In school this year

Children and staff have worked extremely hard and all deserve a relaxing summer break. We have had another busy and very successful year; we are delighted with the excellent results achieved by Checkendon pupils of all ages.

  • We have hosted a large number of successful events throughout the year including Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost Services, Fireworks Night, Bluebell Walk, Maypole Dancing, Children in Need, Sport Relief and Pay it Forward Day. We were treated to excellent performances of Wizard William, Nativity Play, Power of One anti-bullying show, Courage Concert and Shakespeare Rocks at school and Festival of Voices at Dorchester Abbey and The Big Sing at Oxford Town Hall.
  • Children have participated in a wide range of themed days and weeks including Viking Day, Writing Week, Safer Internet Day, drama workshops, archery and fencing enrichment days, Rocks and Fossils workshop, Evacuation Day and a Junk Orchestra workshop.
  • During the course of the year, pupils have taken part in a wide range of inter-school sports competitions including cross country, swimming, athletics, Sportshall athletics, Quadkids athletics, football, Kwik cricket, netball, tag rugby, tennis, climbing, orienteering and multi-skills. 
  • There have been many visits to support and inspire learning, including to Kilvrough Manor, Path Hill Outdoors, The Story Museum in Oxford, Bournemouth seaside, Foxes Piece Primary School in Marlow, Tolhurst Organic Farm, Unearthing Anglo-Saxons at The Ashmolean Museum, Goring Fire Station, Ufton Court, Science Museum, Junior Citizens Trust in Oxford, Byways Dentist, The Living Rainforest, Paddock Farm, Music Festival in Oxford, River and Rowing Museum, Townlands Hospital, Didcot Sewage Treatment Works, Abbeycrest care home and local seasonal walks.
  • Staff have been learning too; during the year developing their skills in safeguarding, mentoring, health and safety, Attach and ASD, first aid, Active Playgrounds, COSHH and fire safety. Teachers have improved their knowledge and understanding of effective strategies for teaching writing, mathematics, science and RE.
  • We have had lots of interesting visitors in our school this year. These have included speakers from different faith backgrounds, family pets, ShelterBox, Blue Cross charity, Prayer Spaces, Hearing Dogs charity, Lu’s Owls, Carl Davis (Taekwondo Champion) and Mr Awasthi.  Parents, grandparents and governors have visited the school regularly to help out in all sorts of ways. Lots of parents were involved in our very successful Writing Week and pupils have benefitted from regular reading sessions with our highly skilled parent volunteers.
  • Events for parents have included parents’ evenings to discuss pupil progress, community worship, newly formed parent council and the parent and children workshop ‘Engage eSafety’.
  • Thanks to the tireless efforts of the School Association aka CHiPP and the support of parents, we are delighted to have been able to provide reading books, display panels, an outdoor prayer space and bibles for Year 6 leavers as well as installing Phase 2 of the play tower.
  • Many thanks to all parents and governors who have volunteered their time to help us this year. We are very grateful to all those who give up their time to support staff and children at the school.

It is time to say good bye to our wonderful Year 6 pupils: Perdy, Finn B, Callum, Maisie, Harvey, William, James, Jake, Remy, Polly and Finn W. We also say farewell to staff members Mrs Brereton, Mrs Butler, Mrs Hood-Cree, Mr Hornby and Mrs Tarbox. We thank them for all they have contributed to the life of the school and wish them happiness and success in the future. 

  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01491 680693
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