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Learning Outside the Classroom

Update: In May 2015 we were awarded the Silver Award for Learning Outside the Classroom.  The following is an extract from our newsletter:

'As you know, as a school we are committed to enhancing the learning experience of the children through events and activities that take the children out of their classroom and which bring the world in.  This includes day trips, residential visits, Beach Schools, working within the school grounds and the locality, a wealth of visitors to school.


In recognition of this we have now received the Silver Award from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.  We are one of only 20 schools in the UK to have achieved this and it is fantastic to be recognised in this way.  Thank you to Miss Clements for collating all of the information needed; well done to all our staff and children for making outside learning so enjoyable and thanks to all our parents and carers who support our trips and visits (through contributions and time and who come into school to talk to the children).  It is a fantastic achievement!'

In October 2014 we were proud to achieve the bronze award for Learning Outside the Classroom from Bournemouth Borough Council.


Pearson National Teaching Awards

We were thrilled to celebrate that Mrs Janet Proehl achieved the high accolade of being a runner up in the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. There were 8 runners up out of over 2,000 entries and Mrs Proehl was one of them. This award came about because of Mrs Proehl’s outstanding contribution to education with her dedication and enthusiasm for teaching mathematics. 
Mrs Proehl is unique in her approach to engage children in learning and she has supported in our school for over twenty years.  She is admired, respected and loved by all members of our school community.  Her subject knowledge in maths is outstanding and she plans exciting and innovative topics which inspire children to reach beyond all expectations.  Her sheer love of the subject is evident and it is this passion that has enriched the learning of our children over the years; she encourages them to reach for the stars and nurtures their development into aspirational learners.  In Ofsted last year, the lead inspector was so overwhelmed that he said that in his career he had never met such an excellent maths teacher.  Mrs Proehl is irreplaceable and we are all so proud of her.


We received the PESPA (Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity) Sportsmark Gold Award for 2013-14 and the PESPA Leadership Mark Bronze Award.  This demonstrates a really positive commitment to achieving excellence in Physical Education and providing a sporting culture, having a very positive impact on our children by offering this broad range of opportunities.  We were praised as a school for highlighting the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle as a legacy for every pupil’s future.

Village Africa

Three boys in Year 6 raised £20 by selling loom bands at the school fair, which they donated to Village Africa to go towards making a desk for a local school in Tanzania, East Africa.  A letter of thanks from registered charity, Village Africa, stated that The Tanzanian children will be delighted with the desk as they will no longer have to sit on the muddy or dusty floor and it will help with their school work enormously. 

Art at Pokesdown

Pokesdown Primary School has had an outstanding amount of achievements this year.

We started by entering the Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Competition and all our entries were displayed on their website.  We followed that with the winning design by one of our children for a hessian shopping bag to promote Tesco's new 'click and collect' service.

Next came another child designing the winning poster in an anti dog fouling competition run by Bournemouth Council.  She won tickets for a pantomime and her design was printed on the side of a new refuse lorry and on boards around Boscombe
and Pokesdown.  Along with this win came the winning design for an anti chewing gum poster competition which will be displayed on the Agripa panels on one of the waste vehicles.

19 KS2 children gained their 'Arts Award Discover' for taking part in an array of arts activities and developing an understanding of arts and communication skills. This national award supports children and young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.


Macbeth Animations
- 'Double, Double, Toil and Trouble'

The animation show by Year 5 at Bournemouth University was outstanding.  Mrs Arkell could not believe how skilled the children are now with every year getting better and better.  The University students were amazed at the children's abilities and the specialist vocabulary that they used was university standard. Lecturers at the University were astounded at the high level of film editing skills used in this topic.


Mar 2013 - Primary Olympics at Avonbourne

In March, Class 4B represented Pokesdown Primary in taking part in the Avonbourne Primary Olympic and Paralympic Sports Festival.  All the children worked extremely hard and we are pleased to announce that
4B won the Festival.  Three Cheers for the winning team! 

Feb 2013 -OFSTED

Following our 'Outstanding' judgement by Ofsted, Mrs Arkell stated the following:

"I am absolutely thrilled and delighted with the whole team - children, parents, staff and governors, who create such a wonderful environment for the children to learn in."

You can read the full report by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page to Pokesdown Community Primary School on the Ofsted Website.

Feb 2013 - Investors in People Gold Award

In February the Pokesdown Community Primary School was awarded the Gold Award for Investors in People.  This is an exceptional achievement that very few primary schools nationally have achieved. 
The staff are excellent ambassadors for the school as their professional development is a key part of the successful organisation and achievement of all the children.


Feb 2012 - Silver Award from Investors In People

We are thrilled to have been recognised at silver level from Investors in People. A quote from their assessment is :
‘Pokesdown is an inclusive School were every child is valued. Staff create a warm and welcoming atmosphere which is evident on entering and walking around the school, the camaraderie between staff and the supportive environment they create for pupils, parents and each other also comes across and deserves to be applauded.
The integration of people in support roles into the school team is impressive. This is crucial as it means that everyone contributes to pupil learning and school improvement. The emphasis is on learning for all and encouraging all members of the school community to grow and develop their potential. The drive and ambition in securing improvements demonstrated and encouraged by the senior leadership team is embraced by all staff and this is resulting in improved results. People believe that PCPS is a good place to work and acknowledge that this is due to the children and the colleagues they work with. There is a real sense of pride in what the school team is achieving. Attitudes are positive and people are justly proud of the School. ‘
We are thrilled with the outcome and are already preparing for Gold.

At Pokesdown Primary School this year we are celebrating three awards of excellence, the Healthy Schools Plus award, the Artsmark Gold award and the Dyslexia Friendly School award.

Healthy Schools Plus
We are one of the first schools in Bournemouth to be awarded the Healthy Schools Plus award and whilst continuing to enjoy our healthy fruit and vegetable snacks, we now have several new initiatives including “Zone Playground” and “Walkabout Wednesdays” which help with the development of team building and friendships, “Quiet Havens” and a “Sensory Garden”.

Artsmark Gold

The Artsmark Gold is awarded in recognition of the school’s commitment to excellence in Arts Education and is nationally recognised as a prestigious and coveted award and sets the standard for outstanding arts provision in schools.

Dyslexia Friendly School

Pokesdown are very proud to have received this award given by the British Dyslexia Association in recognition of the meeting of exacting standards laid down by them, and is an external sign of approval of a dyslexia friendly environment (it should be noted that it is not the same as a specialist dyslexia provision school).  To read more about this award click on the link below.