Bathampton Primary School is well-rooted in the community, with strong links to local groups. Many local families have had children go through the school and parents often return to help the school at a later stage.
‘The school is a lynchpin of the community here. It is an inclusive school, bringing together children and parents from disparate backgrounds.’
The school celebrates Christian festivals within the church and the vicar visits the school to lead lively, engaging assemblies.
The Reception Class teachers visit the local playgroup and nursery so that the children there get to know them and make an easier transition to school. The Reception teachers will also make home visits (on request) for children who don’t attend the local nursery or playgroup.
The local growing project Dry Arch Growers, led by a parent volunteer, is within easy walking distance and the children visit in class groups. They are encouraged to plant, cook and eat produce grown there.
Each year the Village Show encourages entries from the school and families attend to enjoy the stalls, music and barn dance in the evening.
A member of the Parish Council, Lin King, is a Governor at the school and provides the link to our Parish Council. The Parish Council is very supportive of the school, in particular championing our work to improve walking and cycling routes to school with B&NES.
We have strong links to B&NES and our Parish Council when it comes to encouraging investment in our local area's walking and cycling routes. We are the first school in the West of England to receive a Gold Modeshift Stars award for our work as Safer Routes to School, which includes a requirement to work proactively with the local community.
Local businesses and residents are encouraged to support and attend our fairs, fêtes and evening socials.
‘The school most certainly has an air of community, care, personality and a feeling that pupils are the priority.’