Sandhurst Primary School welcomes girls and boys from 4 to 11 years of age. Our excellent class sizes and family atmosphere enables us to build warm relationships with the children and their parents.
The main school was founded in 1909 and sits in beautiful grounds in the heart of the Weald of Kent. Our location is very important to us as it provides a useful and natural extension to our teaching facilities. Our environment also provides a vast playground, where children are trusted and encouraged to explore safely as well as a dedicated woodland area which we use regularly for teaching and learning. We have been fortunate to attract an outstanding team of both new and experienced, qualified teachers and support staff, committed to listening to you and your child and making your family’s time with us as rewarding and fulfilling as possible.
Our children feel challenged within a happy, diverse community of learners. They are stretched at a time appropriate to them, producing their individual best without unwarranted or excessive pressure. The academic curriculum is enhanced by additional activities including cookery and learning using the outside environment. Our pupils achieve strong academic results and are successful in gaining entry to both Grammar school and Comprehensive schools in the local area. We are proud to introduce pupils to their new schools, knowing that they have achieved their best and that they will make a significant contribution to life at their new school.
Our environment also provides a vast playground, where children are trusted and encouraged to explore safely as well as a dedicated woodland area which we use regularly for teaching and learning.
Vision, Value and Ethos
At Sandhurst Primary school, children come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences for our community of children. Everything we do as a school is to ensure that the children achieve their very best. We are deeply aware that children only get one chance at their primary education and it is our job to ensure that they all reach for the highest levels of personal achievement and development. We want every child to be successful; to reach for success from the very first day they join us and throughout their school lives so that when they leave us, they have a love of learning for the rest of their lives.
Aims of the School
Sandhurst is a caring school. Each child is seen as an individual, irrespective of ability or background and our staff constantly strive to bring out the best in all our children. Staff have considerable patience and are willing to spend as much time as is necessary with children and their parents or carers to talk through any problems.
It is our aim to assist in the development of each child as an individual - socially, emotionally, physically and academically by providing a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which to learn. We aim to help all children increase their self confidence and to build lively and enquiring minds, enabling each child to reach his or her full potential.
Visitors frequently comment on the family atmosphere within the school and we actively encourage parents and carers to participate in school life. We see the school as part of the village community and work hard to strengthen these links wherever possible.
The aims can be expressed in the following ways:
- To develop the child’s competence and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
- To provide a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated to suit the needs of the individual in line with Primary Curriculum requirements.
- To create a caring atmosphere where every child feels he or she plays an important part.
- To develop lively minds with a positive attitude towards learning.
- To develop the strengths and identify the weaknesses of each child, thus promoting a feeling of confidence and worth so that each child is happy to learn from failures as well as successes.
- To increase each child’s awareness of the world around them and to feel part of an extended community.
- To help each child develop sound personal, spiritual and moral values and to foster respect for those with different religions and beliefs.
- To encourage consideration and respect for each other and to value one another’s opinion.
It is our aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum at Sandhurst. Through our curriculum development we want all our children and staff to have the opportunity for memorable experiences, rich opportunities and high quality, irresistible learning. To this end, we recognise the changing needs of individuals and groups. The curriculum is developed so that our children become effective and motivated learners, responsible citizens and confident inividuals.
We teach a creative curriculum, based on Cornerstones, which is a carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning. This way of teaching supports children’s natural curiosity and stimulates their creativity. It offers children the opportunity to work in depth giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning. We know direct experiences placed at the centre of the curriculum will develop children’s thinking and capacities in meaningful contexts.
In our drive to raise standards and achievement, we teach the recommendations as highlighted in the Primary Curriculum. This offers a focus on the assessment for learning to help reflect the differentiated needs of all our children.
At Sandhurst we are very keen to develop our children as good independent learners. We teach the children perseverance, curiosity, self-knowledge and collaboration.
We are fortunate at Sandhurst with our extensive grounds and environment surrounding the school. Outdoor learning is valued highly and the children build resilience through learning in this way.
Forest school type activities take place in Windmill Wood alongside our Level 3 Forest School Leader. Windmill Wood is an area of woodland within walking distance of the school where children can learn, explore and be creative outdoors.
A wide variety of extra-curricular activities are organised throughout the year. These include: Recorders and Glockenspiels, Cross-country running, Choir, Netball, Football, Athletics, Gymastics and Dance, Rounders, Tag Rugby, Drama and Musical Theatre, Tennis, Gardening and Home Learning Clubs.
Details of these activities are sent home on a termly basis.
The school offers a daily breakfast club run by our own in-house staff. There is a healthy breakfast provided with a different choice every day. Following breakfast there are a variety of activities for the children. The children are escorted from the club to their classrooms for the start of school.
Home Learning is encouraged from the very start of school and ranges from a wide variety of activities. For the younger learners they are expected to read daily to their parents and as children progress through the school the home learning tasks vary according to the child’s age and stage of their education but include a login to 'Sum Dog' and weekly challenges. All children have access to Microsoft Teams in order to facilitate home learning and 'live' lessons in the event of any period of remote learning due to a Covid outbreak.
There is are additional opportunities during the school day, for children who need additional support as well as tuition support, after school for any vulnerable children for whom learning has been affected by illness or long-term absence.