Welcome to Houndsfield Primary School, a large, vibrant community school with a strong commitment to nurturing pupils who value themselves as learners and as individuals. We celebrate the diversity of our school community and ensure that all of our families feel that their culture is valued and respected.
We base our values on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and use our School Charter to ensure that the rights of every child are respected by everyone: the children, the staff and parents.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to inclusion and strive to ensure all children access an education that challenges, motivates and allows all children who pass through our doors to realise their potential in a safe, supportive and happy environment.
Learning at Houndsfield
Our all-inclusive curriculum offers a rich learning experience for our pupils.
Some key aspects are:
- Teaching children about social justice
- Creating memorable experiences
- Using books as a focus for learning
- Extended opportunities for learning before and after school
- Integrating English and Maths throughout the whole curriculum
We firmly believe that your child’s learning experience is built on partnerships between home and school therefore we always keep you informed of your child’s progress and achievements at school. You are always welcome into school and we look forward to you and your child joining us.
Houndsfield School offers a fantastic mix of old and new. The majority of children are accommodated in our large, 4 floor Victorian building dating back to 1903 however we also have newer facilities including the Park Suite, with 6 classrooms overlooking the large playing field.
We regard outdoor learning as a fundamental part of the curriculum and use our school farm and wonderful grounds to promote a love of outdoor learning. Children in Early Years and KS1 have daily use of outdoor learning areas. All children have the opportunity to learn and explore in our allotments, animal farm, outdoor classroom and wildlife garden.
As well as this, we have dedicated spaces, which allow us to teach a plethora of subjects in the most appropriate facilities; art in the art room, sport in the gym or our multi-use games area (MUGA), drama in one of our hall spaces, radio broadcasts from the radio station or reading and relaxing with a book in our learning hub.
We welcome the community into our school and frequently let our facilities to local groups.
Standing up for what we believe in
A fundamental aim of our school is to produce pupils who have the confidence to strive for a fair and just society both now and in the future. We do this in several ways including using the curriculum to raise awareness of social justice.
We are a Rights Respecting school. Children learn about the articles in the UNCRC as well as work towards becoming ‘Right Champions’. The children learn that the UNCRC is a universal declaration and that children all around the world have access to the same rights. Children also learn that the adults around them have a very important role to play as Duty Bearers; ensuring children have fair access to their rights.
The School Parliament meets regularly and is composed of MPs from Y1-6. The MPs speak on behalf of their classmates and work on many projects throughout the year. The Parliament provides a living example of our democratic values as well as leading projects initiated by the children.
Houndsfield School is fortunate to be linked with many children from all around the world. We have partnerships with Sierra Leone, Madrid, Turkey and Finland. Learning from the world around us by connecting with others around the world is an important aspect of what we do at Houndsfield.