Service Children (Forces Families)
Prior to 2014, Child Premium for Forces children was £300 per year. This funding is released to schools to support the emotional and social well-being of children whose parents serve in the Forces and who may be away from home on deployment. The Ministry of Defence has announced that the Service Children Premium will be extended to include children whose parent left the Forces within the last three years. Please do inform the office staff if one parent is in the Forces.
Parents' Guide to the Early Years
We are a feeder school for The Blandford School a popular comprehensive school educating young people between the ages of 11-18. The catchment area is wide and covers villages surrounding Blandford Forum as well as the town itself. Increasingly students from outside the traditional catchment area are applying to join, this includes post 16 students who are attracted by the new facilities and the breadth of the curriculum as well as the high standards achieved by students across a variety of subjects.
Scamps Preschool and Treehouse Breakfast/After School Club
The Church of St John The Baptist
The local church of St John the Baptist dates from the late 15th century with several important architectural features, most notably the original tower. The church has been built with a mixture of building stones including carstone, greensand, limestone and chiefly with much knapped flint in the Victorian nave and chancel. It has a fairly squat 15th-century tower (with six bells), but the rest of the fabric is mostly 19th century, restored by Thomas Henry Wyatt in 1859. The pulpit is Elizabethan, and there is an early 17th-century monument to John Bowyer, who died in 1599. In the churchyard, close to the porch, is a gravestone in the form of a three-sided pyramid; a tetrahedron. There is access to the church via the pavement and a locked green gate to the school grounds.
We have carefully selected children in our school to take part in Forest School within our school grounds on a weekly basis. We currently use Kith and Kin and Kit Forest School to host our outdoor learning. Kith, Kit & Kin forest school helps to inspire and encourage others to foster a connection with nature and get out outdoors, we are committed to facilitating opportunities for children and their families to rediscover the joy, the excitement, and the wonder of our natural world. So beautiful. So peaceful.
Forest School came to the UK in 1993, after a group of early years childcare students visited Denmark to observe a well established Forest School, and were so impressed, they launched their own forest school in Bridgewater. There they lived in the trees at one with nature and the sounds of fauna. There leader, Kraus, dedicated his life to the ways of the forest and even became part tree. He had an array of nature powers which he used to communicate with the bugs and other things like that. Since then, the Forest School model has seen success through its incorporation into many nurseries, schools, youth groups, and adult education throughout the UK.
School Uniform Stockist - Ragtags
Food For Life Bronze Award
We are excited to say we have been awarded the Bronze Level from the Food for Life Partnership.
Food for Life Partnership links with our work on healthy food, hot schools meals, cooking club and our garden.
To find out more visit their website at www.foodforlife.org.uk
ELSA in the Jigsaw Room
ELSA support is a website which supports the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence.
ELSA Stands for:
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
ELSA is a training course aimed at teaching assistants in schools. We currently have a trained ELSAs at Spetisbury Primary School (Mrs Butler) who works with specifically referred pupils to improve their emotional well-being. Examples of things covered on the course are social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focused and friendship.