Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School which believes that “at the heart of the educational process lies the child” (Plowden).
Vision & Ethos
We are a spiritually vibrant and inclusive school, actively welcoming pupils and families from all religions and denominations and empowering them to excel. As a Church of England School a Christian ethos influences all of our activities and experiences. Through this we seek to promote the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ which are, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. All members of the Bluecoat community are appreciated and valued and emphasis is placed on recognising the contribution of each individual to the school as a whole.
We aim to provide a secure, caring and happy environment, which supports families and children from two to eleven years, and sets a firm foundation for future learning. We strive to provide the highest possible quality teaching and learning which focuses on equipping children with the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to make informed choices about the issues they face in every area of their lives. We create a learning environment in which they can safely challenge their limitations and explore the opportunities the world has to offer. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help adults and children lead happy and rewarding lives.
At Bluecoat C of E Primary School we place emphasis on providing continuity for our pupils both through curriculum progression and pastoral support. One way of doing this has been through the introduction of our chapter structure in the Autumn of 2016. Our aspirations for all our pupils are high and as they progress through the Chapters we place great emphasis on ensuring continuity of experience which contributes to a happy and rewarding school life.
Led by Janice Harris, Assistant Headteacher for Early Years
Chapter One embraces the philosophy of the Foundation Stage and includes our Nursery (FS1), Reception (FS2) and Year One (FS3) cohorts. All follow the Early Years curriculum with bespoke provision which covers the National Curriculum for Year One through the prime and specific areas. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are embedded in our approach to building children's learning power, ensuring that from the earliest opportunity our pupils develop a positive attitude to their education and are empowered to excel. Children receive continuity of provision and support from the whole Chapter One team until they transition through to Chapter Two.
Led by Liz Eggleton
Chapter Two builds on the high quality provision in Chapter One and includes our Year Two and Year Three cohorts, thus bridging the Key Stage 1-Key Stage 2 divide. Many schools have found that pupils struggle with the transition to Key Stage 2 and their progress dips. At Bluecoat, pupils across Chapter Two have the opportunity to work and celebrate their learning together, for example, through the Creative Writing Project. PSHE is also a particular focus across Chapter Two as children begin to become more aware of their own wellbeing and their influence on others. Under the leadership of Mathew Harts, the Chapter Two team champion our focus on celebrating diversity and developing a culture of kindness across the school.
Led by Matthew Newall, Deputy Headteacher
The strong provision in previous Chapters ensures that as our pupils move onto Chapter Three, which includes our Year Four, Year Five and Year Six cohorts, they are well prepared to challenge their limitations and explore all the opportunities available to them. Pupils in Chapter Three act as role models and provide support to their younger peers both informally and through a variety of leadership roles including House Captains, Peer Mediators, Librarians, Eco Warriors, Arts Ambassadors and Pupil Council.
As global citizens of the future, our children have the opportunity to experience the real world through interaction with pupils from our partner schools in Germany, France, Austria and India. They participate in residential visits both locally and further afield, for example, Potsdam and London.
The School Day
We currently have a staggered system for drop off, pick up and break times in order to maintain social distancing and avoid mixing of year group bubbles. The structure of the day is as follows:
Drop Off: Staggered times from 8:30am - 8:50am
Break Times: Staggered times from 10:15am - 10:40am
Lunch Times: Staggered times from 11:40am - 12:30pm
Pick Up: Staggered times from 2:30pm - 3:25pm*
*On Fridays school finishes 2 hours earlier than usual.
The Torridge Flag
Our flag was designed by the pupils of Bluecoat Primary School as part of the 2015 Parliament Flag Project. Run by Parliament in collaboration with artist Jonathan Parsons, the project invited schools from across the UK to collaboratively create a shared picture of democracy by designing a flag for a unique digital exhibition. Following member nominations, 80 UK primary schools took part and the flags flew in Parliament Square between 15 – 22 May 2015.
Meeting MP Geoffrey Cox
Some of the children involved in the project met with MP Geoffery Cox:
"It was really nerve-wracking meeting Mr Cox but he eventually made me feel more comfortable. I got a lovely hello and a lovely goodbye" Frances C.
"We went to Ms Fleming's office to speak to Mr Cox about our flag design. he was really nice. Even though as soon as I walked in I was nervous, but once I got to know him he put my fears at ease" Belinda R.
"When I walked into the room be made me feel really comfortable. He talked to us about the flag project and things to do with it and when were going he relied 'it was nice to meet you'" Harley W.
"When meeting Mr Cox I was quite nervous becuase I had never met an MP before, but he was really kind and nice" Luke P.
The Flag Design
The four colours have several meanings:
The rivers which are linked with our school house colours: Taw - Green; Tamar - Yellow; Torridge - Blue; Tavy - Red.
The ribbons on the maypole.
Our beautiful Devon. The blue symbolises the blue skies of Devon and the rivers and the sea; the yellow symbolises our beautiful beaches; the red is the blood from the great battle of 1646 and the green is the green of the Devon flag which symbolises the fields and the greenery, the trees and the bushes which make up our beautiful Devon.
The Fleur de Lis represents Torrington and is our school emblem and the emblem of Great Torrington Senior School.