The Priory School is a small academy primary school situated in the picturesque hamlet of Pamber End, North Hampshire.
There are 178 children in seven classes; children entering in the year they become five and leaving at the age of eleven. The school provides a happy stimulating environment where children love to learn. It provides an excellent education for all and offers a wealth of opportunities that enable children to develop key skills that will last them a life time.
The school is justly proud of its reputation within the local community and everyone associated with The Priory was delighted with the "Outstanding" judgement awarded by Ofsted inspectors in March 2010. Although the report accurately captures the atmosphere as well as the achievements of the school, we are always looking at ways to improve even further. We believe that The Priory School is unique. It is steeped in history and yet it looks to the future. In recent years, there has been a significant investment in new technology and this is used creatively to enhance teaching. Children are encouraged to learn in variety of ways and there is a very good balance between teaching and independent learning. There are many opportunities for children to be physically active both on the sports field and playground and there are many inter schools' tournaments. Confidence and eloquence are developed through a range of speaking and listening activities and leadership qualities are nurtured through our house captains, sports captains and prefect system. There is a strong emphasis on good manners and high standards of behaviour are expected. The head teacher or deputy head greet each child and parent by name at the school gate every morning.
We would like each child that leaves The Priory to have enjoyed their time with us, to feel it has been of real benefit and that it will serve them well in the future.
The school is situated in the beautiful countryside of North Hampshire and enjoys panoramic rural views. There are five acres of playing fields to the rear and these are well used for a range of sporting activities including football, tag rugby and athletics. The children love to play on the fields when the weather permits and the Parent Teacher Association hold its annual Summer Celebration and camping event on them.
A new wooden adventure trail will be under construction between now and Christmas and will be situated to the front of the school. It will have a range of exciting elements which encourage balance and coordination; in addition there is a tyre park extension and this provides further physical challenges. Close to the trail, there is a greenhouse and a small wildlife garden. To the front and rear of the school, there are good sized playgrounds each marked out with games. There is also seating in both areas providing places for quieter pursuits. The Early Years Foundation Stage has a wonderful mud kitchen which extends the existing outdoor provision for our youngest children and our new pirate themed play area off the front playground offers an array of imaginative play opportunities.
Inside the school each classroom is light and airy. There are acoustic panels on the ceilings and this ensures that the classrooms are calm and purposeful work places. Interactive whiteboards are now a part of everyday life from Reception to Year Six. The school has numerous laptops and notebooks; the library is well stocked with fiction and non-fiction books and we are grateful to the PTA for providing new infant reading books and a scheme providing online access to a wealth of internet resources which are regularly updated.
For many years the school has been operating a 16 seater minibus. This transports children from Little London to and from school and it is also used to transport children to and from local places of interest and for inter schools’ competitions.