Headteacher: Mrs Lois Haydon

Phone: 01454 866525

Email: thetynings@sgmail.org.uk

Eastleigh Close, Staple Hill, Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS16 4SG

2014-15-Events Archive


Thank you to everyone who attended the official grand opening of our new building, Fleur’s wing, and our annual family picnic, last Friday. It was a real honour to have Fleur’s parents and so many guests join us for such an auspicious occasion. The children were excellent, the visitors enjoyed sharing their memories of The Tynings and all were really complimentary about the whole afternoon. It truly was an event to remember; thank you.


In the Press again!!!

“Team effort”: School’s delight after standards turned around

A primary school in Bristol has improved its teaching standards thanks to a “strong team effort” from staff. The Tynings School in Eastleigh Close has been given a “good” rating by Ofsted, the education watchdog, in a report published this month.

This is an improvement from a previous visit in 2013 when inspectors said the school “requires improvement”. The school has 320 students aged four to 11 on roll.

The Headteacher said: “Every single member of the team was instrumental in helping the school improve. All the staff are valuable and it is the result of a strong team effort which helped us get this Ofsted rating.”

Inspectors were pleased that the school had a safe environment where bullying is rare and discrimination is “not tolerated”.

The report , put together by three inspectors, said: “The headteacher has risen very well to the challenge of moving the school forward.

“Working as an effective team, he and the senior leaders have successfully improved the quality of teaching and raised achievement.”


Ben in Bats class has accomplished an incredible achievement. Read the report of his Ben Nevis climb below. Well done Ben, we are very impressed and proud of you! ‘Every year, as part of sustaining the youth work we do on the Hillfields estate, which includes a football team, a weekly kids club and youth club; we do a challenge with our youth groups. This year we chose Ben Nevis and Ben, and some of our older youth, took up the challenge. Ben is 8 years old and for somebody his age to do this was amazing to see. Ben made it to the top and back down without moaning or asking to stop. When we got two thirds of the way up we hit the snow line, which is something none of us had experienced before – the snow in some places was 2 metres deep as it had snowed in the days leading up to our challenge.
At times it was icy and slippery and we experienced what is called ‘whiteout’, where you can only see snow and cloud and nothing else. Amazingly when we reached the top the cloud cleared, the sun came out and we were on top of the highest point in the UK, with amazing views and time to build a snowman! I cannot explain the achievement of an 8 year old doing this and I was extremely proud of Ben, and our snowman.’

In the Press!!!

Hard work pays off for Tynings

THE Tynings School is officially good once again!
Ofsted inspectors who visited the school this spring praised standards in all areas. “This is now a good and improving school,” they reported.
The Tynings, in Eastleigh Close, Staple Hill, was rated good in 2009 but dipped to “requires improvement” in 2013 after a difficult couple of years involving staff maternity, illness and bereavement.
The head teacher said every single member of the 320-pupil school’s team had played a part in securing the latest overall judgement of good.
“There is so much to be proud of in this report,” he said. “We are very pleased with the recognition that we are providing a good learning experience and that children feel safe and happy and have a desire to succeed.
“Mums, dads and carers have been very positive and supportive of all we do here, and we are very grateful. We are never complacent about the school and are always looking on how to improve further….


Storytime for children and their Dads and Grandads

A study by the Institute of Education has shown that children are more likely to do well at school if they develop a desire to read for pleasure. This desire generally begins in early years with storytelling by adults. And yet at a time when the National Literacy Trust has identified that parents are the most important reading role models for children and young people only 1 in 5 parents easily find the opportunity to read to their children. Further research has shown that fathers are proportionally less likely than mothers to spend time reading and so it is particularly important that we take every opportunity to encourage the dads out there. So for all those dads who would like to spend a bit of quality time with their under 8, and perhaps need a bit of inspiration, we are holding a fun and interactive Storytime for children and their Dads and Grandads at Emersons Green library. This free event will be held on Saturday 16th May from 11.00.



Our first House event is here! From 20th April, to 8th May, the house captains and vice captains will be running a photography competition. Photos will need to have something to do with your House (Teewell,Eastleigh, Page or Rodway). Two contests will be taking place: Juniors and Infants. You can use a computer to edit your photo if you want but it must be taken by children not adults.

A favourite photo will then be chosen from each house and will then be put against the other favourites from the different houses. They’ll be judged and will be put into 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place.

There will be 30HP for the winner, 20HP for second place, then 15HP and 10HP. If you want to enter this competition, please email your photo to thetynings@sgmail.org.uk giving your name, class and house by the 8th of May.

Winners will be announced on 22nd May (last day of term).

Happy photographing!

The Captains and Vice Captains

PS: everyone who submits an entry will receive 1HP just for entering!

Race for Life

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Race for Life on Friday 27th March. Each class was given a different amount of laps to run, depending on their age, and there was an extra run with Mrs Fahey at lunchtime for those who wanted to run further. There were about 70 children running over lunchtime! Over the course of the day, we ran over 2000 laps of the school grounds, totalling a brilliant distance of 509 miles!!

Please remember all sponsor money should be handed in to the office tomorrow, Friday 17th. We will let you know the grand total we have raised for Cancer Research in the Newsletter next week. Thank you for your support.

Kingswood Fire Station Opening

Our Year 3 and 4 school councillors were invited to the opening of Kingswood Fire Station on Monday; it was a very special occasion and the children (who had a tour of the station and received a goody bag!) were true ambassadors of the school.

The School Councillors really enjoyed the opening ceremony at Kingswood Fire Station. After refreshments, speeches and the ribbon cutting they had a safety demonstration and tour. The children said ‘the tour with the station manager was really good—we saw loads of equipment inside a fire engine.’ ‘The safety demonstration was scary—we learnt not to put water on a fire caused by oil as this would make it much worse.’


Thank you to everyone who baked and bought cakes and cookies, had silly hair and donated to Comic Relief. We raised an incredible sum of £373.

This doesn’t include the red nose sales or the money raised by Lewis dressing up as a girl so the grand total will be well over £600; an truly amazing effort.

Thank you for your support.

Here are BAT Class showing off their noses!



I am very honoured to let you know that we will be “officially” opening the new wing of our school in a special ceremony on Friday 19th June 2015.

Pupils and staff voted to name the wing after Fleur Lombard, the firefighter who lost her life while putting out a fire opposite Staple Hill Library (where Tesco is).

I have been in touch with Fleur’s mum and dad and they have asked that we call the wing “Fleur’s Wing”; this is a wonderful name to remember a young person whose bravery and dedication to her life-saving work inspires, and will continue to inspire, the current and future children of The Tynings School.

Invitations will be sent out for the opening, but for now, please save the afternoon of Friday 19th June to celebrate with us. It will also be the Family Picnic afternoon (an annual event at the school!)


Hi-Viz Assembly

PCSOs Mike and Nick came in to assembly today to talk about the role of the police and donate some hi-viz jackets.

Christmas Events


Road Safety Assembly: “Be Safe Be Seen”

This week, Roz from the Road Safety Team came into our assembly to talk to us about the importance of wearing light, reflective clothing as the evening and mornings become darker. She brought a special visitor to demonstrate some of the clothing that we recommend. It was lovely to see Fred the Bear wearing his reflective hat and vest. For those of us who cycle, Roz and Fred demonstrated how important it is to have a good set of lights as well.

Each child received a bookmark with the key safety messages printed on it and you’ll find some information below from the Road Safety Team about the purchase of cycle helmets and bike lights:

“With Christmas coming up and many parents perhaps considering buying a bike for their child, the Road Safety Team would like to offer parents the opportunity of purchasing cycle helmets and lights.  An order form is attached with details of the helmets and a photo of the lights is also attached.  The lights may vary but will always be something similar.  The price for a set (one front, one rear) of lights is £6.50.”

If you are interested in purchasing helmets, please download and fill in the form (link below). You can ask for a copy from the school office. You must provide the exact money with the order form. Please send the order form to the address shown on the form (not to the school office). If you would like the bike lights, please indicate this clearly on the order form (just write “set of bike lights” and £6.50 in the helmet purchase grid) and include the correct money.

Please note, the orders go straight to Road Safety (address on the form) and not the school. We’ll contact you when your order arrives.

Download the order form – Cycle-helmet and Lights Order Form

For more information, please contact the Road Safety team on (01454) 863526


Book Fair

Travelling Books’ book fair is coming to school from Monday 17th November – Thursday 20th November. It will be held after school in the main hall.

If parents would like to look at the webpage for travelling books it is www.travellingbooks.co.uk . It is a great opportunity to buy some Christmas gifts!

At Travelling Books we are committed to encouraging a life long love of reading amongst children. Our Book Fairs always feature a carefully selected range of over 200 titles, all reviewed and approved by our Editorial Team.

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Don’t miss out – pop in and buy some books. Remember you will be supporting your school at the same time – all the commision we earn as a school is paid in ‘books’!

Home Learning Mum, Dad and Carer Information Session, Wednesday 22nd October 2014

We were overwhelmed to see so many of you at our recent Home learning Information Session; thank you for squeezing into Deer classroom to find out how our new systems for reading, times tables, spellings and our new home learning jigsaw operate. The fact that 55 of you were able to attend (very roughly 20% of the school which is very high for a workshop) was testament to the support we have from mums, dads and carers at The Tynings School.

After the initial presentation, slides of which you can find below, there was an opportunity to ask questions and, importantly, a chance to see examples from the children oh the Home Learning Jigsaw in action.

You can find your child’s home learning jigsaw on the class webpage (as well as the copy that was sent home with the home learning journals). You can also find out what your child is learning from our termly curriculum newsletter. Again, your child’s curriculum newsletter can be found on the class webpage.

View the Home Learning Presentation – Home Learning presentation for parents

Annual Harvest Service

On Friday 3rd October, The Tynings School held its annual harvest service. Each class played a part in reminding us of the importance of Harvest and of saying than you to everyone involved in getting food to our tables, from those that sow the seeds,  the drivers who transport the food, those that work in the shops and factories and those who make the meals that we eat.

We remembered those in our community, country and world who do not have enough food to eat or clean water to drink. We also celebrated the Jewish New Year with our own Sukkah in the Hall and we were reminded of the reason Jewish families build Sukkots; to remember the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt.

Reception paraded their wonderful  vegetable monsters (photos on the class pages soon!) while Year 1 entertained us with the “Dingle Dangle Scarecrow” song. Year 2 told us the parable of the sower, from the Christian bible and Years 3 and 4 sang “Cauliflowers Fluffy” with some of the children showing their artwork. Years 5 and 6 recited poetry and two of our Woodpeckers led us in prayer. With a whole school rendition of Harvest Samba to finish, it was a great service with some wonderful performances by our children.

The donations from mums, dads, carers and other visitors to our Harvest food display was incredible – the most we have ever received, so thank you very much if you contributed. Remember, the donations are going to the RESOUND foodbank to help those vulnerable people and families in our local area who are unable to feed themselves or their children.

I’d like to also remind you that the foodbank crate is always in the school entrance, and please continue to donate throughout the year. The list of preferred donations is on the letters page; please consider buying one item on the list each time you do a large shop – we really do want to continue to provide for those less fortunate in our community.

Tynings Pupils Attend Summer Reading Challenge Awards Ceremony

On the evening of Tuesday 16th September, Staple Hill Library held an awards ceremony to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge, Mythical Maze. It was great to see so many Tynings children there, and you can see some photos below of our children receiving their medal and certificate from the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Howard Gawler.