Our School and its History
About our school
Our school was opened in September 2000 as a voluntary aided Church of England Primary School. It was formed from the amalgamation of Winchcombe Junior School and Winchcombe Infant School. In April 2014 we became a part of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust.
A proportion of the governors on the local governing body are nominated by the Parochial Church Council and appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education. These are called Foundation Governors. There are also parent, staff and co-opted governors. The Headteacher is a member of the local governing body. The Chair of Governors sits on the Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust. The school follows the National Curriculum, but the governors make arrangements for religious education and worship.
We are very fortunate in having an attractive and well-built school. A new extension to the school was opened in September 2015 which provides a spacious main entrance, reception area and office space for the Headteacher and office staff as well as two new classrooms. The former offices have been transformed into a bright new library and nurture room. Further extensions are envisaged.
We currently have eleven permanent classrooms, a hall, a music/drama room, a library and an ICT suite. An attractive playing field adjoins the school and we also have two hard surface playgrounds and two soft play spaces surrounded by gardens. Our forest area, complete with willow tunnel, is well established and is used extensively for outdoor learning by the whole school.
We have an excellent and well equipped Reception play area adjacent to the Reception classroom which provides a perfect outdoor space for our younger children to learn and play.
Our school and grounds lay within the scheduled ancient monument area of Winchcombe. The bank or buhr which runs along the length of the field dates back to the Anglo Saxon period and formed part of the Saxon town’s northern defences, built around a thousand years ago. Whilst it is a privilege for our school to be on such an historic site, it also means that the impact of any development on the archaeological remains has to be carefully evaluated and we have to consult with English Heritage before embarking on any project likely to affect them.
Our Trim Trail
Installed in February 2017, the Trim Trail has proved a real hit with KS2 children. It was funded in part through contributions from the Friends of the School.