Sherborne Church of England Primary is a small rural school in the village of Sherborne, located in the heart of the Cotswold Hills. In all, there are three classes, one for Foundation and Key Stage 1, one for Lower Key Stage 2 and one for Upper Key Stage 2. In total there are 56 pupils in the school, who range from 4 to 11 years of age. We have 3 teachers, 2 teaching assistants, one administrator and a headteacher. The school buildings and grounds date back to 1868 and, along with much of the village, are owned by the National Trust. The majority of the children attending the school come from the village and the surrounding rural hamlets. Many of their parents rent their homes from the National Trust.
We follow the 2014 National Curriculum, but have adapted its delivery in recent years to be topic based. In doing so we have tried to make our curriculum as ‘real’ as possible by focusing on the experiences that will help children to develop as a ‘whole child’, rather than learning a narrow set of facts; we believe this best prepares them for later life.
We take part in a great number of extra-curricular activities to enable our pupils to gain the experiences they would not otherwise have access to. We believe that being part of a European project is vital as a way to provide our pupils opportunities that the context of their location and backgrounds would not afford them otherwise.