At Bathampton Primary School we are proud of our nurturing environment. We are committed to helping all children reach their full potential and develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning, preparing them to be valuable members of society. We ensure provision is made for the same high quality education irrelevant of ability, age, gender, race, religion or personal choice.
We are a non-denominational community school which prides itself on being a place of equality and inclusivity.
When they first start school at the age of four, Reception children are paired with a Year 6 child who becomes their School ‘Buddy’. The older children look out for the little ones and it is a pleasure to see them playing together.
‘A major strength is in encouraging and developing social and emotional skills and encouraging friendships and inter-year links.’
All the children belong to ‘houses’ which include all ages, from 4 to 11. This promotes good relationships between the whole range of age groups so that the younger children gain confidence, and the older children develop a sense of responsibility.
The school houses are Swan, Heron, Mallard and Kingfisher. The children are awarded house points for being kind and helping others. At the end of each week the house with the most points receives a trophy. Each house has House Captains and Deputy House Captains from Year 6.
At Bathampton all children can apply to be on the Pupil Leadership Crew. They can apply through a range of media at the beginning of each academic year. Our Year 6 House Captains and Head of School meet the children in small groups for mini interviews to hear their ideas and how these link to our school values. Following this, our House Captains discuss and decide who will be on the Pupil Leadership Crew.
We have two Pupil Leader Representatives from each year group and a Year 6 executive pupil leader. The Leadership Crew meet once a fortnight. They are the voice for their peers and share the thoughts and ideas of children across the school.
Parental support at home is invaluable in a child’s education. As a school we aim to involve parents in school life in a variety of ways. Throughout the year there are information sessions for parents, to tell them about individual class routines or developments in subjects, and to encourage them to ask questions. Teachers build positive relationships with parents, welcoming them in the morning and being available to chat after school. As a school we strongly believe in communicating and addressing any issues quickly and effectively.
Parents are encouraged to offer their help in school, by listening to children read, or accompanying class trips. Sometimes, parents or relatives may showcase a particular skill to inspire children to learn.