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The aim of our Senior Leadership Team is to facilitate school improvement in all areas with a focus on raising standards for all, thus ensuring that children achieve their full potential. This aim is supported by our staff team who have worked closely together developing both the curriculum and the general ethos of the school.
All staff contribute to the school’s positive attitude towards pupils and the whole school approach to policy-making in an atmosphere where good relationships are highly valued and where high expectations of behaviour and achievement are implicit for all.
We belong to the Compass Group, a collaborative group of local schools working together to address common problems, share knowledge, expertise and best practice
Geographical Position and Catchment Area
Hamp Nursery & Infants’ School is an integral part of an educational campus together with three other schools – Hamp Academy, Robert Blake Science College and Elmwood Special School - serving a social priority area.
As a school we also manage the provision of childcare within the onsite Children’s Centre thus providing 0 – 7 education. Whilst this is a challenging venture it provides us with the opportunity of building important relationships from the earliest stage in the educational partnership and facilitates smooth transition through pre-school and on into school. The concept of provision for 0 – 7 year olds meets many of the desired cohesive approaches, offering flexibility to parents, striving for quality education which is accessible to all.
Pupils are drawn largely from the housing estate on which the campus is situated, on the southern edge of Bridgwater. Development of new housing adjoining the Hamp community continues and an increasing number of children from these areas also attend the school.
Bridgwater is a rapidly expanding town, as a result of which pupil numbers have increased considerably during recent years. Consequently our school has also had to expand from 6 classes in 2012 to 10 classes in 2014 to accommodate increased pupil numbers.
We currently have 270 children on roll with an additional 40 children in our LA Nursery where children attend morning and afternoon sessions with the option for parents to book additional sessions. The Children’s Centre Nursery accommodates over 85 Children, the majority of whom also attend morning and afternoon sessions.
Staffing Levels and Organisation
Our staffing structure consists of Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, 1 teacher at senior management level, 9 full time teachers, 1 unqualified teacher, 0.6 SENCO, 0.4 music teacher and 0.4 PE Specialist.
Our team of 35 Teaching Assistants, employed throughout the school and LA Nursery, make a valuable contribution to the children’s education, planning and working closely with class teachers and attending all inhouse training.
Appropriate special needs assistance is employed for those children having additional/special needs.
The school is well supported by our School Business Manager and 2 Administrators.
The Children’s Centre Nursery is staffed by a Manager, Deputy, 6 Early Years Practitioners and an Administrator.
Buildings and Grounds
The main school building which houses 7 classes also contains an entrance hall, general purpose hall, staffroom, offices, group rooms, cloakrooms and a storage/resource area. A further 3 classes are housed in Elliott Buildings adjacent to the main building. We are hoping to extend the main school so that all classes will once again be accommodated within the main building.
Our school environment is a high priority and is equipped and maintained to a high standard. We have recently extended our playground to include a separate, enclosed Early Years Play Area with a range of equipment as well as an outdoor classroom. The front of the school has been remodelled to provide an updated, welcoming entrance to children, parents and visitors.
Hamp Junior School became an Academy in September 2014.
The school enjoys good relationships with the parents, some of whom work in the school on a voluntary basis with the children and with self-help projects. There is good developing liaison with the other schools on the campus and links with the wider community, including the local church, old people’s home and shops.
The aim is to provide a broad, balanced, child centred curriculum with the development of the whole child in mind.
May 2007 judged our school as good with elements of outstanding and stated that the “immediate and striking feature of the school is the outstanding personal development and well-being of pupils.” “Behaviour is exemplary.”
March 2010 – under the new framework – outcome judgement was satisfactory and it was acknowledged that “children get off to a good start in the Children’s Centre and nursery class and make good progress “ and ”pupils enjoy their learning”.
March 2013 Ofsted judgements:
Achievement of Pupils: Good Quality of Teaching: Good Behaviour & Safety of Pupils: Good Leadership & Management: Good