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  • Woodchester Endowed Church of England Aided Primary School
    Church Road
    North Woodchester
    GL5 5PD
  • Head: Mrs Lynn Pennington
  • T 01453 872476
  • F 01453 873 062
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 142
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st March 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 15th March 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

FROM THE HEADTEACHER (Paula Needham): Welcome to Woodchester Endowed Primary School, which is a co-educational day school. This is an Aided School, which means that we are a Church School aided by the local authority. The majority of our governors are appointed by the St Marys Church P.C.C. and staff are also appointed within the Christian Ethos of the school. The Endowment is from the Says and Bridges Trust who set up the school in 1885.

There has been a school in Woodchester since 1837 and education has been carried on in the existing building since 1889. Even in those days the school had a fine reputation and merited the highest grades possible in an inspection in 1890. We at Woodchester are proud of the standard set by our predecessors; both staff and children, and although our methods may have changed our ultimate aims and objectives of providing your child with a progressive and continuous education that caters for children as people preparing to be adults, is still central to our role. To this end we aim to encourage through precept and example, a caring, respecting attitude towards self and others. This cannot be done by the school alone, and as it depends so much on the co-operation of you as parents, we ask for your wholehearted support whilst your child is in our care.I am a firm believer in our school being part of the total educational system. Therefore, we have good contacts with secondary schools and playgroup. We have regular exchanges of pupils and staff with our playgroup and we like to encourage very young children to come into school as early as possible to get used to the environment.I should like to underline the fact that ours is a community school, being in the centre of the village. The staff and I like to feel that all parents and friends are welcome. This applies to Parents Assemblies, which are held each Friday at 2:35 pm on a class rota basis.The school has had two Ofsted inspections in October 1997 and March 2002; (a copy of the latest summary is available, free of charge, from the school office). They are glowing reports and no area (apart from buildings - see page 18) was described as unsatisfactory, indeed management, teaching, ethos, pupil attainment, curriculum, assessment and extra-curricular activities, were reported as at least good, a high percentage of very good and some excellent. Our ICT was indicated as a recent weakness but this was due entirely to circumstances beyond our control and is now totally satisfactory. Our SATs results at KS1 and KS2 are consistently well above the national average and being maintained. In short, to use the Ofsteds comment, this is a very good school.So once more welcome to Woodchester Endowed Primary School. It is the beginning of an exciting adventure for your child. We hope that it is a school that children attend with pleasure, satisfaction and profit, leave with regret and remember with pride.
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Special Education Needs

As a school we are very willing to accept children who have special needs and requirements, feeling that this is the best way to integrate such children into society and also providing our own children with important contact with those who have different needs. The school has a full disability accessibility plan. This school is always quiet and well ordered, and as the acoustics are of good quality they should not provide untoward difficulties for partially hearing children who use amplification aids. The school has good signage throughout and clear procedures are in place for movement around the school. The main school classrooms are entirely on one level with very wide entrances that would easily facilitate wheelchairs and any other special equipment. Temporary classes and the ICT suite can only be reached by stairs, but help is always available. We have the services of three learning support workers who increase our capacity to enhance the learning of children with a variety of special needs. These assistants are extremely skilled in a range of different SEN areas.

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