SCHOOL CLOSURES:www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools Due to snow and ice School will be CLOSED Wednesday 13th December
Our Early Years has places for January 2018 Baby and Toddler group Thurs 9.00 – 1045 – come along!
Dec 2017 Spaces:- Yr 2- 2, Yr 3 – 2, Yr 5 – 1, Yr 6 – 4
Welcome to Soudley School
We are a caring and successful primary school in the beautiful village of Soudley in the Forest of Dean. We promote a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment, where expectations are high and our children take pride in their achievements. Underpinning everything we do is the sense of care, trust and responsibility that we feel are necessary for all children to succeed. People that visit always comment on the friendly atmosphere, and we are very proud of this.
The school dates back to 1875 and has been extended and refurbished over the years. Our buildings are set in extensive grounds in the heart of the village. In addition to the indoor learning environment, we have a large playground and playing area. Last year, with the help of Big Lottery and Active Gloucestershire, we were able to enhance the playground and develop the children’s play with new additions including a climbing wall, climbing frame and performance stage.
Just beyond the school gates we have the fantastic resource of a woodland circle in the forest adjacent to the school field. Alongside the natural environmental resources and historical heritage of the village (which includes the Dean Heritage Museum) the children at Soudley School are given many opportunities to enhance learning through outdoor study.
Both our recent successful Ofsted report (April 2017) and our Local Authority Review (November 2015) noted the distinct way in which the teachers, support staff, parents and community work together. They recognised the dedicated team of staff, purposeful leadership and the high quality of the governing body.
“Pupils speak with great enthusiasm about their school and enjoy all it has to offer. They appreciate the individual attention they receive from school staff in doing their work and this helps them develop good attitudes to learning….and this view is supported overwhelmingly by parents.” (OFSTED APRIL 2017)
Our school’s vision is for us to be a Community of Learners, with everyone working together to improve the outcomes and experiences for our children so we were pleased that OFSTED commented on the ways in which we help the children to make progress and that they recognised our community of learners.
” A key strength of the school is the precise, individual guidance that teaching staff give pupils about their progress. This enables pupils to talk knowledgeably about what they can do well, make suggestions about how they can improve their work and be confident learners. Parents are full of praise for the way their children are valued as individuals and encouraged to do their best. As one pupil said, ‘Talking about your learning makes you think really hard about what you can already do, and how you’re going to do it better.’ (OFSTED April 2017)
The school has recently opened an Early Years class where preschool and Reception children work side by side, together with the community provision of a weekly Baby and Toddler group. The inspector praised this positive step recognising the strengthened provision which enables better transition for our youngest children in an environment which is fun and purposeful.
There are five teachers and nine learning support workers who work together with the governors, parents and community in the teaching and learning of our pupils.
If you would like to register a view or comment about the school please use the following Ofsted link. Parent View