Since then, the Victorians have added a ‘modern’ extension (the present Library and adjoining classroom) and the headteacher’s house has been incorporated into the rest of the building. In December 2011 we saw the completion of a new teaching block for the Foundation Stage, Years 1 and 2. This fantastic new teaching space houses two classrooms which have, interactive whiteboards and special lighting, toilets and a drying room. There is also a purpose built outside area for play which includes a special all weather area, large sandpit, raised beds for gardening, a mud kitchen, and a path for bikes and scooters as well as a large grass area for play.
The playground has been developed to provide increased play and learning opportunities. It includes equipment such as climbing frames, an outdoor stage, tables and seating, an outdoor classroom for younger pupils, a garden and pond. We use the neighbouring woodland and nature reserve as an extension to the school grounds. We value this resource and work closely with the local Parish Council and Common’s Committee to improve facilities. We are continually looking at ways of using the outdoor environment to enrich pupils’ learning and have built an outdoor shelter to enhance our work in the school grounds. A stimulating school environment is a vital element in motivating pupils and teaching them to respect their surroundings.
We aim for every child to be reading by the age of 6 and have an exceptionally well trained and enthusiastic staff who make this happen. We were delighted by our recent Ofsted inspection in June 2016, from which received a very positive report and confirmation of our grading of 'good'.
With under 100 pupils, we pride ourselves in knowing every child and their families exceptionally well and therefore tailor teaching and learning to ensure that the needs of every child are understood and met. We provide many opportunities for children to learn outdoors, from nursery age right through to year 6 and have developed our grounds over many years to support our outdoor learning programme. We are a Forest School and have a large wood in which to make this aspect of the children's education happen.
Whether three years old or eleven, we provide a curriculum that enables our children to flourish, developing a curiosity for the world and learning. We help our children to grow in confidence and consideration, encouraging them to make confident and thoughtful decisions. Above all, we see these first years of school as the essential first steps in preparing our young people for their own journey through life.