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Tollgate School was opened in 1951 and is situated in pleasant grounds with a large playing field and a hard surfaced playground. In 1996 our Nursery Unit opened. Our pupils are drawn from the Mildenhall Road Estate, the Fornham Road and Northgate Avenue Districts, the Barton Hill District and the Fornham villages.

Tollgate Primary School aims to provide an environment where children have the independence, respect and opportunities to make good choices which will increase their learning potential throughout their lives. We aim to develop cohesion and unity within both our local and global communities through support, encouragement, understanding and inclusion.

Going All-Through
This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally prepare to move to a two-tier system, our schools have already reorganised into the forward looking All-Through system. As a result, all the schools in our Trust are able to focus solely on our core mission of helping every pupil to reach his or her potential by providing a seamless education from 4-19.

Any child in Year 4 who is not already in our system can choose to move into the All-Through Trust. Indeed, parents with children of all ages are very welcome to attend one of our open events and/or to have an individual tour.

Events

Fri 31 Oct 2014
Autumn Half Term

Fri 31 Oct 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Tue 4 Nov 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Bonfire Lunch

Thu 6 Nov 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Thursday Family Lunch

Fri 7 Nov 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Mon 10 Nov 2014
Art Day In School

Thu 13 Nov 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Thursday Family Lunch

Fri 14 Nov 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Thu 20 Nov 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Thursday Family Lunch

Fri 21 Nov 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Thu 27 Nov 2014
Art Day In School

Thu 27 Nov 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Thursday Family Lunch

Fri 28 Nov 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Thu 4 Dec 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Thursday Family Lunch

Fri 5 Dec 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Fri 5 Dec 2014 - 15:30 to 16:30
Christmas Fair

Sat 6 Dec 2014 - 18:30 to 21:00
Christmas Family Disco

Thu 11 Dec 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Christmas Lunch

Fri 12 Dec 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Thu 18 Dec 2014 - 12:00 to 13:15
Thursday Family Lunch

Fri 19 Dec 2014
Last Day of Autumn Term

Fri 19 Dec 2014 - 15:00 to 15:30
Friday Open Afternoons

Sat 20 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Sun 21 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Mon 22 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Tue 23 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Wed 24 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Thu 25 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Fri 26 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Sat 27 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Sun 28 Dec 2014
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Mon 29 Dec 2014
Christmas Holiday

Tue 30 Dec 2014
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Breaking down barriers to learningBreaking down barriers to learning

Parents and pupils have joined forces in Tollgate's drive to break down barriers to learning.

Parents joined forces with pupils for a spot of mini golf, plate decorating, monster making and cheerleading as part of our  school’s drive to help break down barriers to learning.

We have celebrated National Parents’ Week by organising the activities to acknowledge the hard work parents do, raise awareness of the importance of spending one-to-one time with a child and develop learning.

Some of the sessions were supported by specialist staff from the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust including iPad sessions, craft workshops and a breakfast cafe.

Head Alison Earl said: “Through this special week of activities, we hope to break down any barriers that parents may have in an atmosphere of shared enjoyment and learning.”

See report in the Bury Free Press

Outstanding Headteacher AppointmentOutstanding Headteacher Appointment

Alison Earl has served as Tollgate Primary's executive head since March to help bring 'rapid improvements' and has now been appointed permanent headteacher.

She recently oversaw the school's move to academy status which allowed it to join All-Through Trust. The move follows the departure of Tollgate head David Hicks and sees her leave her role as head at the 'outstanding' rated Barrow Primary, which is also part of the Trust and is now led by acting head Helen Ashe.

It was just two years after her first headteacher appointment that Mrs Earl scored a double 'outstanding' by leading Barrow CEVC Primary School from an Ofsted rating of good to one of outstanding, as well as achieving an outstanding for the Church inspection too.

"Everyone at the school and indeed in the wider village community were absolutely delighted to be outstanding. I have no doubt that Mrs Earl's passion for educational excellence will mean that Tollgate Primary will make very rapid progress in raising its standards too. We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with Mrs Earl, as the new headteacher, at one of our All-Through partner schools." said Dr Viv Hughes, Chair of Governors at Barrow School.

Mrs Earl said: "I've loved my time at Barrow so I'm pleased that the two schools will be working closely together in the All-Through Trust. I firmly believe that there is a moral purpose in helping every child to achieve their potential. I look forward to a partnership with the local community to lead the school so that it becomes a flagship for outstanding teaching and learning."

She is joined by new deputy head Georgie Bateman, who comes from Westley Middle School, and three new class teachers. Tollgate was taken out of special measures when it became an academy on July and Mrs Earl said they expected an inspection by Ofsted in spring or summer.

John George, chairman of governors, added: "Securing outstanding leadership is another step towards the goal of achieving higher standards and increasing pupil progress. Since we've been working with the all-through trust we've already made many significant changes."

Town and countryTown and country

Pupils at Tollgate Campus were given a taste of country life during a visit to Barrow Campus, both primary phase schools in the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust.

The reception children at Tollgate descended on the village of Barrow and its primary school to explore the similarities and differences between their lives in the town and children who live in a more rural location.

They explored a library van before contrasting it with a visit to Bury library. The pupils also compared the village church with St John’s in Bury.

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