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Bonnygate Primary School
Arisdale Avenue, RM15 5BA, UK South Ockendon
+44 (0)1708 853316

About Our School


Bonnygate Primary is a Community Primary School with 280 children currently on roll.  This also includes a purpose built Nursery as part of our early years provision.

The school works closely with Thurrock Council's Children, Education and Families department.  The school is also a member of a cluster of 13 local schools around the Lakeside area.  At present, 'Lakeside Schools' consists of 2 Secondary, 10 Primary and 1 Special school.  Our corporate aim is to work together for the benefit of the local communities we represent.

Built in 1955, the school is pleasantly situated in the Ockendon ward of South Ockendon.  As part of the school site the children can enjoy a large sports field, garden and play areas.  The whole site supports both the national and wider curriculum.  The Site Manager has a bungalow on site.

The school consists of three key stages: Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception; 3-5 years), Key Stage 1 (Infants) and Key Stage 2 (Juniors).

The school is well resourced and consists of 12 classrooms, computer suite, halls for PE, music and dining, kitchen and administrative facilities.  We are currently creating a new Library and Information Research Centre for the whole school community.  Our ICT provision is being upgraded which includes additional computers in the Computer Suite and the continued development of the use of Interactive white boards throughout the school.

As part of the overall provision the Foundation Stage has its own large, designated area which includes excellent indoor and outdoor facilities.

Initiatives and Accreditations

The school has a Healthy Schools accreditation which actively encourages a healthy lifestyle - including participating in a physical activity, encouraging healthy eating as well as personal, social and emotional development.

Three years ago the school received the Investors in People award which identifies the ways that the school both values and develops its staff.

We are also involved in the School Sports Co-ordination programme, supporting a range of PE and Sports initiatives across the school.

We are also part of the Ockendon Learning Network; working with other local schools to develop mathematical knowledge and application for more able children as well as developing greater teacher expertise.


The governors set the overall policy and ethos of the school.  We have a dedicated team of governors who meet regularly and make school visits.  Their main roles are to monitor and evaluate school improvement including curriculum, finance, premises and personnel.  They also set pupil targets for the end of Key Stage 1 and 2.

Friends of Bonnygate

The school has an active parents association.  Each year Friends of Bonnygate organises a range of fund raising and social events to support the school.  For instance, over the last two years FoBs has helped to fund the ICT suite and provide football, netball and athletic kit and equipment for our school teams.

Extended Services

The school aims to value everything that children do.  In addition to work across the curriculum, participation in a range of sporting activites (football, netball, cricket, swimming and athletics), learning a musical instrument, ensemble playing and choir are all actively encouraged.

There is a wide range of clubs and other extra-curricular activities that the children can belong to.  Please see the 'Extra Curricular Activities' link for details.

We would like to highlight one area of provision:

Our Nursery Nurse organises a weekly session for parents with children who are under three.  Called 'First Steps' this popular activity helps parents and pre-Nursery children to get to know the Foundation Stage area and staff and to enjoy playing with a range of resources and equipment.

To see our most recent Ofsted Inspection report please click here.


We are constantly reviewing and increasing our range of activities that enhance the school life for both children and Parents.


8.30 - 8.55        Extra reading group for Mrs Brown's class


9.00 - 9.20      Flute and clarinet lessons

11.10 - 12.00   Violin and 'cello lessons

3.10 - 4.00       Drama club for Years 3-4

3.15 - 4.15       Netball practise for Years 3-6


8.30 - 8.55       Extra reading group for Mrs Stamp's class

8.30 - 8.55       Extra reading group for Mrs Elsom's class

8.30 - 8.55       Extra reading group for Mrs Allin's class

8.30 - 8.55       Extra reading group for Mrs Brown's class

9.00 - 9.30       Cornet lessons

1.00 - 2.45       First Steps - parent and toddler group

3.00 - 4.00       Multi-sports club for Years 1 and 2

3.05 - 3.45       Year 5/6 Science club

3.05 - 4.00       Girls football for Years 3-6


8.30 - 8.55       Extra reading group for Mrs Stamp's class

8.30 -  8.55          Extra reading group for Miss Symond's Class 

8.30 - 8.55           Extra reading group for Mrs Elsom's class

8.30 - 8.55           Extra reading group for Mrs Allin's class

3.15 - 4.00       Boys football for Years 5-6

4.00 - 5.00       Helen O'Grady Drama Academy for 5-8 year olds (01375 480741 for details)

5.00 - 6.00       Helen O'Grady Drama Academy for 9-11 year olds (01375 480741 for details)


8.30 - 8.55        Extra reading group for Mrs Stamp's class

8.30 - 8.55        Extra reading group for Miss Symond's class

8.30 - 8.55        Extra reading group for Mrs Brown's class

1.30 - 2.30        Cycling proficiency lessons for Year 6

1.30 - 3.00        Bit by Bit - computer club for adults

Bonnygate also takes part in numerous local sporting events, such as cross country, athletics, football and netball matches.  We are very fortunate indeed to have a large sports field which is very well used for PE and games.  We also have a cricket strip for use in the summer months. All KS2 children have swimming lessons at The Ockendon School.

Each class is represented on the School Council by an elected pupil - each member of the School Council represents the views of their class at a monthly meeting. 

KS2 children have the opportunity of joining the school choir and representing Bonnygate at local Music Festivals. They can also choose to join the recorder group.  Year 2 children all take part in the local Infants Music Festival.



At Bonnygate we are continually striving to improve our environment and facilities. 

One of our major projects this year is to create a new library and resource area for our pupils.  We have taken advice from the Schools Library Service to help with the design and layout of the room and we are in the process of purchasing new shelving and furniture. 

The library will provide computers and internet access for children to research projects.

We are very excited with how our plans are developing, and believe that the area will be beneficial for all of our children.

Our Fundraising body, 'Friends of Bonnygate' are busy raising money for the project, and our 'Sponsored Bounce' has already provided additional funds.


We have recently been successful in securing additional funding by completing a 'Travel Plan' for our school.  Questionnaires were sent to parents asking them how they travelled to school, and what would encourage them to walk rather than use their cars.  The questionnaires provided many suggestions on how we could improve our grounds, and included the provision of a shelter for parents to wait for their children and the installation of some speed ramps or barriers into the school car park area.

Parents had also indicated that they were reluctant to walk to the school on dark evenings because of the badly lit grounds and car park areas.  As a school, we are committed to providing after school activities for our pupils and extended services within our local community.  We felt it important to improve the lighting around the school grounds, and to this end, have recently installed external lighting.  What used to be a dark and frightening area is now well lit and secure.  Parents have responded by ensuring that our after school clubs are well attended, and we have received some enquiries from the local community about the use of our building for various activities.


As part of our commitment to encourage our children to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle, we recently held a Keep Healthy - Keep Safe week in school.  Various activities took place throughout the week and included a visit from our local community police officer, who talked to the KS2 children about the dangers of drugs, - 'Billy Beware' highlighted safety in the home to our KS1 and Foundation Stage Children.  Parents visited the school during the lunch period - some even stayed for a school lunch!  The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in football and PE sessions with visiting teachers and coaches.  Everybody had a great week.  We were particularly proud of comments made by all of our visitors on how well our children had behaved and responded to the different activities!!

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