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Ightham Primary School
Oldbury Lane, Ightham, TN15 9DD, UK Sevenoaks
+44 (0)1732 882405
www:http://www.ightham.kent.sch.uk/e-mail:admin@ightham.kent.sch.uk

Ightham School

"Welcome to Ightham Primary School. We are very proud of our school, which has served the local community since 1850."

The Vision

The aim of Ightham Primary School is to provide a stimulating learning environment that offers an adventure for the mind and a care for the individual in a safe secure environment.

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We are a happy and friendly village primary school with a real family atmosphere. Our school is set in the beautiful, historic village of Ightham. Children achieve high academic standards here and are taught by an enthusiastic and caring team of teachers.

The school has benefited from a lot of investment in classrooms and outdoor facilities. Our Early Years classroom is well equipped and well staffed to provide for the needs of 4 and 5 year old children starting school.

Ofsted fully endorse the hard work of ‘TEAM Ightham’ that ensures the happiness of our children, their willingness to learn and their extremely good behaviour. They also judged that children in our Reception Class learn well and have lots of fun.

We have a purpose built information and communication and technology suite and a high ratio of computers all around the school, making IT an integral part of children’s learning.

At Ightham Primary School we offer a stimulating learning environment that provides an adventure for the mind and a care for every individual.

CURRICULUM

In the early years (Reception Class) the school offers the Curriculum for the Foundation Stage (ages 3-5). This covers six areas of learning as shown below. Play and child initiated learning form an important part of this Curriculum.

  Foundation Stage
Age 4 – 5
Year Group Reception
Personal, Social and Emotional Development   *
Communication, Language and Literacy   *
Mathematical Development   *
Knowledge and Understanding of the World   *
Physical Development   *
Creative Development   *
RE   *

 

The school offers the full National Curriculum which applies to pupils of compulsory school age. It is organised on the basis of four key stages as shown here.

 
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
 
Age
5 – 7
7 - 11
 
Year Groups
1 - 2
3 - 6
 
       
English
*
*
NC Core Subjects
Mathematics
*
*
 
Science
*
*
 
       
Design and Technology
*
*
NC Non-Core Subjects
Information & Communication Technology (ICT )
*
*
 
 
   
History
*
*
 
Geography
*
*
 
Art & Design
*
*
 
Music
*
*
 
Physical Education
*
*
 
Citizenship
*
*
 
 
 
RE
*
*
Kent Agreed Syllabus

Key Stages 3 and 4 apply to Secondary Education

Note about Physical Education:

The Government believes that two hours of physical activity a week, including the National Curriculum for physical education and extra-curricular activities, should be an aspiration for all schools. This applies throughout all key stages.

At Ightham Primary School we believe strongly in promoting the development of the ‘whole child’ and their self-esteem through a broad and balanced curriculum emphasis on the creative arts and Personal Social and Health Education. The National Literacy and Numeracy strategies form a key part of our teaching of English and mathematics, but these subjects are also taught across the broader range of the curriculum as literacy and numeracy are essential basic skills.

French is taught in years 3 to 6. English is a particular strength of the school and so continues to receive prominence within the curriculum every week. Mathematics is also a vitally important part of our curriculum and we give extra time each week to mathematics (in Years 3 to 6) to enable pupils to develop skills in mental calculation and problem solving .

ADMISSION

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Ightham Primary School admits pupils full time in the September for pupils whose birthdays fall between September and December. Those whose birthdays fall between January and August are admitted full time in September if their parents wish or parental requests to defer entry until the start of the Spring term will be granted. However, parental requests to defer entry until the following year will not be guaranteed a place at the school. We do not hold open places where the school is oversubscribed.

Where the number of applications exceeds our pupil admission number (28) places will be allocated in the following priority order, following the LEA Admissions Policy:

  • Children in the care of Kent County Council
  • Where the child has a sibling attending Ightham Primary School at the time of entry (where the family continues to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted or has moved to a new property within two miles (via the shortest available walking route) of the school).
  • Where there are medical grounds (supported by a doctor) for admitting the child and where the school has adequate facilities to support access of need.
  • Proximity of the child's home is measured by the shortest available walking route between home and school, with those living nearest being given priority.

When we wish to admit more pupils than the standard number we will seek the agreement of the LEA Admissions Authority.

The Governing Body has established the following arrangements for appeals against non admission:

  • A written application to the Area Director of the LEA if unsuccessful.
  • A final stage of appeal to an Independent Statutory Appeal Committee.

SCHOOL ROLL
There are currently 170 children on the school roll.



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