Prospectus & Presentations

Below is a summary of the School Prospectus. You will be given a copy of the full prospectus when your child starts school.  

If you would like a copy beforehand, please ask for one when you visit the school or alternatively click on the link  to download a PDF copy of our prospectus: School Prospectus

Summary of Prospectus

About Us

Welcome to Sherwell Valley Primary School. This is a school catering for children aged 3 to 11 years, serving Upper Cockington, Sherwell Valley, Chelston and Queensway.

The school was formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of the Infant and Junior schools on the site. The premises were built in 1955 and 1962, and occupy a spacious, south-facing site, enjoying extensive views down Sherwell Valley.

Between 2001 and 2009 an extensive building programme took place, linking the two sites and providing ten further classrooms and other facilities.

There are large Infant and Junior playgrounds, a football pitch, extensive level grassy areas and a natural area. There are twenty-four rooms, one of which is used as a Music Room, two Halls, a Dining Room, an I.C.T. Suite, an Art/D.T Studio, a superb Library and an extensive range of small group teaching areas. There are also well developed Art, Humanities, Maths, Science and Technology resource areas, as well as a suite of smaller rooms for group work.

There is a spacious Nursery within the Foundation Department. Classrooms for our youngest children all include cloakrooms and toilets within the room, enabling the teacher to keep a close eye on your children.

Aims of Sherwell Valley Primary School 

Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment in order to promote the highest possible quality of learning for all our pupils and to give them education today for the world tomorrow.

We aim:-

  • that “no child is left behind”.
  • to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • to provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn
  • to develop self-discipline, good manners and a sense of responsibility
  • to enable children to become confident communicators
  • to promote partnership between home and school to the benefit of the children
  • to help pupils develop lively inquiring minds, the ability to question and discuss rationally and to enjoy applying themselves to tasks and physical skills
  • to develop children’s individual interests, skills and creative talents and encourage them to achieve their whole potential
  • to help pupils to understand and respect the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
  • to promote moral and social education so that with self-respect children can contribute positively to the community and achieve economic well-being
  • to enable our children to enjoy their childhood and give the beginning of education for leisure.

Caring For Your Child 

At Sherwell Valley, it is central to our beliefs that academic, creative and social excellence is only attainable when we feel secure, happy and valued. It is therefore our priority that all our pupils are supported and nurtured throughout their time with us.

The relationship your child builds with their class teacher is a special one, and he or she will be the pupil’s first port of call with any worries, problems or exciting news they may have.

Parents who have general worries or queries are encouraged to talk them over with the class teachers. It is usually possible to do this at the end of the school day.

Alternatively, you may want to speak to the Leader who has responsibility for your child’s year group:

  • Mr Briant: Years 4, 5 and 6
  • Mr Kingston: Years 1, 2 and 3
  • Mrs. Gaywood: Nursery/Reception

You can often see them at the end of the day, but it helps if you make an appointment first.

The Head or Deputy is usually available at the beginning and end of the school day. The Head is also usually available between 9.00 a.m. and 9.15 a.m.; an appointment is not always necessary at this time, though you may find he has a prior engagement. You may, of course make an appointment to see the Head or Deputy at any mutually agreeable time.

There is a formal opportunity twice a year, in the Autumn and Spring terms, for you to talk with the class teacher. The dates and times will be published in the school newsletter.

Parents play a crucial role in the education of their children and we consider parents to be partners in learning. Research shows that children do better when there is a close working relationship between home and school and when parents show a keen interest in their children’s learning.

You are welcome to come into school at any time to help with some of the many needs of our school.

Parents take groups for craft activities, assist the children with cooking, prepare display boards and craft materials, tidy our cupboards, listen to children reading and take groups for educational games.

Please contact your child’s class teacher if you can volunteer to help. All parent helpers will need to have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. Please ask for details from the school office.

Learning and Teaching 

Sherwell Valley Primary School provides a rich, varied and creative curriculum and aims to combine excellence in teaching with enjoyment of learning.

Nursery and Reception classes in the Foundation Stage follow a curriculum organised into six areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and learning
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age and is taught from Year 1. It consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics, and Computing as well as Religious Education.

Foundation subjects including Science, Geography, History, French, Art, Design Technology, Music and PE are also taught on a regular basis. As part of the school philosophy, we run a program of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) which includes Sex Education and Drugs Education. Parents may withdraw their children from Sex Education if they wish.

It is our policy to entitle every member of our school to equal opportunities in accessing the full curriculum. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Torbay and Devon Agreed Syllabus. Parents may, if they wish, write to the Headteacher to request that their children be wholly or partly excused from attendance at our regular collective worship or religious education.

As children progress through the school, they are encouraged to supplement their learning with work done at home. Initially, this will take the form of regular reading at home and, by Year 6, will include regular homework in Literacy and Maths, spellings to learn and occasional more in-depth research projects.

Healthy Lifestyle 

As a Healthy School, Sherwell Valley strongly encourages a healthy lifestyle. We provide fitness for learning, embracing initiatives that promote fitness for our youngest children and allow all of our children to have regular access to drinking water.

Children are only allowed to bring healthy snacks and the ‘Healthy Lunch Box’ ideas are encouraged. The fabulous grounds and facilities at the school allow us to run an enormous number of extra-curricular clubs and much success has been achieved in a range of sports including swimming, basketball, golf, netball, cricket and football.

The school has recently been awarded the ‘PE Gold Mark’ from the DfES in recognition of our ‘Continued commitment to the delivery of high quality P.E. and extra-curricular sport’.

Extra Curricular Clubs & Visits 

We are extremely proud of the number and range of extra-curricular clubs that we run. For more information click here.

We organise residential visits in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

  • Year 2 children have a one night stay at Warren Barn in Cockington. They participate in a range of outdoor activities in Scadson Woods behind the Centre. The approximate cost (2017) is £40:00.
  • Year 3 children visit Pixies’ Holt on Dartmoor for three days (two nights) environmental study and outdoor activity. The approximate cost (2017) is £140:00.
  • Year 4 children visit London for three days (two nights) – a residential visit to support their History studies. On this trip the children visit Hampton Court Palace and The Tower of London and the Natural History Museum.  They also take in a popular West End Show e.g. The Lion King.  The approximate cost (2017) is £230:00.
  • Year 5 children spend a week (four nights) in the Summer Term on a residential visit to Ashbury Manor, near Okehampton – orienteering, rock climbing, raft building etc. The approximate cost (2017) is £350:00.
  • The children in Year 6 have the opportunity to spend a week (five nights) in France. They visit Disneyland, Paris, a French market and other venues relating to work they are doing in Y6 – the D-Day landing Beaches & War Graves plus The Bayeux Tapestry.  The approximate cost (2017) is £330:00