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St Oswald's C E (Controlled) Infant School
Mayfield Road, DE6 1AS Ashbourne
01335 342660

Welcome to our school. We, that is the entire staff team, think it is very special and so do the children. Our parents and governors are really involved and give tremendous support in maintaining our ethos and standards at St Oswald’s. 


  • Children make good progress.
  • Standards are high.
  • Regular monitoring of teaching and learning by senior staff is successfully helping to raise standards.
  • Pupils are enthusiastic, work hard and behave extremely well.
  • Staff work together as a team.
  • The governing body provides good quality support and strategic guidance.
  • High standards are evident in physical education and personal, social and health education.
  • Staff set challenging but achievable targets.
  • Pupils with special educational needs make good progress.
  • Teachers successfully challenge more able pupils to achieve well.
  • Personal development and well being is outstanding.
  • Behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent.
  • The school effectively promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • The school ensures children work hard and take pride in what they do.
  • The school council is developing effectively.
  • Pupils successfully rise to the challenge to take responsibility for making choices and working independently.
  • The quality of learning and teaching is good.
  • Lessons are lively and all staff promote a purposeful working atmosphere.
  • Staff effectively adapt their plans to motivate and interest pupils, taking good account of the different ways in which boys and girls learn.


Our curriculum aims to provide a broad, strong and balanced base for future learning.

The school has policies for all subjects to ensure the National Curriculum is fully covered. We use an integrated approach; often our work is topic based. Children are treated as individuals, and progress at their own pace and level of understanding.


Children’s activities include reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, speaking and listening. We have a wide selection of fiction and factual reading books which children take home regularly. There is also a well-stocked library at School. Parents provide support as a reading partner at home and contribute to the child’s reading record book. We also operate a lending library from the library in the School Hall.


Maths work is very practical and is supported by the Numeracy Framework. There is far greater emphasis on developing mental strategies at Key Stage 1 and less recording, especially in Reception and Year 1.


Our science work is based on investigation and observation and involves much exciting practical work.Our wildlife garden provides us with a wonderful outdoor classroom.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

We have 5 computers in each classroom and interactive whiteboards in each class which enhance the curriculum. ICT is taught as a discrete subject so the children learn the specific skills. It is also embedded within the whole curriculum, so the children use their skills to access other information for topic based work.

Religious Education

We offer Religious Education and daily collective worship. We are affiliated to St. Oswald’s Church and most of the teaching is based on Christianity. We also respect other world religions.

P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship

We promote a very caring school community where everyone can feel safe to be themselves and respond to life and each other and develop an awareness of peoples throughout our world.

Art, Music and P.E. – "The Creative Arts"

Inspiring creativity is a joy and a privilege. Within each year group children are inspired to be creative through topic work, meeting different artists and working with a variety of mediums. Each child has 2 hours of quality PE a week as well as having the opportunity to go swimming in Year 2.

History and Geography

We are fortunate to be part of a historic market town, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our history and geography work therefore is very practical and makes full use of our rich environment.

Sam, our doll, goes away on holiday with staff and children to widen everyone’s awareness of our world. Please ask if you need it! Don’t forget to take some photographs.


Technology is linked to project work and children have plenty of opportunity for designing, making and testing the objects of their ideas.

Spiritual and Moral Development

We aim to help children develop a sense of confidence and responsibility. This is achieved through consistent high expectations, the School ethos, our Behaviour Code (including rewards and sanctions) and the R.E. curriculum.

Social/Moral attitudes and skills are also developed in class discussion, circle time,  individual chats and through stories and drama.

Sex Education

We believe very strongly that children’s questions should be answered honestly at  a level appropriate to their age.

The governors have a policy for Sex Education teaching and this is available on request.  Sex Education at infant level is mostly concerned with growing and changing but also emphasises caring relationships.

All policies are on file at School and you are welcome to read these as they give more detailed information in specific areas.

Extra Curricular Programmes

Other extra curricular provision includes:

Library openings – 8.45 to 9.00 a.m. and 3.15 to 3.30 p.m. every day

Musical Magic – Monday 3.15 to 4.15

Dance Club – Tuesday 3.15 to 4.15 p.m.

Football and Fitness – Thursday 3.15-4.15 p.m.

Recorders – Friday lunchtime


All assessment is undertaken to assist our planning. We need to know where each individual is in their knowledge and understanding in order to move them on to the next stage in the learning process. All reception children have a baseline assessment made here at School during the first few weeks of joining us. This takes place in the normal classroom situation where the children are busy with their activities and the teacher observes and records information to ensure we know what each child’s individual learning needs are.  It is not a process of comparing children or testing them and we are happy to share all this information with you as soon as it is completed.  It also gives us a baseline on which to build future learning plans.  We also undertake a Year 1 check, and of course, Statutory Assessments (SATS) take place in Year 2 or at the end of Key Stage One (you can view recent results on the Facts and Figures page). This process enables us to do the very best we can for every child and to inform the next school should you move area or when your child transfers to Parkside Junior School.

Half-termly assessments are carried out informally throughout the school.

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