A warm welcome to Polehampton C of E Junior School

Through Inspiration Faith and Love we Learn, Grow and Succeed

At Polehampton CE Junior School, every school day, our pupils receive outstanding education provision, infused with inspiration, faith and love which enables each child to learn, grow and succeed so they can be the best they can be. 

Every child is appropriately challenged, within a caring and supportive environment, where they feel safe and know how to improve their own learning. Our culture of 'learning how we learn best' actively encourages and explicitly teaches the importance of resilience, commitment and perseverance. 

Everyone is committed to excellence, improvement and the pursuit of high standards academically, physically, artistically, as well as spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Our united, respectful and respected team of adults consistently applies best practice, modeling the school’s deeply embedded ethos of tolerance and inclusion every day.

Our core Christian values are at the heart of all we do and our Christian culture of compassion and consideration for each other, permeates every area of school life. The school community enjoys strong links with our local Church in a mutually supportive and beneficial partnership.We contribute to and are enriched through our involvement with the Church and the Twyford community.

Our fully supportive parental community helps to enable the school to flourish and grow. We have a highly committed and proactive Governing board who work with the school team, appropriately supporting and challenging so that high standards are sustained in an environment of 'better never stops'.   

I am extremely fortunate to be the headteacher of such a thriving, happy school and it is a great privilege to work with such a wonderful team of adults and such amazing children. 

Miss Helen Ball

Executive Headteacher

Ethos and Values statement

As a Church school a sympathetic understanding of the Christian faith and an awareness of Christian values is encouraged. We aim to provide a caring and spiritually supportive environment in which mutual respect, equality and responsibility are valued by all. Our Christian ethos enables us to help children develop their spirituality and sense of moral purpose. As an inclusive school, we welcome all children and their families, including those from other faiths and with no religious faith. 
Our cycle of Christian values  were agreed after working with staff, children and governors. These are taught explicitly in assemblies and lessons, as well as being referred to in everyday experiences and in the wider life of the school, such as lunch and playtimes. 
We hope all children will leave our school having explored what these values mean to them and their community. Further research in the Bible shows that they are in harmony with the Fruits of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23.

This logo represents all the Wokingham Church Schools and symbolises our commitment to serve our schools. The other smaller words around the cross are the Christian values of love, charity, reconciliation, hope, joy and forgiveness.  We achieved an "Outstanding" report following our Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools in 2013. For a copy of this report, or for more information on our Church School status and the Oxford Diocese, please visit the section on our Information Page. Our links with the community and those between home and school are important to us and this was noted during our  Ofsted report which said; "The school places a very high priority on the welfare and well-being of pupils and it is a school where the views of pupils are valued. The strong links that the school has established with parents, the community and increasingly with other schools add another dimension to pupils' educational experiences."

Above all, we wish the time that our children spend with us to be both happy and relevant to their future needs. We see our role as an important one in providing the best possible start to the children's school education in preparation for the rest of their lives.

Our Governing Body
The Governing Body is made up of an enthusiastic group of  people including representatives from the school, parents, the Diocese and the local community. For more information, please look on Our Governors page.

                                                                      History and Traditions

The name 'Polehampton' comes from Edward Polehampton who was the school’s founder. He bequeathed money to a trust in 1772 to erect a school and clothe and educate ten poor boys of Twyford. Legend has it that around 1666 he was taken in and cared for as a sick boy by the landlord of the Rose and Crown in Twyford. When he was fit again he travelled to London and eventually made his fortune as a well-known painter of portraits and coaches. He was also a teacher of painting, printseller and Captain of Trained bands. By his own wish he was buried at Hurst Church on the 7th July, 1722.

The Trust was re-established by Act of Parliament in 1885, at which time the Polehampton Boys’ School was rebuilt in the High Street opposite Chiswick House, which was originally the Rose and Crown. This was used until December 1964, when the present Polehampton Church of England Junior School for both boys and girls, built by Berkshire County Council, was opened. Previously, the younger children and girls had been educated at the current Polehampton Infants’ School.

The school was built on a large open site and, as the population of Twyford and Ruscombe increased, it was eventually necessary to erect temporary classrooms around the playground until eventually The Colleton Primary School was built to serve the southern half of the village.

Today, the Polehampton Trust administers money left in the will of Edward Polehampton to be used for educational and charitable purposes in the villages of Twyford and Ruscombe. It continues to support local schools with generous financial contributions towards the purchase of educational equipment.

The David George Field Study Trust
Registered Charity Number 309033
In 1972, as Headmaster of Polehampton Junior School, David George bought Oakdale Field Study Centre in Ruardean, Gloucestershire.

The building, originally a miner's cottage, was renovated and extended to enable up to 18 children to enjoy a field trip to study a variety of historical, scientific, geographical and natural topics and to learn a bit about themselves. Away from home for the first time for many, Oakdale provided a growing up experience and a chance for teachers to see a completely different side to their pupils, and vice-versa. 

Nature walks in the forest, visits to bird reserves, stone quarries and underground visits to coal mines were but a few of the experiences. Castles of the Welsh borderland, local animal markets, railways and Brunel's steamships, vied along with the Jubilee Maze ,Cardiff Welsh Folk Museum and the Brecon Beacons for the most popular and most visited venues.

Over the thirty years that the building was owned by Polehampton Junior School Field Study Trust, nearly 2000 children enjoyed the experience of staying there. The first visits took place in the summer of 1972 and the last in the Autumn of 2000. Such experiences do not fade away, they are impressed into memory banks to be revisited at leisure for the rest of your life.

The upkeep of the house over the years relied on staff and parents who gave their time freely to maintain the property, local residents also kept an eye on the property for the school and provided invaluable assistance. Unfortunately, with changing times, the house could not continue to be run as it was and became less of an asset; a decision was therefore made for the house to be sold. The David George Field Study Trust was set up to manage the proceeds generated from the sale of Oakdale. The Trustees ensure that, through careful investment, Polehampton Junior School pupils  continue to benefit from all the new experiences provided by field trips, through allocating funds from the ongoing interest generated from the investment. Our children can now enjoy and learn from activities funded by these subsidies every year.

For more details on the operation of this charity, please see their entry on the Charity Commission Website.

The Polehampton Charity
Registered Charity Number 1072631

Objectives and activities
The objects of the charity are to apply the yearly income, subject to the payment of management expenses, in the relief of persons who are in need, hardship or distress, and the promotion of education of persons both of which are resident in the former ecclesiastical parishes of St Mary the Virgin, Twyford and St James the Great, Ruscombe. The yearly income is composed principally of income from investments and property rental income.

The charity invites applications for financial assistance from persons resident in the parishes of Twyford and Ruscombe or from charitable and other organisations acting for the benefit of such persons. 

Polehampton C of E Junior School is very grateful to The Polehampton Charity for the financial assistance they provide for equipment and reference books. The other local schools also receive donations for equipment and reference books.

For more details on the operation of this charity, please see their entry on the Charity Commission Website.

They also have their own website at: www.thepolehamptoncharity.co.uk




Edward Polehampton

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