Welcome to Balgowan Primary School

Be kind, work hard, make friends is the motto at Balgowan, and we encourage all our children to follow these guidelines in their daily school life.

Outdoor sport and play

Balgowan pupils participate in many sporting activities, both within the school and outside.

Creative curriculum and outdoor learning

Our creative curriculum includes lots of outdoor learning for Reception-aged pupils and those in Year 1 in our covered outdoor learning area.

Balgowan Eco school committee

Balgowan has recently been awarded the Green Flag!

Music and Arts

All pupils at Balgowan have the opportunity to learn musical instruments, including the steel pans.

 

Welcome to Balgowan Primary School

Balgowan is a very friendly, high achieving and heavily oversubscribed academy in Beckenham. There are 678 pupils taught in 22 classes. The academy follows a creative curriculum which is designed to engage and excite all the children whilst also ensuring the acquisition of key reading, writing and mathematical skills…

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Balgowan raises over £6,500 for Sports Relief!

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KS2 classes headed up to the field in classes and all had a good go at the (another) first-ever ‘Balgowan Army Assault Course’. The course was 150ft long and included 7 different obstacles that the children had to negotiate. We had races, mini-challenges and even the teachers and adults (including Mr Hines!) had a go, all much to the amusement of the children! Everyone managed to complete the entire course and I can tell you (from personal experience!) that the course was particularly tough and physically demanding! Hopefully these events have helped to show children that exercise, while being highly important towards good health, can be really great fun as well! A big thank you needs to go towards the

Golden Gymnasts

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Earlier in the academic year, we entered a Year 1 & 2 gymnastics team into the Bromley Schools’ Competition. This team of 5 children did amazingly well and they all absolutely loved representing the school. Before this, Balgowan had never entered a team into any gymnastics competitions and having personally seen some of the talent around in KS2, we decided that it was about time that Balgowan showed off it’s superb gymnasts across the year groups. There was separate competitions for both Year 3 & 4 as well as Year 5 & 6 (both on the same day), split into 3 disciplines: Vault, Body Management and Floor. We decided that extra training to learn routines and perfect different techniques were required.

Brilliant Balgowan in the Spring Cross Country

Top 5 Runners Year 3 Boys

More silverware has arrived at Balgowan Primary School courtesy of the 2016 Bromley Primary School Cross Country Race.  On a much calmer day than the November 2015 event, 1,900 runners poured into Crystal Palace Park.  The Year 3 girls ran well – Gabrielle running her first race came 33rd, Amelie 38th and Charlotte 39th.   Charlotte improved 40 places from her first run in November.  Year 3 boys soon followed and were sparked into life by Jed who ran superbly to finish 2nd. Benji 7th, Oliver 8th, Toby 11th and Alex 42nd rounded off a great performance.  However it was down to Alex that the Year 3 boys won the team trophy.  Alex’s trainer fell off near the start of the

Netball Superstars!

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Having won the Bromley Schools’ Competition (finishing top of over 40 school teams!), Balgowan earned the chance to represent BROMLEY BOROUGH in the LONDON YOUTH GAMES. This is the biggest annual youth event in ALL OF EUROPE! Each London Borough was represented by their own competition winners and the going was tough indeed. Balgowan won the first of 3 group games, suffering their first ever loss in competitive netball in the second. However, they bounced back to win the final game, ensuring qualification for the top 16 groups. In the final group stages, only the top team from each group qualified for the semi-finals. Balgowan played brilliantly and ended up winning one, drawing one and losing one. This wasn’t quite

Website update

We have done an overhaul on the website to make it responsive and easier to view on mobile and tablets. If you have any problems on any page, clicking links, cut off text, or non functioning menus please let us know so that we can fix them. Please email director@spayce.com and let us know what browser or device you’re having problems on.

Please note that versions of Internet Explorer 8 and below do not support responsive web design, and will retain a more basic look.

NHS School Nurse app

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The Bromley School Nurse team is delighted to announce the launch of the Bromley School Nurse App.

The App aims to provide Bromley families with useful information on some of the childhood physical and emotional health issues, common childhood ailments as well as advice on healthy living, emotional wellbeing and much more.

Contact information for the school nurse team is included in the School Nurse App.

Download the free app by searching for Bromley School Health Matters on the App Store or Google Play.

Meet the Headteacher

Following our two parent forum sessions to meet Mr Harvey, we invite  you to submit comments on Communication and Curriculum by email to the office by Thursday morning. In particular, the questions asked in the presentation:

Communication

  1. What type works for you? Parentmail/texts/hard copy?
  2. In what area would you like to receive more information?
  3. More progress reports from teachers?
  4. Purpose and format of Parent Forums?
  5. Can you help us voluntarily with a communication strategy and support?

Curriculum

  1. Do you feel you know enough about the different areas of the curriculum?
  2. What subjects would you like the school to consider introducing/extending provision?
  3. Are there extra-curricular clubs that you would like the school to explore?
  4. Specialist teachers?
  5. Can you help us creating links with business to support real-life experiences?

 

For more information please download the powerpoint document presentation.

Excellent phonics results for 2015

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We have received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, conveying his congratulations on the very high standard of achievement by Balgowan pupils in the 2015 phonics screening check. With at least 95% of pupils reaching or exceeding the pass mark in the check, Balgowan is in the top 5% of all primary schools in the country. Well done Year 1!

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