Welcome to Buckingham Primary School, a Community School of Buckinghamshire County Council, serving families in the town of Buckingham and surrounding country areas. The school is in modern, well appointed buildings set on an attractively wooded hilltop site. Our smart, spacious classrooms are complemented by first-class facilities that promote an excellent working atmosphere.
Please click here if you want a copy of the Prospectus.
Curriculum at BPS
We are very proud of the wide range, high quality curriculum at BPS. Please visit the Children's Area/YearGroup/Curriculum sections as well as the School Section/Prospectus for full details on each year group.
The school environment offers a wealth of opportunities for the children with dedicated areas and specialist resources. These include: an ICT Suite with laptop trolleys and digicams; interactive whiteboards in all classrooms; environmental and wooded study area; outdoor curriculum areas; excellent sports fields. We welcome visits to the site. Very soon the Performing Arts Room will be completed and available for drama, music and performing arts. A specialist music teachers teaches a large percentage of the music curriculum as well as providing a variety of high quality ensemble work and after school clubs.
French is taught throughout the school from Fondation Stage. The school has three fully qualified, fluent french speakers/teachers to support the older children.
High qualit sports teaching and clubs are led by qualified coaches and teachers throughout the week.
Buckingham Primary School is now part of a Learning Network of seventeen schools who are working together to provide top quality activities for Able Gifted and Talented children in the area. We have been jointly attending first class, nationally recognised training as a network to ensure that our provision is of the highest quality.
What about my child who is very able?
At Buckingham Primary School we meet the needs of More Able Children and Gifted and Talented Children in a variety of ways. Firstly they are carefully tracked from early identification and onwards throughout their school life to ensure that their progress is sustained and extended. Planning within school ensures differentiation in every lesson and opportunities to challenge the thinking of more able pupils. Questions which are open ended and encourage investigation and reflection are used to offer challenges.
What about musical talent?
There are many opportunities for musical tuition within school. We have a dedicated music specialist on the staff who offers a variety of musical opportunities throughout the school including choir, ensembles, band,and a great deal of enthusiasm. Please contact the office for details if you would like your child to be involved.
Sports and External clubs.
We make every effort to extend the child's talent whether through the curriculum or through the range of clubs that we run. We maintain excellent links with parents and try to suggest where outside interventions might be applicable if the child's needs are too specific to be met in school, or we do not have the expertise in that area. However we continue to monitor and celebrate the talent in school. We have two sports professionals on the staff who offer a range of challenging sports activities both within school and in after school clubs. In the after school clubs minority activities are catered for such as chess, table tennis, guitar groups and a variety of dancing. If the need is there and we can find a provider we will try to provide the club.
What if I think my child is talented?
Please speak to your childs' teacher. We also like to encourage a child who excels at an out of school club to share their expertise with others and will provide opportunities for this to happen.
Provison for Learning at Buckingham Primary
At BPS we constantly monitor the learning of all the children checking their progress and ensuring that their needs are met. Many intervention groups are run, often for a short period to upskill children in a particular area of their learning.
What shall I do if I think my child is struggling with an aspect of school life?
If you have a concern regarding your child's learning please make an appointment to see the class teacher. Working in partnership with parents is a vital part of a child's learning.
What happens if my child has special educational needs?
The school has a tight programme of monitoring the needs of all children. Where particular difficulties arise support will be targeted within the class. A copy of the school's SEN leaflet is available on this page and anyone with any concerns should contact the SENCO's Mrs Hurst and Mrs Gadd.
Aims At Buckingham Primary School we believe that every child is special and has their own part to play in school life. We understand that all pupils have individual needs and these will be met in different ways through a partnership between school and parents.
Special Needs is defined in the Code of Practice 2001 as follows: ‘Children have a learning difficulty if they have more difficulty in learning than their peers or have a disability, which prevents them from making use of facilities within the school.’
All children with special needs have a right to a broad and well-balanced education. This should include as much work as possible from the National Curriculum.
Children with special needs are identified through teacher and parental observation and in consultation with the SENCO. Following discussion with parents the child will have their needs met in one of the following ways. Early Years Action / School Action A child will be given small targets to be addressed during class teaching time. A termly review will be held with parents to discuss progress. At this review there are three possible outcomes.
1.Your child’s learning needs will be met by the class teacher through the Foundation stage or National Curriculum Programmes. 2.Your child is making progress and their needs will be met through Early Years Action/School Action. 3.Your child needs further support and will move onto Early Years Action Plus/ School Action Plus.
Early Years Action Plus / School Action Plus
This is when the teacher requests external support, for example Speech Therapy, to set, and help a child meet, their targets. This support comes from the County Education Service.
You will be given a booklet which will explain the procedures dealing with Special Needs children. Should you require any further information please contact the school SENCO or Headteacher.
Inclusion at Buckingham Primary School
We are very proud of our inclusion policy which facilitates the delivery of a mainstream curriculum to all our pupils. Adaptations to the curriculum, the environment, the lesson delivery and the process of recording all combine to support all the children at the school.
This area is specifically for the children and you can get to this page by pressing the Children's Area symbol.
The main sections are:
The general children's area where you can find the......
The curriculum area has a page for each curriculum area where you can ......
The Year Group area has page for each year group and each of these pages has links to many other pages where you can ......
Each year group has a symbol like this one.
The homework area has page for each year group and each of these pages contains information about your home work ......
Every night Please check in office for details of age groups. Led by qualified coach. Netball - Tuesdays after school - Yrs 4, 5 and 6. Qualified coach.
Infant Sports and Activities
Monday after school - details from the school office.
Led by a qualified British Gymnastics Coach. Fun structured classes for all ages and abilities. Sessions run on Monday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's. Times vary according to age group, please contact Mark Sedgwick 07870 570 846 for more details.
Dance and Performing Arts
Boys dance Tuesday Lunchtime. KS2 Y6 Girls dnace Wednesday lunch. Saturday Morning Dance - all age groups. Drama/performing arts Friday afternoon for infant children - school time. Drama club for KS2 Monday after school.
Details of individual ensembles on music page. Thursday evening KS2 choir. Friday afternoon KS1 choir. Djembi drumming Wednesday after school.