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The Priory C of E Primary School


‘Achievement for all, guided by God.’

At The Priory Primary School, we follow Christ’s teachings through our Core Values...

  • A place with a high level of challenge which, through high expectations, will lead to personal success for everyone.
  • A rich spiritual journey for every pupil.
  • A commitment to the Growth Mindset - that through resilience, reflection, being resourceful and relating to others we can all grow to be effective learners.
  • An understanding that we all have different backgrounds but we all will grow and prosper together with our learning, confidence and character. There will be no child left behind in their learning due to personal circumstances.

We are a very caring school and the wellbeing of children is of paramount importance to us. We have invested in support from our key partners, such as ‘Jigsaw 4U’ and ‘TaMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools), to ensure children and families receive specialist support. Every Friday children participate in a ‘Wellbeing Afternoon’, a time in the week when all children participate in our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE programme followed by critical thinking sessions which include discussions, debates and other opportunities for our children to develop as reflective and good learners.

In terms of our school community, we have close links with Holy Trinity Church and are regularly visited by Reverend Mark Eminson and Reverend Belamo Alagoa to lead our Collective Worship.


Mission Statement

The Priory is a vibrant, Church of England school, aiming to provide an outstanding education, for all children to be happy and confident as they are challenged within a Christian environment of creativity, love and respect.

Voluntary Aided

The Priory C of E Primary is a voluntary aided Church of England school, which is owned by the Richard Thornton Foundation. The school offers excellent facilities for all curriculum subjects. We have specialist areas for music, computing and a large, well-resourced library, plus our amazing wildlife garden. 

Our Equality Duties

We aim to be a community where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. We want everyone to reach their potential, and recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.

We take our legal duties on equality seriously. We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations.

We are required to publish equality information as well as equality objectives, which show how we plan to reduce or remove particular inequalities or disadvantages. 

Award-winning Outside Space

We are fortunate to benefit from a large playground, an award winning wildlife garden and field for children to play in. The nursery and reception classes have their own playing areas directly outside their classrooms.

Performance Management

All staff are set performance management objectives at the beginning of the academic year, there are interim meetings mid year and they are reviewed at the end of each year. 

All Faiths

The school welcomes children from all nationalities and faiths. Children with special educational needs are welcomed and well provided for, both in terms of teaching and facilities. Spacious classrooms on all floors are accessible by lift for anyone with a physical disability.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

The Designated Safeguarding Leads are Peter Haddock (Headteacher), Claire Ellerker (Deputy Head) and Elspeth Leach (Assistant Head). All safeguarding concerns in the school are reported to Mr Haddock and Mrs Ellerker who work closely with the staff in the local authority and Education Welfare Officers.  The school offers Childnet presentations to parents on internet safety every two years.

School times

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we have altered timings to drop off and pick.

They allow for staggered starts and collection.  Please ensure to follow  guidance for social distancing. 

Nursery (3 to 4 year olds)

8:20 - 11:30 Morning session

12:30 - 3:30 Afternoon session

The children are able to access the indoor and outdoor learning environments for the majority of the day.

Reception (4 to 5 year olds)

Drop off:    8:30-8:45

Pick up:      3:15

8:30 - 11:45 Morning session

11:45 - 12:45 Lunch

12:50 - 3:10 Afternoon session

The children are able to access the indoor and outdoor learning environments for the majority of the day.

Key Stage One

Year One (5 to 6 Year Olds)               

Drop off:   8:30-8:45            Pick up:     3:00-3:15

Year Two (6 to 7 Year Olds)               

Drop off:   8:45-9:00            Pick up:     3:15-3:30

8:40 - 12:00  Morning session   (20 minute break in the morning)

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 3:15 Afternoon session    (20 minute break in the afternoon)

Key Stage Two

Mixed Year Three and Year 4 (7 to 9 Year Olds)   

Drop off:  8:30-8:45        Pick up:  3:00-3:15

Mixed Year Five and Year 6 (9 to 11 Year Olds)

Drop off:  8:45-9:00        Pick up:   3:15-3:30

8:40 - 12:30  Morning session   (20 minute break in the morning)

12:30 - 1:30  Lunch

1:30 - 3:15 Afternoon session