Southmead Primary school is a small part of a thriving village. Working in partnership with the following groups allows us to provide our children with a link into a working life and exposes them to the skills they will need to acquire to survive in the real world. It also opens their eyes to the opportunities there are for positive thinkers who want to make a contribution to their community in the future. Opportunities for our children to see the skills required in any job, even at this young age, gives them vision for their own future and informs them so they can make choices. It shows them that they have a responsibility to make their lives good and is a wonderful confidence builder.
We are always keen to be involved with the local community. We encourage our teachers to think creatively and to use our local resources to enrich our curriculum. This means we have regular visitors into school and regular visits out of school.
CLICK HERE to read about a Community Project that our pupils have been involved in.
We recognise that we are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. Many holiday makers visit each year because of its natural beauty. We also recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure it stays that way and that we promote a sustainable way of living. We continue building up our links with the local biosphere team as well as promoting Eco friendly ways of living. This has formed the basis for our school logo. We have regular visits into school from people who care for and protect our environment.
We promote music and art by providing our children with a range of exciting opportunities to learn and to exhibit their artwork in the village, as well as by singing and performing musically in our community. Last year we won a number of art competitions run by local groups and were proud to receive various certificates and awards. We sang at Christchurch for the Remembrance Day celebrations as well as with the Ladies Jubilee singers and Barnstaple Male Voice Choir. Another highlight was singing at the medal parade celebrations with the,Christmas Number 1, Military Wives Choir led by the marvellous Gareth Malone. In June we will be singing and providing a musical evening at St Brannock’s Church as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Braunton Learning Community
Southmead Primary School is part of Braunton Learning Community which works closely together to ensure smooth transition from Primary to Secondary School.
The five Primary schools in BLC are:
Caen Primary School
Georgeham Primary School
Kingsacre Primary School
Marwood Primary School and
Southmead Primary School
Headteachers, deputy heads and key subject co-ordinators meet and work together regularly with the Prinicipal and staff of Braunton School and Community College, agreeing joint policies, approaches and activities to strengthen links between local schools.
The schools also have close links with Braunton Children’s Centre bringing together all support services for parents of children from 0-5.
All Schools contribute to meetings of the Braunton Children and Young People’s Trust (BCYPT) which involves all members of Braunton’s wider community.
Chivenor Military Base is ½ a mile from Southmead Primary school and although we are not a ‘military school’ we do have many military families at our school. The team at Chivenor base is very supportive of our school. Here are some of the connections we have made in the past and which continue to provide enrichment opportunities for all our pupils.
Chivenor riding stables.
The Welfare team.
The education officer.
The choir and Mum’s group.
Kitchen and training department.
At Southmead Primary School, we believe that clubs add to the Outstanding Learning that goes on throughout the day. We regularly change our clubs so that different children can experience different opportunities.
All clubs are great fun.
The following represent just a selection of the groups/individuals who link with us and support the learning in our school.
We are keen to promote local businesses and encourage practical lessons into our curriculum which allow children to visit facilities in our town and to source our resources locally when this is possible.
Southmead Pre-School has been judged OUTSTANDING by OFSTED. It is situated in a mobile classroom in our grounds at Southmead Primary School. It has been registered since 1994 and is on the Early Years Register. The premises comprise one main room and adjoining cloakrooms and a separate outdoor play area. There is appropriate access for the disabled. Children have access to the school playing fields and hard surface playground for outdoor play.
Please click HERE to look at a copy of Pre School's Prospectus.