Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School, Northampton ~ Day 1

| September 4, 2013 | 4 Comments 

A trip up to Northampton, for the first of two days, at the start the new school year, with folk from Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School, and with their neighbours from, Kingsley Primary School, (described as ‘just around the corner’). Tomorrow will be a day with the pupils, their first day back!

A huge thank you to Jamie Nairn, head teacher at Kingsthorpe Grove, for organising our visit. Jamie wrote:

We are very interested in supporting our children with their emotional literacy as well as all the other academic stuff.  We have a group of Year 5 and 6 boys who are switched off, disengaged, lack self-esteem, etc due to their backgrounds and the lives they experience outside of school.  We are looking you to come for a day and work with them to really give them the confidence to have a go and to not worry about things that they cannot control.
We would love you to come in and work with us.

Just from that, we could straight away sense that Jamie “gets it”. Some people might think we are all about
ICT but it is so much more about a way of teaching that encourages, builds confidence and supports exactly the kind of children he talks about.

Kingsthorpe Grove School was established as a school in 1906 and has since that time been central to the local community. The school emblem is an owl (affectionately named Oscar); this is depicted in the beautiful stained glass window in the main hall.  Although the listed building is over 100 years old, it is a fine example of early 20th Century architecture.

In November 2012 Kingsthorpe had an Ofsted Inspection which took them out of Special Measures, after only nine months, which is extremely fast for a school.  They received ‘Good’ gradings for their teaching, behaviour and safety.

The school has a Designated Special Provision (The Owlets) for Autistic pupils aged between 4 and 11 years.  The provision enjoys an excellent reputation within Northamptonshire.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Mark Crosbie says:

    Thank you Tim and Sarah for a wonderfully inspiring and fun day. I really enjoyed the mix of practical activities, humor and I feel that I have learned an awful lot.

    Knowing how to inspire young boys in my class that don’t want to write is so difficult. Through the course of the day you and Sarah have given me so many ideas and I am filled with enthusiasm and a thousand ideas of what I am going to do to make a difference.

    Thank you.

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Mark
    You played a really active role in our day and your feedback is very much appreciated
    Keep in touch and let us know what you try first
    See you tomorrow fr our practical day
    Tim and Sarah

  3. Jamie Nairn says:

    Hi Tim and Sarah,

    Wow what a great day. The time just flew because of the range and different styles of delivery. The quality of the delivery was first rate and the range of ideas was immense – but not overwhelming due to the knowledge that it is all backed up by your secret ‘The Locked Page!’. Can’t wait for tomorrow when we see you in action with the children.

    Many, many, many thanks.

  4. Tim says:

    Thank YOU Jamie
    As head, you took a very strong decision to start the new school year with two days of… “something a bit different”!
    You have a right to be very proud of your school and your colleagues
    We really look forward to a full on practical day tomorrow – some analog after the digital ideas of today
    Enjoy whatever you try first from that collection
    Tim and Sarah

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