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Gurnard Primary School
Hilton Road, Gurnard, PO31 8JB, UK Cowes
+44 (0)1983 295923

The School Ethos

Providing a Secure and Happy Environment where all are valued for themselves and encouraged to develop their full potential, whilst demonstrating tolerance and concern for others and becoming responsible and caring members of the wider community.

The School

This village Primary school is situated on the southern edge of Gurnard with views over farmland and the Solent. It is housed in one main building - the older part of which was built in 1906 - with extensive additions completed in 1981 and 1991.  In 2003 a further refurbishment of the building included a larger school office, a ground floor Headteacher's office and a welcoming reception area which, visitors will agree, enhances the first impression of the school.  The younger children are housed in two large refurbished classrooms in the older part of the building, with an adjoining shared area. The classrooms for the older children adjoin the library/resources area and, in addition, there is a large hall with a stage for drama productions and concerts.  The stage area has been converted to be used as an additional teaching or meeting space for the majority of the year.The school is well equipped to cater for disabled people.

An ICT suite is located in the centre of the school and houses 7 PCs that are in regular use throughout each week, catering for groups of children of every age group. Additionally, there are mini suites set up to cater for 3 additional PCs in each classroom throughout the school. These should all be fully functional at some stage during 2006. By 2006 the four classes catering for the older children will have interactive white boards installed. The school was connected to Broadband in 2005 and fully networked throughout.

The school is proud of its Environmental Areas that are used for both learning and recreation. Many of these are kept in very good order through voluntary support from staff, parents, Governors and children.

Housed within the main school is the Gurnard Pre-school.  The Pre-school is run separately from the school and has its own entrance and play area.  It is managed by Mrs Munt (telephone 280441). 

The school enjoys close liaison with the Pre-school and co-operates with it in a number of activities.

Age Range

This primary school caters for boys and girls from 5 - 9 years of age

Area Served

The priority area for Gurnard Primary School extends to Gurnard Village, Rew Street, Porchfield and Newtown.  However, provided the school is not oversubscribed (i.e. the admissions number is not exceeded) anyone who wishes may have a place allocated for their child -- subject to the Local Education Authority guidelines. (Outlined in the LEA information booklet)

Allocation of Places

The school follows the admission procedures laid down by the Isle of Wight Council in that places are automatically given to children living within the catchment area and places are available to out of area children who already have siblings in the school.  Parental requests for the admission of pupils living outside the area must be made in writing to the Isle of Wight Education Committee after consultation with the Headteacher of the school, designated to serve the area.

Requests for out of area admission to the Reception class must be submitted to County by the end of November for all possible September entrants.

Parents are welcome should they so wish, to visit the school in order to assess the opportunities provided for their child and should contact the Head or Secretary at the school for an appointment.

The standard admission number for Gurnard Primary School is 36 per age group.

The Ages served by Gurnard Primary School:

Reception (Foundation Key Stage) 
4 - 5 years
5 - 7 years
7 - 9 years

The Swimming Pool

The school has a heated, covered swimming pool on site that was built by 'The Friends Association' and is wholly maintained by them.  There is a Swimming Pool Committee which comprises of a group of dedicated, hard working parents who run the pool.  There is a termly charge, during the swimming season, for the school's usage of the pool. These funds go towards cleaning, heating and chlorination costs. The pool is available for parents to hire for their own private use during the summer season.  This is done by joining the Gurnard School Swimming Club and making a booking through the Bookings Manager - who can be contacted on 298707.  The money from the hire of the pool is also used to cover its running and maintenance costs. Without this support the pool would not be a viable school and community asset.



 ECO SCHOOLS  is a National project designed to encourage children and adults (staff, parents and the local community) to take an active part in issues affecting our environment.
Those issues are as follows:-

Litter and Waste Management
Healthy Living
School Grounds

A committee, made up of YR3 and YR4 children, meet regularly to initiate action on these matters and some of their thoughts are included on the children's page of this Website.  


 In June two separate parties, involving Year 3 and Year 4 children from Green, Orange and Red classes, spent three days and two nights at Middle Barn Farm in the Arreton valley. The accommodation was based on separate bedrooms, housing between 4 and 6 children, next to a  kitchen/dining area, with another large indoor area for classroom activities, including a visit from Graham Street, of the Isle Of Wight Bat hospital. Outdoor activities, such as 'Search and Rescue' - a team building exercise - took place around the grounds.
One of the most positive outcomes of School Journeys is the close interaction that arises between children and adults and of all participants working together to make everything run smoothly. To this end all the adults involved were highly complimentary about the children’s contribution towards making the 2005 trips a complete success.


We are always keen to welcome new families to the school and parents who take an active role in their children's learning.  We like to develop strong home/school partnerships with all parents and not just those that are involved in fund raising or hearing their children read.
Many parents come into school on a voluntary basis to support activities within the classroom 


The PTFA support the school in many ways –
helping in classrooms, with clubs, swimming, sports events and fundraising.
Throughout 2004/05 the PTFA and Swimming Pool Committee have once again given generously of their time enabling many 'extras' to be enjoyed by the children including:- helping with the cost of digital projectors (to enable PC programmes to be displayed on class whiteboards), Martin the Puppet Man, Christmas entertainment, Library books, Shrovetide Carnival and Playhouse.
Many thanks to all those who helped in any way. The school could not function as it does without your support.

Learning with your child

We will gradually be adding links to web sites that either have resources that the children can use for homework and project work, or sites that we find that are fun as well as educational.  These sites will always be free to use and have been checked out first by ourselves.

Learning to Touch Type
The BBC has a great web site that some of the children are starting to use in school.  It can be found here:

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