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School Diary

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An expanded diary view may be found on the links to the left.  Please click on any date above to see what events are on the agenda for that day.

School Context

We serve both the Chaddleworth (with Leckhampstead) and Great Shefford (with Shefford Woodlands and East Garston) communities. 

Children from both schools are taught at the Shefford site.

All our children have the best of both worlds: local schools serving the local communities and small class sizes where all our children benefit from being taught alongside their peers across the schools by very experienced and dedicated staff.

The 2016-17 school year continues a period of increased stability with a rise in pupil numbers for our schools in a time of national change and developments.  We have our highest intake in recent years and this combined with pupil movement into the schools over the last year sees sustained growth.
 
We offer our families a unique and attractive church school setting and focus on excellence for our pupils supported by our strong Christian ethos.

Please contact the school office on 01488 648657 for more information or to arrange a visit.

Our Vision and Values

Our school is a place where the children come first: they are central to every decision we make. We strive to ensure our children are happy and successful and that they grow during their time with us, to be ambitious and resilient. Our talented teachers and support staff inspire and motivate children; encouraging aspiration, intellectual curiosity, independent thought and effective learning habits. We are proud that our children are courageous and learn to behave with integrity.

We are committed to the development of our children in the fullest sense and seek their views on how we can develop an exciting curriculum which is tailored to their needs.

Our Church school values are taken from Galatians 5:22-23  

 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

These values underpin all we do. They are rooted in our Christian ethos and support us as we help our children learn the key skills and knowledge that they will need to rise to the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that future life will bring.

I hope you will want to visit us, see our school and talk with our wonderful children. I look forward to meeting you.

Bridget Goodrich

Headteacher

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OFSTED APRIL 2017

"The headteacher has extremely high expectations of everyone. Staff and governors are thoroughly committed to achieving the very best for all pupils."   

"A culture of deep care for pupils ensures that their welfare and personal development are supported very well. Parents appreciate the help that the school provides for the whole family. "

 

Parents and Visitors

"A real focus on learning - it shines out from the classroom to the shared areas."

"The children are delightful and keen to share their enthusiasm for learning."

 

How well are we doing?

Both schools are judged to be GOOD schools with many strengths including our Early Years provision and progress in  reading across the school.

  • 100% of our Year 6 children achieved the national standard or better in writing, Grammar Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and maths
  • 50% of our Year 6 children achieved above the national standard in reading, writing, GPS and maths
  • 75% of our Year 6 children achieved the national standard or better in in reading
  • The national average for all three subjects was 53% compared to our schools 75%  

Our Key Stage 1 results were also strong:

  • 89% of our Year 2 children achieved the national standard or better in reading
  • 78% of our Year 2 children achieved the national standard or better in maths
  • The focus this year is on improving standards in writing.

Our Early Years and Key Stage 2 teacher assessments were rigorously moderated by West Berkshire and in all cases our judgements were upheld.

These excellent results, however, will not be published by the Department for Education, and you may ask:

        “Why aren't the results published”?

In very small schools with low pupil numbers, such as ours, there are sometimes classes of fewer than 6 pupils. When groups of children are very small, the low risk of being able to identify an individual child from the data could be seen as unfair. Therefore, it is the policy of both the Department for Education and Ofsted not to publish results data for groups of fewer than 6 children. They call this 'suppressing' data. 

After all our hard work, our results were 'above' some local schools. The same is true for overall progress when looking at Shefford and Chaddleworth children combined.  So you can see how far the school has come. This has been the result of focus and drive by the excellent staff team who have upped the standards and quality of teaching to a point where the learning can be speeded up and so our amazing children are making substantial progress.

We would not be able to make so much progress without the background support of all our staff including those in the office, driving our minibus, supporting learning and lunchtimes and cleaning our school buildings. Thank you to everyone involved and to our governors too for the work they do.

Kind regards

Bridget Goodrich

Head Teacher

 

Robins Class and Staff enjoying our Open Day

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