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West Horndon Primary School
Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, CM13 3TR, UK Brentwood
+44 (0)1277 811741

West Horndon School name

At West Horndon Primary School we aim to give our children the best possible opportunities to enable them to develop the skills and attitudes which they will need for the rest of their lives

We have a strong commitment to high standards in the basic skills.  In addition we offer a broad curriculum so that children can discover and develop their individual talents, whatever these may be.  Our curriculum is unusually practical because we believe children learn far more by doing things for themselves than by being told about them.  Children find this approach motivating, so they work hard and are enthusiastic about their work.

We expect high standards of achievement and behaviour and the children rise to meet these. We encourage the children to be independent and responsible.  This leads them to develop self-confidence and respect for the opinions of others.  They learn to make choices wisely.  In a small school the staff know all the children well, and are able to recognise their individual needs and differences.  This enables us to provide equality of opportunity to all children, regardless of gender, race, background or ability.

The building is spacious and light, with large individual classrooms.  It has been maintained to a high standard and provides a bright, attractive environment for children.  There is a large assembly hall, which is also well equipped for physical education, and an adjacent dining hall.  In 2002 an office extension provided additional security and created a focal point for the entrance to the school.  It also gave us a medical room, additional office space, a group teaching room and extra storage for teaching resources.  In 2005 an area for teaching food technology was created from the school kitchen.

The school is in pleasant rural surroundings, set well back from the road.  In addition to the traditional playground, there is a secure fenced play area for the exclusive use of the youngest children and a large playing field to which the public has no access.  The grounds also include mature trees and a cultivated garden which is used for the study of many curriculum areas.  The school keeps birds and these are looked after by the older children.

The school is funded by the Local Education Authority (LEA) based on a formula which is common to all locally managed primary schools.  Careful financial management means that it is well staffed, and equipped to a high standard.  Additional staff are employed to work with children in the classroom whenever possible to provide extra support. 

The school was opened in 1962 to serve the village of West Horndon and the surrounding area. 

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West Horndon Primary School Parents` Association

The Parents’ Association was established in 1969 in order to assist in the provision of facilities at the school not normally provided by the Local Education Authority. It is registered charity number 310826. It has a management committee, which meets regularly and consists of parents, the head teacher and the deputy head teacher of the school. Membership is open to all parents in the school

The Parents’ Association organises various sporting, social and cultural events for the school pupils, throughout the year.

These events raise funds, which are used towards the purchase of equipment for the school or towards activities for the pupils at the school.

We hold a disco for the children each term, these continue to be successful and the funds generated from these go towards subsidising school trips and outings.

During 2005, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Secretary, the Parents’ Association successfully obtained grants of £25,200, which has been used to purchase an outdoor classroom and play equipment, both on the field and in the playground. In January 2006 the Secretary also arranged for Sir Trevor Brooking CBE to visit the school and officially open the outdoor play equipment. This was a very exciting event for both the children and staff!

In June and December 2006 the PA organised two very successful Indulgence and shopping evenings. These raised significant funds and we were pleased to see many of the village residents and parents attending. With some of the monies raised at these events the PA has consulted with the pupils and have purchased a new supply of playground equipment and storage. The PA has also provided funding for the school’s Gardening Club so that new tools and a substantial amount of bark chip could be purchased for the development of an area in the school garden.

In April 2007 a party of parent volunteers gave up their time to empty and demolish an old shed on the school premises. It is hoped that the PA can work with the school to develop this space to provide a seating area for the children to use during break times.

In 2007 the previous secretary secured a grant for ICT equipment. The school chose to purchase a projector and sound system for the hall. This equipment has proved a great success benefiting all pupils in the school.

We have been collecting the Tesco’s Computer Vouchers for school and Sainsbury’s Active kids vouchers and are looking forward to the new equipment it will allow us to obtain.

Whilst the main aim of the Parents Association is to fundraise, we also wish to adopt a programme of activities to promote the involvement of parents. To continue the success of the Parents’ Association we would welcome more members with new ideas.


The Governing Body has adopted the Local Authority’s Curriculum Framework, 'Every Learner', which takes account of the requirements of the National Curriculum. A copy of the document can be obtained from the Local Authority.

The aims of the school are to enable all children to achieve levels of personal development which will permit them to play their full part in the life of the community through employment, social and recreational activities, and in public service, and to assist them to benefit fully from the opportunities provided by secondary, higher and vocational education. Each child is seen as an individual and as far as possible we aim to personalise learning to meet the needs of the individual child.


Children are taught according to the National Curriculum, including the national strategies for literacy and numeracy. The practical approach to the curriculum which we have always adopted is now endorsed by the Government’s primary strategy, ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’.

In order to deliver the curriculum for ICT a suite of 16 computers, all with Internet access, has been installed. There is also a data projector so that teachers can demonstrate to the whole class. All children in classes 2 to 6 have a regular weekly lesson in the suite to learn the skills of ICT and may use it at other times for work in literacy and numeracy. In addition there are computers in every classroom to enable the children to use the skills they have acquired in other subjects. Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Religious Education continue to form a major part of the curriculum. The school also places great emphasis on art, music and PE because of the importance of these subjects to children’s development.

Each teacher records the work covered by the class and individual children’s attainment in English and Mathematics every year. Progress in science is recorded in Years 2, 4 and 6. The emphasis throughout the curriculum is on developing understanding. A thematic (topic) approach provides the coherence and framework for developing many of the basic skills. These include communication using all forms of language, mathematical understanding and scientific investigation. In addition aspects of design and technology, ICT, art and craft, history, geography and environmental studies are taught through topics. The rich local environment and interests of the children are included whenever possible.

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