An Introduction To Bradworthy Primary Academy

Bradworthy School was built in 1872 as a Board School. Its one large classroom was eventually divided into three and with the addition of two temporary classrooms continued to be used as the main teaching space until 1985. In that year as a part of its policy to upgrade old schools rather than build new ones the Local Education Authority remodeled the building.

The original school was converted into a hall equipped with gymnasium apparatus for Physical Education plus stage blocks and lights for drama. A new teaching block was built on the site of the former playground and linked to the original building. Four new classrooms were built in the 1970s with under-floor central heating and linking doors.
This heating system was replaced in 2010 when an extensive grant enabled us to instal a state of the art bio-mass heating system which lowered our carbon foot-print and substantially reduced our annual heating costs.
In the centre of this block is a technology area where the school’s multimedia, internet connected computer network is housed. Each class uses the centre on a regular basis to support their curriculum work.

Our continuing success as a school over a long period of time put us in a position where we qualified for conversion to Academy Status and in March 2011 Bradworthy Primary Academy opened.
This is an exciting and very positive step forward and one that puts us in the best possible position to continue our development as a school in the future so that the needs of our children are fully met and the opportunities that they are offered maximized.

In September 2002 the school benefited from a building project in response to an increasing school roll, which required the setting up of an extra class. The project has allowed us to construct a purpose built area for our younger children which includes a large new classroom with an adjacent covered outdoor play area which is accessible by our Key Stage 1 classes. We have also been able to provide our younger children with their own toilet and cloakroom areas away from the older children.

The ever increasing school roll enabled us to obtain a grant in 2011 so that we could convert the school hall to a permanent class base, to install a mezzanine area, which we are using as an additional computer suite and for group work, and to build a new classroom to the rear of the school.
We are now able to teach the children in seven classes. This means low class sizes which is brilliant but it does mean we no longer have a school hall.
We've got plans to build again very soon and in the mean time we're using the village's Memorial Hall for indoor sports.

Other recent building projects have also provided us with additional office and store space, a group teaching area and an extended and re-modelled computer area.

A modern kitchen is attached to the school and was extended in the summer of 2010 due to the number of meals being seved each day. It provides excellent dinners cooked on the premises by our own school staff. The school took responsibility for its own catering in April 2004 and we are now able to produce meals of an excellent quality prepared from locally produced food. We also operate a break time service which encourages the cildren to eat healthy snacks.

Outside we have three large playground areas, one of which is fenced and suitable for a range of ball games and a full sized football field. In addition to their use during breaks (even in the depths of winter !) and for other school activities like "Red Nose Day" they allow us to provide a very full range of sporting activities and clubs

In 2009 we began to operate a free out-of-hours child care service and it is now possible to drop your children off at 8.00am each morning and pick them up as late as 5.30pm each evening.
This service is designed to compliment the extensive range of after-school clubs that we offer each term.

A pre-school playgroup operates each weekday morning into a refurbished outside classroom and this provides the school a valuable link with the pre-school child.

The school benefits from an active and flourishing Parent Teachers’ Association which was formed in the 1980’s. All parents are automatically members of the association and are welcome at all meetings which they are notified of through their children.
During the year many different fund raising and social events are held and money raised spent on extra equipment for the school.

Bradworthy Primary Academy offers excellent facilities for your child’s development. We are proud of our school and encourage our parents, pupils and governors to take an active interest in the school to enable us all to constantly improve the quality of education we give to each child.

At Bradworthy we constantly aim to encourage pupils to develop to their full potential in a structured, secure and happy setting, thus laying foundations for maturation into responsive and enquiring scholars who are responsible, polite and thoughtful.