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Stifford Clays Junior School
Whitmore Avenue, Stifford Clays, RM16 2ST, UK Grays
+44 (0)1375 373866

Welcome to Stifford Clays Junior School




I hope you find the information in this site interesting, and helpful for you and your child.


All of the staff and governors work extremely hard and are committed to the education of your child and realise that each child is a special individual. We try to ensure that all the children have the best possible opportunities, to enable them to develop the skills and attitudes which they will need for the rest of their lives. We also want them to enjoy their time in school and feel safe and secure. We recognise that it is important to try and provide children with an environment which is stimulating, caring and supportive, and one which meets the needs of every individual. The children are encouraged to be independent and responsible, which leads to them developing self-confidence and respect for the opinions of others. Those who visit our school often comment on the 'friendly, quiet, working atmosphere' that exists and which enables our children to thrive. This is helped by having staff that are very dedicated and committed in their role to not only achieving high standards of education and discipline, but also in providing a rich and varied curriculum.

We provide a wide range of balanced learning activities to cater for all children to enable them to grow into educated, independent and responsible people. We also offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities, recognising how important these opportunities can be in helping to develop fully rounded individuals.



Core Belief

Our intent is for Stifford Clays Junior School to be a warm, caring environment in which each individual will feel secure and trusted, having the necessary support to leave the school with a real sense of achievement and self-worth. We aim to encourage a sense of moral, social and spiritual awareness, recognising that self esteem and thought for others is of paramount importance.


Aims for pupils

· that the school should provide a safe, welcoming and challenging environment where pupils, staff and parents feel their contribution is valued

· that pupils, parents and staff have an orderly and relaxed relationship and address one another in ways which confirms their value as individuals

· that pupils are enabled to take full advantage of the educational and social opportunities available and have a high but realistic expectation of themselves

· that the ethos of hard work, expectations and ambition for staff and pupils will raise achievement.


                                                                                                                     Planting of the 'Jubilee Garden'

Aims for Parents and the Community

· that children and adults contribute towards a welcoming and open school

· to enrich children's learning by encouraging co-operative and collaborative relationships with parents, governors, partner schools, the Child and Family Consultation Services, the Local Education Authority, charitable organisations and the community

· through the above, promote the school and gain support in its aims and activities.

 'Jubilee Garden' - fully established


History of the School

The school was opened in 1955. Eight classrooms (four on each side of the Hall) constituted the original main building. This has recently been extended to provide a total of  four extra classroom bases and an extended office/staffroom area.

The large Assembly Hall is fully equipped for Physical Education and also serves as a Dining Hall. Main corridors are carpeted and fitted with book shelves to serve as fiction libraries. An amenity area has been converted to serve as the main reference area. There is an on-going programme to update all facilities.

The school has a Medical Room, Special Needs Room and a newly created I.C.T. suite.  The school is fortunate in having a large playing field with a football pitch and athletics track.  Mature trees and shrubs create a pleasant area in which children can play.

Other improvements include a 'picnic bench' seating area outside classes 4 and 5, and additional benches sited on a decked area underneath established trees along one side of the playground,  for those who wish to follow quieter occupations and sit in the shade, and finally an Adventure Trail for the more energetically inclined.

                                                                 Clays Junior School 'Wish Tree'


Information about Clubs for this year

We ask that children wishing to take part in a club ensure that they come dressed appropriately i.e. where it is a sporting activity they have suitable clothing and footwear. We recommend children wear tracksuits, particularly when the weather starts getting colder. Please ensure that their name is clearly marked on all items of clothing.

We want children to be able to make the most of the opportunities on offer and in order to do so need to attend regularly and not just now and again. Those regular attendees who show commitment by turning up every week will be those most likely to be picked for matches, etc.

Please note that before your child can participate in a club they need to have handed in a completed permission slip to the relevant teacher organising that activity. This is so that we know that you are aware of what your child is doing.

Club Timetable

The following Clubs are on offer to children this term.


Rugby - Year 5 boys (Mr Evans)

Football - Year 4 girls (Mr Williams)


Badminton - Year 6 boys and girls (Mr Evans)

Netball - Year 6 girls (Miss Weiss / Mrs Harris)

Football - Year 6 boys (Mr Evans)

School Council Meetings (Miss Weiss)

Cross-country - Year 5 and 6 boys and girls (Mr Jones)


Gymnastics - Year 3,4,5,6 (Miss Hopkins / Mr Jones)

Rugby - Year 6 boys (Mr Evans)

ICT Fantasy Football - boys, girls and staff (Mr Watts)

School Band (Mr Cave)

Gymnastics - Year 6 boys and girls (Mr Evans)

ICT - Group 2 for (Mrs Fisher / Mrs Dukelow)

Gardening - Year 4,5 & 6 boys and girls (Mrs Hendon)

Gymnastics - Year 4 boys and girls (Mr Williams)

Badminton - Year 6 boys and girls (Mr Evans)

Netball - Year 5 girls
(Miss Weiss / Mrs Harris)

Football - Year 5 boys (Mr Watts)

Football - Year 5 & 6 girls (Mr Evans)

Football - Year 4 boys (Mr Williams)

Gymnastics - Year 3,4,5,6 (Miss Hopkins / Mr Jones)

Thank you to the staff for continuing to provide such a wide range of clubs and activities, enabling so many children to be able to take full advantage of all the opportunities on offer.

Before school clubs - Start at 8.10am (Gates open between 8.00am and 8.05am)

Lunchtime clubs - Start at 12.40pm (Children need to ensure that they go in first for dinner)

After school clubs - Start at 3.30pm and finish at 4.15pm

Yours sincerely


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