Welcome to our school..
Welcome to South Molton Community Infant School. We are a small rural infant school situated in the market town of South Molton. We look forward to a long and happy association with you and your family. At our school everyone learns how to learn and children of all abilities experience success. This is achieved by working in partnership with parents, whose involvement, support and understanding is vital for the continued success of the children at our school. To support parents we offer an extended schools programme enabling wrap around care for children from 8am till 5.45pm.
Our beautiful grounds enhance our learning environment and are used for sports and environmental studies. We encourage outdoor learning throughout the children’s time in school, with every child taking part in a forest school session each week and a comprehensive sports programme.
This website will give you a flavour of the education we can offer your child and we invite you to visit us to experience the very special atmosphere of South Molton Community Infant School. We are very proud of our children and staff and are keen for you to see us in action.
Mr Tom Parkin, Head Teacher
2015 Ofsted Report..
As you will see from the Ofsted report we are now officially a Good and Outstanding school. This is an historic achievement for the school with its first ever outstanding judgement for a whole area. Firstly I would like to thank the children for their fantastic behaviour and showing off how much they learn and how they enjoy their time in our school. Also thanks to parents who spoke with the Ofsted Inspector or who registered their thoughts on Parent View. It is great to know that parents appreciate the amazing journey the school has been on over the last two years and how by working together we have created a school of which we can be very proud. The report recognises the hard work and dedication that has been put into this school to ensure the positive result and to achieve an outstanding element when two years ago the school required improvement. As ever there are a few areas which we can develop further and we are constantly looking at how we can improve and help children to achieve more. I have no doubt that this school will continue to move forwards and be recognised as an outstanding school in the future. We are all looking forward to continuing this journey with children and parents.
We are very pleased by the judgement we have received but I would also like to remind parents that we feel Ofsted is only one way to look at a school. Work with the community, sports provision, arts, outdoor learning and working with the environment are all huge strengths of our school and I would like to tell you about these which I feel are just as important as a positive Ofsted report.
The Forest School area that has been developed is a fantastic resource that stands our school apart from schools in the area. Every child in the school experiences a session of Forest School each week throughout the year which have helped children to develop confidence and resilience that they have taken back to the classroom. This and the wider focus on outdoor learning opportunities has given children a real sense of enjoyment and amazement in their learning, which is vital for children of all ages (and adults!) to help them achieve their best in all areas of life. We have also introduced regular sessions with Mrs Carter, who has been instrumental in the Forest School development, for local pre-schools giving younger children throughout the community to have these opportunities.
The school’s work with the environment is also an area to be proud of with the new Eco-Lodge, made from the old shipping container, is now a focus point for this type of learning. We will continue to push children to really think about their environment through ‘No Electricity Days’ and discussing these important areas with children. The pond area is going to be developed over the next year or so with a vision for it be accessible to all children and the community (with disabled access) and a new innovative learning area. We envisage both the old and the very young be able to access this provision and learn about the environment and wildlife, as well as being an inspirational area to spend time in!
Our curriculum is wide and gives children the opportunity to express themselves, whilst recognising the variety of strengths children have. Our sports provision is fantastic with children experiencing between four and six hours of sport each week, alongside opportunities for competitive sport from the very beginning of their time in school. Music is an area that has been developed further over the last year and I am sure you will have heard our lovely choir singing around the community at many different events. Our work with the community has gone from strength to strength over the last year. What started as some trial visits to the residential homes of South Molton has become a regular diary event each week. The children have enjoyed this immensely and it is lovely to see the impact it has on both the children from our school and the elderly people who are so happy to see the children. We normally take around 5 children for a 30 minute session each week and we always have lots of children who want to go!
With all these exciting areas of the school we feel we can work with parents to give children every chance to succeed in their future and develop lifelong skills such as team work, independence, resilience and most importantly a love of learning that can stay with them for life. I would like to thank the children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community for their help to make this school a fantastic one both in the eyes of Ofsted and more importantly in the eyes of all of us connected with the school.
If parents would like to discuss any of this in further detail or have any ideas to improve our school further then please do pop in for a chat.