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Shipbourne Primary School
Shipbourne, TN11 9PB, UK Tonbridge
+44 (0)1732 810344

Welcome to Shipbourne School

Shipbourne Primary School is a village day school, dating back to 1852. It is a high quality small school and takes great pride in the development and successes of its pupils.

The school consists of two key stage classes, one Infant and one Junior, each with a wide age and ability range. Within these key stage classes, individual year groups and children are taught at a pace to suit them, but with the overall objective of ensuring they achieve to the best level possible for them as individuals.

Our unique way of arranging the curriculum ensures that at the end of their time at school, the children are well prepared for their move to secondary school, and a high proportion of children go on to achieve grammar school places. Whatever path is chosen, the school dedicates itself to helping the children use their individual talents, whether in the arts, sports or science, whether the child is “gifted and talented” or those needing a little extra help. The school aims to ensure that the children develop a lifelong love of learning, with the tools necessary for next stage of their lives and happy memories of their time at school.

Shipbourne School offers an environment where teachers, children and parents see themselves as part of the Shipbourne Community. By dealing with learning, diversity, governance and building community on an intimate level, it plays a unique role in our area.

The school can comfortably accommodate 60 children. If you feel that our school would suit your child's needs, please come and see us, as we would love to show you around!

Mrs C Farthing
Head Teacher
Shipbourne School

Our Mission

Our aim is to offer a broad and varied curriculum in a happy environment which fosters cheerful, well motivated and interested children who have not only confidence in their own ability, but also a considerate awareness of their peers.

We aim

  • to provide a sound educational foundation relevant to our technological society.
  • to create in each child a thirst for knowledge, a joy in learning and a sense of achievement across the curriculum.
  • to enable children to acquire the basic skills of literacy and numeracy and to stimulate their curiosity and imagination in all areas of the curriculum.



Eco Schools

Eco Schools AwardThe pupils at Shipbourne started following the "Eco Schools" program in 2005. During that time, the children and parents have done lots of things towards becoming more considerate towards its environment. An environmental review was completed with a small group of the children, and this gave lots of ideas as to what could be done.

We were very lucky that Springwood Manor Estates donated many plants and this helped us to build a wildlife garden on an area that was previously unused. Some dads helped us to build the path which runs through the garden, to put gates on the garden, and one of the dads even built a hedgehog house! Not only did we win a bronze medal from Tonbridge and Malling just two months after the garden was started, but we even managed to convince Dame Kelly Holmes to open our garden for us. Kelly planted a beautiful Crab Apple tree for us and this is now flourishing with her magic touch! All the villagers turned out for the event too!

Latest developments in the garden includes a new bat box and a bird box camera. The juniors have been following progress of the box's new inhabitants and have been excited to see that they have now laid eggs!

Kent Wildlife Needs You

We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone, who paid for self stopping taps in the toilets, which has helped to reduce water consumption and South East Water for donating our new water butt.

We now have the silver award and are working towards the green flag.

If you would like to find out more, please click on the logo:

Healthy Schools

Shipbourne School registered for the Healthy Schools Programme in December 2005 and is now starting to work towards achieving the standard. One first step towards this has been the development of a school travel plan, which can be downloaded here.

Please click on the image for more information on the Healthy Schools programme.


Each child spends between two and three years in the Infant class, where we follow Early Learning Goals as part of the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. Our approach is partly topic and partly subject based, with a strong emphasis placed on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy.

Work in English and Mathematics follows closely the Government guidelines on literacy and numeracy. We use the Abacus Scheme as a resource and place strong emphasis on practical activities throughout the Infant Stage. Our Reading Schemes incorporate a wide range of publications to cater for the whole range of interests, abilities and preferences. There is a strong parental involvement in our approach to reading, which we find both popular and successful.

The aim of the topic-based curriculum is first to capture the imagination and enthusiasm of the child and then to develop skills and understanding in so doing. Science, History and Geography are taught largely through topics. Ample opportunities are provided for practical activities, allowing the child to enjoy Art, ICT, Music, Physical Education and Drama to the full. We place a strong emphasis on the environment, taking great pride in our school and the village and when the opportunity arises visit the local area.

Our aim in the Infant class is to provide a welcoming, caring, secure and organised working environment, so that each child may develop fully, well prepared for the Junior stage.


When a child enters the Junior Room he or she is probably a reasonably fluent reader and is ready for our enquiring approach to learning. Each term a main and supplementary theme are followed. These are studied in depth and at a child's own level. Individual research is expected of older and more able children.

The Government Numeracy Strategy is closely followed and Abacus and KMP are used as a resource. These are attractively produced schemes and are supplemented by investigative maths activities.

A widening knowledge of books and their authors is actively encouraged through book reading and book talk. It is expected that children will do a major part of this reading at home.

The children work towards assessment at Key Stage 2 at the end of their 4th year in the Junior Department.

By the time children have progressed through their 7 years of Primary Education they should feel confident in themselves and their abilities to move on to their Secondary Schools.

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