Established in 1859, Deanshanger Primary School is situated in the south of Northamptonshire, just over the border from Milton Keynes. We are a 'community' school, funded by West 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 350 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 in 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.
Reception and Year 1 have their own revamped outside learning areas behind their classes too – spaces that have been recently upgraded to support early learning goals (for Reception), Year 1 expectations and lots of creative fun. It has to be said that the other year groups look on with slight envy! We have staff from other schools come and look at the areas and the way that these have been creatively developed on a budget to incorporate opportunities for multiple fun learning opportunities.
Behind the KS2 classes, we have a large playground, extensive grassed areas incorporating a playing field 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). In the area just in front of the Forest School we are currently developing an outside Science Lab! Big thanks to Miss Whitaker, our science 'champion', for leading this new development building from the ideas of several children in an optional science garden event last year.
Two years ago, we converted the previous kitchen pod into a sensory pod - a unique calming environment for use by all children. This is a very special and well-used addition to our school.
The PTA are very active in the school and have funded many ‘nice to haves' including two outside gazebos on the field, the play equipment in the courtyard play area £12,000 towards the school kitchen!
Whilst we are very proud of the learning environment, 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 and enriched opportunities to our learning environment so that it truly reflects the vibrancy of school life. We have recently modernised the Year 3 classrooms to provide a slighter larger and more usable learning space and will be looking at upgrades to the year group toilet blocks shortly.
We are keen to ensure that all spaces in the school support safe, inspiring, fun and creative learning opportunities.