Latest from the Blog
04/03/2024 – The Gift You Can Open Again and Again…
…that’s right – books!
Last week we launched our new home reading scheme with the pupils across school. They all took it in turns to come and choose which book they wished to take home. If your child has come home with a story sack, this is to share at home and be returned the week before half term (we will send a reminder nearer the time). If your child has come home with a book/nursery rhyme and symbols this is to share at home for the next two weeks then if they return it to school they can exchange it for a new one. We would love you to send in any photos of these being used at home to your class DoJo/Evidence for Learning App. Happy Reading! Any questions? Please just ask.
This week we had the first of many students from Edge Hill University start their journey into Special educational needs. Their short week comes as a full package of learning first and foremost about how wonderful our pupils are, the curriculum, how our school delivers outstanding teaching and learning, assessment, behaviour, the list goes on and on. This was no less for the current students who left with their teacher toolkits full of ideas and plans.
Changing Lives Learning Trust
Our consultation period continues, and this week we welcomed local custodians of Silverdale village, parents and staff to ask a range of questions from pupils, to money, from LCC to fixing roofs. It was full evening that clocked in at over three hours finishing just after 7pm.
The Advisory Board
Huge thanks goes to Gary Whiting our school adviser, as last week, we had such confidence and trust in our education and delivery we asked Gary to walk freely around the school and ask all staff any questions he liked. His response was just what Bleasdale wanted to hear… “You are doing a wonderful job”
If Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words…
…Then videos must be worth about 1.8 million. From books to videos… we began shooting our new video last week. This is an ongoing project that will take some time, but will go a long way to sharing how as a school we are moving on. Alongside the soon to be taken professional photographs by our very own Vice Governor we will soon be able to reveal our new website! So please do keep an eye out.
Sign of the week: Excited
Coming up this week: World Book day, School budgets meeting, Learning Jenga and a check in with Evidence for Learning
26/02/2024 – Spring Has Sprung!
Progress, Progress, Progress
The first week back after half term had teachers share with leaders of the school the progress pupils having been making on the new curriculum. We currently share the information, and where things aren’t quiet hitting the mark, we adjust learning to meet the needs of the individual. It certainly has made for some brilliant results – well done Bleasdale Pupils!
Achieving together, Learning together
Bleasdale colleagues have completed a range of courses and we are really proud of the work they have been doing. We call this CPDL – which this week focused on Communication and Lifting and handling – Go team!
Two members went that extra mile this week! One supported parents with some PA work for their child and successfully took one of our pupils to the cinema who enjoyed the whole film! Another staff member completed their medications course in record time so that she can begin supporting pupils in their phase. The Bleasdale team never cease to amaze us!
Building for the Future
We currently have a large range of traders in upgrading the therapy buildings to support Bleasdale’s future. During times like these it’s very much about how we find new ways to work as a Team with new colleagues, and this week has been no different. Everyone has been so accommodating when things have changed such as fire alarms, consideration for how we use our car park and a change to our internet use. The works should be completed over the Easter period so fingers crossed to fruitful outcomes.
Many of you will have seen our Vice Governor in and around our building doing more than you can imagine to support staff and the school in to a bright future. Just to mention a few, he’s been supporting staff on their thinking around joining a Trust, taking down rotten and dangerous trees, organising new planters, putting up and taking down boards, challenging the headteachers strategy, moving wardrobes, and even joined us at the celebration tree this week (where we hear of each and every child’s weekly achievement) to name only a few items on his long list. So a big thank you to our governors for all the input they have for the school. The school wouldn’t be the same without you.
Sign of the Week: Favourite
Coming up this week: LCC visit, Parents Trust Evening (Tuesday 4pm), School’s adviser visit, and shooting a new Bleasdale pupil video!
Halfway There – 14th February 2024
As we reach halfway through the year – it’s no wonder then that the vision for the school should becoming clear. Every Monday since I have begun at Bleasdale school as the Headteacher we have discussed the following:
- Recognising achievement and thanking people for “Learning together and achieving together”
- Being clear on what’s going on each week and development of the curriculum.
- Putting safeguarding and behaviour up front and centre
- Developed total communication across the school– key to all aspects of learners.
- Approaching work in a Coaching capacity.
So, thank you to pupil’s, parents and staff for supporting this vision of improving the school. You enrich the development by being an active participant: so, let’s keep going!
Outstanding School Visits
Last week we had a visit from Teri-Ann Steele (Deputy Headteacher at Bluebell Park) who said: “please pass my thanks on to your staff and parents for their warm welcome! It is such a beautiful area and particularly the school itself, which is quirky, theatrical and one of a kind!” Combine this with a visit from the full governing board who congratulated us on the current staffing structure and future planning of the school, not to mention a visit from Gary Whiting – the school’s advisor who complemented us our attention to detail on our use of a PAWs board (a pupil snap shot board indicating Progress, Attitudes and Welfare of each young person).
Continuous Professional Development Learning (CPDL)
Thank you for all staff completing training whilst maintaining high standards of learning. Teachers were able to complete courses in becoming a Team Teach Tutor, Introduction to the role of DSL, Evidence for Learning conference, Mary Myatt conference, paediatric first aid, the list goes on, and this term we will be looking at what inhouse training we can deliver.
Changing Lives Learning Trust
Thanks for those who attended Johnathan Johnson’s Changing Lives Learning Trust meeting – he wanted to share what an amazing skill set he observed in the people currently working in an outstanding school. He is really looking forward to meeting Parents on 27th of February at 4pm.
Music Sweet Music
Continued thanks for the brilliant support of local musicians who come and develop 1:1 and small group work in every class in the school.
A Chinese Valentine
Thanks goes to Nicola and all fellow colleagues for pulling out the stops on the last day to deliver Chinese New Year, and Kim developing the Valentine’s disco (where we had perspective Bleasdale students come and join the party!): We did all this on the final week whilst continuing to develop learning during the last week of half term: 143 EfL entries were noted that week of real gold!
Winter Wonderland – 2nd December 2023
On 2nd December we held our second Winter Wonderland event where our grounds were transformed with lights, inflatables, stalls and – of course – Santa’s Grotto. We raised over £1500 for school funds and even saw a flurry of snow!
Silverdale Community Event – 24 November 2023
Please click on the link below to download a flyer about our forthcoming community meeting.
Look to the Future Transitions Event – 17 October 2023
After the success of last year’s event we are delighted to announce that our second Look to the Future Transitions Event will be held on 17 October, 2023 from 9.00 am to 12 noon. This event is for parents of all our pupils, not just those who are coming to the end of their education with us. There will be lots of different providers there from both the education and care sectors together with representatives from the NHS. Please click on the link below to download a flyer:
Head’s Letter – 12 September 2023
Summer of Fun Trip to Morecambe – 19 July 2023
To round off the year the whole school went on a trip to Morecambe. We visited More Music and took part in some music workshops, created an indoor beach in their building, went on a treasure hunt and explored the beach. Some of our parents and grandparents joined us and a great time was had by all. We can’t wait to do it again next year.
Poetry in Garden – 7 July 2023
Today we held our first poetry in the garden event. Each class performed a poem they have been working on in class. It was wonderful to share our work with our families. After sharing we had an amazing work we shared a picnic together. Thank you to every one that came to school today.
World Music Day Celebrations – 20 June 2023
To mark World Music Day we had a full day of music activities. We all worked very hard today and enjoyed experiencing the different music sessions. In Stomp, we explored different items that could be used to make sounds and created our own version. We then engaged with a More Music session hosted by Boogie Bill and Sian. He was getting us to practise using our voices. Finally we explored the story Tanka Tanka Skunk and made a lot of noise as we experienced different types of rhythm. Some of us even got the chance to use the school’s new sound beam!
Dinosaur Workshop – 17 May 2023
Today we had a visit from some baby dinosaurs. We used our hands to explore the sand and enjoyed meeting the dinosaurs.
Bleasdale School and Silverdale St John’s School organised a joint Coronation Celebration on Friday 5 May, 2023 in the residential grounds at Bleasdale School.
We invited all our parents and friends and asked that everyone dressed in red, white and blue. There were lots of activities organised by both schools and lots of fun was had by all!
New Headteacher April 2023
Silverdale Horticultural Show 2023
Lower Phase entered the Silverdale Horticultural & Gardening Society show over the holidays. We are super excited that we came 1st in our class.
Red Nose Day 2023
This year we used the theme of the Little Men and Little Misses. We had a Mr Jelly “Jellyathon” and used Mr Bounce to do some sponsored bouncing. Mr Tickle made us laugh and Mr Bump helped us with our first aid skills.
World Book Day 2023
This year we all studied the book “You must wear a hat”. We decorated a hat for homework and followed a sensory trail in school on the day itself.
Christmas Jumper Day 2022
Bleasdale School are taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 8th December, 2022. Pupils can wear anything Christmas related – socks, blankets, jumpers or t-shirts – and we are now able to donate online by following the link below:
Bleasdale School Nominated for Creative School of the Year Award
Everyone at Bleasdale School is extremely proud to announce that we are finalists in Education Today’s ‘Creative School of the Year Award’. This nomination has come from the work that we do to engage our pupils through live musical soundscapes created by a professional musician.
Winter Wonderland – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, 2022
This weekend we held our first Winter Wonderland, inviting the public to enjoy a magical trail through our grounds. There were lights, games, activities, refreshments and the all important visit to the Elves’ Grotto.
Another Outstanding Ofsted Report
The pupils and staff at Bleasdale School are delighted that their residential provision has once again been rated Outstanding in all areas following a recent inspection by Ofsted. The school in Silverdale which is part of Lancashire County Council and caters for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties currently has 34 pupils on roll. The inspectors found that “Children receive high-quality individualised care and support from dedicated staff who know them exceptionally well. This helps children flourish from their individual starting points. They have continued to improve their skills in communication, socialisation and independence. The experience of staying at the residential provision enhances children’s life opportunities. They engage in a variety of activities in the local and wider community. Children mix with their peers in well-organised activities. This maximises their opportunities to grow and develop and helps to prepare them well for their future adult lives.”
Head Teacher, Kairen Dexter, said she was extremely proud of all the staff and pupils and the Outstanding rating was an accolade for their continuing support and hard work.
Donation from Silverdale Masonic Lodge
On Friday 4 February, Silverdale Lodge Worshipful Master John Gunson, accompanied by Charity Steward, Alan Thompson and Peter Mason presented us with a cheque for £1,000. The donation is to assist with the sourcing of a replacement vehicle with disabled access equipment.
The vehicle will have a tailgate and a number of removable seats which will give plenty of space to accommodate our young people that are in wheelchairs. The minibus will be used to take the children to a variety of destinations such as local parks, museums, travel points, stations and shopping centres. Other educational visits also include local farms, the seaside, theatre and sensory centres.
Visit from Morecambe Bay Food Bank
Class 14-16 today got a visit from staff at our local food bank in Morecambe. Our visitors were delighted to receive 5 large hampers that parents and carers of our pupils had donated. Class 14-16 pupils decorated and parcelled the hampers before delivery. We would like to thank all our parents and carers for their generous donations.
Crocus planting with Carnforth Rotary Club
Spring each year sees a beautiful purple carpet of crocus blooming in many communities across Great Britain and Ireland thanks to the Purple Crocus Corm planting to raise awareness of the Rotary fight for a polio free world.
Planting the purple crocus corms by Rotary and many community groups is a great way of getting active, having fun and talking to lots of different people about the need to eradicate the life threatening and disabling polio virus.
Pupils enjoyed their experience of working with the Rotary Club and are eagerly awaiting for the bulbs to flower over spring
Inclusive play park opening
Our brand new, fully inclusive play park was opened in early June 2019 by Morecambe FC’s goalkeeper Barry Roche following a fundraising drive by the school. The brightly coloured structure contains two slides, a swing set, roundabout and a shallow climbing ramp. The plan is to make it available to pupils, parents and siblings after school and during the holidays. For more information, please copy and paste the link below into your browser
Leader’s creativity has opened up to the school and residential sites to wider and more effective use, ensuring that pupils benefit from an enriching and stimulating curriculum
In association with
Headteacher: Mr Sefton Booth
Bleasdale School, 27 Emesgate Lane
Silverdale, Carnforth, Lancashire
For general enquiries, please contact the School Office on the telephone number below. Your query will be dealt with by Paula Mason.