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Marsh Infant and Nursery School
Abbey Barn Road, HP11 1RW, UK High Wycombe
+44 (0)1494 522756



Welcome to Marsh School 


Welcome to the website for the Marsh School and Nursery located on the east side of High Wycombe.

We hope you find all the information you require about the school either as a current parent/guardian of a pupil or a member of the public looking for further information about the school.

Pictures of Marsh School


Principles & Values

Underlying all we do at the Marsh is our desire to help each individual to reach his/her full potential. We believe that it is every child's entitlement to be offered a high quality, fulfilling and rich educational experience both in and out of the classroom.

To achieve this we strive to:

  1. Create a happy environment.
  2. Arouse children's curiosity and desire for knowledge.
  3. Develop their thinking and communication skills in all curricular areas.
  4. Develop their creativity and imagination.
  5. Develop their social skills so that they learn to care for and co-operate with others.
  6. Develop each individual child's self-esteem.
  7. Always be challenging children's attainment and strive for the highest expectations possible in all areas of the curriculum.

The school is totally committed to Equality of Opportunity for every member of the school community.


Nursery Curriculum

The Nursery curriculum is designed to promote the major aspects of the child's physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. We take pride in offering a happy and caring environment which provides an enriching experience for all our pupils. Our curriculum is broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant. It takes into account each child's progress. It promotes equal opportunities irrespective of gender, ethnic grouping or socio-economic background. It responds effectively to childrens' individual special educational needs. Through carefully structured sessions the children have the opportunity to select and to decide their own activities as well as take part in learning which is initiated by adults. Parents are valued as partners and we welcome their involvement in the Nursery. There is close liaison with the Main School to ensure a smooth transition from the Nursery.

Main School Curriculum

The school follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage One for Years One and Two. This means that every pupil studies the full breadth of the National Curriculum plus Religious Education. Information Communications Technology, PHSE and Environmental Education are also taught.

A full copy of the National Curriculum is available for reference in school. While some areas of the curriculum are sometimes taught as discreet subjects eg Maths, delivery of other subjects may be through topics which last a term. Examples of these are Minibeasts, Sound and Light, Materials and Our School. Sex Education is not taught formally, but childrens' questions will always be sensitively and appropriately answered.

Pupils With Special Educational Needs

The school's S.E.N. Policy has been drawn up in accordance with the Government's Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, and the Bucks County Policy. The full policy document is available for inspection in school, however the policy in outline is as follows.

“Special Educational Needs refers to the needs of the pupils which deny them maximum access to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities in school. The constraints may be any one or a combination or the following: physical, social, emotional, sensory or intellectual.”

We, at the Marsh School, believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that all our pupils have the same right of access to the mainstream curriculum. The Governing Body are committed to the notion of Special Needs across the curriculum and, to this end, we have appointed a Governor to meet periodically with the Headteacher and the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to monitor the implementation of our SEN Policy, and to facilitate a full parent partnership on developing an individual programme of learning for those children with special needs.


A. The Nursery

Children are normally admitted into the Nursery the term after their fourth birthday for two terms before they are due to start school, and attend on a part time basis for two and a half hours per day for either the morning or afternoon session. There is an opportunity to visit the nursery before starting. Yours child's name may be put on the waiting list from two years of age. The school is now able to admit a small number of three year olds. Enquiries about this matter should be made to the Headteacher. It should also be noted that demand for places sometimes exceeds the number available, and in this instance, names may be put on a waiting list.

B. The Main School

Children are admitted into school in accordance with the current County Policy. This means that parents are notified in writing that a place will be available the term before their child is due to start. The great majority of children at Marsh start in the Nursery. There are many opportunities for nursery children to come into school for short periods of time and therefore the progression from Nursery to School is a very natural one. Meetings are always held for parents of the next term's entrants to discuss all relevant matters regarding the child's entry to school. Parents receive a written invitation to these meetings.

N.B. A Nursery place does not automatically lead to a place in the main school.


School Times

The Nursery: either 9.00am - 11.30am
or 12.30am - 3.00pm

The Main School: 8.55am - 11.30am
12.30pm - 3.00pm

School Day

You may bring your child into the back playground from 8.45am onwards. When the member of staff on duty rings the bell at 8.55am, you may bring your child into the cloakroom and then into the classroom to their teacher. This would be the time to briefly tell the teacher about any problems with your child, however trivial they might seem to you. There is a mid morning break of fifteen minutes but the children are not allowed to bring sweets or any other food or drink. Fresh water is available all day. School starts promptly at five minutes to nine so please try to be on time as children get upset if they come late and miss registration. The school ends at 3.05pm when all children are brought out to their parents who are waiting in the playground. This is another opportunity to share a conversation with your child's teacher. Please try to ensure that you collect your child on time as some children become distressed when parents do not arrive. If you are delayed, please telephone and we will always keep your child safely in school with an adult. If your child is being collected by someone different from usual, please let both the teacher and your child know.


Lunch time is from 11.30am to 12.30pm. When your child stays for lunch they will need a clearly named lunch box. Please discuss with your child what they would like to eat as we encourage them to eat everything in their lunch box. Parents on income support may be entitled to free lunches for their child. This is handled in a sensitive manner so please discuss this with your child's classteacher.

Discipline / Pastoral Care

Our overall aim is to assist children to develop self-discipline, and therefore formal rules are kept to the minimum. We seek to foster a climate where members of the school community put others first. Unacceptable behaviour is dealt with firmly but with kindness. Parents will be informed if children display any unacceptable behaviour. Equally if parents have a concern they should contact the school at any time.

If there is a problem we will aim to resolve it by working together.



We are proud of how smart the children look in our attractive school uniform.

The uniform on display in the main corridor is available from:
National Schoolwear Centres Shop
5 Church Street
High Wycombe
HP11 2BN
Tel: 01494 529693

Book bags are available from the School Office.

All uniform must be clearly named. Each term we get a bin full of lost property because we cannot return it to its rightful owner due to it not being named.

Boys: Red sweatshirt with school logo
Grey trousers or shorts
Red or white polo shirt

Girls: Red sweatshirt with school logo
Grey skirt or pinafore
Red or white shirt / blouse or polo shirt
For summer a red and white striped or checked dress of any style can be worn

Please ensure children have suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for all occasions.


All indoor PE and dance activities take place in the hall and the children have bare feet. They need to change into shorts and T-shirt. We would prefer that all children wear the school uniform red T-shirt and black shorts or girls may prefer black leotards. Weather permitting children may go outside for games lessons and children will need plimsolls. Again all school uniform must be clearly named.

No jewellery can be worn and we would prefer that on the day your child has PE, they do not wear earrings. Please check the day with your child's teacher. All PE equipment should be in a named drawer string bag.

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