Praised by Ofsted for its exciting, innovative curriculum, Ashley CofE Primary School (converted 1/9/14) is a successful two-form entry school, graded as 'Outstanding' and in the process of expanding to three-form entry.
The school's curriculum is based around half-termly 'enquiries of learning' that conclude with 'Great Work' presentations or performances at the end of each half-term. Subject learning is fully integrated into the enquiries which are underpinned by sustainability themes relating to issues of community and environmental well-being.
The context for all this learning are the principles of 'Harmony', inspired by the Prince of Wales' book Harmony, which outlines how great traditions, civilisations and religions have always understood the importance of living in harmony with nature. The children learn the geometry and patterns of nature that exist both in them and around them in a unique approach that is attracting much interest.
The school has won several awards, including two international awards for sustainable energy. It is an Artsmark Gold School and an Eco Schools Ambassador School. It is working towards Food for Life Gold status and has been recently shortlisted for the UNESCO-Japan Global Prize for its work on education for sustainable development.
Pupils' three word summaries:
'Fascinating, fun, full of surprises'
'Creative, kind, green'
'Wonderful, friendly, beautiful'
Pre-conversion Report July 2014
SIAS Report November 2012
News from Ashley Primary