The Bawdsey Primary catchment includes the villages of Bawdsey, Alderton & Ramsholt, although we also have many children from the surrounding villages of Hollesley, Butley, Shottisham, Rendlesham, Sutton, Melton, and Woodbridge.
Established in 1852, the school moved to its present site in 1900. Since then Bawdsey has been extended, with the innovative Millennium Wing providing a dedicated ICT suite and Key Stage 2 classrooms, and the Jubilee room (opened last year) providing extra space for clubs and activities.
The school is fortunate to have large grounds where the children can explore, relax and play safely. Shelters provide covered areas, while a sports field, adventure trail, willow structure, climbing frames, wildlife pond and wooded area give the children access to many different activities in a variety of environments.
Children are able to start full time in the September of the academic year in which they reach five. At eleven they usually transfer to Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge.
Children are generally taught in small groups, with the average class size in the low twenties, so attention can readily be focused upon each child's growth & development.
Teachers work hard to develop a safe and caring atmosphere where each child quickly becomes a confident and happy member of the school community.
Whilst the school has a reputation for very high academic standards, it has a well-developed system of pupil profiling and Special Needs support to ensure that all children fulfil their potential.
Children have access to a very wide curriculum that is further enhanced by participating in local and national events as well as taking part in a wide range of extra-curricular visits and activities.
- To create a happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment in which each child can develop confidently through their primary years.
- To set increasingly high academic standards and to teach a broad and balanced curriculum.
- To develop positive partnerships between the home and the school, and between the school and the local communities.
- To learn from and appreciate the outstanding natural environment in which the school is situated.
- To teach children to respect and appreciate their own culture and faith and that of others.
- To give all children opportunities to explore and develop their own potential, and to celebrate their achievements.
Ofsted - Good with Outstanding elements
Bawdsey Primary was inspected by Ofsted in July 2014, when the school was once again rated as Good, and Outstanding in pupils' attitude to learning & pupils behaviour. The full Ofsted report is available here. Highlights include:
- The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils approach all of their lessons with interest, enthusiasm and determination. They listen respectfully to their teachers and to each other. All of this contributes to their good and improving achievement.
- The school is a harmonious community in which pupils of all ages work and play incredibly well together. Pupils are proud of the school's many achievements particularly in local sporting, musical and mathematical events.
- Pupils' conduct is impeccable. Pupils are extremely polite, friendly and courteous. They are welcoming to visitors to the school and are keen to share their achievements.
- Pupils love their school. They are prompt to arrive each day, eager to know what learning awaits them. and their attendance is consistently high.
- Achievement is good because leaders have been effective in improving teaching. As a result, pupils make good progress.
- Teachers plan and teach lessons that develop pupils' knowledge, skills and enjoyment of learning well.
- Pupils are avid readers. Younger pupils have an excellent understanding of phonics (the sounds letters make). This helps them to read and to enjoy reading from a young age.
- Mathematics is taught well. Pupils use their investigative skills effectively in different subjects and in national mathematical competitions.
- Physical education is a strength of the school. Teams are very successful in county competitions, in a wide variety of sports.
- Pupils' behaviour is exemplary. Pupils are incredibly eager to learn and unreservedly polite to each other and adults. They feel safe when they come to school.
- The curriculum is well-developed. It contributes to pupils' strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and is enhanced by numerous visits.
- Governors provide good support and challenge for the school. Their well-considered decisions are fully focused on providing the best for Bawdsey pupils.
- The Parents, BSA, Governors and local community have all offered their congratulations to the Staff, pupils and Governors of Bawdsey school.
Thomas Mobee, Chair of Governors, said, "This Ofsted inspection recognises Bawdsey as a educational establishment of high quality, on a par with the best within the area, and sets the scene for Bawdsey becoming an Outstanding school."