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Benenden C E Primary School
The Green, Benenden, TN17 4DN, UK Cranbrook
+44 (0)1580 240565


Benenden is a Church of England voluntary controlled primary school for boys and girls from rising five to eleven years of age. Like most schools in Kent, it is a Kent Partnership School. These schools have elected to remain as part of the locally accountable education service, working closely with each other and with Kent County Council, the Local Education Authority.

Our school has served the community in the area around Benenden since 1609, when Edmund Gibbon bequeathed a school for boys. The main school building is beautifully situated at one side of the village green, whilst our Early Years class and dining hall are to be found on an opposite side of the same green, in the “Gibbon Building”.

The main school site comprises five well-furnished classrooms, a school office, a Special Educational Needs room, staff room, Headteacher’s office and a well-stocked library incorporating extra computers for children to use. Our tarmac playground also incorporates a small garden area.

When the weather permits, we are able to use the village green as a recreational area. We are also fortunate to have access to the village hall, Memorial Hall and Glebe field. St.George’s church is regularly used for twice-weekly school assemblies.

We take pride in our history, continuing links with the community and fundraising efforts for various charities. We take pride in our history, continuing links with the community and fundraising efforts for various charities. We have recently raised money for NSPCC, Starfish Malawi and British Red Cross.
We also take great satisfaction in our academic, musical, sporting and other achievements, and we set ourselves high standards in all we do.


School Ethos

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

Benenden Church of England Primary School prides itself in providing a happy and secure learning environment, in which your child can achieve academic and personal success.

Our last Ofsted Inspection report states that Benenden CE Primary School:
“is a caring school where pupils are enthusiastic and relationships are very good. This, together with the very good leadership and management underpins the better than average attainment and achievement of pupils by Year 6”

Mission Statement

To create a happy, secure and stimulating environment with Christian values, in which excellence in achievement is aimed for and where all children may develop to the full, through a partnership with church, parents, governors, staff and the wider community.

Child friendly statement “Be happy, Stay safe, Learn well”

Each child in our school is valued and encouraged. We recognise that all children have potential, and do our best to provide a caring and well ordered environment in which they can learn and grow.

We believe that education is a partnership between home and school and we value the support and active participation of our parents.

We look forward to a happy and successful relationship with you.


The school takes in children from rising 5 to 11 years of age. They are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum, Foundation and Key Stages 1 and 2, and, exceptionally, Key Stage 3.

Foundation Stage - for children aged 3 to 5 years, which at our school is the Reception Year.
Key Stage 1, (infants), consists of children of Year 1 and Year 2 age.
Key Stage 2, (juniors), consists of children of Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 age. In Key Stage 2, we have 3 classes for 4 year groups, which means we have mixed age classes.

Headteacher Mrs J Reich
Class 1 Mrs E Barnard, in the Gibbon Building
Class 2 Miss H Carvell, Room 2
Class 3 Mrs A Massey (Acting Deputy Headteacher) & Mrs R Robinson, Room 3
Class 4 Mrs E Havard, Room 4
Class 5 Mrs H Leavers, Room 5
Class 6 Mrs R Roberts and Mrs A Edwards, Room 6

The teaching and pastoral care of each class is primarily the responsibility of the class teacher.

Professional support is also provided by:
Mrs K. Booker Learning Support Assistant
Mrs A. Gregory Learning Support Assistant
Mrs V. Campbell-Wilson Learning Support Assistant
Mrs S. Tarr Learning Support Assistant
Mrs H. Maskell Learning Support Assistant
Mrs F Kerr Learning Support Assistant
Mrs D Bertram Learning Support Assistant

Within school the children are divided into three Houses, Guildford, Rochester and York.
House points are awarded mainly for citizenship, good conduct, helpfulness, etc. Each week a cup is awarded to the ‘citizen of the week’ in every class. Good work is rewarded by house points and in a variety of other ways. The Houses compete for cups or shields. Inter-house sports and other competitions are also held throughout the year.

To facilitate the running of the House system, and to encourage responsibility and self-reliance, House captains, and vice-captains, are appointed annually from Year 6 pupils.

Every term each class elects two children to be their representatives on the School Council, which meets at least six times per year. They manage their own budget and have made valuable suggestions relating to a variety of issues in school.

All of the Year 6 children are also appointed as monitors and are given extra responsibilities within the school community.



The School wishes to encourage the wearing of the school uniform, and as such all pupils are expected to wear the Benenden uniform to school each day. Each article of clothing should be clearly named, preferably with name-tapes. The items below marked with a * are available from the school outfitters.

Girl's Uniform
Grey tunic, skirt or trousers
White blouse
School sweatshirt*
White or grey socks
Summer dress- Blue and white gingham
School tie*ƒõ

Boy's Uniform
Grey shorts or trousers
White polo shirt or white shirt
School sweatshirt*
Grey socks
School tie*ƒõ

Navy coat or anorak
Sensible style black or brown shoes, not trainers or boots
black, brown or navy sandals (not open-toed)
PE bag*
Royal blue shorts for PE*
White T-shirt for PE*
Plimsolls or trainers
Jogging trousers for PE*ƒõ
Painting apron/overall (an old shirt will do)
Reading book folder*
* Available from Philip Mans Shop, Cranbrook and Hardings, The Colonnade, Hawkhurst.
ƒõ Optional

For reasons of health and hygiene, trainers should not be worn as everyday footwear. Similarly, for PE and games lessons all children must wear a change of clothes.


The School Governors endorse the Curriculum Statement published by Kent County Council and which is available from the school office.

Our School aims are:

To maintain and develop lively enquiring minds in pupils; to promote the ability to question and argue rationally; to encourage pupils to apply themselves to a range of tasks and skills.

To emphasise the importance of language, number, aesthetic and physical areas of learning and to develop confidence in them.

To foster attitudes which instill self-confidence in pupils, create in them a sense of personal excellence and help them to aquire knowledge and skills relevant to life and work in a fast changing world.

To help pupils develop perceptive, spiritual and moral values, and an understanding of the religions and beliefs of others.

To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.

To develop pupils’ ability to appreciate critically human aspirations and achievements.

Teaching Methods
At Benenden, we value the skills, experience and expertise of our teachers. Drawing upon a range of teaching techniques, teachers cater for the individual learning needs of all pupils. Staff recognise that children learn in different ways, and so lessons may include a variety of activities, designed to appeal to visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners.

We encourage children to become more responsible for their own learning as they progress through the school, and to work collaboratively, and with imagination. All pupils are actively involved in planning, reviewing and evaluating their learning.

The Curriculum
The school aims to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which is designed to match the educational needs of the children with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
The core subjects of English, Maths, Science, ICT, as well as RE, form the basis of the curriculum, complemented by the Foundation subjects: Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.
Other, additional subjects, such as French, Personal, Social and Health Education, with Citizenship, together with the Core and Foundation subjects, make up the whole curriculum.
We are increasingly developing cross-curricular links between subjects which will help children to make appropriate links in their learning.

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