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North Baddesley Infant School

Growing together, learning for life

Our Infant School

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 facilities that are designed to nurture the 'whole child', so opportunities for music, drama, sport and computing feed into our inclusive ethos. Our extensive outside spaces enable us to use our beautiful  grounds, gardens, 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 school caters for up to 270 pupils from Reception to Year 2 and ensures that we can continue to play a central role for the children of North Baddesley and surrounding areas well into the future.

 

Our School Dogs

 

              

                Monty                                                                                    Winston

 

Our two school dogs, Monty and Winston, are a key aspect of our school community. Not only do they nurture our understanding of how to care for and treat animals, they provide invaluable support us emotionally and socially. They are fully trained to work with children, particularly those with special educational needs, those who suffer bereavement and any who are upset in any way and need calm, comfort and space before talking to an adult. They also have an important role in improving reading and the confidence of children.

 

Monty and Winston are gentle and friendly and are therefore suitable to work in a school environment. Their main place of residence is in the school office, which is separate from the main school.

 

Monty was born in 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.

 

The very same process was followed when choosing Winston. We researched breeders and selected a reputable breeder who is Kennel Club registered and whose animals come from generations of working dogs. In fact, Winston’s Great Grandfather is Monty’s Father!

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