Originally opened in 1876, our school became an infant school in 1969. Being central to our community has always been, and remains, important to us. Over the years the school has grown and developed but still retains much of its original Victorian character and charm. Central to our ethos is our commitment to value and nurture each child as an individual, to enable them to achieve their best and develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
We are proud to offer a stimulating, creative and supportive environment in which to learn and grow. Set in extensive grounds, which we share with our Junior School, we have nine bright classrooms, a spacious hall, bespoke nurture spaces, community areas and office accommodation. We offer modern ICT facilities alongside opportunities for music, drama and sport. Our extensive outside spaces enable us to use our beautiful Early Years grounds, garden, woodland and vegetable patch as outdoor classrooms and, together with our attractive main playground and play equipment, this provides countless opportunities for learning and imaginative play.
Our recent growth enables us to educate 270 pupils and ensures that we can continue to play a central role for the children of North Baddesley and surrounding areas well into the future.
Monty – Our School Dog
Monty was born on 5th February 2012 and came to join us just before Easter of the same year. The children were fully involved in the process. They voted for which puppy they would like from the litter of guide dog standard Labradors. The children gave suggestions for the name and these were voted on and, finally, Monty joined us for his first assembly when he was seven weeks old.
Monty supports our understanding of how to care for and treat animals. He also supports our school community emotionally and socially. He is gentle and friendly and therefore suitable to work in school environment. Monty’s main place of residence is in the school office, which is separate from the main school. He is trained to work with children who have special needs, suffer bereavement, who are upset in any way and need calm, comfort and space before talking to an adult. Monty has an important role in improving reading and the confidence of children.