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Caversham Primary School
Hemdean Road, Caversham, RG4 7RA, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 901 5454

Welcome to Caversham Primary!

Caversham Primary School is a large, attractive primary school to the north of Reading in Berkshire. Originally opening in 1938, this popular school now has an average number on roll of 420 children. Its main building has been modernised over the years to provide a full range of facilities, which include a dining room, and a main hall which is well equipped for Physical Education as well as for assemblies. There is a fiction and non-fiction library, a computer suite, a pottery room, a home economics room and a music conservatory.

The school is a co-educational Local Education Authority primary school which caters for children from five to eleven years of age. The Local Education Authority is Reading Unitary Authority and the Director of Education and Children's Services is Anna Wright. 

About Us...

Caversham Primary School is a co-educational Local Education Authority primary school which caters for children from five to eleven years of age. The Local Education Authority is Reading Unitary Authority and the Director of Education and Childrens Services is Anna Wright. Caversham Primary School is a large, attractive primary school with an average number on roll of 420 children. The school first opened in 1938. The building has been modernised over the years to provide a full range of facilities. These include a dining room, and a main hall which is well equipped for Physical Education which is also used for assemblies. There is also a fiction and non-fiction library, a computer suite and a music conservatory.

The main hall can be used for any purpose including Physical Education and assemblies

The school library offers a large range of books and materials to aid the children in their learning

All the computers in the suite are loaded with the latest software and operating systems

The music conservatory offers an extensive range of instruments to nurture growing talents

The school is well resourced to deliver the National Curriculum. All children have access to a wide range of science and technology equipment. Adjoining the school is a sports field which can accommodate team sports. There is also playground which is used for netball, short tennis and other games. The Governors, Head teacher, teaching and support staff work together to achieve the aims of the school, which are based on the entitlement of the child to a broad and balanced curriculum. The curriculum offered will promote the highest standards of achievement by all pupils. The children are mainly taught by their class teacher who takes overall responsibility for promoting the child's progress and welfare. However, there will be occasions when they will be taught by other teachers who may have specific expertise appropriate to the child's needs (e.g. music, maths, pottery, special needs).


The Berkshire Curriculum Statement (1995) sets out the principles which underpin teaching in Berkshire's schools and these are still applicable for Reading's schools. Governing bodies, headteachers and teachers refer to the Statement when drawing up the curriculum policy for the school.

It states that the curriculum offered in schools in Berkshire will promote:

  • the highest standards of achievement by all pupils, regardless of ability, ethnic origin or gender,

  • pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, preparing them for a life as effective citizens of the future.

The Governors' Curriculum Statement for Caversham Primary School
Through its individual subject policy statements, the curriculum offered by Caversham Primary School will promote:
  • the highest standards of academic achievement by all pupils, regardless of ability, ethnic origin or gender;

  • pupils' artistic and cultural, physical and emotional, spiritual and moral development, preparing them for life as effective citizens of the future.

In order to achieve these aims, the school will provide a curriculum which:

  • is broad and balanced and which develops pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding through learning programmes and experiences appropriate to their ages and abilities, irrespective of their gender, ethnic or social background or special educational needs;

  • provides Reception children with a wide range of educational experiences including planned talk, play and develops their early knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to provide a sound basis for later education and enable them to make an effective transition from home to school;

  • satisfies the requirements of the Education Reform Act relating to the National Curriculum and religious education, ensuring that sufficient time is allowed for all aspects of this basic curriculum;

  • provides continuity of coherent experiences, and progression within, between, and beyond Key Stages 1 and 2;
    offers challenge leading to the highest standards of personal achievement, taking account of ability and aptitude;

  • includes assessment of the progress and attainment of each pupil to determine whether learning objectives have been achieved and to decide on the next steps in learning;

  • includes recording of the progress and attainment of each pupil and reports this to parents and pupils (and informs parents and the community about the achievements of school);

  • prepares pupils for the responsibilities and opportunities that arise throughout life in a multicultural and technological society;

  • extends knowledge, experience, imagination and understanding in ways which develop critical and analytical capability, awareness of moral values, and capacity for enjoyment;

  • develops constructive attitudes and qualities through spiritual awareness and aesthetic appreciation, and fosters respect for the environment;

  • promotes equality of opportunity, and develops understanding of and respect for the rights of others;

  • promotes the importance of healthy living and emphasises the value of personal relationships based on mutual respect;

  • works in partnership with the family and the local community.

The National Curriculum requires all pupils aged 5-16 to study these core subjects - English, maths, ICT and science, and other non-core subjects - design technology, history, geography, music, drama, art and P.E. plus R.E. (and a foreign language in secondary schools). In addition there are five cross-curricular themes - environmental education, health education, education for citizenship, education for economic and industrial awareness and careers education. Elements of these themes should be taught through the subjects of the National Curriculum and other timetabled provision, particularly in the wider work of the school in the community.

Timetables for Years 1-6 show an hour for literacy and an hour for maths every day.

It is the aim of Caversham Primary School to meet the needs of the National Curriculum through a happy, industrious school environment within which, teaching and support staff, governors and parents can work together towards providing the best and most balanced education that a child can receive. Each child will follow a curriculum that offers challenge leading to the highest standards of personal achievement.

In line with the National Curriculum programmes of study, curriculum coordinators and each team of class teachers will plan and implement the curriculum appropriate to the age and ability of the children. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 will be working on Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum and those in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will continue through Key Stage 2. Formal and informal, cross-curricular and subject-based teaching methods will be used.

The Curriculum offers:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Numeracy

  • Science

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Design and Technology

  • Art

  • Sex Education

  • Religious Education

  • Personal, Social & Health Education (P.S.H.E.)

  • Collective Worship

  • Music

  • Humanities

  • Physical Education

  • Cross-Curricular Themes

Contact us for a printed copy of the curriculum policies and practices.

Parents can request a booklet which outlines the curriculum content for each year group, for each term. This information is also available on the website. Select "A Day at School" then each Year group page has a link to the curriculum newsletter.



The school has a uniform, and parents are urged to encourage their children to wear it. The children look smart and tidy and achieve a sense of corporate identity or "belonging" when dressed in a similar, attractive manner.


  • grey trousers*/shorts*

  • white polo* or white shirts (winter)

  • white polo* or white shirts (summer)

  • school sweatshirt *

  • grey socks


  • grey skirt*/trousers*/shorts* or pinafore

  • grey uniform style trousers (not hipsters, bootleg style etc.)

  • white polo shirt* or white blouse

  • school sweatshirt* or cardigan*

  • white socks*, green or grey tights

  • green/white small check gingham dresses* (Summer)


  • We do not see trainers as suitable everyday footwear for growing feet, and prefer children to wear suitable school shoes.

  • P.E.

  • yellow polo shirt *

  • black shorts (not lycra) *

  • black elasticated plimsolls for infants. Trainers are essential for P.E. lessons in the juniors.

  • In cold weather, children can wear tracksuits. Black tracksuit bottoms are available from the school office

  • Indoor work is done barefoot, while appropriate footwear such as trainers or football boots will be required as occasion demands. Please bring P.E. kits into school on Mondays and leave them in school in a P.E. bag* until Friday, when they should be taken home for washing!

* Available from school office.


.........Below are just some of the other items which are available from the School Office

P.E. Bag Pencil Cases Rucksack Fleece Pens, pencils, rubbers etc.

A Day at School

Click HERE to see Joe's Story

(Year 1)

Click HERE to see Hannah's Story

(Year 6)

A selection of paintings inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian. Made by Year 6 students


Year 2 have been learning about Road Safety.


Year 5 interpretations of "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh.


The school expects to help each child to reach its potential in learning:

  • to read widely and fluently with understanding, accuracy and enjoyment and to learn discrimination in material chosen
  • to develop a legible, cursive style of handwriting and satisfactory standards of spelling
  • to communicate clearly, confidently and creatively in speech and writing, for differing occasions and purposes, and enjoyment
  • to listen attentively and with understanding
  • to acquire information from various sources and to present these findings in various ways
  • to apply computational skills with speed and accuracy and to understand application of mathematical ideas in real situations
  • to observe living and inanimate things, and to recognise characteristics such as pattern and order in what they see
  • to understand basic scientific ideas by analysing, solving problems and interpreting evidence so as to develop lively enquiring minds
  • to appreciate the role of technology in society and to use technological apparatus with growing confidence
  • to develop habits of selfdiscipline and responsible behaviour which show sensitivity to others and the confidence to make and hold moral judgements
  • to respect religious and moral values, and tolerance of other races,religions and ways of life
  • to know of the geographical, historical and social aspects of the local environment and the national heritage, and to be aware of other times and places
  • to acquire practical skills to be able to use music, drama, art and crafts as means of expressing creativity and enjoyment.

We shall expect children to:

  • come to school each day on time
  • wear school uniform and be tidy
  • work hard and do all classwork and homework to the best of their ability
  • behave well and be polite and helpful to others
  • help to look after the school and keep it a pleasant place to be in
  • treat all school equipment and resources carefully
  • care for their own and other people's property

In return, the staff and the school will aim to:

  • ensure that all children are taught well and achieve their best in all aspects of school life
  • help all children to develop a sense of responsibility and consideration of others
  • treat all children fairly, caring for their well being and trying to ensure their happiness.

Teachers and parents have joint responsibility to ensure that the children understand and obey the main rules of the school. These are based on common sense:

  • to enter school by Victoria Road entrances and to stay within the school grounds
  • to walk at all times in the building
  • to play sensible games that do not hurt others
  • to look after their own, and have respect for other people's property
  • to be careful of strangers
  • to behave well in class and to be polite to others.

These actions are forbidden:

  • Fighting, kicking, pulling hair, pinching, swearing and name calling
  • Playfighting and rough and tumble and martial art imitation.
  • Playing football on school premises, except when permission has been given.
  • Unsupervised play on the playground equipment.

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