Welcome to Bishopswood Primary department where our Headteacher, Priya Bhagrath, Deputy head, Lorraine Green and Assistant head Fay Bjorndstad are based.
There are four classes, with up to 10 pupils per class, in our primary department which is co-located in the grounds of Sonning Common primary school (SCPS) for pupils aged 5-11 years. We have our own stand-alone purpose built facilities, with access to the mainstream primary including their extensive grounds. There are the equivalent of four full time teachers, with a team of learning support assistants working across the classes.
The main school office is also based on this site, accommodating the administrative staff, therapists, and a School Nurse office. Speech therapists, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and clinical nurse specialist all visit regularly and form part of the team. Regular volunteers help with activities such as swimming and a range of classroom activities.
The light and airy classrooms are well-designed and resourced, with PCs and laptops for pupils, iPads, Interactive flat panels and ‘Eye Gaze’ Technology. Each classroom has a shared hygiene area accessible from within the classroom. The grounds are pleasant and safe and include our own purpose built outdoor play area with climbing equipment and a sensory garden. Children also make use of the SCPS hall, field and paddock for PE. Children regularly go swimming in the swimming pool next to our building.
Key Stage Two pupils also enjoy regular visits to the joint school and community library. Some pupils attend the mainstream assemblies and other events such as visiting storytellers and musicians. A member of our staff can support individuals in mainstream lessons and SCPS pupils join us for specific activities throughout the week.
At lunchtime some pupils eat within our own accommodation, while many use the SCPS canteen facilities, where freshly prepared food is provided by Kites Kitchen, an independent catering company founded by one of our ex-pupils parents. Pupils have a choice of school dinners or packed lunch. The pupils are closely supervised to support appropriate behaviours and to ensure that good table manners are established. .
Morning session 9.00 a.m. to 11.45 p.m.
Afternoon session 12.45 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.* (Wednesdays finish 2.45 p.m)