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What is going on at Poringland? September 2018

There are lots of things happening at Poringland Primary and Nursery School. Here are the latest developments…

A new Senior Leadership Team is in place.  Peter Dean has been appointed as permanent Headteacher from September 2017, having been Acting Headteacher since January 2017.  In January 2018, Matt Walker was appointed as Deputy Headteacher and Andrew Ringwood has been appointed as Assistant Headteacher.  Liz Dewing is continuing in her role as SENDCo.


We have appointed 4 senior teachers with the following responsibilities:

  • Sarah Jackson – Senior Teacher for Nursery
  • Heather Radmore – Senior Teacher in Reception
  • Gemma Baker – Senior Teacher in Lower Key Stage Two
  • Angela Edwards – Senior Teacher in Upper Key Stage Two


In September 2018, Poringland Primary School and Nursery became a 2-form entry primary school. Two new classrooms were added to the school, along with a small group room. These classrooms are now providing a fantastic learning environment for our Year 6 children.


During the Summer Holidays, Capco extended our fabulous Woodland Wonderland. The results are stunning and the children and adults are loving the new outdoor space which includes: rope bridges, raised walkways, balance beams, a traversing wall and a zip wire. The project will be completed with a covered performance area to enable us to hold assemblies in the open air.


Sport continues to be a priority for the school, as usual this year.   With our Sports Funding, are bringing in specialist coaches to develop our teaching and learning of P.E. and this will be in line with our School’s vision of being healthy and active. During the Autumn Term, Rachel will be teaching Gymnastics to our Year 1, Year 2 c and Year 3 classes. Alongside this, James is delivering multi-sports to our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. Our Year 4 pupils are beginning a program of swimming at Riverside Leisure Centre.


In the Autumn Term 2018, we have launched the PATHS program at Poringland. This is a whole-school approach to which will cover many topics including friendship, feelings, thinking skills and problem solving. Every day, and in every class, a PATHS ‘pupil of the day’ will be chosen, and in addition to having special responsibilities, they will receive compliments from their peers, their teachers and themselves.