Celebrating one year with The Dunham Trust

It’s been one year since we began our journey with The Dunham Trust. Here, you can read some of the highlights from the past year.  We look forward to another year ahead!

Keep up-to-date on Twitter

Barton Clough joined other Trust schools and launched their own class Twitter accounts, encouraging sharing and communication across schools, with parents and the community.  We’ve seen lots of fantastic teaching and learning taking place and our Year 5 class even got a comment from Radio 1’s Greg James!

The new class pages have so far tweeted over 1,200 times and between them have over 400 followers!   Including connecting with many school-based accounts across the Trust, linking together classrooms.

Inspiring Trust-wide inset day

Barton Clough staff joined the other Trust schools at the AJ Bell stadium for our Trust-wide inset day on 3rd September 2018. The theme of the day was to explore organisational culture, where attendees reflected on their own strengths and how we can contribute to building our academy Trust of tomorrow.

Staff join forces for the Developing Practice Team

Members of teaching staff from Barton Clough have joined staff across the Trust to form the Developing Practice Team: a team who are working together to establish the strengths, areas of expertise and the skills that can be shared across schools to drive school improvement and professional development.

So far their work has including driving forward the launch of a new internal Trust-wide communication forum for staff to share ideas and resources as well as foster collaborative working.

The team are currently planning a Teach Meet event in the summer term. The event will showcase the expertise across the Trust through a number of stalls, where attendees can find out more about successful projects and meet leaders in subject areas.  The event will also have a number of guest speakers from within and outside of the Trust to inspire ideas for the classroom and professional development.

Whitworth Art Gallery Maths Masterclass

Barton Clough pupils have taken part in creative workshops led by the Trust, including a Maths Masterclass at Whitworth Art Gallery.  Children from Acre Hall, Elmridge, Barton Clough and Lime Tree took part in the one-day event, working with resident artists and mathematicians. They explored mathematical themes using a variety of medias and produced some incredible pieces. 

One of the pieces produced by children at The Whitworth

The Dunham Trust Games

We were delighted to celebrate and showcase the sporting talents of Barton Clough and across all schools in the Trust in the inaugural Dunham Trust Games event. The event brought together athletes from across the schools at a spectacular sporting day which took place on Friday 29th June at Longford Park Stadium.

The children worked very hard and competed in two races over the course of the morning before enjoying a picnic lunch with their friends.

Children competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m and relays displaying talent, resilience and team work.  They had an amazing time cheering each other on and meeting the children from other schools – all children showed great sportsmanship.

This year’s Dunham Trust Games has already been confirmed for Thursday 20th June 2019. We can’t wait! 

Read more and see photos from the day. 

New school website

A new school website was launched in September, allowing the school to showcase its activities and engage with parents, as well as accommodate the new Twitter accounts and class pages.

The school website  follows the same format as other schools in The Trust and provides a wonderful window into the world of life at Barton Clough. 

Appreciative Enquiry

Alongside other schools in The Trust, Barton Clough recently undertook an Appreciative Enquiry, a peer-to-peer review with colleagues across The Trust into how the school meets the needs of the children, reflecting on the school’s strengths and how to drive further improvements.

These enquiries are taking place across all Trust schools have proven to be a successful way for staff to learn and reflect  on ways to improve their practice.  It also provides opportunities for staff to visit other schools and undertake learning walks.

Arts Ambassadors and Arts Festival

Arts coordinators from each school in the Trust have been working together to provide additional creative opportunities for pupils across all schools as part of The Dunham Trust Arts Festival.

This term has seen lots of creative activity across our schools, including creative workshops as well as the appointment of Arts Ambassadors in some schools and a Trust-wide competition to design a logo for The Dunham Trust Arts which was judged by a selection of pupils from all schools.

See some of the creative work from all schools in the Dunham Trust Arts Instagram account.

Read more about our Arts Ambassadors and see the shortlisted logo competition entries.