13 July 2018

The Magnificent Seven – Sutton Coldfield schools come together for cluster event

More than 700 children from across seven primary schools in Sutton Coldfield visited Arthur Terry School this month as part of an annual cluster day event.

The Four Oaks Cluster is a partnership of schools that work together to organise and deliver extended opportunities for children and families in the area. Every year, schools meet at Arthur Terry for a day of fun learning activities.

Arthur Terry welcomed pupils and staff from Coppice, Four Oaks Hill West, Little Sutton, Mere Green, Moor Hall and Whitehouse Common primaries.

This year, the theme of the Cluster Day was Keeping Safe and Staying Safe. This built on last year’s theme, which looked at emotional health and wellbeing. Children in both year 5 and year 6 from across the cluster schools had sessions on Water Safety from the RLSS and West Midlands Fire Service, First Aid, delivered by a group of volunteer paramedics, animal safety , delivered by The Dogs Trust, and Street Safety, delivered by Crimestoppers.

Sue Bailey, assistant headteacher at Arthur Terry School and safeguarding lead for the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) has just been awarded an MBE for her work with young people and families. She said:

Four Oaks Cluster continues to go from strength to strength. Our schools are close geographically and we work together to develop those connections and to provide more opportunities for children and families.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the day. They found out more about safety from dedicated professionals, met new friends and sampled life at secondary school. All of them are a real credit to their individual schools and our community. As safeguarding lead, I want to ensure that young people are aware of how to stay safe and this event was a way of communicating to children in an interactive learning environment. A big thank you to all those who made this another success and to the volunteers for their time and commitment to supporting and educating our local community.”

Dr Beth Clarke, headteacher of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s Hill West Primary School, said:

Our children had a wonderful time participating in a range of learning activities, working with pupils from other schools and finding out more about all aspects of safety. The Four Oaks Cluster provides a great opportunity for local schools to collaborate and for pupils and teachers from across all schools to come together as one community.”