Mrs. Shannon O'Sullivan
Welcome to our amazing school!
I am delighted to introduce you to our school’s website, which I hope will give you a brief insight into our wonderful school, its values, pupils and community.
At Thomas Bullock we are fortunate that our size allows us to see all of our children as individuals and we believe in nurturing the whole child. We strive to fulfil not just their academic potential but their personal, spiritual, social, moral and cultural development through an exciting and stimulating environment. We actively encourage pupils to ‘Let your Light Shine’ and be their best in everything do.
Our broad and balanced curriculum encourages high expectations of our school community and is interesting, active, engaging, challenging and relevant. It is designed to develop not only each child’s full academic potential but also to help them to develop as well rounded individuals that show care, compassion and respect to everyone in our school, local, national and global community. We aim to provide stimulating well–resourced learning environments and expect the highest standards of work from all of our pupils. Our creative environments are everchanging due to our vast, spacious outdoor and internal spaces, this is an area we will be developing further, keep an eye out! We are also fortunate to be supported by the Thomas Bullock Trust, which helps to develop our pupils’ experiences out of school, cultural experiences and music tuition.
As our recent Good Ofsted report January 2020, explained “Pupils are polite and considerate to one another…Pupils understand the school’s values. This contributes to a culture where pupils want to do their best in all respects. ” Our children are polite and well behaved. Our families are supportive and want the best for their children. The Friends of Shipdham School (FOSS) group is active in its fundraising to provide enhanced opportunities for children and families and actively welcomes additional support. In addition to their efforts in school they also run a shop in the community! Please do go and support them too!
The curriculum does not end as the school day ends. We have opportunities for the children to participate in a range of clubs run by the teachers who volunteer their time generously and also a thriving before and after school childcare club.
As a DNEAT school our foundations are rooted in our strong Christian ethos and I hope, like me you can see our school is actively encouraging excellence from all. I know that children learn best in a community of praise, encouragement and challenge. We flourish in providing pastoral care at our school and a strong school to home support network. I am privileged to work with dedicated and enthusiastic staff team, who do their best every day to offer the highest level of education and support for all children in our care.
If you are considering sending your child to our fabulous school, and ‘Letting their Light Shine’, please get in touch. In our current crisis, school visits are not appropriate, we encourage all parents and pupils to stay in, however I would love to speak with you over the phone or virtually and discuss our amazing school with you. We have very limited places for the 2020-21 Academic Year in EYFS, Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6. Our other classes are full, but we have waiting lists and are oversubscribed. Whilst I may not be able to physically show you around just yet, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to get in touch for any other reason, I would love to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Stay safe and God bless.
Shannon O’Sullivan – Headteacher
”"Pupils know that they are loved. Staff invest a great deal of time in ensuring that individual needs are met, and the resultant close relationships ensure that behaviour is excellent and learning is purposeful".SIAMS inspection report January 2018