Marshfield Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School with 169 pupils on roll. We are a very happy school, working together with the local community to provide the best possible education and life experiences for the pupils. The parents, governors, staff, the local community and the pupils are very supportive and proud of the school which has a caring and friendly atmosphere as well as high academic expectations.
The school’s latest OFsted report (September 2012) judged the school to be good and described many outstanding features. Our Church of England Report (March 2013) judged the school to be outstanding in all areas recognising the fully embedded links between explicit Christian values, learning across the curriculum and children’s development as responsible, successful and independent learners.
The pupils, aged between four and eleven years of age, are split between 6 classes. This year the classes are organised into a straight Foundation Class, a Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4/5 and Year 5/6. Year groups are split using age only criteria and varies each year depending on the size of each cohort.
We feel very fortunate to have such a lovely building and grounds, opened in September 2001 and situated at the east end of the village. Previously the school was situated in a Victorian building in the centre of the village. Its unique design reflects the conservation status of the village with natural materials used throughout the building. It houses 6 classrooms with adjoining practical bays, a library and learning area, hall and a children’s kitchen. All the classrooms open onto the playground which benefits from an amphitheatre, infant and junior agility trails, conservation and pond area, a quiet area, a large field and a Play Pod.
With the support of the community, in January 2011 we installed a 12kw wind turbine that has the potential to generate all of the school’s electricity. This is part of the school’s commitment to sustainability.
Marshfield is an historic village on the edge of the Cotswolds, yet within easy access of Bath, Bristol, Yate and Chippenham. Its vibrant community includes people from all walks of life. The school has strong links with the community, encouraging members of the community into the school and pupils to participate in community activities. For example, the children perform Maypole dances at the May Fair and take part in village concerts. Members of the community regularly contribute to assemblies, help in school and share their expertise. The school benefits from a very active and supportive PTA which raises over £6000 per annum.
The school promotes a caring, inclusive ethos with high expectations for learning in order to maximize achievement. The pupils are enthusiastic and well motivated by a creative cross curricular curriculum in which all thrive. Enrichment of the curriculum is very important at Marshfield so at the beginning of the year, the school team plans ahead to make sure we can make the experience for your children as varied and fun as possible. Book Week, E-Safety Day, Eco Day, Sports Week, Geography Day, Spirited Arts Day, European Day and Dads in school days are just some examples our special events. We also arrange cycle training, road safety workshops and a very popular ‘Brainiacs’ whole school general knowledge quiz with questions based on what the children have been learning in their topics.