Christ Church Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School in the centre of Oldbury in the West Midlands. A popular school, in September 2012 we increased our Reception class admissions to 60, and we will complete the transition to 2 forms in 2018. We have a vibrant Nursery catering for up to 70 pupils, and in 2013 we added 2-year-old provision (Little Angels) to our offer. In 2015 we added our Focus Provision for Austistic Spectrum Disorder pupils.
The school has a reputation for having a welcoming, caring family atmosphere and our staff know the pupils and their families well. We are proud of the links and mutual support nurtured between school, home and the local community. Our families are able to access a range of additional services from SinglePoint: our on-site Lottery funded community centre.
Whilst part of Sandwell Local Education Authority, being a Church of England Voluntary Aided school means that the Diocese of Birmingham owns our buildings and our governing body has the majority of its members appointed by the diocese. The special and unique ethos of the school is underpinned by its Christian character. We have Christian assemblies, we say grace before lunch and end each day with the school prayer. We encourage and model moral behaviours. The vicars support the school by leading worship, teaching part of the curriculum, providing experiential learning opportunities, running Messy Church after school, and governorship.
Many of our families choose our school because of its church status and we have a large number of Muslim and Sikh pupils. In September 2013 OFSTED praised the school as a “harmonious community”. All of the children are welcome here in the school whether they come from a Christian family, a family of a different faith, or a family with no particular faith background. The same is true of staff. Christ Church is a place where all can flourish and where children (and adults) have the opportunities to learn about the Christian faith, but to have the chance to practise their family faith without fear of prejudice or bullying.
Our children access a broad, balanced and dynamic curriculum. In addition to ensuring our children have good literacy, mathematical and scientific skills, their learning is enriched through topics based around a ‘learning challenge’. These incorporate meaningful links with the wider community and develop key learning dispositions in the pupils. Children have ready access to ICT and physical activity. As a result of good teaching, the children make good and “sometimes rapid progress” (ofsted 2013).
The children enjoy being in school and are proud of its new KS2 block, refurbished areas of school and stimulating indoor and outdoor environment.