A Warm Welcome to our Furzeham Primary & Nursery School
‘Inspired to learn, inspired for life’
Everyone at Furzeham welcomes you and your child to our friendly, caring school. Our first priority when new children start is to make sure that they feel relaxed and confident in their new environment, so that we can all begin to work together to create the best all-round educational experience.
If this is the first time that a child from your family is about to join us, we look forward to working closely with you to build a happy and successful association. If you have a child that has attended Furzeham School in the past, we are pleased to renew the link between us. Knowing and understanding our children well, is the first step to making sure that they get what’s best for them, it helps us to progress their learning, prepare them for the next step in their education and support them with all aspects of their well-being. Sharing with parents the responsibility for their learning, and their personal, social and emotional development, will help us to do this.
These pages are intended to provide you with practical information about the school’s routines, its aims, its curriculum and activities; however, there is no better way of getting to know us, than actually coming to see us for yourselves. If you would like to come and meet with me and have a look around the school, please do not hesitate to contact our office and one of our administrators will gladly arrange it.
Brixham is situated on the south-west edge of Torbay. It has an historic harbour, with a busy fishing industry, the remains of a Napoleonic fort and conservation area and it is a thriving tourist resort. As part of the children’s education, we try to go out into the local area as often as we can, to experience our heritage and community resources and to help the children develop pride and interest in their town.
We are a Local Authority Community School housed in a characteristic Victorian building. Our school is full of history and life and almost two thirds of our current school population have parents or relatives who came to our school in the past, including a former Prime minister!
There are just over 300 children on roll, ranging from 3-11 who are accommodated in eleven classrooms including our superb Foundation Stage Unit. Our children are thoughtfully grouped, some in mixed-age classes.
At Furzeham Primary and Nursery School we provide a secure, nurturing, high quality learning environment which inspires our children to develop life- long learning skills and enables them to achieve the best future outcomes. Our expectations are high; offering high quality first teaching and an enriched curriculum which engages and excites children to drive their own learning with increasing independence.
Parents are welcome in school and we have lots of volunteers who help in class. Parents are regularly invited to attend a variety of school events.
- Regular special events to share class work in our class showcase sessions where we share learning outcomes with parents and showcase our talents.
- Music events
- Performances and productions
- Sports days and festivals
- Parent report evenings - The school holds two formal parent consultation evenings during the year. Parents are also welcome to meet with the class teacher or Head teacher; an appointment can be arranged through the school office. A full report on your child’s achievements will be given at the end of the summer term.
- Please visit our website to find out more information about our school and to see our class blogs and hear all about other exciting things that we do at Furzeham Primary & Nursery School.
Home learning is considered a very important part of a child’s education.
The aims and objectives of home learning are:
• to promote a partnership between home and school to support each child’s learning
• to assist pupils in making maximum progress in their academic and social development
• to help pupils develop the skills of an independent learner
• to consolidate and reinforce learning carried out in school and to allow children to practice skills taught in lessons
• to help children develop good habits for the future
We have regular newsletters which inform you of any recent events and dates coming up. We email this out unless you request a paper copy. Occasionally text messages are sent to parents informing them about important changes to club timetables or other school routines.
The Parent Teachers Association (PTA)
These are a lively group of people who support the school in lots of practical ways. They organise many events during the year which are intended as social occasions, fundraising events and links with the local community. The PTA is a registered charity and meetings are held regularly, the AGM takes place in November. We are always keen to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining our PTA, please let the school office know, everyone is welcome and every little offer of help is appreciated.
Parent report evenings - The school holds two formal parent consultation evenings during the year. Parents are also welcome to meet with the class teacher or Head teacher; an appointment can be arranged through the school office. A full report on your child’s achievements will be given at the end of the summer term.