Westbury-on -Severn School is a Church of England Primary School for boys and girls aged between 4 and 11 years of age. The school has 79 pupils on roll. Most of the pupils come from the parishes of Westbury-on-Severn, Blaisdon and Flaxley and the surrounding villages. There are two school buses, which operate every day to enable the children who live in the outlying villages to attend this school.
The school is situated in the centre of Westbury-on-Severn village and seeks involvement with this community whenever possible. The school participates in the local dance festivals and shared our Christmas music with one of the care homes in the village last year. The school uses the church for its special services such as Easter and Harvest. We also participate in the Leavers' Service at Gloucester Cathedral, where our headteacher acts as musical director.
As an Aided School, we benefit from a very close partnership with the Church. Our children are guided in Christian values for life through the teaching and by the way we conduct our daily lives. These values are inclusive to those with a faith and none.
The Church not only has an interest in the educational and pastoral life of the school but also, through the Governing Body, is responsible for much of the upkeep of and improvements to our buildings. The school has three classrooms, an extra learning space, a library, pastoral/family room, a dedicated room to Bright Horizons; the pre-school that meets on our school site, and an administrative unit containing the head’s and secretary’s offices, staff room a purpose built school hall. There is a Foundation Stage area around the main school and a large tarmac area at the rear.
In addition to these areas we have a small and a large playing field, which are used for games lessons and in the summer for picnic style lunches and playtimes. The small field has a ‘Trim Trail’ to help keep our children active, fit and healthy. In the top corner of the large playing field we have our own conservation area including a pond, which enables us to provide the children with “hands on” experience for work in Science and provides space for growing fruit and vegetables to use in cookery classes in school. This is in the process of being renovated.
In September 2020, we established our very first Preschool. Working alongside the Reception and Year 1 Team, this facility provides Early Years education to children aged 3 years and over. This provision offers 15 hours of fully funded places to all children and 30 hours fully funded places to those whose parents are entitled to it. In addition, extra hours can be paid for at £5 per hour. More details can be obtained from the school office.