THIS week, head teacher Georgina Catanach and pupils tell us about Kenley Primary School
Tell us about the history of the school
The school was built in 1936, originally as a Surrey school. During the war the children shared the Old Roke School site and our school was used by the air force based at Kenley Aerodrome. The football stand, which we have recently had restored, is even older and was built, we believe, in the 1920s.
Describe the school's ethos
Our school motto is "caring and sharing". We pride ourselves on being like a "village school" where all the children and staff know and care about each other.
What are the school's greatest recent achievements?
I am proud that our children do so well at the school. Last year 92 per cent of the children in Year 6 made or exceeded expected progress in maths and 100 per cent in English. That means, for English, the pupils at Kenley are in the top 10 per cent of primaries nationally.
What are your ambitions for the future of the school?
To continue to provide a really interesting curriculum for the children so that the children not only achieve well but enjoy their time at Kenley.
Why should parents send their child to your school?
We are a small school so everyone knows each other. The children really care about each other. We have fantastically supportive parents, governors and staff. We have wonderful grounds, which allow the children a safe and interesting place to work and play. We were one of the few schools to remain open during the recent snow and the children were able to go on to the field to build snowmen, and throw a few snowballs at their teachers! I am a great believer that school is a partnership with parents and parents are encouraged to take an active part in school life. We have recently had Mums and Grandma Day and look forward to Dads and Grandads day in June, our St George's Day party in April and the country dance and picnic in July.
School name: Kenley Primary School
Address: New Barn Lane, Whytelefe, CR3 0EX
Number of pupils: 209
Head teacher name: Georgina Catanach
Last Ofsted rating: Satisfactory, in 2011