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Goodrich Church of England Primary School has over one hundred and twenty children on roll and our governor run nursery- Goldcrests. To care and support for these wonderful children, there are around twenty staff members – in various guises! We are all justly proud of our school – in fact, we love it here!
Goodrich Primary is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School, situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), halfway between the historic towns of Ross on Wye and Monmouth. Our community stretches over a wide area, from west of the A40 dual carriageway, to the beautiful River Wye. Some of our children come from even further away. Our school was founded in 1850 and we now reside in a modern, purpose-built building to which we moved in 2000.Goodrich is a small, ancient village with a local shop, village hall, two pubs, a famous castle, and, of course, the school.
High over it all stands the steeple of our church, St Giles’, which plays an important part in our weekly and seasonal lives. The distinctively christian ethos of the school mean that we work as a family to role-model, guide and share our christian values to help our children to explore, grow and develop in a safe environment.
The school’s distinctively Christian character and approach to schooling ensures that pupils think beyond themselves and they actively care for one another.’ (SIAMS 2017)
What do we offer?
We have five classes; Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, Owls and Peregrines.
We also have our own purpose built nursery (Governor run) for our Goldcrest class. (2-4 year olds)
Out of school hours child care:
- We have a breakfast club that opens its doors at 7:45 in the morning, and offers freshly prepared breakfast from our school kitchen and a supervised playtime until the gates are opened at 8:45.
- From Monday to Friday, Smiles club provide childcare from 3:15 until 5:30 every day that the school is open. Jackie plans the club to suit the children using it and they can have a delicious healthy snack too.
Wonderful school grounds where:
- the children are guided and supported in their freedom to play, explore and socialize in a beautiful landscape;
- we can play in our own real hedged maze!
- we care for our chickens;
- the children discover and develop aspects about their character through the Forest School wild corner.
Goodrich Primary School is a registered Forest School (http://www.forestschoolsuk.co.uk/) .
Our children attend the Forest School activities on a rota, exploring their environment and the natural resources that it offers, developing a love and curiosity of the countryside, and learning about themselves, developing self-esteem and confidence.
‘This is a school where Christian values are heartfelt. They are treasured by the school’s community and inform its work at every level.’ (SIAMS 2017)
And to finish with a few quotes from our most recent Ofsted inspection:-
“Pupils say they enjoy coming to school and that it is a safe place in which to learn and play.
They are polite and behave well around school.”
“The staff are dedicated and conscientious. They enjoy their work and are keen to do their best for the pupils.”
“Senior leaders and governors are acutely aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the school and have detailed plans in place to continue improvements.”
“This is a good school.”