Welcome to our small and vibrant primary school
We are a close school community, who work to ensure we do the best for every single child. We put a strong emphasis on children's personal and social development and put children's happiness and wellbeing at the forefront of our work.
Since June 2019, we have been an academy and we are proud to be part of The Partnership Trust. We are very proud that our 2017 results put us in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress in both writing and maths, and the top 2% for progress overall. This was followed in 2018 by excellent progress scores again, above the national average and very significantly so in maths and writing. Our success has continued and you can read more about our academic achievements here. We are a very popular school, with 48% of our current parents having chosen Pensford despite it not being their nearest primary (Feb 2021).
If you are a prospective parent, our one-page summary of our strengths may be useful for you. We provide education in a small village setting to pupils from the immediate and surrounding areas, including Keynsham, Whitchurch and South Bristol as well as villages to the south as far as Midsomer Norton.
Our school has developed considerably in recent years and many positive changes have been brought about, leading to our strong Ofsted report and very high levels of parent satisfaction. Another thing we take pride in is that 100% of parents and carers have said (in our Ofsted Parent View survey) that they recommend the school to other parents. Our Ofsted report is here.
We are also very pleased to be working regularly with Hidden Valley Bushcraft, who deliver Forest School sessions to our children in the autumn, spring and summer. They share our philosophy about the benefits of outdoor education for all. In fact, learning about the environment around us both locally and globally is a key part of our curriculum.
Want a place for your child at Pensford?
Every day is an open day at Pensford, so please do give us a call on 01761 490470 if you would like a tour of the school. Outside school hours you can click here, or email us at [email protected] , telling us the year group you need a place for and giving contact details including a phone number. The school can also be open at weekends for visits (by appointment only). The application process is online and from September you will be able to register and apply here for Reception places in 2023. If your child is already of school age and you are moving to the area, applications are made directly to the school so please get in touch to arrange a visit and to get an application form.
Required for September, or sooner if possible:
We would like to employ a caretaker for 2 hours per fortnight to look after our school. This small number of hours could be fitted in at any point when the school is open (7am to 5:15pm in term time). We are seeking someone who can give our school site the love and attention it deserves!
An ‘official’ advert for this position, including rates of pay, will be going live soon, but meanwhile if you know anyone who might be interested in this work, please ask them to contact the school office.
We do not currently have any teaching staff vacancies. However, if you are a qualified teacher interested in a casual contract for ad hoc supply work at the school, please do get in touch with us.
REMOTE LEARNINGNow that we are operating under the 'living with COVID' strategy, children do not need to be tested for COVID even if they have symptoms. If children do test positive, they need only isolate for 3 days and can then return to school if they are well. Nevertheless, we can provide remote learning to children during that 3 day isolation period. This will be arranged with the teacher on Dojo.
A summary of the safeguarding measures we have in place can be found here.
As part of the 'living with COVID strategy', parents and carers can find our latest guidance on what to do if your child has COVID symptoms here.
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