New head leads way on extra out of school sessions

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Following the success of its recent good Ofsted inspection, Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School has welcomed a new headmaster who has introduced a new programme of extracurricular activities, focussing on technology, music, sport and health.

The school is hoping to future proof its pupils’ skills with a new programme of activities instigated by new headteacher Nigel Stewart, who is keen to build on the children’s technology and engineering abilities.

Nigel Stewart, 37, said: “Today’s children are growing up in a fast-paced world, where technology is changing.

“They will be the programmers of the future, so it is important that they are given a solid grounding in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

“With this in mind, I’ve introduced an ‘Imagineering club’, which helps extend children’s engineering and problem solving skills. This term we are learning about aeronautical engineering and conducting our own flying experiments.”

Mr Stuart is also keen to build on the children’s musical abilities.

“I was inspired to learn the guitar by my form teacher. As well as accompanying the children in assembly each day with my electric guitar, the staff and I are assembling a school choir and musical ensemble group.

“Research is consistently showing that children need to understand the importance of a healthy diet, and that exercise and eating healthily are key to long term health.

“Our approach is all-encompassing: in addition to offering more extra-curricular sporting clubs, we also hold gardening and cooking clubs too.

“All the fruit and vegetables grown by the children in our orchard are used in our lunches prepared by the wonderful school cook.”

Governors, children and parents have welcomed the exciting changes.

“This is an exciting new era for our school. Changes in staffing and leadership over the last year secured a good Ofsted review.

“Through the appointment of Nigel Stewart as headmaster and Samantha Meneelly as Infant teacher, we are continuing to build on our strengths and provide a friendly, nurturing environment for the children.

“We are very proud of the tremendous opportunities our school offers local children and are excited to see what else Mr Stewart and his team have up their sleeve,” said Alexandra Little, Chair of Governors.

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