- Last Updated on 10 November 2016
Tucked away beside Great Shelford Parish Church, Shelford Primary school is a fascinating mixture of buildings of different ages ranging from the original school house of 1843 to more recent extensions.
The school is approached via a driveway immediately to the left of Great Shelford parish church. To enter during the school day, the school office can be contacted via an intercom on the security gate.
The interior of the school has been adapted over the years to meet changing educational needs and improvements continue to be made. All of the seven spacious classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and networked computers.
The newer part of the building also houses a music room that doubles as a cooking facility with a basic cooking area.
We also have a small library complete with comfortable chairs and rugs for those intensive reading sessions.
Our large hall doubles as the school dining room served by the adjacent kitchen.
Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 classrooms
Our reception classroom was opened in 2011 and has it's own toilet facilities. The classroom has doors opening out on to a separate outdoor activity area shared with the year 1 classroom.
Our year 1 classroom also has an indoor activity area. The year 2 classroom lies between the hall and library and the Key Stage 2 block.
Key Stage 2 classrooms
Classrooms in key-stage 2 are equipped with computer desks where laptop computers are hidden beneath desk lids. This allows the desks to be used as normal and then for a group of pupils to undertake an activity using the computers.
Key Stage 2 classrooms are housed in a 2-story block, all rooms are spacious, light and airy. The classrooms share cloakroom facilities.
Grounds & Facilities
Our school is very fortunate to have an excellent playground and large playing fields backing onto agricultural land.
Surrounded by mature trees and with a view of the Parish Church, the school grounds are a very nice place to be on a sunny afternoon.
The playground consists of a tarmac court area and an adventure play area with highly popular equipment for use during break time.
The playground also provides seating and ample shading from the sun on those hot June afternoons.
Playing Field & Gardens
Our playing field is large enough for a good-sized football or cricket pitch. The field tapers towards the end, this area has been put to good use in providing us with somewhere to develop our wildlife garden. We also have a small cultivated area where vegetables are grown.
Along one side of the playing field are several 'outdoor curriculum' areas containing different activities for the children to undertake when the weather is fine. An all weather path links these different areas.
A meadow area has been developed from land acquired in 2013 from adjacent farmland. This provides an area for exploration for the children.
The school has its own heated swimming pool. This is used during the summer term to provide swimming lessons for all children.