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.
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.