Archdeacon Cambridge’s school offers: “Challenge, inspiration, success and a love of learning in a happy, caring, Christian environment.”
We feel that our school is a place where everyone is safe, secure and included: a place where people are happy to come and take pride in their sense of belonging. Care and education of our children lie at the heart of everything we do. We nurture a positive attitude to learning: developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge to provide our children with a firm foundation for future achievement.
Achievement in PSHE is outstanding. Pupils are very confident and highly reflective. They are very sensitive and caring towards each other and are able to discuss important issues honestly, respecting the views of others.’
PSHE Ofsted 2010
We see Archdeacon Cambridge’s School as a reflection of the wider Christian community, with the qualities of spirituality and morality embodied in all aspects of school life. We anticipate a strong partnership between child, school and parent.
As a primary school we offer continuity. Our school comprises of sixteen classrooms and can accommodate up to 502 children aged between 3 and 11 years. Year groups are usually made up of a total of 60 children. Nursery classes take place with a group of 26 children each morning and afternoon providing 52 places in total. In September 2012 as the population of the local area was again expanding, the school admitted an additional thirty children to Reception. There is therefore, a total of 90 children in that year group. A permanent additional classroom was built in such a way that little or no outside space was lost.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children all share Collective Worship, Church Services, class assemblies, Christmas plays, music concerts, theatre group plays, theme weeks and special days. Foundation Stage join the main part of the school as and when appropriate, but also arrange their own celebrations for festivals such as Harvest.
The large site enables us to provide play and learning spaces outside for all ages. Our Wildlife Areas and Foundation Stage Outdoor Learning Areas have been designed, built and resourced to support and enrich all aspects of the curriculum. Teachers plan creatively to personalize the curriculum and to involve children in their learning with activities set in ‘real life’ contexts as much as possible.
The pupils’ personal development is outstanding, as is the teachers’ planning of the curriculum.’
Today at Archdeacon Cambridge’s School we continue our long tradition of providing a rich education for local children.
Our school was built as a memorial to the Venerable George Owen Cambridge, Archdeacon of Middlesex, founder of Holy Trinity Church. The original school was built in 1842 next to the church and the close relationship between church and school began. The school became overcrowded over the years and was relocated several times to accommodate the ever growing number of pupils.
The school moved to the current purpose built, spacious site in 1968. At that time there was a separate infant and junior school which operated independently of each other. The two schools were, like many in Richmond, amalgamated into one primary school during the 1980s. We are fortunate therefore, to have two halls and generous outside learning and playing space.
With the help of the Diocese, Governors have ensured that the school has continued to maintain and further develop an attractive and practical learning environment. The PTA has also generously contributed to the amenities on offer at the school, in particular the playgrounds and the swimming pool.
Foundation Stage consists of the Nursery and Reception classes and is located at the front of the school. All classrooms have external access to the shared Outdoor Learning and Wildlife Areas and internal access to the Small Hall.
Key Stage 1
At the end of the Foundation Stage, children move into Key Stage 1 which is made up of years 1 and 2. Classes are located beyond the Small Hall and can be accessed from either the Infant or Junior playgrounds. A corridor runs alongside the classes to the School Office and the Large Hall where all the school eat lunch.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 is the largest key stage, consisting of years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The classrooms occupy the ground and first floors of one whole wing of the school at the far end of the site, beyond the Large Hall. Year group classes are usually next to each other with years 3 and 4 downstairs and 5 and 6 on the first floor of the building.