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The Priory School is a one-form entry Church of England, Voluntary Aided, Primary School.
The school was built in 1867, although its foundations go back to the Sixteenth Century when a grammar school was established in St Michael’s Loft of the Priory Church. It is situated in the heart of Christchurch with its main entrance in Wick Lane. It was granted Voluntary Aided status under the 1944 education Act, which enables it to remain faithful to its Church of England foundation.
Our Standard Number is 30 pupils per year group in the infant school (classes R, 1 and 2) and 33 pupils per class in the junior school (classes 3,4,5 and 6). Our number on roll in December 2017 is 220.
We employ six full time teachers, 2 assistant headteachers who share a class, and the headteacher. Depending upon the number of children designated as having ‘Special Educational Needs’, a number of Teaching Assistants (TAs) will work with pupils as directed and as needs arise. TAs will also work within designated classes to assist the teacher in their teaching. Some of our HLTAs (Higher-Level Teaching Assistants) will teach a class for a short period of time.
Voluntary Aided Status enables the Governing Body to ensure that staff appointed remain true to the Christian principles that underpin a Church School. These are reflected not only in the Religious Education and Worship at the school, but also in the fact that Christian principles inform all aspects of school life. Our links with the Priory Church are an important aspect of the school’s life and we hold an act of worship in the Church at least twice per term, in addition to a service of Holy Communion held on Ascension Day. The Vicar of Christchurch, conducts a regular act of collective worship in school for all children and staff. Our Class 6 pupils are given the opportunity to be confirmed before they leave the School. In such ways the Christian community is privileged to help further the education of our pupils.
The Priory School is committed to the principle of educating pupils as individuals according to their needs and abilities so that their potential can be developed to the full. They are encouraged and taught to become responsible members not only of the school community but also the wider and world communities during their time at the Priory School. It will often be stressed during your child’s time with us, however, that we can achieve that potential only with full support from home.