Steeple Morden CofE VC Primary School

Steeple Morden Primary School is a co-educational school with approximately 180 children from Reception to Year Six. The pupils are organised in single-year group classes, each with a teacher (or job-share arrangements) and appropriate support from teaching assistants. We have close links with the village Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and with SMARTIES Preschool and Out of School Club, which uses a purpose-built building in the school grounds.

The school has a catchment area of the villages of Steeple Morden, Abington Pigotts, Litlington and Odsey and sits between the towns of Royston and Baldock off the A505.

Steeple Morden and the surrounding villages are rural villages set in mainly arable farmland. The village has a post office and garage, along with a popular pub. Many of the villagers commute to London and Cambridge or the closer towns of Royston and Baldock.

 

Our staff are committed to securing the best outcomes for the children in their care and all work within the Christian ethos we share as a Church school. We have a supportive governing body who work closely with the school leadership to help the school’s continuous quest for improvement and parents are similarly supportive, particularly through the active parent teacher association, which organises very successful fundraising activities.

 

Buildings and facilities

The original school building, which is now the Reception classroom, dates from the Victorian era and has been significantly extended in the past 40 years. The school has approximately three acres of grounds, both grass and surfaced, which are used for playtimes, sports and outdoor learning. The playground includes a large play structure, an outdoor learning area for Key Stage 1 and a trim trail activity structure. In addition, a local landowner has given our younger pupils access to a patch of woodland where they can get among the mud and leaves and bring their learning from across the curriculum to life.

We have a large and well-equipped school hall, where the children can do PE, eat lunch, have assembly and put on performances. We also have an attractive and appealing library (refurbished in 2018), a music room and a heated outdoor swimming pool that is used for swimming lessons during the school day in the second half of the Summer term.

 

Church of England Ethos Statement

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

 

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Equality Strategy

The Council welcomes the diversity of gender, ages, abilities, ethnic origins, faiths and cultures of the people who make up our society. It is a fundamental principle of the County Council’s policies that all people should be valued regardless of their economic circumstances, sex, age, disabilities, culture, ethnicity, language including British Sign Language, religion or sexual orientation.

The Council is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all people particularly those who are:

  • Seeking and using the County Council’s services;
  • Employees or prospective employees of the County Council or its contractors who supply goods or services to the Council.
  • Working or seeking work in a voluntary capacity supported by the Council.

 

The Council will seek to ensure equal opportunities through:

  • Ensuring that services are equally accessible and relevant to the needs of different client groups;
  • Appropriate recruitment, employment and promotion practices and procedures;
  • Letting of contracts to suppliers of goods and services;
  • Development of policies including consultation with communities and groups affected;
  • Training for all staff;
  • Publicity for and access to services in relevant languages and formats where necessary

 

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