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.

Pastoral Care

At Bradworthy School we approach the care of our children in a positive way, reinforcing the philosophy and ethos of the school and following the school discipline policy.

Click here to download our ethos which is at the root of everything that we are trying to achieve.

Our children are fully supervised and we place great emphasis on the welfare and well being of the children in our care.

School Attendance

Key Stage 1

Morning Session 9.00am - 12.15pm
Afternoon Session 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Key Stage 2

Morning Session 9.00am - 12.30pm
Afternoon Session 1.30pm - 3.30pm

In addition to this we also run a free child care service.
Children can be dropped off in school from 8.00am each morning and picked up as late as 5.30pm.

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs: A Whole School Approach

Bradworthy Primary Academy is a mainstream setting for pupils aged from four to eleven, with an affiliated pre-school on our site.

We understand that all children have many varied needs and our main aim in school is to support the development of the whole child and ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school and develop as fully rounded individuals.    This approach is advocated within our ethos, which is available on the homepage of our web site.    All staff in school recognise that there are times when children may need some additional support to assist them in their learning. We believe that all teachers are teachers of pupils with Special Educational Needs, and that every teacher is responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all pupils in their class even where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff.    Our staff endeavour to provide high quality teaching,  differentiated to meet the needs of the majority of pupils.

Some pupils will need something additional to and different from what is provided for the majority of pupils; this is special educational provision and we aim to ensure that such provision is made for those who need it. We aim to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever this is achievable and appropriate.

Extra Curricular Activities & Clubs

The school offers a great range of lunchtime and after school
activities and the children are encouraged to take a full part in them.

Click here to link to the timetable which is produced at the start of each term.

During the course of the year our activities include:

Health and Safety

The aim of our school is to create an atmosphere of carefulness both in and out of school, this is for all users of the school, children, school staff, parents and the community.

This carefulness includes:

• The ability of each individual to protect him/her self
• Concern and consideration for the safety of others
• Knowledge of what to do in certain situations
• Alertness and control
• Cultivation of good habits

For children, good safety habits are taught as part of the whole curriculum. This can be through topics, for instance, a safe place to play which could include Science, English or Technology, and the involvement of outside agencies such as the police, fire brigade, road safety officer etc.

It might also be through a health related topic such as smoking.

At Bradworthy School children are encouraged to develop healthy habits through good health and hygiene routines, for example regular exercise or care of themselves, personal hygiene etc. A positive policy for healthy eating is maintained at school.

Collective Worship

The Collective Worship Policy at Bradworthy School follows the guidance of:

• Circular 1/94 Religious Education and Collective Worship
• Devon Local Education Authority Guidelines on Collective Worship in Maintained Schools

"In the light of the Christian traditions of Great Britain, collective worship is to be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character." (Education Reform Act 1988, Education Act 1993)

Bad Weather

In certain circumstances it may not be possible for the school to open or we may be forced to close early. Obviously the school will only close if there really is no alternative and as you can see we will attempt to stay open wherever possible - so we can have lots of fun !!!.

If the school is not able to open, for example as a result of heavy snowfall, there will be an announcement on local radio ( either Radio Devon or Heart FM ) so please tune in for information.

You can also check the school website or ring school on 01409 241365.