Why Choose Paddock Wood Primary Academy?

Admissions Arrangements

Paddock Wood Primary Academy is a Community School for boys and girls of all abilities from 4 – 11 years of age.  We are a three form entry school with a published admission number (PAN) of 90 children per year group. Leigh Academies Trust is the Admissions Authority of the Academy. Applications for places will be made in accordance with Kent County Council’s co-ordinated admissions scheme and timetable.

About Paddock Wood Primary Academy

Our academy is a fun and inspirational place with brightly coloured, modern classrooms, which provide a stimulating and lively setting for learning. Our interactive IT facilities bring the widest reaches of the planet to our classrooms.

We boast a well-stocked library and separate International Baccalaureate inquiry centre, as well as specialist equipment in the arts and outdoor learning. Pupils develop confidence, presence and a passion to perform with our specialist music, dance and drama teacher. They develop stamina, perseverance and how to take measured risks when learning skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing, as part of our core PE offer.

All of our pupils are aspiring Global Citizens, and as well as learning French in its own right, they quite uniquely learn other weekly subjects, such as art and science, in French. Our growing and highly skilled languages team includes fluent and native speakers of French, German, Italian and Spanish.

We are set in the heart of the Paddock Wood community and offer a unique and highly ambitious primary learning experience as an IB World School. 

We have high expectations for all children to ‘aspire, respect and persevere’ achieving their best academically and also enabling their personal growth as an individual emotionally and socially. 

Through our IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum, children develop attributes right from the start that ensure they become knowledgeable, are active inquirers and articulate communicators with integrity and compassion for others as well as an appreciation and sense of responsibility for the world around them; locally, nationally and internationally. Children become reflective learners and thinkers that are open-minded and able to take risks, innovate and succeed in the modern world. 

We bring learning to life through our broad and well sequenced curriculum enabling pupils to develop lasting and memorable learning and the ability to act with agency. We offer specialist language and PE teaching to enhance our curriculum as well as an exciting digital strategy enabling pupils to become highly competent digitally. Our extensive enrichment offer underpins our dedication to developing every child beyond the academic, and the programme for clubs, trips and visitors enable vast opportunities including mountain biking and caving ! 

Our dedicated staff team ensures that pupils are well cared for and there is a commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences where all can achieve and are confident and ready for their next stage in life. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our aspirational, high achieving and caring school.

If you have any questions and would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on 01892 833654 or email enquiries@paddockwoodprimaryacademy.org.uk.

Mr Simon Page | Interim Principal

Ofsted

Paddock Wood Primary Academy’s latest Ofsted inspection took place in November 2023 and the school received a classification of ‘Good‘ for overall effectiveness.

Ofsted Report - November 2023 Ofsted Report - July 2016

Achievement Through Partnership

We recognise that our partnership with you in the education of your children is without a doubt the most important key to success. As such, we welcome and encourage all aspects of communication between our academy and parents and carers. We place great value on individual and regular contact. Our home/school agreement ensures that we achieve our targets in learning outcomes, behaviour and attendance. In addition, we make best use of consultation evenings, email/text updates and termly reports to keep parents informed of pupils’ progress and welfare.

 

Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum is framed by the IB PYP. IB PYP is an international, all-subjects programme designed to foster the development of the whole child. It spans hearts and minds and encompasses pupils’ social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, in addition to their academic welfare.

Our highly creative Primary Years curriculum provides pupils with experiences that encourage a life-long love of learning. Through imaginative learning and teaching, our pupils are challenged to think outside the box, have a fearless approach to making mistakes and take their own learning in exciting new directions. Aiming high in everything we do sits at the heart of life inside our classrooms. We work with our pupils to build a strong work ethic and to set the bar high, in terms of drive and ambition. Our very well-established early literacy and numeracy programmes ensure that we set a solid foundation for this.

As pupils progress, they build up and harness a range of skills for life. Our pupils take risks with learning, build on exciting knowledge and understanding, develop outstanding communication, are discerning in their research, and present with confidence, good humour and flair. In our academy these are the cornerstones of our IB PYP curriculum and practice.

Homework & Home Learning

Homework

Our academy places great importance on the role that high quality, relevant homework plays in achievement. We see homework as integral to learning.

Home Learning

The current climate presents its own challenges however we have strived to ensure that the transition between in-school and home learning is seamless. Wherever possible our whole curriculum is aligned with Google Classrooms – an online resource that your child can access anywhere and at any time. Using the Google platform, we are able to set and mark work as well as conduct some video lessons. We are increasingly introducing digital exercise books, assessment feedback and online tutorials to enhance pupils’ learning experience. Our academy prides itself on a current 93% digital engagement among families and our clear strategy and ambition to 100%.

 

British Values

British values permeate every part of the work of our academy and we recognise and promote them in everything we do. These are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. 

Globetrotting

Our pupils interact readily with the local area as part of their core learning. Pupils explore the geographical diversity of Kent, including its agricultural and defence heritage and coastline, to develop a strong sense of identity in terms of time and place.

In normal times we utilise our minibuses almost every day. With the Capital on our doorstep, classes bring learning to life through visits to world-class exhibitions and events. Our pupils frequently enjoy the thrill and excitement of national sports events and West-End theatre, where they develop high levels of self-confidence and social awareness.

Year 5 embrace the great outdoors, in the remote and barren Brecon Beacons. There they experience the comparative extremes of team-building in underground caverns and kayaking in semi-frozen canals. We do further trips in all year groups linked to our Inquiries which give children the opportunity to experience and develop our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural opportunities.

Previously our academy has worked towards developing a new global link with Guangzhou, China. 

Our well-travelled and highly experienced teaching team bring knowledge, culture and first-hand practice from more than 20 countries around the globe. We use this to shape the hearts, minds and ambition of our pupils in Paddock Wood:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Malawi
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • USA
  • Zimbabwe

Rewards

We believe that a rewards culture promotes and encourages maximum achievement. Pupils who demonstrate effort, dedication and a commitment to their learning can earn points through our House and merit systems. Our weekly celebration assemblies recognise the successes, hard work and citizenship of our pupils.

Pupil Council

Our Pupil Council ensures that every pupil has their say on issues around the school. Our Head Boy and Head Girl, along with other elected members, represent ‘pupil voice’ on important issues such as uniform, catering, the way we use our buildings and grounds, and even interviewing new teachers. Our Pupil Council is awarded a whole-academy ‘impact and improvement’ project to complete each year, with a typical budget of £15-£20k.

Prospectus

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