name we pray

Amen

 
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