Who Are We?

IMG_7137Who Are We?

Here are just a few of the things we are proud of at Brighstone CE Aided Primary School:

  • We have a fun, broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Our class names change each year, with a different focus. Our current class themes are Isle of Wight sailors, linked to the values of resilience, perseverance, courage, stamina, respect, teamwork, independence and so on. Recent themes have including British trees, British wildlife, planets, countries around the world, and authors.
  • Foreign languages are taught from Year 3.
  • Daily Collective Worship – there are three whole school worships each week, as well as a class worship and Key Stage worship.
  • Strong links with St Mary’s Church, including:
    • a member of the church leads one of our Collective Worships once a week
    • the whole school attends Eucharist at the church once a term
    • curriculum lessons (e.g RE and History) in the church
  • Wonderful grounds, including a sensory garden, amphitheatre, garden with fruit and vegetable beds, two fields, trim trail and two playgrounds.
  • Awards include: Silver Travel Plan accreditation, High Sheriff’s Award for Services to the Community, Healthy Schools, Eco Schools Award and Sustrans Bikeability Bronze Award.
  • A wide variety of after-school clubs including: Football, Rugby, Athletics, Drama and Sewing.
  • Wrap-around care from 7:00am-5.00pm for children aged 3 and over.
  • Pre-school for children within the school building.
  • School visits to support the curriculum, including: Biennial whole school Beach Day, Brading Roman Villa, Osborne House, walks around the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Carisbrooke Castle, INTECH, British Museum and D-Day Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Butser Ancient Farm. Previous residential visits have included Burley (New Forest) and HMS Belfast (London), Hooke Court Study Centre (Llansteffan, S. Wales), New Barn Field Centre (Dorset), Kingswood on the Island and in Kent, Rookesbury Park, Hants. as well as the U.K.S.A. in Cowes.
  • Visitors to support and enrich the curriculum, including Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, National Trust, Carisbrooke Castle Museum.
  • Wide range of instrumental lessons available, including: piano, keyboard, guitar, trumpet, trombone & euphonium.
  • Active school council, which has visited County Hall, broadcast a show on Isle of Wight Radio, purchased new play equipment for lunchtimes and improved cycleways to school.
  • Community involvement, participating in local events such as the Brighstone Horticultural Show, Remembrance Day Service, Christmas Tree Festival and Shorwell Midsummer Fair.
  • Family Learning opportunities throughout the year and weekly opportunities for parents and members of the community to come into school and have a roast dinner!
  • Wide interest in supporting local, national and international charities, including Walk the Wight, the Rotary Shoe Box Appeal, World Book Day, Children in Need, Remembrance Day, and Odd Socks Day.
  • Active parents’ association called the ‘BSA’ (Brighstone School Association), who organise a wide range of fundraising events to provide additional resources for all areas of the school, and support residential visits and day trips.
  • (Some of the above events and activities are currently postponed or amended due to Covid restrictions.)

If you’d like to know more about Brighstone CE Aided Primary School, please contact us to arrange a meeting with one of our friendly staff.