following gives some general information about the school and hopefully
it will reflect most of the things that you want to know.
full school prospectus can be downloaded from the foot of this page )
Bradworthy County Primary School was built in 1872 as a Board School. Its one large classroom was eventually divided into three and with the addition of two temporary classrooms continued to be used as the main teaching space until 1985. In that year as a part of its policy to upgrade old schools rather than build new ones the Local Education Authority remodelled the building.
original school was converted into a hall equipped with gymnasium apparatus
for Physical Education plus stage blocks and lights for drama. A new teaching
block was built on the site of the former playground and linked to the
original building. Four new classrooms were built with underfloor central
heating and linking doors. In the centre of this block is a central technology
area where the school’s multimedia, internet connected computer
network is housed. Each class uses the centre on a rota basis.
In September 2002
the school benefited further from a second building project in response
to an increasing school roll, which required the setting up of an extra
class. The project has allowed us to construct a purpose built area for
our younger children which includes a large new classroom with an adjacent
covered outdoor play area which is accessible by both Key Stage 1 classes.
We have also been able to provide our younger children with their own
toilet and cloakroom areas away from the older children.
A modern kitchen is attached to the school and provides excellent dinners cooked on the premises by our own school staff. The school took responsibility for its own catering in April 2004 and we are now able to produce meals of an excellent quality prepared from locally produced food.We also operate a break time service.
Outside we have three
large playground areas, one of which is fenced and suitable for
A pre-school playgroup operates each weekday morning into a refurbished outside classroom and this provides the school a valuable link with the pre-school child.
The school benefits
from an active and flourishing Parent Teachers’ Association which
was formed in the 1980’s. All parents are automatically members
of the association and are welcome at all meetings which they are notified
of through their children.
Bradworthy County Primary School offers excellent facilities for your child’s development. We are proud of our school and encourage our parents, pupils and governors to take an active interest in the school to enable us all to constantly improve the quality of education we give to each child.
At Bradworthy we constantly aim to encourage pupils to develop to their full potential in a structured, secure and happy setting, thus laying foundations for maturation into responsive and enquiring scholars who are responsible, polite and thoughtful.
At Bradworthy School we approach the care of our children in a positive way, reinforcing the philosophy and ethos of the school and following the school discipline policy.
Our children are fully supervised and we place great emphasis on the welfare and well being of the children in our care.
We aim for our children to feel happy and secure in whatever activity they are taking part in. Teachers, non-teaching staff, welfare staff and other adult helpers are encouraged to approach the care of our children in a positive way, reinforcing the philosophy and ethos of the school and following the school discipline policy.
Parents are always welcomed and encouraged to contact their child’s class teacher or Headteacher if they have any concerns or worries. We encourage parents to share concerns about home circumstances or medical matters which may affect their child’s work or behaviour in school. Any discussions are held in confidence if desired or necessary.
All our children are encouraged to talk freely and openly to any member of staff if they have any worries or problems of any kind on a work or personal level. Staff respond to children in a sympathetic and concerned way, offering advice, support, guidance and reassurance, in confidence if required.
assembly takes place between 1.15pm and 1.30pm each day.
On arriving at school the children should wait in the playground with their coats and belongings, unless it is raining or cold in which case they should come straight into their classrooms where they should settle down with a quiet activity.
The bell will be rung,
to signal the children to line up, at 8.55am each morning and 1.10pm each
afternoon. This is so that each session can begin promptly but we would
like to point out that children who are not in line at these times are
not late for school.
We request that parents leave their children on the playground in the mornings and not come with them into school. It is an important part of a child’s development that they start to become independent and we feel that coming into the school building by themselves is an important first step.
The class teachers
are busy preparing for the day before 8.55am but if you do need to talk
to them we are happy for you to come in and do so. They are also usually
available right at the end of the day if you need to speak to them at
We are most grateful to all parents who ensure that their children arrive at school on time, properly dressed in school uniform and ready to learn.
It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school of the reason for a child’s absence as soon as they possibly can. Wherever possible this should be done via a written note, however telephoning the school office or telling the class teacher verbally are acceptable alternatives.
If you are planning to take your child out of school during the day please make sure you inform their class teacher in advance via a written note, telling them verbally or by ringing the school office.
Children may be granted authorised leave of absence, for annual family holidays, for up to 14 days during any one school year. It should be pointed out that this is not a right and requests should be made to the Headteacher on an official form which is available from the school office.
It is stated that 20% of children will need extra support in some form, to that of their peers at some point in their school life.
Here at Bradworthy we strive to be aware of all children’s needs whether they are educational, physical, medical or emotional and whether they are long or short term.
We aim to identify
these children as early as possible and provide the support that is needed
either from within the school or by seeking help from other appropriate
Out of School Clubs / Extra Curricula Activities
offers a great range of lunchtime and after school activities and the
children are encouraged to take a full part in them.
to this all children are offered 10 swimming lessons each year which involves
travelling to Holsworthy by coach.
Health and Safety
The aim of our school is to create an atmosphere of carefulness both in and out of school, this is for all users of the school, children, school staff, parents and the community.
This carefulness includes:
• The ability
of each individual to protect him/her self
For children, good
safety habits are taught as part of the whole curriculum. This can be
through topics, for instance, a safe place to play which could include
Science, English or Technology, and the involvement of outside agencies
such as the police, fire brigade, road safety officer etc.
At Bradworthy School children are encouraged to develop healthy habits through good health and hygiene routines, for example regular exercise or care of themselves, personal hygiene etc. A positive policy for healthy eating is maintained at school.
The Collective Worship Policy at Bradworthy School follows the guidance of:
• Circular 1/94
Religious Education and Collective Worship
“In the light of the Christian traditions of Great Britain, collective worship is to be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.” (Education Reform Act 1988, Education Act 1993)
Education Reform Act (1988) and the Education Act (1993) state that acts of worship may contain certain elements drawn from a number of different faiths, but that within each term, the majority of acts of worship must be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.
At Bradworthy School our collective worship is broadly Christian but is distinct from corporate worship within a faith group. There are occasions when other faiths are the focus during collective worship, (for example festivals, holy days etc).
Acts of Collective
Worship take place daily in the school hall as follows:
Rev Dorrington. 1.15 pm
In certain circumstances it may not be possible for the school to open or we may be forced to close early. Obviously the school will only close if there really is no alternative and wherever possible we will attempt to stay open.
school is not able to open, for example as a result of heavy snowfall,
there will be an announcement on local radio ( either Radio Devon or Heart
FM ) so please tune in for information.
Many of our families
live some distance from the school and this has obvious implications for
travel, especially down untreated country lanes. If you have any doubt
about whether the school is open or not or if you think that it may not
be safe to travel then please don’t send or bring your children
Should the school
be forced to close during the day we will contact the parents of children
outside the village by telephone as soon as we possibly can so that arrangements
can be made for them to get home. Where possible the school bus will run
early for those children who travel to school this way.
If you would like to discuss any of the above please feel free to get in touch.
If you wouldlike to download the school prospectus please click here.