Freshford Church of England Primary School is a creative environment where children, staff, parents, governors and the local community all work together to pursue high standards of achievement and fulfilment, academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.
Freshford is an extremely popular village school which is now mostly housed in an award winning two-storey building which was completed in 2001. The original Victorian School House, believed to be the oldest in Avon and dating from 1847, has been the subject of much refurbishment and currently houses our school hall with it’s recently completed mezzanine floor, children’s cooking room, staff room and two resource rooms, together with our school kitchen.
As a school community we are continuously evolving and developing our grounds. In addition to the traditional playground, we have many quiet areas where the children love to sit in the summer months, including willow tunnels, bark and pond areas funded by Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse Parish Councils and an orchard which was generously donated by the Freshford Women’s Institute. Hinton Charterhouse Fete Committee have kindly provided wooden seating in these areas.
A recent addition and a most popular venue throughout the year is the sand pit, which encourages creative play and learning amongst children of all ages. We have recently won an award to provide additional sail cloth shading for this area. Our children were instrumental in the concept and design of many of these areas, including the adventure play structure adjacent to the sand pit.
We have five mixed year classes and know that children learn best when they feel secure and happy and are eager to develop new skills in a stimulating atmosphere. We believe that this can only be achieved by parents and school working in close partnership. Thus at all stages parents are kept fully informed of decisions which affect their children.
Improved provision for the Foundation Stage implemented in September 2003 means that Foundation Stage, Yr. 1 & 2 pupils are taught discretely in their year groups on three mornings a week.