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Ilam C E (VA) Primary School
Ilam, DE6 2AZ, UK Ashbourne
+44 (0)1335 350316

Ilam C. of E.(VA) Primary School


Mission Statement

Within the Christian ethos, we promote thoughtfulness, learning and curiosity.

Statement of Aims:

1. To educate pupils intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, physically and spiritually within an ethos firmly based on Christian values, as exemplified by the life of Christ.

2. To stimulate in the children a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world and to encourage them to search for truth, meaning and purpose in life; to provide an opportunity to search for a faith by which to live.

3. To enable pupils to grow and achieve fullness of life through discovering and developing their talents.


Built in 1854 and set at the southern tip of the Peak District, just in Staffordshire, Ilam School offers a very special combination of all the benefits of a small village school, together with the advantages that a developing educational system of today can offer through the National Curriculum, set within the school's own broad and balanced curriculum.

Ilam School is a focal point of the village and fosters a caring, family atmosphere, where each individual child is valued and appreciated. There is an emphasis on Christian teaching and moral standards, which encourages good behaviour, self-discipline and respect for each other.

The pastoral care of the children is of a very high standard as staff and children get to know each other very easily.

The rapid growth of the school in recent years has meant the introduction of an admissions policy which admits up to 10 children per year.

Academic standards are high and llam children are noted as diligent, enthusiastic students at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne, to where most of them transfer at the age of 11 years. Children are also offered places at Churnet Valley Middle School in Leek.

The school now has eight computers and is generally well resourced, with specialist scientific and technology equipment available from a nearby resource centre in a neighbouring school.

Ilam School offers abroad, balanced and relevant curriculum with an emphasis on the enjoyment of learning.

There are opportunities to join with larger numbers of children through the cluster in arrangements, when we can meet with other schools to function in peer groups.

Governors, parents and staff work in close co-operation to ensure that the standards and ethos of llam School continue to develop and grow, and we greatly appreciate the support so willingly given by parents and friends of the school. In particular, the school receives tremendous support from the Ilam School Association in respect of equipment, visits and general encouragement.


The National Curriculum consists of Foundation Subjects including four core Subjects:

English ,Mathematics, Science, ICT and R.E.

The other Foundation Subjects are:

Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History,Music, Physical, Social and Health Education.


First, there is a settling down period when the new starter learns to move around confidently and to settle down to the school routine. The wide age-range is a considerable advantage, as the child assimilates traditions of learning and behaviour from the other children.

During Key Stage 1, we aim to lay firm foundations of literacy, numeracy and social training on which to build at a later stage. Early work at school is through active learning and 'structured play' experiences.

The children work individually or as groups and cover all the Foundation subjects. Science is taught through topic work and many of the other curriculum subjects are brought in to the topic work which spreads across the curriculum. However, it is necessary to plan separately for the Maths and English curricula as Maths is seen a s a linear subject which must be developed systematically. Maths is taught using the National Numeracy Strategy, supported by published materials.

In English the children cover story-writing, news, poetry, handwriting, phonetic work and reading. The reading scheme chosen will depend upon the individual needs of each child. The school operates a paired reading scheme, which encourages parents and children to enjoy reading together at home. Much emphasis is also placed upon the development of speaking and listening skills. The school follows the National Literacy Strategy.


As in Key Stage 1, the children work sometimes individually and sometimes in groups, depending upon the nature of the task. It is important for the children to learn to work independently and also to operate effectively in a group situation where they learn to co-operate and support each other's learning.

All the National Curriculum Foundation Subjects are covered and, as with the Key Stage I class, Science is approached through topic work and many other subject strands may be drawn into that topic. It is essentially taught as a very practical subject. The children are encouraged to design their own experiments and find solutions to problems. Design and Technology is often included in Science topic planning, as the solution of a science problem generally involves the designing and constructing of a device or machine. The children are challenged to hypothesize and predict outcomes, to devise fair tests and to record results logically.

Key Stage 2 Maths is also approached in a systematic and linear way and is presented using a variety of methods following the National Numeracy Strategy. This allows the children to develop sound mathematical concepts and computational skills and to progress at their own speed in a logical manner. Problem solving and investigation tasks allowthe children to extend theirwork and give individuals opportunities to pursue lines of enquiry as far as they are able. There is an emphasis on mental arithmetic.

English permeates the entire curriculum, but apart from its cross curricular presence, it is taught as a separate subject and follows the National Literacy Strategy. This includes group and silent reading, reference and dictionary work, creative writing and poetry, some formal grammar, spelling, handwriting, literature, speaking and listening skills and drama.

Geography and History are usually approached through topic work and as the aim is always to provide as many direct experiences as possible, visits form a vital and integral part of the Geography and History Curricula.


Please contact the school if you are able to support one of these groups, as we rely heavily on parental support to ensure that they run!

Clubs are as follows:

Outdoor sport activities
Chess - Mondays 3.15pm - 4pm Term time

ICT (Year 2s)
Mondays 3.15pm - 4pm Term time

Junior French - Jenny Casboult

Infant and Beginners French

Tuesdays 3.15pm - 4.15pm

Wednesdays 3.15pm - 4pm Term time

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