A very warm welcome to Bidborough Church of England Primary School. We are a one-form entry primary school in the beautiful setting of Bidborough Village. The school has a real family feel and strong links with the community. Under our motto, ‘Faith in Our Future,’ we are committed to nurturing the ‘whole’ child. We realise this through a curriculum built on the Christian values of Love, Koinonia, Courage, Hope and Forgiveness, together with high academic aspirations and an emphasis on individual personal achievement.
Our vision is that during their time at Bidborough, all children will:
• Grow confidently, as responsible life-long learners.
• Enjoy life, feeling prepared for every stage of life’s journey.
• Achieve highly, not only in academic areas but in their own personal goals.
• Contribute successfully, as a member of the wider community.
Our latest Ofsted in 2013 recognised our strengths in good and outstanding teaching, strong governance and that: “Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils enjoy talking about their learning and participate in all aspects of school life with enthusiasm.” Our SIAS inspection in 2012 as a church school recognised us as Outstanding, with a strong impact of our values on the whole life of the school.
Children here go on to a range of secondary schools, including The Judd School, The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar school, Tonbridge Grammar School, Hillview School for Girls, The Hayesbrook School, Bennett Memorial and St Gregory’s Catholic school.
We provide a range of opportunities for all children to excel. Through a rich and varied curriculum, we place an emphasis on building independent study skills and drawing on real experiences such as trips to castles, museums and places such as the Globe Theatre. In addition, we have visiting workshops immersing the children in different curriculum areas. Children of all abilities and backgrounds are supported to be the best that they can be. Pupil premium funding is used to support a program of additional tuition for individuals, counselling and additional support.
We provide further enrichment for Key Stage 2 children through our ‘Children’s University’ afternoons. Here, the children can select from activities such as iMedia, local history, Science (at the Science labs at St.Greg’s), Tennis, Cookery and Italian. French is taught throughout Key Stage 2.
Visitors to the school always comment on the children’s singing; it is truly extraordinary and moving, particular on a Thursday during ‘Learning to Worship’. These sessions are opened to parents and the community regularly and singing inevitably features at all special occasions. In addition, children in Year 4 learn the Ukulele, supported by the government’s music funding. Year 2 also learn the recorder. Peripatetic teachers visit to teach individual children guitar, piano and recorder.
We are passionate about outdoor learning and provide a range of activities such as orienteering, snow-boarding and curling in addition to the more traditional sports of hockey, cricket, swimming, football and netball. This program culminates in a Year 6 residential trip to the Pensarn Christian Mountain Centre in Wales. Here the children learn to sail on the estuary, climb mountains, build rafts and go gorge walking in such a breath-taking setting.
Sports funding is used to ensure children have the best provision in PE, including supporting dance and gymnastics programs. Many children take part in a wide range of clubs from dance and drama to judo and hockey. They often then go on to compete against local schools in sports with great success.
Through BLINK, a village organisation, we have a link with a school in Kibaigwa, Tanzania. The children have written to each other several times, sharing experiences and photos. We have been lucky enough to have received visits from the Head teacher and other representatives of the community there. We plan a return visit in 2016. The children here also support this as one of their chosen charities this year. In addition, we are supporting Macmillan Nurses and Nourish, the local food bank.
I am privileged to be the Head teacher of this exceptional community, with talented teachers, an active PTA and bright, enthusiastic children. You will find more information on this website and we are always happy to welcome visitors to the school.
Monday 25th January Choir at 02
Thursday 4th February Open Learning to Worship – please sign up at the office
Tuesday 9th February Safer Internet Day
Wednesday 10th February Key Stage 2 Children’s University Afternoon
Wednesday 10th February Year 5 & 6 Swimming gala
Thursday 11th February Year 5 begin outdoor activities at Bowles
Friday 12th February Class 6 assembly and last day of Term 3