At Beaufort Primary School, our community is very important to us and we are continually working to maintain and build our links with our local community.
We currently have a strong link with our local church, St Andrew’s, visiting them at Christmas and other significant times of the year to join for Services. Members of the church also come into school to run assemblies for our children, including the ‘Engage’ and ‘Open the Book’ teams, who deliver broadly Christian, interactive assemblies, which are much enjoyed by our children.
Our local community support officers “Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team” offer us advice and support and often visit the school to lead assemblies raising awareness of safety issues, such as ‘stranger danger’. They, in addition to other locals such as doctors, dentists and even the fire brigade, all come in to school to talk to the children about their role in the community.
We have a good link with Brockhill which is within walking distance of the school. Children from Years 3 & 4 have the opportunity to visit the home each week to share reading and Maths activities with the residents. Both children and adults enjoy this wonderful experience.
At Christmas, our school choir visited Brockhill, Beaufort Lodge and the Princess Christian Care Home to sing for the residents.
Members of the local community are welcomed as volunteers in the school, subject to the necessary safeguarding checks and induction procedures, and take on a variety of roles from hearing readers to running clubs. Many of these are retired teachers – or headteachers – and they provide a much valued contribution to the school.
We endeavour to utilise the local area when planning our visits. A number of our classes have visited local businesses, including coffee shops, Waitrose and garden centres. This has led to some fantastic activities, from gingerbread men baking to soup making, planter creation to product tracking.
As a school, we liaise with other local schools in a number of ways. Our ‘gifted and talented’ children meet with those from other schools who share their passions and engage in quality activities to stretch and challenge them in their field. Our sports teams are becoming increasingly successful in cross-school competitions, including football and cross country.
We have also successfully taken part in a number of local competitions involving the community, such as art exhibitions at the Lightbox Gallery, Woking’s ‘Party in the Park’ and the Rotary Club’s sunflower growing competition.
If you believe you can offer us a valuable community link, please do get in touch with Mrs Emily Ferris at the school.
Beaufort Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All volunteers are required to complete an enhanced DBS clearance.