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Knowles Infant School
Queensway, Bletchley, MK2 2HB, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 373570

The staff, governors, children and parents welcome you to Knowles First School.

The education of our young people is best achieved through partnership between parents, children, teachers and the wider community.

We look forward to developing this partnership with you, to support the learning and educational development of our children.

We hope the information published on this website will help you and your child to benefit most from the time they spend with us.



Knowles First School is situated between Queensway and Leon Recreation ground.Known as Knowles First School since 1973, the school dates back to the 1890's. Much of the school's character derives from a pleasant conversion and extension of the original buildings giving space, light and many highly individual teaching and learning areas.


The school serves most of Central Bletchley, bordered on the west by the main railway line, on the northern side by Denbigh Industrial Estate, on the east by the Grand Union Canal and on the south by Water Eaton Road.



Knowles First School is a part of the Leon Educational Partnership which promotes a continuous learning programme from 3 - 19. We aim to give children the opportunity to enter each school confidently and to experience an education appropriate to each child.

The staff of all partnership schools co-operate fully in a variety of contexts. Expertise, skills and resources are shared. Transferring between schools within the partnership is a planned process minimising stress or difficulty.

Between each phase of education there is on going discussion leading to a successful transfer.

We believe that the education the partnership schools give to children enhances the quality of life for the pupils who have been fortunate to be a part of it.



Admission to Knowles First School is determined on the basis, firstly, of living within the school's given reserved area. From September 2002, children who will become 5 in that academic year will be admitted into school full time in September.

Places will be available for children living outside the school's reserved area providing the standard number allows.

These places will be available to meet the requests of parents using the following criteria:

a. on medical grounds

b. siblings attending the school

c. siblings who have previously attended the school

d. the shortest distance between the home and the school (in case off the standard number having been reached.)

Requests on medical grounds take priority and should be supported in the first instance by a medical certificate, relating to the child.

Knowles First School will admit children into the school, regardless of any nursery provision that their child may have had in other establishments.

Children entering Knowles First School have a full programme of visits to enable us to help each child have a happy start to their school career.

The children have an opportunity to visit the school and parents are invited to meet with the Headteacher for a 1:1 session, so that they can share their knowledge of their child. This meeting can take place at either home or school.



At present, the standard number of entrants is 60 pupils per academic year. This is to be reviewed during the next academic year.



Parents who live out of the area normally served by the school are also very welcome to come and look around. Please contact the Headteacher to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.



There is close liaison between Knowles First and Middle Schools. Middle School teachers work alongside First School colleagues, and children spend time in the Middle School classrooms.

Early in a new academic year, an activity morning is held, when Year 3 children spend the morning at the Middle School.

Parents are also invited to this morning. To help children transfer smoothly to the Middle School, many of the schemes we use are also in use in the Middle School, or are compatible with the ones that are used.


1. To provide a secure, caring community in which children can develop self-confidence, independence and personal fulfilment.

2. To provide a stimulating environment in order that children may develop lively, enquiring minds, imagination and the ability to question rationally.

3. To encourage positive attitudes and pleasure in learning.

4. To acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to their future lives in a rapidly changing world.

5. To develop children's understanding of themselves, the community and the world in which they live.

6 To acquire and extend language and mathematical skills and make effective use of this knowledge across the curriculum.

7. To provide the opportunity for children to develop their creative and physical abilities.

8. To develop respect for religious and moral values and empathy with people of other races, religions, gender and ways of life.

9. To contribute educationally to the spiritual development of children by fostering a reflective approach to life.



All classes are of mixed ability and teachers work together in teams to plan work for parallel classes.

All classes are supported by support assistants.

Each child, is an individual with their own particular needs.Knowles First School aims to foster strengths and support weaknesses, whatever the age or ability of the children.

The teaching hours are as follows:

Year 3 children - 23 hours and 20 minutes

Year 2 children - 23 hours and 20 minutes

Year 1 children - 23 hours and 20 minutes

Reception children - 23 hours and 20 minutes


To ensure a positive start to their first experiences of school, children in the Reception class have a gradual introduction to school life.

They have their own playtime, separate from the rest of the school, and equipment such as bikes, trikes, balls and skipping ropes are available to them. During their first few weeks at school they have their lunch in their classroom and are introduced to the dining room when they are confident to do so.Children play in the area outside their classroom during lunch time play until they are ready to go into the large playground.

Our aim is to develop children who are confident in their new environment and ready to learn.

We have no fixed time for children to become involved in the playtime and lunchtime routines of the rest of the school, as children gain confidence at different rates.


OFSTED Inspection

Our last OFSTED was in June 2000, and we are very proud of our achievements as recognised by the inspectors.

"A feature of this school is the importance it places upon its relationships with parents. There is an open and supportive relationship between the school and all its parents."


"There is a positive and secure environment for learning in which pupils can flourish as individuals."

"There is a shared sense of purpose, a strong commitment to community life and an ethos in which people are valued and respected."

"The school has very good arrangements for the care and protection of its pupils."

"The sensitivity and support offered to all its pupils and their parents is a particular feature of this school, and one of its strengths."

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