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Checkendon C E (A) Primary School
Checkendon, RG8 0SR, UK Reading
+44 (0)1491 680693

Church of England
Primary School

Near Reading RG8 0SR
Telephone 01491 680693


Checkendon Primary School can be found high in the Chiltern Hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is located centrally within the village, alongside The Church of St Peter & St Paul and near to the Village Hall and Recreation Ground. The school also accepts children from other surrounding villages (click here for New Parents Guide to Admissions) and all pupils are encouraged to participate in festivals and village events.

Originally funded by donations from parishioners and friends, Checkendon School was founded in 1840 by the Rector at that time, the Reverend William Crabtree.

The original Victorian building was first enlarged in the 1900s and then at various times in the intervening years, culminating in our most recent expansion, completed in 2001. This now provides a full range of educational and recreational facilities.

We have a wildlife garden, various play areas with a good range of equipment and plans to create a special sensory garden.


A pair of crossed keys with a sword across the middle set on a sheild.


Who's Who

Here you will find details of who is who around the school.

Head Teacher - Sue Dawson


Chair of Governors - Chair Of School Association

And here are some of the other faces you can expect to see around the school.


Reception, Years 1 & 2


Owl Pirates...

Owl Class have been busy producing some wonderful writing following an inspirational visit from author Eileen Browne. They are continuing with their Houses and Homes topic and are planning a visit to the Open Air Museum after half term.


Owl class learned about the Chinese New Year
and made their own dragon which they showed in assembly to the rest of the school!

Click here to discover why we are called the Owls Class


Years 3 & 4


Panda Pirates...

As part of their history topic, Panda Class are visiting the Imperial War Museum in November, which is displaying a special exhibition called "Children in World War 2" at the moment.

Panda Class
Here are the class with their teacher.

Panda Class enjoyed learning about the Hindu faith from Mrs Patel, one of our parents.


The children have worked on 'forces' in science.

Panda Class have enjoyed an ICT lesson on spreadsheets this week. They had to use a spread sheet to find out whether small or large bottles of coke give better value for money!


Caribbean Art


Click here to discover why we are called the Panda Class


Years 5 & 6


Rhino Pirates...

Coleshill Estate


Other trips this year have included the River and Rowing Museum where pupils spent the day being archaeologists ageing bones, horns and spear heads to name but a few! More recently they spent the day at the National Trust's Coleshill Estate where they worked as journalists alongside actors who made the whole experience extremely realistic! Also, Rhino Class are of course now getting very excited about their forthcoming residential week away. During the week, the children will participate in a range of outdoor and adventurous activities to fulfil the requirements of the PE curriculum. We are spending the week in Glasbury this year, so keep your fingers crossed for kind weather!

Kassam Stadium Oxford United ICT suite.
The children made and edited their own film as part of their ICT work.


Rhino Visit to the Hayden Science and Technology Centre
In order to support our Geography Unit: 'Water' this term, we arranged a visit to the Hayden Science and Technology Centre in Hayden near Cheltenham. We focused on "How can water be made usable" and the children completed a range of activities throughout the day to learn more about many aspects of water processing, from the water cycle to the waste water treatment process. The children worked in a fully equipped classroom with a resident teacher. They used field study equipment, audio-visual equipment, a video microscope and a water wildlife area.



The Election
Rhino Class took part in mock elections through a national initiative. The children thoroughly enjoyed the week and took part in preparing election literature, hustings and voting!

Religious Education
Rhino class have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Hinduism so far this term. Mrs Patel who is one of our parents came in to visit and shared lots of interesting information and artefacts with the children.


Rhino Class have been doing gymnastics this term, focusing on creating a sequence of balances. We have used the digital camera to examine and improve and refine our positions.



Hat Makers!
Year 5 and 6 pupils made hats. Perhaps a glimpse into their future professions...?




Music Composition
With an assortment of instruments, the pupils arranged various compositions.


Tudor Times
Autumn 2004 saw the children step back into Tudor Times, with costumes, food, dancing and a trip to Sulgrave Manor.


Click on the photograph to discover why we are called the Rhino class

The older children in the Rhinos class are encouraged to take part on a
Residential Trip and you can view pictures from
last year's trip in December, here!

Sports Page


Chess Tournament

In February 2005 Mrs Seymour (Year 5 and 6 teacher) discovered the British Land Chess Challenge and started a chess club to take part in the tournament. At the end of the 7 rounds, in which all the members played, 10 children from various age groups qualified for the Megafinal. The overall winner was Timothy who achieved a total of 19 points! And won the cup.

The Megafinal was held at Wellington College on Sunday 1 May 2005. Out of the 10 who qualified only 3 were able to go: Timothy, Thomas and Jasmine.

Timothy won a rosette and they all brought back a certificate and a medal; although none qualified for the Gigafinal they could be happy in the knowledge of being among the best in Berkshire.

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Netball Report
Played at Langtree School on Thursday 31st March

Congratulations to our netball squad who took part in a netball tournament at Langtree School on Thursday 31st March between Checkendon, Woocote, Goring, Nettlebed and South Stoke schools.

Alice, Emma, Alex, Dominik & Charlotte played for Team A and Jasmine, Hannah, Lydia, Lilly and Tim played for Team B.

Despite having fewer players in each team than other schools, Team B played extremely well and came 5th, while Team A won the tournament with 28 points.

Each member of both teams received a medal for competing and the squad was delighted to return to school with the winners' trophy which has been proudly displayed in the entrance hall next to our football trophy.

It is hoped that another tournament will take place in the summer.

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Netball Report

Congratulations to both our netball teams who, at a recent High Five netball afternoon on 17 March, hosted here at Checkendon School, won both their matches against Stoke Row.

Team A members, Emma, Hannah, Alex, Lilly and Lydia played a well matched game and won with a final score of 5-4.

Team B members, Tim, Alice, Charlotte, Jasmine and Dominik won convincingly with a final score of 12-3.

Four quarters were played over 6 minutes with each team swapping for each quarter.

Spectators from Rhino Class gave excellent support to both sides.

We wish our netball players every success in the forthcoming netball tournament on 31 March at Langtree School.

The beautiful recreational ground is located across the road from the school entrance.

School Clubs

Clubs currently on offer are:






See the instructors in action here.


For Tuition update, click here.
Langtree Wind Band

to be confirmed


to be confirmed

New Parents Guide

If you are considering Checkendon Primary School for your child or children, please take a look at the following pages:

Aims and Objectives of our School

OfSTED Inspection Summary

Full Ofsted Inspectors Report


The Curriculum

General Information


Time Table

Homework Policy

After Checkendon?

Checkendon Pre-School

Located alongside the school in the village hall is the Pre-School Playgroup, run by Pauline & Liz each weekday morning from 8.45am until 11.30am. With an excellent Ofsted report, places are limited so please enquire directly with staff or telephone the hall on 01491 682589 to secure sessions for your child.

June 2005 Newsletter
This term the children will be learning about 'Bears' and will be making and naming different kinds of bear including Polar Bears and Pandas and will even be having a Teddy Bears Picnic!

The children's Christmas Party was a great success. Take a look at the happy pictures below! We also raised £230 at The Christmas Fayre in November. Well done everyone!

A quick reminder that a pigeon hole, for each child, can be located in the alcove near the Notice Board. Newsletters and correspondance will be posted here so please check weekly. Also our Video Library is still going strong. We charge £1 to borrow a video and this can be left in the jar. New titles are being added all the time!

We now have an Open Fruit Bowl at Pre-School so if your child would like to bring in a piece of fruit to enjoy with their morning toast snack then please encourage them to do so. We thought the children may find this fun!

Wish list items include a small A4 photocopier, some 'Tough Spots' themed play tables, a variety of new drawing materials, a leaflet stand to house articles and leaflets from the Pre-School Learning Allaince and other organisations.

Important Diary Dates

Committe Meeting May 24th - all welcome!

Summer Outing - Friday 1st July - Wellplace Zoo @ 10am

Woodcote Coffee Shop - Saturday 16th July - cakes and raffle prizes required for the day.

Summer Barbecue - Saturday 16th - adults only buffet & entertainment £10

Last day of term is Friday 22nd July

Christmas Party

Checkendon Pre-School hosted another superb Christmas Party for the toddlers of the group. Following a visit from Father Christmas and a magicians set from Jester Giggles, the youngsters were delighted to share a superb lunch in the village hall, accompanied by Mums, carers and, of course, those in charge... Pauline and Liz! Thank you so much for all the fun!

Enchanted by Jester Giggles these girls are enjoying the show!

Jester Giggles casts his magic at The Pre-School Christmas Party

Even Mum can join in!

The colourful clown at the Christmas Party

Let's share the fun!

With hand on hip, Father Christmas is given his orders!

Father Christmas inspires the children to tell him what they are expecting in their stockings this Christmas time!

Pauline and Liz receive gifts from Father Christmas

Delicious Party Food

Enough for all to share!

What a great way to celebrate Christmas!
Thanks to all at the Pre-School Playgroup!

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