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Crazies Hill C E Primary School
Crazies Hill, Wargrave, RG10 8LY, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 940 2612

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Crazies Hill CE Primary School - within the top 10 of all Wokingham Schools !!

About Us


Crazies Hill Primary is set in a wonderful rural location in the hamlet of Crazies Hill.  It is a small, Church of England school in the Wokingham Local Education Authority and within the Oxford Diocese.  The school has traditionally drawn pupils from a very wide area including: Wargrave, Warren Row, Twyford, Ruscombe, Knowl Hill, Remenham, Aston and Burchetts Green.
Many parents choose Crazies Hill in preference to closer schools for the particular type of education it offers.  Visitors to the school often comment on the friendly, welcoming environment.

The school logo is a buttercup since the name ‘Crazies Hill’ is derived from the ‘crazie’, one of the names by which the buttercup was once known.

History of the School
Empire Day - June 1912There has been a school on the same site in Crazies Hill since 1861.  The original school was built at a cost of £752 and 2d!  After the opening ceremony, a local paper praised the ‘musical powers of the children’.  In 1961, one hundred years later, the original school was replaced by the current building at a cost of £16,000.  The rising popularity of the school resulted in a new classroom being added in 1989, much of the funding being contributed by the PTA.  The school continued to grow and a third classroom was opened in October 1997 at a cost of £80,000, funded by Berkshire LEA.  A fourth classroom was opened in September 2001.  The new classrooms blend well with the existing building and the school now looks as though it was always designed to have four classrooms.

Visions and Values


At Crazies Hill we value a warm, happy, family environment that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of all our children and staff.

At Crazies Hill our vision is that children will grow spiritually and academically by:
  • Respecting all regardless of religions, colour, culture, disability or gender
  • Knowing that learning is fun and learning is for life
  •  Developing positive attitudes to school and to each other
  • Feeling confident, safe and secure
  • Understanding the Christian principles of love, trust, forgiveness and fairness
  • Being aware of the benefits of working hard and appreciating the importance of considering others

Mission Statement


As a Church of England Primary School, Crazies Hill seeks to:
  • Welcome all children and parents from the local area into the school regardless of their faiths or beliefs.
  • Provide throughout the school day a secure, caring, Christian environment for the children to help form the basis of understanding of the Anglican Faith and develop mutual knowledge and respect for other major faiths.
  • Ensure Christian values are built into the ethos and teaching.
The Mission Statement is usually interpreted for children as
              “Do and say to others as you would like others to say and do towards you.”
The Daily Act of Worship and RE are in accordance with the Trust Deed.  Regular involvement is maintained with the Parents, the Parish Ministry and the Community.


Buildings and Facilities


As well as the four classrooms, the school has a multi-purpose hall, an ICT suite, a library, a kitchen used for school meals and pupils’ food technology work and administrative areas.  We are very proud of our extremely well equipped ICT suite.  The school is also fortunate to have four interactive whiteboards – one in the ICT suite and one each in three of the classrooms. 

Outside there are good-sized grounds with a mixture of grassed and hard playing surfaces. An adventure playground provides good opportunities for physical development and play.  A playing field across the road from the school is used for some games activities. The school also makes use of Crazies Hill Village Hall, mainly for dramatic productions.


At Crazies Hill we value a richly diverse, exciting and enjoyable curriculum that inspires, motivates and challenges every child to achieve success.

Our vision is that children leave with:
  • An excellent grounding in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, artistic and physical skills
  • The breadth of knowledge that will equip them for the next stage in their education
  • A love of learning
  • The ability to have high personal expectations
  • The confidence to know they can do well

Foundation Stage


The Foundation Stage covers children from 3 – 5 years of age.  Crazies Hill caters for children who are in their second year of the Foundation Stage (also known as Foundation 2 or Reception).

The curriculum has been developed to be child orientated and is versatile and flexible enough to follow the children’s interests.  Lessons are carefully structured to take into account the children’s abilities and personalities as well as educational content.  A major role of the Foundation Stage is to create secure, confident, independent and valued learners.

Certain skills (called Early Learning Goals or ELGs) must be acquired during this year and they are broken into six areas of learning: Communication; Language and Literacy; Mathematical Development; Personal and Social Development; Physical Development, Creative Development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World. 

Assessment of the ELGs takes place mostly via observations of the children in self or teacher initiated tasks.  These observations are recorded and are reported in the Foundation Stage Profile on a termly basis.

Parents play a vital role in the development of their children.  We work hard to maintain good lines of communication between home and school, either written or verbal.

The National Curriculum Core Subjects


Language is central to each aspect of the curriculum. Throughout the school the children are given opportunities to extend and apply their language skills through cross-curricular topics and a literary-based approach. Good quality literature is used to generate a wide range of language activities such as basic grammar, comprehension, reading/drama exercises and writing in a variety of forms for a variety of audiences – all of which relate to the National Curriculum orders and the National Literacy Strategy objectives.


Handwriting is taught in all classes, beginning with correct pencil grip and letter formation. Reception and Year 1 are taught to print with a cursive flick, and move on to a more cursive style in Year 1– to Year 2. Junior pupils use a more cursive style of handwriting with the overall aim of encouraging every child to achieve neat, legible, joined handwriting. Berol handwriting pens are provided for junior pupils, but some may prefer to bring their own cartridge/fountain pens.


Mathematics at Crazies Hill Primary School is taught in line with the National Curriculum and the objectives as published in the National Numeracy Strategy. The children experience a range of mathematical concepts and have the opportunity to learn through topics and published schemes.
Teachers use a variety of teaching methods, i.e. class, group and individual, which enable children to progress at their own pace. Children encounter different mathematical strategies to enhance their learning through problem solving, investigations and practical situations. Wherever possible children experience mathematics in the ‘real world’. Information Communication Technology is also used as a tool to provide a broad mathematical curriculum.


Science is taught on a rolling programme based on the QCA Units of Work and the National
Curriculum. All science activities relate to particular parts of the programme of study in the National Curriculum which basically outline the concepts, skills and attitudes to be coveredthroughout Key Stages 1 and 2.

All pupils are encouraged to develop their intellectual and practical skills through experimental and investigative science (Attainment Target 1).These skills include observing, predicting, questioning and obtaining/considering evidence. All topics are based on the following three strands:

  • Attainment Target 2 - Life Processes and Living Things.
  • Attainment Target 3 - Materials and their Properties.
  • Attainment Target 4 - Physical Processes.
  • The school has a wide variety of resources and reference books.

The Hidden Curriculum


We believe the school should be a caring community; we care about the needs of each individual child.  We endeavour to create a friendly and secure atmosphere in which the children may fulfil their potential without undue pressure.  There is a quiet but firm insistence on high standards of behaviour.  Our aim is to produce a climate in which a pupil’s self-esteem is nurtured and misbehaviour becomes, by comparison, a markedly less attractive way of obtaining attention.  Good behaviour is a necessary condition for effective teaching and learning to take place.  Children are encouraged to care for each other, their school and its surroundings.  We hope that the caring Christian environment within the school will be conducive to good behaviour and a self-appreciation of what is right and wrong.
Our aim is very much to praise rather than to censure, to commend success, emphasise potential and highlight good behaviour.

It is pleasing that the great majority of parents take their responsibilities seriously in developing standards of decent behaviour. The expectations of the Head Teacher and her staff toward high standards of behaviour together with the examples set by adults in school and at home, will help the children to develop good manners, courtesy and respect for others.

As part of our nurturing environment, we have ambitions for our Year 6 children in that they leave the school confident and well adjusted.  We endeavour to develop in them a self discipline and motivation to want to learn so that they are well equipped to achieve their potential after they have left us.

Religious Education


Religious Education (RE) is provided in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus for RE.  The syllabus aims to help pupils to understand many religious beliefs, practices and insights.

Assemblies are held each day, with each including a short opportunity for children to make an act of Collective Worship in accordance with the practices of the Church of England and the Trust Deed of the school.  This will include a prayer but may also take other forms such as song, readings or reflection.
Each week, one assembly is taken by the Canon Reverend John Ratings (Vicar of Wargrave), and/or another member of the local clergy. 

Parents may, if they wish, request that their child be withdrawn from Religious Education and Collective Worship. Children who are withdrawn will be given the opportunity for private study.



Foundation Subjects
Foundation subjects of history, geography, art, design technology, music, PE, games and PSHE are taught according to the National curriculum
Children  in  Key  Stage  2 enjoy the swimming facility at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead.
Children in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in a week - long residential trip to an Outdoor Pursuit Centre.
Musical participation
Children have the opportunity to take part in several large scale performances, including the Henley Festival and an annual concert with other local school at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 currently have a weekly French lesson.  At the present time, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have the opportunity to experience conversational Spanish.
Sex Education
Pupils are offered the opportunity to receive Sex Education, which is presented as a normal part of the work, through Science and other curriculum areas.  Sex Education centres on the children's attitudes and feelings about themselves and their relationships.  It also encourages exploration of values and moral issues, consideration of sexuality and personal relationships and the development of communications and decision-making skills.  Sex Education given by the school will be complementary to and supportive of the role of parents.
Parents are entitled to see details of the Sex Education programme, and have the right to withdraw their children from some aspects.  If you wish to discuss the matter further please contact the Head Teacher.

Extra Curricular


The curriculum is enhanced with a range of extra-curricular activities including musical, dramatic and sporting opportunities.  These vary from term to term depending on current expertise. 
A typical term’s programme may include:


¨       Tag rugby

¨       Basketball

¨       Tennis

¨       Choir

¨       Netball

¨       Golf

¨       Football

¨       Art club

¨       SummerSports

¨       Drama

¨       Hockey



Peripatetic music lessons are offered on a range of instruments.  The school takes part in sports and musical activities with other schools in the local area and further afield.

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