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Bodiam C E Primary School
Bodiam, TN32 5UH, UK Robertsbridge
+44 (0)1580 830342

Welcome to Bodiam C.E. Primary School!

Welcome to our school website. We are a small rural village school with a family atmosphere.

The information that you see here will give you some idea as to what our school is like but we always recommend that you visit us and see for yourself at first hand what we can offer your child. Please phone our friendly school secretary if you would like to make an appointment to look around the school.
Our school address is:
Bodiam C.E. Primary School,
East Sussex,
TN32 5UH

Tel: 01580 830342

Fax: 01580 830029

Our headteacher is
Mrs Rosalyn Ziebell
You can navigate our site by clicking on the menu buttons opposite. If you can't find what you are looking for then please contact us for further information.
We now have a pre-school in the village - Bodiam Pre-school Playgroup. It is situated in the Parish Rooms, which is opposite the school. Children are taught social skills through structured play. They learn to care and share and develop their inquisitive minds. All these factors help to provide a positive influence and a sound base for their future education. In the summer term we run 'rising five' sessions at the school. This provides a smooth transition from playgroup to 'big school'.

We have an After School Club, which runs from 3:15 to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. Children are give a healthy snack and drink and can enjoy a wide range of activites under the supervision of our club coordinator and her assistant.


Bodiam C.E. Primary School Prospectus

Our 2006/07 prospectus is now available. If you would like to receive a complete copy, please request one by phone, email or letter and we will be happy to send you one.

Further information about admissions to East Sussex schools can be found at

We positively encourage parents to visit the school and observe it in action. If you would like to visit please contact our School Secretary, Mrs Goulden, to make an appointment.

Bodiam C.E. School is a Church of England voluntary controlled day school. This means that it was a Church of England foundation which is now under the control of East Sussex Education Authority. It has 70 pupils on roll, both boys and girls.

The school is set in the beautiful village of Bodiam, adjacent to the imposing 14th Century castle of the same name. It is a small village school and as such it is like a large family where all the children are well know to the adults, are treated as individuals and are encouraged to help one another as they learn to live, work and play together.

Brings out the best
Opportunities for all
Develops potential
Inspirational and inclusive
Aiming high
Motivated and happy
Caring and Christian
Every child matters


The School is divided into four classes: Reception(ages four and five), Year 1 and Year 2 (ages six to seven); Years 3 and 4 (ages seven to nine); Years 5 and 6 (ages nine to eleven years).

Within each class the children are divided into year and ability groups so that they are taught at the correct level. Each child is very much an individual and an important member of the school community, but all join together to help each other and make the school an interesting, happy place in which to live and learn.

There is an excellent adult/pupil ratio in the school which enables us to give a great deal of individual attention to the children. We also welcome the support of volunteers who come in on a regular basis to hear children read and to help with practical activities.

We encourage children to have a healthy cooked meal at lunchtime. This enables them to sit down together in a family atmosphere and promotes good table manners. You child may however, bring a packed lunch if you prefer.

We have an extremely successful, friendly Parent/Teacher Association, which has raised a vast amount of money for the school, which is used to enhance the education of all children.

Our aim is to combine high standards with a broad and rich curriculum; to take ownership of the curriculum and make it our own; to be creative and innovative in how we teach and run the school to help every child develop his or her full potential. We follow the guidelines as laid down in the DfEE documents Excellence and Enjoyment - a strategy for primary schools and Every Child Matters (both published in 2003).
Through our teaching we aim to:
* enable children to become confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners and give them the skills they need to thrive in an ever changing world;
* foster children's self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with other people;
* develop children's moral and spiritual awareness in line with Christian teaching;
*encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values, faiths, cultures and feelings of all peoples and in so doing, promote positive attitudes towards others;
* enable children to understand their community and help them feel valued and involved so that they grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens;
* teach children to respect all living things, to look after their environment and make it a better place for present and future generations.


The Governors have agreed the school policy documents for all the subjects of the National Curriculum and also for Religious Education. The education for our youngest children in the reception year is based on the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (a copy of our Foundation Stage Policy is available on request). All other children are working to the National Curriculum, the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, and being assessed accordingly.

We aim to make the curriculum relevant and meaningful for our children by integrating their experiences through cross-curricular links and with an emphasis on key skills. We use a range of learning strategies, a kinaesthetic approach, to cater for the needs of all children. We also want the children to enjoy learning by making lessons fun.

From the very earliest age oral communication is the foundation of all work in school and is an integral part of almost every activity. Teachers continually seek ways to improve children's oral skills in day to day situations as well as through specific linguistic activities related to work in English, poetry, drama and music.

Our Literacy work is primarily focussed into the Literacy Hour but we also teach literacy through a cross-curricula approach. Lessons start with whole class teacher led introductions before dividing the children into ability groups to work independently or as a group on a range of tasks.

Throughout the school, children write for meaningful reasons. They write regularly for a variety of purposes as part of their work in other subjects. They write creatively in response to imaginative situations and stimulation. Spelling is taught and regularly checked and tested. Some of our more able Y5/6 writers take part in an Able Writers' group led by nationally known children's authors and poets.

When learning handwriting the children are taught the correct way to form their letters and how to join their writing from the start using a scheme on our Interactive Whiteboards.

In reception, children are introduced to phonics using a fun scheme called Jolly Phonics, which combines sounds, actions and visual stimulus. Work on phonics continues as necessary into years 1 and 2. Alongside this, children are encouraged to have a really positive attitude to books and reading.

We encourage the pupil's reading skills from the moment they start school with a variety of methods and schemes. We encourage parents to take an active part by hearing their children read regularly at home.

Our new library with its comprehensive collection of both fiction and non-fiction books and computerised lending system has enthused our readers and is encouraging independent learning.

Young children acquire an understanding of fundamental mathematical ideas like comparing, matching, sorting, adding, taking away, through their play but the need for practical experience and handling structured apparatus does not disappear as children grow older.

The Numeracy Strategy provides many opportunities for practical activity whilst ensuring continuity, progression and the steady development of mathematical concepts throughout the school. Children work at their own level and we aim to make maths an exciting and achievement orientated activity. Children are taught skills necessary to handle everyday practical mathematical problems and the importance of mental maths in this task in never underestimated. The use of calculators is allowed only when it is appropriate. We firmly believe in the learning of tables and their application to problem solving.

Science develops an awareness and understanding of the world around them. Through experimenting and investigating children learn about life process and living things; materials and their properties; and physical processes. As they build on what they already know and have learnt, so they develop in confidence and skills.

All our classes have been fitted with Interactive Whiteboards, which enable our teachers to deliver lessons using the latest software and technology. In addition to this each class has two or more desktop computers and a digital camera. There are ten laptops, a video camera and a scanner also available to each class. All our teachers are trained and competent in their use. Pupils are able to exchange electronic mail with partner schools and research information from museums, libraries, news providers and suitable web sties as part of their programme of learning. Computer programmes are also used to reinforce curriculum learning objectives. Internet access is protected and supervised.

We believe in providing our children with a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. The main framework is devised from the Qualification and Curriculum Authority documents (published in 2000). Wherever possible we integrate children's experiences through cross-curricular links.

Children are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques to enable them to generate ideas and solve practical problems. They are given opportunities to identify needs, generate designs, plan and make artefacts and evaluate their work.

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