What Our School is Really Like
- Written by children from “Haytor Class” aged 9,10 &11.
Denbury Primary School is a small School set in a quiet and peaceful village in the heart of Devon. It has improved from a lovely old Victorian building opened in 1875, to a school with modern facilities ready to give everyone a great education.
Inside it has up to date 21st Century technology with clean and bright facilities. The teachers bring great experience and high quality to our school. There are annual events, such as the May Fair, Summer Fair, a Christmas Fete and Sports Day. Loads of people in the village come and join us.
One of the things that has been improved is the quiet room, (it used to be our cloakroom) which offers children more space to work in little groups with the support of adults. One child explained to us that ‘It was very peaceful and helpful for my maths’.
We have lots of different playground equipment including Giant Jenga; Connect 4, rackets, balls, skipping ropes, chalkboards, activity tables and a . ‘Buddy Bench’ for children who feel lonely. They can sit down and be assured that someone will make friends with them and cheer them up. They don’t need to be lonely at our school.
We have painted games on the playground for children to play on and covered shelter for sunny days.
The school also has a woodland area where you can sit and relax. There are benches surrounding the huge oak tree. Our woodland area is a peaceful place to hang out.
‘I’m new and I think it’s the best school in the world. Everyone is friendly and the marks I would give it are 10 out of 10. As soon as I walked in to the building I made friends. When you move in everyone is welcoming.’
‘In the last few years we at Denbury Primary School have made a lot of changes, such as
Loads more new playground equipment,
Smartening up our school uniform
Updating our classrooms with new lights windows doors and carpets.
We have introduced new teaching strategies because we think it’s important how you teach the children rather than just what you teach them.
Our independence has really grown over the last couple of years; we are now much more involved with helping to make decisions for the school and how we will work together.
We are now including the older people of the community to come and visit the school and see what the children of the village are doing.
Because our school is small we bond and work together well as a team, so no one gets left out, for instance, the Ramble Round the Down. The whole school walked 2 1/2 miles to raise money for school, even the reception joined in.
Our school may be small but I’m sure it will never stop improving so don’t miss the opportunity to send your child to this school.’
‘We have the 3C’s Child Care Club for working parents. Everyone loves 3C’s because of all the fun we have, playing, cooking and doing art. Mrs Sophie Thompson runs it and finds lots of good things to do. She is very cheerful, kind and she is the best person to run the club’.
This is a mixed Reception / Year 1 class, consisting of 27 children (15 Reception and 12 Year 1).
This is a mixed Year 2 / Year 3 class, consisting of 34 children (17 Year 2 and 17 Year 3).
This is a mixed Year 4 / Year 5 class, consisting of 28 children (11 Year 4 and 17 Year 5).
This is a Year 6 class, consisting of 24 children .
TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN AT DENBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL: 114