Burwell Village College Primary School.
Burwell is a large village to the north east of Cambridge within easy commuting distance from Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket & Ely. With a population of approximately 5,000 people there is a thriving village spirit with many community activities taking place in the school, both during the day and in the evening. Although the school now caters for primary aged children, the strong community links fostered by the original Village College are maintained.
The school is fortunate to have a spacious site with large and light classrooms. The school has the use of a community sports hall, and extensive playgrounds / fields. Also within the grounds are a public library, nursery, playgroup and print center.
The school currently has 2 form entry with 453 pupils aged 4 - 11 years on roll. There are 16 classes, all of which are single year groupings. The growth of the school reflects the expansion and popularity of the village and there is an ever increasing demand for Reception places. To meet this need the Local Authority has asked the school to provide a third Reception class which will continue until 2023 when we eventually become a three-form entry school of around 600 pupils. To accommodate the demand school is embarking on a £5.5Million building project commencing summer 2016. Over the next 18 months school will be updated with 12 new KS2 classrooms, brand new suite of Reception classrooms, ICT room, technology room, learning zone (library), new kitchen & admin block, updated hall and landscaped grounds.
Burwell offers a broad and balanced curriculum, delivering the requirements of the new National Curriculum. The Literacy and Numeracy lessons are valued very positively and there is a determination to ensure that national and local initiatives reflect the particular needs of our pupils.
The school was visited by Ofsted during November 2015. During the coming years the management and teaching focus will be on improving the standards our pupils attain in maths & writing. This will mean teachers effectively using high quality marking and assessment to ensure that that work is closely matched to the needs of the pupils and that our most able pupils are meeting their full potential. In order to meet our targets it is essential that we have the highest expectations of our teaching and that our lessons are moving from good to outstanding.
The staff at Burwell Village College Primary School are very dedicated and professional. There is a tremendous camaraderie, which nurtures high morale and an extremely positive approach to the job. Governors and parents are supportive and take part in the life of the school in large numbers. The wider community is prepared to help the school where it can, with visitors leading assemblies and sharing experiences and knowledge with pupils, when the opportunity arises.