About The School
Shoscombe C.E.V.A. Primary School was founded in 1866 and over the years has been extended and improved to become a unique and attractive building which caters for the needs of the children in the local community. It is situated in picturesque surroundings which offer opportunities for environmental and local studies. The grounds are attractive, including adventure play equipment, a sports pitch, a Quiet or Performance Garden and tarmacked area. We have an extensive forest school area where children from every class take part in regular forest school sessions. Our resident chickens live in our forest school area and provide eggs for class cooking lessons.
Within the main school building the school houses St Julian’s Church which forms the chancel in our school hall. This provides a real link with our village community who worship here during the winter whilst also providing a focal point in Collective Worship.
Our youngest children have a brand new classroom, built in the style of the Victorian building but benefiting from bi-folding doors that lead directly into their outdoor learning area. In September 2018 this area is being completely refitted with bespoke early years learning equipment which will transform and enhance their outdoor learning experiences.
Our children range in age from 4 to 11 and come from Shoscombe, Peasedown St John and other neighbouring villages. We have four classes, and each class has a part time teaching assistant to aid learning. The school has a hall with facilities for creating a stage for drama productions as well as being available for PE lessons. There is a library containing both fiction and non-fiction titles and where the children work both in groups and independently as part of their weekly library session. Each classroom, the hall and the library have interactive whiteboards and all classrooms have visualisers.
We also have a small room separate from the main building which is known as ‘The Ink Room’. Here, adults will often work with small groups and peripatetic music teachers lead music lessons.
The school day commences at 08.45, although on three days a week the school organises a ‘Walking Bus’ from the village hall at 08.35. All pupils have a break in the morning, and Reception and Key Stage 1 children have a break in the afternoon. Lunch is from 12.00 – 13.00, where children can either have sandwiches or a hot school dinner.
The school has strong links with specialist teachers and every week specialist PE coaches from Premier Sport lead PE, a teacher from Norton Hill teaches the older classes French and a specialist music teacher teaches classes music and whole school singing. At set points in the year children also engage in sessions with theatre teachers from The Egg, where the children then perform their show, and a local artist who supports throughout Arts Week.
The school runs a variety of extra-curriculum clubs, usually after school has finished at 15.20. We highly recommend that your child gets involved in these clubs: the more your child puts into school, the more they will get out.
Overall, we aim to provide a calm and nurturing environment where the children can all thrive and be happy.