De Bohun Primary celebrates "amazing" progress with Fun Day

From left to right: Lindsey Anderson and Rona Matz (former pupils), Headteacer of DeBohun Helen Pearson, and Sonal Parikh (former pupil)

From left to right: Lindsey Anderson and Rona Matz (former pupils), Headteacer of DeBohun Helen Pearson, and Sonal Parikh (former pupil)

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De Bohun Primary School pupils spent their Saturday celebrating their school’s recent success with a special “fun day”.

The Friends of De Bohun Association put on a summer event with a bouncy castle, face-painting, cake-baking competitions, balloons, singing, raffles and a rodeo riding competition for all staff members.

The school had extra cause for celebration after recently being taken out of special measures by education watchdog Ofsted.

Friends of De Bohun committee member Caroline Couzens has two children who are pupils at the school. When she moved to the area it was the only school in the area that could take Oliver, now in Year 5, and Ella, in Year 3.

She said: “We were worried. But we completely changed our minds after visiting. It was quite clear that things were changing.

“This day is about that, too. It’s about creating a sense of community and getting people to come and look at the school with fresh eyes.”

Janice Levy has been a dinner-lady at De Bohun for one year, and has a granddaughter at the school.

She said: “This wasn’t our first choice school, but my granddaughter has been here for two years. She loves it and I love it and we haven’t looked back.

“The headteacher is just amazing.”

Headteacher Helen Pearson is determined the school can build even further on its successes and get Ofsted’s highest ‘outstanding’ rating.

Ms Pearson, who has been the head since 2013, made sure that every pupil was thanked for their hard work by handing them each a golden ticket, giving them a free go on the bouncy castle and rodeo.

She said: “I felt that the children needed a treat.

“We’re an improving school and we really want to share that with the community. We want to be a part of the local community; we’ve got the sponsorship of local businesses, and that’s brilliant.

“There’s really a sense of us all working together to improve and change things for the children.

“The parents are working with the staff and things are on the up. There’s only one way to go, and that’s to ‘outstanding’.”

Kathryn Chandler-Board, whose son Samuel is aged eight, said that the headteacher had made a display of a bus travelling uphill to a bus-stop called ‘outstanding’.

She said: “The children are just so motivated now. My son always talks about the bus stop.”

New deputy headteacher Dominic Smart said that the purpose of the day was to bring the community together in the “transformed” school, adding: “It’s just so fantastic to see people here enjoying themselves and have a look around.”

Sabrina Dawr, of Enfield Chase, was looking around the school with her two children, aged four and six.

“We just moved to the area and we need to find a school. I’ve been so pleasantly surprised. We just came along with an open mind. Ofsted reports don’t always give you the whole picture.”

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