As a school we aim to provide a safe and enjoyable place for everyone to learn, where celebrations are the building blocks for success. Our inclusive learning environment encourages children to become lifelong learners.
The first Christ Church Primary School opened its doors in 1847 at Mount Pleasant and in 1878 an infant school was erected on an adjoining site. In 1928 the school was changed from an elementary school to a junior school and in 1956 the school moved to its present site and an infant school was built adjacent to it, combining the infant and junior schools on one site. In 1972 they became a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. Since this time Christ Church Primary School has evolved into the very strong, vibrant school that we know today.
With approximately 400 children, we are a large primary school for a semi-rural location, drawing our pupils from the town and surrounding villages. Christ Church has an excellent reputation and is an extremely sought after primary school. The children are split into 7 year groups (Foundation to Yr 6) with 2 classes per year group (with a maximum of 30 children in each class). The school has a very strong teaching body, a very dedicated set of support staff including learning support assistants and administrative staff, a well-motivated and effective governing body and an exceptional Parent Teacher Association (Friends of Christ Church School – FOCCS).
The school buildings are set in spacious grounds on a single level, with two halls, well-stocked library areas, additional rooms where small groups of children can work, comprehensive ICT facilities and a music room. The Foundation Stage together with Key Stage 1 (KS1) are housed in the Berryfield building and Key Stage 2 (KS2) in the Christ Church building.
The School is also well-served by its outdoor space; a large grassed area, an amphitheater, low-level play equipment, a pond area, a wild garden, small vegetable plots and woodland all within the grounds. We are also now the proud owners of a larger vegetable garden which was designed by the children and donated and constructed by Dudleys Construction Company. In addition, thanks to the enormous fund raising efforts of FOCCS we now have a place to reflect, named and designed by the children as the Place of Peace.
Christ Church provides a seamless transition through primary education. We are extremely fortunate in being able to work so closely with our local secondary school, St. Laurence, to make education from 4-18 years old as smooth an experience as possible for our children. Together with the four other primary schools in the area, the vast majority of our pupils move up to St. Laurence.