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Welcome to Aldermaston School

Welcome! The business of Aldermaston CE Primary School is making the most of people, particularly our (and your) children. This is a thread that runs through the school's vision, set by the governors, and through our  School Aims , set following consultation with children, parents and staff. These centre around the three themes of compassion, respect and striving for your best - please use the link above to find out more! The day to day activity in school centres around learning and preparing children for further study and for life. You'll see the impact of this activity if you look at children's learning in their books, on the walls of the school, and in our test results (last year's KS2 results were the best in the school's history!).

Our numbers have gradually risen over the years, and we have changed to reflect this.  We have a modern, recently extended, building that meets the needs of all pupils: its single storey access and wide doors giving access to all. It has spacious teaching areas for Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage 2) and years 1 to 6, a new kitchen, a remodelled library and art area and an extended staffroom as well as a generous outdoor area.

We don't exist in a vacuum, and the school is rooted in a wider community: local, national and global. We also want to see the best for our staff, parents, the small army of volunteers (governors, the very active and effective parent-teacher association, parents and others who come in to help), the Aldermaston community with whom we work closely, and to appreciate and contribute to our country and our world.

The school has historically achieved this very effectively, and we are proud of the achievements of all our pupils, past and present, and of our community partnerships, while at the same time continuing to strive for improvement in all aspects of our work.

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We are a church school, a status that we take seriously, and which impacts positively on an ethos which ensures that each individual is treated as special and important.  Most church schools were originally set up for the education of all, and often those who in the past would have been excluded from education.  In keeping with that foundation, our school provides an inclusive education for those of all faiths and backgrounds.

Each child in our school belongs to one of four houses (a bit like Hogwarts!). Forster (red), Achard (blue), Congreve (green) and Keyser (yellow) are named after former lords of Aldermaston Manor. The houses engage in friendly rivalry in a house point competition, sports events and are the basis for regular assemblies, led by the children for the children.

We also enjoy the services of 'Playzone' - our before and after school club.  This organisation, which operates independently from the school but with whom we work very closely, provides a high standard of care and activities for children between 8am before school and until 6pm afterwards. 

Visitors to the school are struck by the positive, purposeful and happy atmosphere pervading the site, and also by the fantastic countryside setting incorporating an adventure playground, environmental area, a new garden where flowers and vegetables are grown by the children (and occasionally supplied to the kitchen!), a generously sized playground and sports field, and views across the Kennet Valley. It's an environment where children thrive!

To bring our vision, aims and activity together we have adopted the symbol of the pear tree that you have seen on our front page.  Just as a tree needs good soil, firm roots, a sturdy trunk and healthy branches and leaves if it is to bear fruit, our tree shows what we need for our children to flourish.

 If you'd like to learn more about our school, please get in touch using the contact details on the front page - I'd love to help.

Rhodri Bowen, Headteacher

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