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CHURCHFIELDS, the Village School at Atworth and Monkton Farleigh, has been celebrating its many successes across 2017.
Simon Futcher, headteacher said, “In February, we were inspected by Ofsted who confirmed we are a good school with a number of strengths. They stated that pupils are very well behaved, polite and well-mannered thanks to the opportunities they are given as well as the care and support they receive.
“It was pleasing that inspectors recognised that how our new curriculum inspires pupils and helps them to develop a love of learning. The Church of England carried out their own inspection of the school in October and again confirmed our effectiveness as a church school.
“Churchfields are the proud new owners of an outdoor classroom, thanks to money that was bequeathed by an Atworth resident. This space has lighting and heating so can be used all year round and in all weathers. This amazing new space serves as our new library area, as well as a work-space for our children.
“Churchfields is a member of the Bradford on Avon cluster of schools mainly due to the locality of our feeder secondary school. We do feel it is important that we work with other schools in the area so are developing our links with the Melksham science cluster of primary schools to enhance our science provision. We are initially focussing on the development of science trails to complement our on-going work on developing outdoor learning, to encourage children to ‘see’ the science that is all around them.
“At Churchfields we feel that pupils’ academic education must be carefully balanced with a nurturing of their social and emotional wellbeing. We worked successfully with the Diocese of Salisbury across the year to enhance the opportunities we provide in school for children to explore and develop through spirituality. We now have an area for reflection in every classroom which children use every day.”