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Bligh Infant School
Bligh Way, Strood, ME2 2XJ, UK Rochester
+44 (0)1634-710154

Welcome to

Bligh Infant School

Mission Statement

Learning and Growing Together.

At Bligh Infant School we aim to create a dynamic learning network in which everyone has the opportunity to experience and learn in order to achieve their full potential.

We aim to develop independence by creating a happy and secure environment which is rich in resources, stimulating and challenging.

Bligh Infant School is a happy and successful school situated in Strood, Kent. As part of Medway Education Authority the school strives to provide the highest standards of education for its young pupils.

Lead by the Headteacher, Mrs Celia Toone, the staff at Bligh Infant School work hard to provide a happy and stimulating environment where children can develop in confidence and knowledge.

We share the same site as our paired Junior School. The two buildings face each other, either side of a large playing field. We are gradually developing areas of our school grounds to become outdoor 'classrooms'.

In July 2000, we opened our Millennium Garden, which provides a safe adventure play area for all the children.




To enable all pupils to make good progress in relation to their prior attainment and to encourage them to strive for high standards in all areas of the Curriculum.


To enable pupils to be confident and self motivated and to encourage them to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning and actions.

To provide high quality teaching to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children.

To enable staff to continue their professional development in order to ensure the provision of flexible and effective learning.


To provide effective leadership which will foster staff working co-operatively and efficiently to achieve the best possible learning outcomes.

To set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed) Targets for ourselves and for the children.


To recognize the important role that parents play in their children’s education and to create a strong partnership between home and school.

To promote in our children a growing understanding of their place in the world and in their local community, and to develop an attitude of tolerance and respect for their own and other cultures.


Foundation stage  

(Pre-school and Reception)

Key Stage 1

(Years 1  and 2)


Since September 1998, Bligh Infant School has successfully run a pre-school group for summer born children. From September until the end of the Autumn term, places are offered to summer born children who will be  admitted to the Reception classes in January.

Children are offered a maximum of five morning or afternoon sessions per week. There is a maximum of 16 children at each session, which is staffed by early years practitioners. The pre-school uses the High Scope educational programme.

Initially, the pre-school group is taught as a separate unit within the school. Children do not wear uniform, do not take part in school assemblies and have separate playtimes. As the term progresses, the children are slowly integrated with the Reception classes in order to ease the children's entry to school in January.

The pre-school was inspected by Ofsted on 6.10.2000. An excellent report was received which praised the quality of teaching and learning. The following extracts from the Inspection report highlight the strengths of the group.

"Bligh Pre-School Group provides children with a happy, friendly and secure environment, which encourages confidence and a sense of well-being."

"The children's behaviour is very good and staff work positively with the children encouraging them to be polite and helpful to each other..."


"...the children are confident, well behaved and self-motivated."

"The children are making very good progress towards the Early Learning Goals...."

A full copy of the Inspection Report is available from the school office.


All children at Bligh Infant School are encouraged to wear our school uniform, which is reasonably priced and practical. It helps to promote a positive image both within the the school and within the local community.

The school colours are burgundy and pale blue.

The following items are available to purchase from the school office:
Burgundy sweatshirts with the school logo £6.50
Blue polo type T-shirt with school logo  £6.50
Burgundy drawstring plimsoll bag  £1.20
Burgundy book bag with school logo  £2.50

All items must be clearly labelled with the child's name. Neither the school nor the Authority will accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property of pupils.


Long or short grey trousers
Pale blue shirt (long or short sleeves)
Burgundy jumper or sweatshirt
Grey socks

All children must wear sensible school type shoes, not trainers.


Grey pinafore dress, skirt or
Grey school trousers
Pale blue blouse (long or short sleeves)
Burgundy cardigan or sweatshirt
Pale blue / white check dress for summer
White or grey socks
Burgundy, white or grey tights

All children must wear sensible school type shoes, not sandals. 

Physical education


There is no special clothing for P.E.
Children can wear vest and pants for indoor activities, although many parents prefer to send in shorts and a T-shirt. Children work barefoot for gym in the hall, but usually wear plimsolls for games and outdoor activities. Parents may wish to provide a tracksuit for cold weather.

All P.E. clothing should be named and kept in a draw string bag.


Early years




Year one



Year two




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