Head Teacher Welcome
A very warm welcome to Bramley Church of England (VA) Infant and Nursery School Website. I am very proud to be the Head Teacher of this wonderful Infant and Nursery school. Village children have been attending Bramley Infant School for over 150 years and we continue to foster a joy of learning which will last for life.
We have recently expanded to become a 2-7 year old school, children can now begin with us as soon as they turn two. Children can attend the Nursery and Pre-School for two morning sessions or up to five full days. The school has had a major refit over the summer and we now have a modern Nursery and Pre-School department, which is housed in the main building but is a separate department with its own age appropriate facilities and playground.
Having a qualified, full time teacher in the Pre-School and an experienced room leader in the Nursery enables the children to have quality first teaching from an early age which then enables the children to learn and progress quickly within Reception and Key Stage 1.
When the children go off site for a visit or we have a visitor to the school they always comment on the excellent behaviour of the children. As a staff team we are extremely proud that our children are well-rounded, happy children who have the very best start to their academic careers.
Our school is very much a family school and we are supported and championed by the wider community. The parents are an integral part of the school, they are welcome to come in and volunteer in the school, we have an open door policy at the end of the day when parents can talk to their child's class teacher and every Monday the school is open for parents to come and view their children's work and the school displays.
The parents support us in many different ways including running the school PTFA, which enables us to buy extras for the school. Last year the PTFA raised funds to go towards the outdoor playground and new ipads for all classes. Class Reps organise Mum and Dad's nights out, we have PTFA quiz nights, dress up days, bake sales, lolly sales, sponsored reads, book week, golf days, fayres, a children's disco, Christmas Balls and so on...
The children are welcomed by the community to ride on trailers to the bonfire field in the autumn term for the annual Bramley Bonfire and to ride on trailers to the village fete in the summer term. As a Church School we have strong links with Holy Trinity Church and hold our Remembrance service, Harvest Festival, Easter Service, Christingle Service and Leavers service at the church. The Vicar of Holy Trinity, Vicky Burrows serves the school as a Governor and takes Collective Worship every Tuesday morning. Vicky also comes in and reads stories in the Pre-School and Nursery.
Every day is a day for learning, Every child is special and Every child will achieve both academically and socially. The school was graded Good by Ofsted in November 2014 and in May 2015 we were graded Outstanding in all areas by the SIAMs Inspector.
In July 2015, 2016 and 2017 we secured outstanding results, achieving higher than National and Surrey at the end of KS1, Reception and in the Year 1 Phonics Screening check.
Our children enjoy coming to school and in the academic Year 2016-2017 we had 97% attendance across the school and no child was categorised as a persistent absentee (below 90% attendance).
Forestry School Sessions run every week with Mrs Archer, Year 1 have their sessions onsite and Year 2 use Mr Campbell's field. The children in the Pre-school and Nursery have outdoor learning sessions with Mrs Derrick. On a Tuesday afternoon the children take part in sewing, crafting, cookery, PSHE and Forest School sessions.
In Year 2 we are able to offer the children weekly free of charge swimming lessons courtesy of volunteers at St Catherine's School in Bramley village including Mrs Nina Deal. These sessions run all year round and the children have a fun splash session at the end of each term.
School is part of a local group of schools called COBWEBs, we link up with these schools for staff professional development during the year and Year 2 children all take part in a Spring Sing annual event, which is really lovely to watch.
Clubs run every evening after school to extend the school day for the children, we have football, gymnastics, singing, sports stars, boogie pumps and we offer a free drop off facility for children from 8.30am.
We have close links with St Catherine's Pre-Preparatory school and Gosden House, we link up for an Art week each year.
Tours of the School
We hold open days throughout the year but if you would like to visit the school and have an individual tour at any other time please do make an appointment with Mrs Rawlings in the main school office.
Mrs Diane Freeman
Bramley Church of England Infant and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) is Mrs Freeman, the Deputy DSL's is Mrs Mounsey.