ABOUT Langford Budville Church of England Primary School
Welcome to Langford Budville Church of England Primary School!
‘It is our vision to create and maintain, in partnership with parents and carers, a caring, happy community in which Christian Values are upheld.’
We are a small primary school set in the heart of the village of Langford Budville. Many of our children and their families live in the local area, but we also welcome children from surrounding villages and the nearby town of Wellington. Our thriving community has two mixed age classes, led by a team of experienced teachers and learning support assistants. We also make good use of further expertise from sports coaches and specialist music teachers to ensure the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for enrichment far beyond the ‘3 R’s’. We make good use of the amazing natural resources on our doorstep, taking full advantage of the school’s position in the rural area, with regular forays into the woods and fields surrounding the village. Children also venture further afield, broadening their experiences on visits to museums, the theatre and other places of interest.
Our school is linked to the church, and we benefit from a close and supportive relationship with the local clergy, who visit on a weekly basis to lead acts of worship. We make use of the church throughout the year for worship and other aspects of our learning and the older children participate in wider learning opportunities run by the diocese. In addition to visits from the Ofsted inspectors, like all Church of England schools we receive a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. At our last SIAMS inspection in January 2016 the school was graded as ‘outstanding’.
“Christian values are at the heart of the school’s ethos and underpin the high quality of relationships throughout the school community. The school offers an environment where children are valued as individuals and where their talents are given every opportunity to flourish.”
All staff have high expectations for each child to achieve the best they can, regardless of any obstacles which may be in their way. We know the children and their families well, and encourage all children to aim high, challenging everyone to reach and exceed their goals, developing resilience and a determination to succeed. We have four ‘Curriculum Drivers’ : Emotional Awareness, Spirituality, The Arts and Possibilities which give us a focus to our topic work, taking the children from what they already know, to formulating questions about what else they would like to know and how they may be able to do this. Children are encouraged to be independent learners, taking some responsibility for the direction of their learning in both class-based work and through half termly home-learning projects.
Since September 2016 there have been significant changes at Langford Budville, with the retirement of both the long serving head teacher and senior teacher, together with a short-lived alliance with a Devon-based academy which ended in July 2017. New teachers are in post and we have adopted a different approach to delivering the curriculum. We are now linked with the local WARF (Wellington Area Rural Federation) group of schools – 2 other small village schools spaced around the perimeter of Wellington, and are benefitting from opportunities to work together as staff teams, supporting each other through shared expertise and resourcing. The teaching team at Langford is strong and experienced, and is led by the Head of School and Executive Headteacher from within the WARF group.
In March 2018 we were delighted that despite all the changes at the school and the short time we have had to implement these, we received a very positive outcome from our Ofsted Inspection:
‘This school continues to be good.’
Our parents association, FLBSA, is also very active, raising money for extra treats and supporting the work of the school in many ways. It is open to all parents and carers – if you enrol your child at Langford you will be able to become involved in their activities.
We hope you find our website interesting, informative and easy to navigate. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email; we welcome visits from prospective parents and can arrange taster sessions for your child to see if our environment would suit them. We also hold an Open Day in the autumn term for parents of children who will be ready to start school the following September – please book an appointment to meet the Head of School to talk about your child and to look around whilst the school is in session. We look forward to meeting you in person.
Head of School
We believe that every child will excel at something. It is our job to identify strengths and talents and to provide the facilities to develop these through a stimulating and challenging curriculum.
The school was established in 1851 and is a co-educational day-school for 4-11 year olds. It is a Voluntary Controlled School with two representatives of the Church of England serving on the Governing Body.