I hope you enjoy exploring these pages and that they will give you a real sense of some of the fantastic learning opportunities we offer at Winchcombe Abbey C of E Primary School. We believe in putting the needs of the child at the heart of everything we do and are rightly proud of our children and all they achieve. In April 2014, we became part of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust which gives us a family of schools with whom we enjoy a close working relationship based on shared values and mutual support.
At Winchcombe Abbey, we work on the basis that education is very much a partnership between home and school and as such, we want to work closely with you to ensure your child is happy in school and achieves his or her full potential. As well as pursuing academic excellence, we work hard to help all the children in our care grow and flourish as confident individuals with high personal aspirations and a lifelong love of learning.
Our school is founded on a strong Christian ethos of mutual respect, care and trust. Our eight Core Values of Compassion, Courage, Respect, Responsibility, Humility, Forgiveness, Truth and Fairness underpin all of our work and our beliefs.
Learning in our school is developed through a unique curriculum that is rich and vibrant, using first hand experiences where possible which help to put the children’s learning into context; artists, scientists, musicians, actors, clergy, charity representatives, as well as sportsmen and women are all regular visitors to the school to help support this philosophy.
Inevitably, a website can only give a snapshot of a school and we would encourage you to make an appointment to come and visit us so you can see our very special school in action. I would be delighted to show you around and provide you with a chance to meet our children, talk to the staff and view the environment in which we learn, work and play.
Achievement for All Award: Primary category at the Celebrating Every Child Awards
We were delighted that our school was awarded the Achievement for All Award: Primary category at the Celebrating Every Child Awards in June 2017. This is a national awards scheme that recognises and celebrates the achievement of children, young people, leaders and teachers.
The Awards, run by Achievement for All in partnership with Teaching Times were hosted by Achievement for All Ambassador, David Gandy and Achievement for All CEO, Professor Sonia Blandford.
Winchcombe Abbey Church of England Primary School was recognised for its achievement in ensuring every child is included, regardless of background, challenge or need. Showing outstanding pupil impact from the Achievement for All programme, pupils' attitudes to learning were seen as exceptional. Pupils recently reported to Ofsted that they feel connected with their teachers and have a special bond with them.
Speaking about their achievement, Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All, said: “Congratulations to Winchcombe Abbey Church of England Primary School for being awarded the Achievement for All Award: Primary. The school has demonstrated aspiration and achievement in everything they do improving outcomes for pupils.
“We received a staggering number of award applications, each and every one showcasing the unsung work that is taking place across England and Wales to improve the life chances of children and young people. Winchcombe Abbey Church of England Primary School should be very proud of their achievement.”
Former Head Teacher, Helen Springett was also awarded the Inspiring Leadership Award at the Celebrating Every Child Awards. Helen has been instrumental in supporting her own school to achieve Quality Lead status and more recently has been supporting another school's improvement journey.
David Gandy, Achievement for All Ambassador and Host of the 2017 Celebrating Every Child Awards, said: “One in five children across the UK do not achieve expected outcomes irrespective of the area they come from or their background. This means that thousands of children face barriers that limit their life chances and these can have a life-long impact on job prospects, health and wellbeing".