WHO WE ARE
Camp Primary and Nursery School is a much expanded community school. The children come predominantly from the surrounding neighbourhood. We welcome and celebrate the rich diversity of backgrounds our children bring with them. In addition to our work with the children we also offer additional “extended” provision for our pupils, pre-school children and parents through an extensive range of after school clubs, wrap around child care, a pre-school Rainbow club and adult and community learning programmes which are all delivered in school.
We are a one-form entry school with a large nursery that offers both 15 and 30 hour places and also feeds into other local schools. There are 30 children in each class from Reception through to Year 6 and our Nursery and Reception classes work together closely as a Foundation Stage Unit. The main school building is over 100 years old but it has been greatly extended and improved in recent years to accommodate new technology and growing numbers of children.
At Camp School we are committed to promoting the highest possible levels of achievement for all members of our school community, to valuing all learners equally, and to developing within our children an enthusiasm for learning. Our vision statement tries to condense our aspirations for Camp School into a few words. You will see it displayed around the school, reflected in the contents of this web site, and being put into practice in the school’s work.
WHAT MAKES CAMP DIFFERENT?
We would highlight three things:
- Firstly we are able to provide continuity: covering the complete National Curriculum from the Foundation Stage in the Nursery and Reception classes, to the end of Key Stage Two and readiness for secondary school. This means that we can ensure each child has a seamless and coherent learning experience from the age of three through to eleven.
- Secondly, we encourage children to develop their natural creativity. We provide opportunities for them to experience and develop a wide range of interests and skills through the engaging topic based approach to teaching Foundation subjects.
- Finally, we work closely with the local community, encouraging parents into school to learn alongside their children through a variety of innovative projects, and through a wide range of partnerships in both education and the arts.
We hope that our website will answer many of your questions about Camp School, but if you would like more information or have any further questions please get in touch.
VISION STATEMENT AND AIMS
OUR VISION STATEMENT
We want Camp to be: A centre of educational excellence with high expectations for all.
- An environment where children and staff engage in learning with passion and enjoyment, and achieve their full potential.
- A community school that provides creative opportunities to support pupils’ intellectual, social, emotional and cultural development.
- A school where we actively celebrate diversity and show respect for each other and the wider world.
We aim to: Encourage children to develop independent learning skills and to promote self-esteem through success in a positive earning environment.
- Make our teaching stimulating, focused and challenging, taking into account the age, gender, interests and experiences of the children.
- Maintain a rigorous equality of opportunity and a mutual respect amongst all members of the school community.
- Develop within the children positive attitudes towards each other and encourage them to build rewarding relationships with peers and adults alike.
- Work in partnership with parents in the education of their children and encourage their involvement and support.
- Foster an ethos which is purposeful, ambitious and confident whilst maintaining a friendly and approachable atmosphere.
- Encourage children to be happy, confident, tolerant and caring.
- Make our school as welcoming as possible to all.
- Ensure our physical environment is attractive, well cared for, clean, safe and well maintained.
PARENT AND CARER SURVEY RESULTS
In the spring term 2018 Camp School Parents and Carers shared their opinions as part of the Parent View process. We had 70 families who took the time to complete the survey and overall the results were extremely positive.
100% agree or strongly agree that their child is happy at the school.
100% agree or strongly agree that their child is safe at Camp School.
100% agree or strongly agree that their child makes good progress at Camp School.
100% agree or strongly agree that their child is well looked after at Camp school.
100% agree or strongly agree that their child is well taught at Camp School.
96% agree or strongly agree that their child receives appropriate homework.
98% agree or strongly agree that Camp school makes sure its pupils are well behaved.
81% agree or strongly agree that Camp school deals effectively with bullying.
17% said they didn’t how well the school deals with bullying
99% agree or strongly agree that Camp School is well led and managed.
98% agree or strongly agree that the school responds well to concerns raised.
98% receive valuable information from Camp school about my child’s progress.
99% would recommend Camp School to another parent.
One question parents always find difficult to answer is about how well the school deals with incidents of bullying, as many parents are never involved in such situations. All classes discuss what is bullying as part of Anti bullying week, learning, reflecting on what behaviours we want to see in the playground and what is unacceptable. Our peer mediators are trained and out on the playground to support their peers in having positive play times whilst helping to resolve low level issues.
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
Camp School was founded when St Peter’s Rural School Board was set up in 1878 and from then on several local schools, including Camp School, were built. Camp School is the only one still in use as a school today. As the name implies it was a far less built up area then with much of the housing and the small parade of shops dating mainly from the period just prior to the First World War. As can be seen from the photos below, the original Victorian building still forms the core of the school today but the area around has changed immensely. The school now reflects the ethnic diversity and strengths of the neighbourhood and welcomes the rich variety of backgrounds the children bring with them.
Camp School Log Book 1898, Copyright HALS
Camp School 1959, Copyright SAOEE
Camp School First World War, St Albans Museum copyright
Camp School Drawing 1898, St Albans Museum Copyright
Camp School 1922, Copyright SAOEE
Camp School 1913, SAOEE Copyright
Camp Class c.1900, Darren Stanton copyright