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The Village School

Harbury Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. This means they have strong links with the Church, with Foundation Governors, selected by the Church Authorities, having a powerful voice in the life of the school. In the school this means Revd Craig Groocock, as Priest in charge of All Saints' Church in Harbury, is one of the school's Foundation Governors.

In addition to his role as a Governor Craig goes into school regularly, on both the spiritual and academic sides, especially in connection with religious education. The church is used as a place of worship for the whole school and sometimes as a place of study for classes and/or groups of children engaged in a relevant topic.

The church regularly goes into school and puts on 'Open The Book' assemblies engaging the children with interactive stories from the bible.

Their Mission Statement:

To support every child to reach their full potential in a Christian environment.

To achieve this they aim to:

  • Provide a secure, stable, loving and safe environment
  • Promote care and respect for others, valuing honesty, tolerance, truth, friendship and an appreciation of the efforts of others
  • Foster a feeling of confidence, self-esteem and self-worth in a happy, friendly and welcoming environment
  • Motivate and challenge children so that they achieve their full potential in all aspects of school life
  • Develop learning skills for later life
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle through fitness and diet
  • Encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, while promoting Christian values

"Ofsted support the view that the aims and ethos statement drives the direction of the school"

Ofsted 2009

"This is a good school. Pupils and parents speak of the caring atmosphere that welcomes everyone... From an early age, the way pupils behave, get on with each other and respect the adults who help them is outstanding... Older pupils show outstanding awareness of the need to eat healthily and take regular exercise... By the time pupils leave in Year 6, they are well prepared, personally and academically, for their next school... Pupils' positive attitude to all that is offered to them contributes much to the learning process... The way that the curriculum is enriched to support learning in many subject areas is outstanding."