Welcome to Great Abington Primary School
Thank you for taking the time to find out about our school. Our vision statement at Great Abington Primary is “a rich and creative environment for learning where every child matters” and everything we do is guided by these words. Visit the “Wow Factor” and “Past Events” tabs to get a flavour of just some of the extra-curricular events we take part in every year. As you’ll see, we may be a small school but this doesn’t stop us offering our pupils a very wide range of exciting activities to make learning as enjoyable and “hands-on” as possible. We also pride ourselves on seeing our pupils as individuals and make every effort to meet their personal learning needs. This is achieved through the expertise of our fabulous teaching team in adapting their teaching to encourage everyone to reach their individual goals.
Our School Values
At the heart of our school philosophy are our nine core values: respect, responsibility, resilience, cooperation, caring, confidence, honesty, understanding and motivation. We integrate teaching the values throughout all lessons and activities. Excellent examples of this are our annual nativity and pantomime, both a very special part of life at Great Abington School. By working together children meet opportunities to cooperate, to be resilient in overcoming difficulties and to take responsibility for contributing to a team effort.
We often describe our school as being like an extended family. Our small size means that we can all learn each others’ names and get to know everyone. To encourage children to develop a caring attitude towards younger pupils, all children become part of one of our school families, the Badgers, Foxes, Rabbits, Moles and Squirrels. Family groups meet together regularly to share reading sessions, carry out activities and to discuss issues to put forward at School Council. This system helps us to give all our children a chance to have their say in aspects of school life.
The school has a maximum number of 140 children, split over 5 classes. This means we are skilled in teaching mixed age group classes and make the most of the opportunities this presents. Each year we are able to offer 20 places in Reception. Quite a number of our pupils live outside our catchment villages of the Abingtons and Hildersham. Before and after school care is available in a separate annex building on site at “GAPS” from 7.45 a.m. until 6p.m. Also housed in the same building is a pre-school catering for children from two and a half. Being on site means all three organisations can work together in the best interests of the children.
We are lucky at Great Abington to have the support of a parent body that is keen to be involved in school life. This may be through our hard-working Parent, Teacher and Friends Association or by popping in to hear readers, or help with classroom jobs. Whenever possible we make use of the talents and expertise of parents and members of the local community. This ranges from activities such as talks during Science Week to running the Christmas Disco.
I am extremely proud to be the Head teacher of Great Abington Primary School. I am proud of our dedicated team of wonderful teachers, teaching assistants, governors, PTFA members and supportive parent body, who continue to take the school from strength to strength. Most of all, I’m proud of our children, who continue to question, challenge and invigorate us on a daily basis! If you would like to come and look around for yourself, please email or phone to make an appointment. I’d love you to see Great Abington School for yourself!