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  • Amber Weather Warning - July 2022

    Published 14/07/22

    Emailed to all parents and carers - Thursday 14 July 2022

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  • Morfa Bay Day 3

    Published 16/06/22

    What a day! 

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  • Morfa Bay Day 2 - Wednesday 15 June

    Published 15/06/22

    Wow!  What a great day!

    After a breakfast of delicious pancakes, we started a very busy, fun filled day of activities.  These included abseiling, sea activities, orienteering, caving, plus more mountain biking, archery, zip lining etc.  Each group has completed 3 activities.  Everyone has had great fun, and we are very tried! We all enjoyed a picnic lunch on the field and even had time to fit in some football!  This evening we are off on a coastal hike in the evening sunshine.  Our teachers all say we will definitely sleep well tonight!

    We hope you enjoy the pictures below.

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  • BJS Year 6 Morfa Bay Camp Day 1

    Published 14/06/22

    Morfa Bay Day 1

    After an early departure from BJS, we enjoyed a fun journey to Morfa Bay.  Everyone sang along and was wearing a smile by the time we arrived in Pendine.

    On arrival, everyone found out their groups, discovered where they will be sleeping and had a little explore of the beautiful site.

    This afternoon, we have all taken part in two activities, including caving, mud assault course, climbing, zip lining, abseiling, archery and mountain biking.  So many new challenges were faced and goals achieved!  Each and every child has been absolutely fabulous.

    After a hearty dinner, we all walked down to the seafront in Pendine and enjoyed ice creams and slushies. Unfortunately, the tide was too far in to play on the beach (there was no beach), but we all enjoyed the walk.

    Nearly time for bed, well-earned rest and looking forward to a full day tomorrow!

     

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  • Federation Governor Recruitment - May 2022

    Published 24/05/22

    Local Governing Board Recruitment

    As we start looking to the next academic year, we have some exciting opportunities to become a governor, and join the work of our Local Governing Board (LGB).

    The role of the Local Governing Body, working with the Head Teacher and the leadership team, focuses on three core areas:

    • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
    • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
    • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

    As part our governing board development and ongoing succession planning, we are looking to recruit some specific skills.

    We are particularly interested to hear from people who have experience, past or present, in the following areas:

    • Special Educational Needs
    • Curriculum/education - especially primary
    • Leadership - who would consider acting as vice chair or chair of the board to aid its running
    • HR/wellbeing

    Becoming a governor is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to who have a good dollop of passion, curiosity, confidence to ask questions, as well as time to invest in the schools.  A chance to both share your skills and develop and learn as part of a board.

    So, what would you need to do?

    • Attendance at local governing board meetings which are held once a term – typically on a Tuesday evening (can be held virtually or face to face) 
    • Monitoring the school as part of your agreed link governor role - to monitor and report back to the local governing board.  Expect about 3 visits a year, which would usually be organised within school hours.
    • Be open to training for your role – typically you would expect a maximum of 3 training sessions a year, including governor induction training which is run by the trust.

    How to apply: 

    We have a talented community, with much passion, capability, and strong voices, so I hope we can tap into some of that to support the work of our schools.  We are equally happy to hear from non-parents to support our board,  so if you do know someone who would be a great fit do please share this opportunity with them.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours faithfully,

     

    Justine Stafford

    Chair of Governors

    Local Governing Board 2021-2022

    • Justine Stafford – Chair.  Outcomes/ Governor development (co opted)
    • Lucy Gordon –Leadership/Curriculum (foundation)
    • Steve Livings – Safeguarding (co-opted)
    • Cath Twine – Finance & premises (parent)
    • Lorna Dukes – Curriculum (co opted)
    • Angus Urquhart – SEND/Pupil premium (co opted)
    • Jenny Holmes – Finance /Ethos (foundation)
    • Jane Canning – Ethos (Foundation)
    • Charles Hutchings –Behaviour (parent)
    • Stephan Axt – Health & Safety/risk (co opted)
    • Anne Brock – Staff governor
    • Nick Webster - Headteacher

     

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  • Start of Term 5 Letter from Mr Webster

    Published 25/04/22

    Please find attached Start of Term 5 letter from Mr Webster

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  • URGENT SCHOOL CLOSURE MESSAGE - FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY

    Published 17/02/22

    Dear Parents

    Following an update to the weather warning for North Somerset, which is now set at it's highest Red level and following advice from our Academy Trust, both West Leigh Infants and Backwell Juniors will be CLOSED to all pupils tomorrow - 18th February. This is due to the significant risk to safety posed by Storm Eunice.

    Home learning can be accessed via your child's year group Teams page as per previous instructions.

    May I take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy half-term once the storm blows over.

    Best wishes

    Nick Webster

    Executive Headteacher

    The Federation of West Leigh Infants and Backwell Juniors

    01275 463 274   01275 462 632

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  • Feel Fab February

    Published 15/02/22

    Take part in our latest Feel Fab Feb half-term challenge which encourages children and families to keep healthy, active and creative during the holiday.  Participants can claim their Gold certificate if they can tick off a minimum two activities from each of the three categories.  See the flyer for details!

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  • Start of Term 3 Letter from Mr Webster

    Published 04/01/22

    Please find attached Start of Term 3 Letter from Mr Webster

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  • Christmas Letter from Mr Webster

    Published 16/12/21

     16th December 2021

    Dear Parents

    Even as I write this letter, our circumstances continue to change and evolve. This year has certainly given us all plenty to think about and I’m sure the beginning of 2022 will be no different.

    Thank you all for your patience and kindness during these most challenging of times. Without your continued support our schools would not be able to operate in the ways that we have. ‘Normality’ has come to mean something quite different to us all recently. We continue to try to keep things as normal as possible for your children and hope that their time at West Leigh and BJS remains fruitful, rewarding and most importantly fun!

    As always, I must recognise the huge effort that all staff put into all aspects of school life. Their commitment is admirable and they all deserve (as I’m sure you do) a restful Christmas period. Working in a constantly evolving environment requires dedication and flexibility and they have shown these qualities and many more in spades.

    We are all looking forward to spending Christmas with friends and family and I sincerely hope you have a fabulous time. A reminder that the first day back for children is Wednesday 5th January 2022, as Tuesday 4th is an INSET staff training day. Face coverings for adults while on site will remain a requirement at both schools until we evaluate the Covid situation in early January.

    Yours sincerely

    Nick Webster

    Headteacher

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  • Parent Carer Coffee Morning

    Published 01/11/21
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  • Lunchtime Supervisor Vacancies at BJS and West Leigh

    Published 07/10/21

    Lunchbreak Supervisors

     

    School:             Both West Leigh and Backwell C of E Junior 

    Hours:              West Leigh - 6.25 hours a week, term time only (11.50am – 1.05pm Mon – Fri)

                              Backwell Junior – 6.25 hours a week, term time only (12.25pm – 1.40pm Mon- Fri

    Contract:         Permanent

    Start:                2nd September 2021

    Pay:                 JG1C pt 1 - 2 (FTE £17,842 - £18,198) - Pro rata - £2,577 - £2,629

    We are looking for caring and enthusiastic Lunchbreak Supervisor to ensure our children have a happy and safe lunchtime experience.

    Duties will include:

    • To supervise the movement of pupils to and from dining areas, including any personal hygiene requirements.
    • To maintain good order and excellent hygiene practices in dining areas.
    • To assist pupils, where necessary, with the collection of food and return of trays, or other items to the service counter.
    • To assist pupils, where necessary, with the proper use of cutlery, drinking facilities or other aspects of the midday meal.
    • To assist in the clearance of any spillages and wiping down, clearing or resetting of tables, as appropriate.
    • To monitor behaviour in the playground and assist where necessary, ensuring a safe environment for the children.
    • To take any immediate action to attend to sickness or accidents by carrying out minor first aid and summoning relevant assistance.

    Safeguarding

    The Federation of West Leigh Infant School and Backwell C of E Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all in our community to share this commitment. Any appointment will be subject to full enhanced DBS checks (including Barred List Information) and satisfactory references.

    School Visits

    School visits are encouraged to take place after school.  To arrange a visit please contact the School Office on 01275 463274.

    Applications

    Further information is available from the school website Federation of West Leigh Infant School and Backwell C of E Junior School - Federation Vacancies (backwellfederation.co.uk)  or from the school office 01275 463274.

    Application forms should be sent to the school office by post or email the School Business Manager – Avril Steel – asteel@backwellfederation.co.uk

    Interview date:                                        TBA

    This post will commence:                        As soon as all necessary checks have been carried out

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