Deanshanger Primary School is situated in the south of Northamptonshire, just over the border from Milton Keynes. We are a 'community' school, funded by Northamptonshire County Council to serve the villages of Deanshanger, Wicken, Puxley and Passenham, although pupils from further afield are sometimes admitted if we have places available. Currently, we have approximately 395 pupils on roll which allows two form entry from foundation stage to year 6.
We are situated in a lovely position adjacent to the village green. The oldest part of the school dates from Victorian times, but over the years, extensive additional accommodation has been added. A large-scale building project finished September 2015 providing us with an additional classroom, a drama/multi-purpose studio, an extended library facility, new focus rooms for individual learning needs and much-needed roof repairs. Whilst we look like a small village school from the front aspect, we actually extend back a long way and most visitors are surprised by our size.
A covered play area with a large courtyard joins the old and new sections of the school and provides semi-sheltered play space for foundation stage and key stage 1 children; this area was completely renovated in September 2017 thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of our PTA and community.
Foundation stage have their own recently revamped outside learning play area behind their classes too – a space recently upgraded to support early learning goals and lots of creative fun. They even have their own mud kitchen, a row of shops, a stage area and a pirate ship thanks to the voluntary support of Santander employees.
Behind the KS2 classes we have a large playground, extensive grassed areas incorporating playing fields and a large wildlife area with an enclosed pond, allotment, garden and a bird lookout. Whilst a wonderful nature area in its own right, it also houses our Forest School (started September 2017). The PTA are very active in the school and have funded many ‘nice to haves' including two outside gazebos on the field for outside picnics, shade cover and story time.
Over the coming year, we are committed to the continued improvement of our site to ensure that it is always safe, stimulating and inviting. We will continue to bring splashes of colour to our learning environment so that it truly reflects the vibrancy of school life. We are keen to ensure that all spaces in the school support fun and creative learning opportunities. To ensure that we can continue to serve first-class fresh and healthy lunches, and extend this to the elderly in the village, a new kitchen is also a high priority for us this year.