At Stokesay Primary School, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are an extremely inclusive school. Our pupils and families come from a wide variety of backgrounds, both in and around Craven Arms, and our curriculum design and implementation reflects this. We have close links with the local church (St Andrews) as well as the local mosque. One of our school governors is the local Imam, in fact. We welcome pupils in most year groups from the local Long Lane site and welcome a growing number of children who are learning English as an additional language. The rich and varied mix of backgrounds and cultures in our school is something that we rightly celebrate, as it helps all of our children learn to celebrate difference and learn about others with life experiences that may differ from their own. Everyone is welcome, everyone is valued at Stokesay Primary School.
At Stokesay Primary School, we provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for every unique child to develop and succeed. One of the most frequent aspects that visitors to our school comment on is the welcoming 'family' feel of Stokesay, and the behaviour and manners of our children in a purposeful learning environment. Children are inspired to learn, because teachers provide them with motivational learning opportunities, to encourage their curiosity. We believe in building strong, positive relationships between our pupils, parents, staff, governors and the community and we welcome visitors, so please feel free to come and see this for yourself.
At Stokesay Primary School, we welcome pupils into our nurturing teacher-led Nursery from the term after their 3rd birthday. We have two large buildings as part of our school site. Staff and pupils in both buildings have extremely close links, and having these two sites can be a real advantage for the children, as it allows us plenty of space to split into smaller, more focused groups.
A major strength of Stokesay is our staff. From the welcoming office staff who are an amazing link between home and school, to the experienced and dedicated teaching team, and everyone in between too. Our teaching team work incredibly hard designing lessons with the individual needs of each child central to this, enabling children to achieve their full potential. Our aim is to provide the best start in life for every child. We work hard to ensure that our curriculum is varied and interesting, and we regularly review our provision to take into account the interests and needs of all children. We have a specialist music teacher in school every week, and make use of other specialist staff, such as sports coaches and a SEND coordinator from Church Stretton School, in addition to Stokesay’s own experienced and talented staff. We hold many events throughout the year to enrich the curriculum, such as special curriculum ‘themes’(i.e “When Mr Wolf broke into school!”), educational visits, as well as making use of the local environment. Regular special events, such as ‘Seaside Day’, Mothers’ Day assemblies or Christmas performances also add to this.
We are extremely proud of the outstanding pastoral support available in school. For example, we offer a breakfast club, nurture group and homework club for children, as well having a Family Support Worker and running parent groups, such as our ‘Understanding your Child’ workshops. We strongly believe that children learn best if they are happy and engaged in their learning, and the role of parents/carers is vital in this. So, we encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s learning, through daily morning routines, homework, reading, phonics work, as well as having a strong friends of school (F.O.S.S) organisation. We also put on workshops for parents/carers, in areas such as maths, phonics and grammar, to help our parents to better support their children’s learning.
Please feel free to have a good look through our school website. We are very proud of all of our pupils and the direction in which the school is heading. We hope that the information and the photographs you will find offer a snapshot of our happy, welcoming school…a school most definitely on the up!
Bagels are on offer at no cost, every morning, for every child (and their parents/carers/families too) who would like a delicious, nutritious 'breakfast bite', to start the day. This encourages prompt attendance and a positive start to every school day. This is just one of the things that makes our inclusive school special.