Saint Edmund’s Catholic Primary School has 200 pupils on roll, aged four to eleven. It was opened in April 1971 to serve the local population of the town and surrounding villages, and the nearby Royal Air Force Station at Lyneham.
The school is on the northern side of the town of Calne, within a residential area, just off the main A3102 road from Calne to Lyneham and Swindon. It is about half a mile from the town centre and Saint Edmund’s Catholic Church.
The school building is light and open, of modern design, set with a pleasant three acre site, with landscaped grounds including hard play areas, a garden, a large pond, grass banks and playing field.
The interior of the school is of an open-plan design, with classrooms opening onto large shared practical areas. There is a large hall, administrative rooms, and a kitchen used for ‘in-house’ catering.
The school strives to offer all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum which includes Religious Education and the subjects of the National Curriculum. It lays particular emphasis on children learning from first-hand experience and the place of the creative arts. Many subjects are taught in an integrated way through topic work.
Pupils’ standards achieved over the past three years in end of Key Stage National Curriculum Standard Assessment Tests have been above national and local levels. In May 2012 the school received a very favourable inspection report from OFSTED being described as “Outstanding”. In July 2012 the Clifton Diocese in its inspection described the school as “Outstanding”.
The school welcomes visitors and has an ‘open-door’ policy regarding parents in school. Many parents come into school to help classes. Students from local secondary schools and further education institutions work at the school. The school has strong links with Bath Spa University and each year accepts students as part of their initial teacher training.
Saint Edmund’s Catholic Primary School
Tel: 01249 813821
Fax: 01249 822127
Headteacher: Mr M. O’Keefe
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