Headteacher

Every day I feel proud of what our children achieve, the barriers they overcome and the steps they make towards becoming active, confident and happy members of society. On this page you can see how well our pupils do when working towards our special weekly Gold Awards. I will also post special things our pupils do that have made me proud!
I hope you feel as proud as I do?
Keep up the good work!

Mr O’Reilly

 

Gambia

We recently donated our old school uniforms to a charity in Gambia. So far our old uniforms have provided 3 schools with vital clothing to help the young people access education.

We hope to do more work later in the year to keep supporting our less privileged friends in Africa.

Intensive Interaction at Coppice School

Everyone has the right to be listened to and to communicate!
This is something we believe in very strongly at Coppice School and we ensure this happens for all our children using a teaching and learning technique called Intensive Interaction. The majority of the teaching and support staff are trained in this technique and it is delivered as planned lessons, within everyday activities and as specific interventions. You will even hear staff using it as they walk with children down the corridor or during personal care times…… it is embedded within our everyday practise.
We have many wonderful examples of this technique bringing about life enhancing changes for many of our children, from improved behaviour to children initiating communication for the first time. Some parents have also commented on positive changes for their child within the home environment once this technique was being delivered as an intervention in school. Parents have also had an opportunity to be trained in this technique during a training session delivered in school. We hope to offer more opportunities for parents to be trained in the future.
If you require any further information on Intensive Interaction please contact Tracey Conlon. You can also research this technique on the internet by searching: Intensive Interaction Dave Hewett

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

On January 12 2017 we were extremely lucky to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in our school. They were in for the whole morning and treated our children and young people to a multi-sensory musical show with interactive activities that all our young people could all enjoy.

The RPO travel all over the world, playing to thousands of people a year, so we feel very privileged to have had them in our school.  Thank you!

I think the photos below show just how much we enjoyed ourselves.

 
Coppice Got Talent!

What and amazing end to the the year we have had. I was extremely proud of our amazing children and young people at our very first Coppice Got Talent Show. The performances were incredible and they did themselves, the school and their families proud. We had an amazing turn out and I would like to thank all those who came to support us on the day. Id like to say a special thank you to all the young people from Stonehill School who also provided us with some very moving songs, hilarious comedy routines and some mystifying magic tricks. The day wouldn’t have been made possible if it wasn’t for the students from Ash Hill School who were invaluable in helping set up and provide refreshments. A truly wonderful day and roll on the next one!

 
Transitions 

I am delighted to say that we have a great start to the school year. We decided this year to move students in to their new classes before the summer holiday. This was to ensure that pupils transitioned smoothly in to their new classes, the teachers got to know the pupils and they all met their new friends before September. This early transition seems to be really paying off as the pupils (and staff) have hit the ground running this September. As with any change our children and young people take time to adjust but I really do believe that the transition activities we completed in July are really making a difference now.  We have also started to group pupils for Maths and English this year. So pupils of similar abilities are put together for these lessons. This again is proving a big success as the level of challenge we set can really push children on and support their needs better. If you have queries about the transition or streamed groups for English and Maths please do not hesitate to contact us at school.

Governors Shaping The School’s Direction

Our supportive Governing Board recently attended our first Leading for Impact away day in which we all got together with a consultation company, Leading Edge, to help shape the direction of the school in its next exciting phase of its journey. The day involved our Governing Body creating our new School Improvement Plan, discussing how we can work smarter but with greater impact and how they are going to continue to support and challenge the schools leaders. It was a really positive day and we all felt excited about the coming year. If you would like to know more about the Governors work or would like to join our Governing Board please contact Sandra in the school office and she will be happy to help you with any inquiries

 Gold Awards

Each week in our Gold Award Assembly we give out special awards for those children and young people who have worked hard towards any of the following things,

Communication
Independence
Helping others
Friendships
Doing something extra special

If your child receives one of our awards they will not only get a special certificate and a sticker for their classroom reward chart but you will receive a special ‘Head Teachers Proud Postcards’ delivered to your door, This will explain the reason for the award and you can continue to celebrate the good work your son or daughters has done at home!

Race Night at Coppice School
Tracey Conlon our Leader of Learning in KS1 and EYFS has been working extremely hard to raise money for our school stage and she organised our first school Race Night in School. We were supported by The Lions and other friends in the Hatfield community and without their help we would not have been able to raise the money we did. Everyone who attended had a great night and we will definitely be doing more of them in the future! Id like to thank all the parents and students who attended and made the night a magical one and to Kathy Deacey for making some amazing raffle prizes! We raised a whopping £679 and that money will go to our school staging fund! Thank You!
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Robin Hood Music Festival
Some of our brilliantly talented young people in KS1 recently took part in the Robin Hood Music festival at Hill House School. They impressed the organisers there so much that they returned to school with a huge trophy for their efforts! We are all very proud of how our young children are putting Coppice School on the map! Move over Adele and 1Direction, KS1 are in town!