Our Setting

 

Shillington Lower School is a thriving rural school set in a sprawling, pleasant village. It educates children from the age of four to nine years, drawing children from surrounding villages. There are about 130 children in the school, with around 30 per cent being from out of our catchment area.

We pride ourselves on retaining single-year group teaching, with class sizes ranging from 18 to 30.

The school building is single storey containing a hall/dining room, five well-equipped classrooms, library, a room for small group work, staffroom, administration area and kitchen. The spacious Early Years Foundation Stage classroom has integral wash/toilet facilities and its own large, outside, part-covered, secure play area.

The building is surrounded by grassed areas, made interesting by trees and shrubs. Our spacious site also means that we have been able to create a splendid outdoor environment with:

  • Outdoor areas that are used throughout the summer for lessons and activities
  • Quiet gardens for children and staff
  • Vegetable patches, with a designated area for each class
  • Lots of playground and playing field space
  • Outdoor swimming pool used daily by each class throughout the warm summer months
  • Wildlife garden and pond

The buildings and grounds are fully accessible to wheelchairs.

Up until December 2016, the village pre-school was running in its own separate building in the school grounds. This was run separately as a charity, but had close links and communication with the school. Unfortunately the pre-school has closed temporarily and it is hoped to re-open in September. The school are awaiting a decision by the Local Authority to change its age range from 4 - 9 years to 2 - 9 years to enable the school to take on the pre-school.

Dawn Til Dusk provide the wrap around care and utilse the pre-school building for this.