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Our SchoolI believe St Christopher’s offers a happy, safe and friendly environment for children and their families. The staff team are experienced and dedicated to their roles in education. We believe in being inclusive and aim to provide an education which meets the needs of every individual. Our curriculum is therefore broad, balanced and enriched with extra learning opportunities.
As St Christopher’s stands on the edge of the picturesque village of Langford, surrounded by beautiful countryside, it is easy to be inspired by the opportunities to take learning outside. Our own grounds include a large field with nature areas and a pond, a wooden play area, music garden, a sheltered quiet area and an all-weather AstroTurf pitch. These wonderful grounds allow a variety of outdoor learning to be part of our curriculum. We encourage a healthy lifestyle by providing a rich programme of sports and physical activities, both as part of the curriculum, and through after school clubs. Year 6 pupils are given the opportunity to go on a week-long residential to try more adventurous outdoor pursuits. From year 2 the school provides swimming lessons as part of the PE programme at RAF Brize Norton pool. School dinners are cooked on site by The School Lunch Company and offer children the option of a healthy hot meal at lunchtime. Fruit is provided under the Government funded 5 a day scheme for key stage 1 children and older children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack for break time. The school funds class music tuition for one year-group, giving children the opportunity to learn an instrument. A variety of music is available both within the curriculum and as private lessons.
I hope this gives you a flavour of what our school can offer. Please continue to browse our website and find out more about the school, the staff, the curriculum and our afterschool provision or you are welcome to come and visit us.
Our VisionOur vision is to have a school where:
- The uniqueness of individuals is respected and valued.
- The staff provide a safe and nurturing environment which supports children to approach their learning with an enquiring mind, courage and perseverance.
- Children’s continually evolving needs are identified and they are equipped with the skills and motivation to succeed.
- All achievements are recognised and children learn to value their own successes.
All within the loving support of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our ValuesOur vision is built on the school’s Christian Values which in turn underpins all that we do at St. Christopher’s.
PerseveranceChildren keep going when they encounter difficulties. They recognise that getting things wrong does not equate to failure, but is a normal and important part of the learning process. The school perseveres through difficult situations by keeping to its core values. It continues to work tirelessly to ensure that children are supported to overcome any barriers they may have.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
CourageChildren are enabled to make the right decisions and take the right path at the right time. Children are able to stand up for what they believe to be right even when they might be in the minority. The school has the courage, at all times, to do the right things for the overall rounded education and wellbeing of our children and families.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
HonestyChildren demonstrate honesty about their behaviour, effort and learning. The school is honest and transparent in all its dealings and recognises and admits when it has made mistakes. The school is honest and transparent with parents even when a difficult message has to be delivered.
Do that which is honest
2 Corinthians 13:7
RespectChildren show respect to each other, the school’s property and to all adults equally. The children recognise and understand that they are part of a diverse world and respect and value difference. All the school staff listen to and respond with respect to the views of the children and parents.
Show respect for all people. Love the brothers and sisters of God’s family, respect God, honour the king.
1 Peter 2:17
TeamworkChildren and staff acknowledge how teamwork can help them to achieve personal and group goals. The school family recognises that the need for support from others is a strength not a weakness. The school works in partnership with parents to provide the best possible environment for the children’s development.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
CompassionChildren recognise that there are others who are less fortunate than themselves and are moved to help them. We recognise as a school the needs of our children and families and support them to bring about positive change.
Finally all of you be like-minded be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8
St. Christopher’s School is an academy and a member of the Oxford Diocesan School Trust (ODST). The Trust was founded in 2012 from a commitment to excellent education for academies in the Oxford Diocese.
The trust supports schools right across the diocese, which covers Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Milton Keynes. An ODST school is a special place, which values its individual identity and serves its local community.
ODST are committed to the highest professional standards from staff, ensuring that all their schools have high aspirations for their pupils, not just in the key curriculum areas but in those wider aspects of education that ensure our young people leave school fit to be caring and effective citizens in the world of tomorrow.
ODST is a place where all are welcome; for both CofE schools and community schools, for staff and pupils of all faiths and none, where academic excellence abounds and where pupils and staff are enabled, valued and encouraged to become outward looking, resilient learners and professionals.
The trust’s web site can be found here: http://www.odst.org.uk
All maintained schools and academies are subject to external OFSTED inspections. As a Church of England school we are also subject to the “Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools” (SIAMS).
OFSTED InspectionOn the 1st of March 2015 the school converted to be an academy as a member of the “Oxfordshire Diocese Schools’ Trust”. Whilst very little changed from a school perspective, technically after conversion the Department for Education deemed us to be a new school. The latest guidance from the government states that new schools are unlikely be inspected until their third year of operation.
The last OFSTED inspection of the ‘old’ school (May 2010) found the school to be GOOD and can be found here.
In January 2013 the school received a letter from OFSTED confirming that the school remained GOOD in their judgement. The letter can be found here.
SIAMS InspectionOn the 10th of July 2015 the school was received a National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. The inspection found the school to be GOOD with some aspects of excellence. The report can be found here.
Headteacher - Shaw Goodwin
I was born in North Wales and passed through the Welsh educational system; with Welsh being my first language. From secondary school I went on to study Electronics and Computing Science at university. After graduating I worked in the IT industry. I started as a junior programmer in a small company. The company grew significantly and when I left 13 years later, I had risen to IT director and we had over 2000 staff.
I left industry to do what I had always wanted to do - teach. I converted to teaching through the rigorous GTP programme. I have had the opportunity to teach in three very different schools one of which was a rural school similar in size to St Christopher’s. I have experience in teaching all year groups, from reception to year 6.
Having completed the prestigious National Tomorrow's Heads programme I went on to complete the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Now in my fift year of headship I am extremely thankful and privileged to be leading such a fantastic school. I am passionate about providing all the children at St. Christopher’s a high quality broad education whilst celebrating each of their unique abilities.
Wendy Brown Senior Teacher and Cherry Class Teacher. Special Needs Coordinator.
Pam Lee Maple Class Teacher. Leader in Learning - RE and PSHE&C.
Garth Lenton Oak Class Teacher. Leader in Learning – Mathematics.
Rachael Long Hazel Class Teacher. Leader in Learning - Literacy and Modern Languages.
Maria PennWillow Class Teacher. Leader in Learning – Science, Art & Design and Design Technology.
Row MartinGinkgo Class Teacher. Leader in Learning - History and Geography.
Jo BrindleJo supports the social and emotional needs of our children.
Joanne Brownjohn Joanne is an HLTA working in Willow and Hazel Class. Joanne is also the school’s PE coordinator.
Sheila Henderson Sheila Henderson Specialist music teacher.
Juliet BennetJuliet is a TA working in Maple Class. She also supports our breakfast club and is a lunchtime supervisor
Janet Hobbs Janet is the school caretaker and cleaner.
Sarah Jones Sarah is the school secretary providing vital support to all staff and parents.
Laura Kinchin Laura helps lead our afterschool provision and is also a midday supervisor.
Sarah Lenaerts Sarah is a TA working in a number of classes and is also a midday supervisor.
Kim Thomas Kim is a TA working in Ginkgo Class. She also leads our afterschool provision and is a midday supervisor.
Pamela Watt Pamela is a HLTA and works in Cherry Class
Debbie WilesDebbie is a TA working in Willow and Hazel Class. She also runs our Breakfast Club and is a lunchtime supervisor.
Lynne Woolaston Lynne is a TA and works in Oak Class.
School CouncilSchool council provides an additional avenue for children to put forward ideas and suggestions on how we can further improve our school. School councillors were voted on by their peers following a “blind” hustings process and will serve from January to January. This allows new reception children to settled down before joining school council.
The elected school council for January 2017-2018 are:
- Reception – Harry Beamish, Cameron Blake
- Year 1 – Bodhi Clarkson, Jensen Best
- Year 2 – Oli Shutie, Alex Bardon
- Yesr 3 - Molly Homewood, Summer Whitehill
- Year 4 – Jessica Milgate, Harry Wymbs
- Year 5 – Charlotte Benson, Annie Lawton-White
- Year 6 – Bella Woollin, Joshua Nail
School Council meet Mrs Brindle every fortnight and discussion have included:
- Children supporting and leading acts of worship.
- Buying new playtime equipment.
- Keeping parents informed of our work through the newsletter.
- Interviewing teacher and teaching assistant candidates.
The Governors play a vital role in the running of the school, as well as ensuring that all the aims are met. All the Governors can be contacted through the School via the Head Teacher or School Secretary.
The Governing Body
Catherine JonesChair of Governors, Foundation Governor, Performance and Standards Committee
Appointed 27.6.2013 - Term of office ends 26.6.2021
Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Governor
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 4/5
I have lived in Langford since 2002 and my son attended St Christopher’s between 2005 – 2012. I am the Software Engineering Group Leader, in the Scientific Computing Department of the Science and Technology Facilities Council and am also a Chartered Librarian. I feel it is important for people in the community to support their local school and have stayed on the Governing Body after my son left for this reason. As a member of the Performance and Standards Committee, I have a particular interest in supporting and challenging the school to ensure all children at St Christopher’s enjoy their time at school and achieve their potential.
Phil GengeVice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor, Resources Committee (Chair)
Elected 14.7.2014 - Term of office ends 13.7.2018
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 3/5
I live in Filkins with my wife Jennifer and two boys, Ptolemy and Theodore, both of whom are currently pupils at St Christopher’s. I have worked for Nationwide Building Society since 1995 with a seven year tenure as the Head of Group Security (responsible for cyber, physical and data security risk). I have recently moved into a new role in Group Risk where I am the Head of Risk Strategy and Change. In my time at Nationwide I have chaired many committees and represented Nationwide at various working groups, including at the Bank of England and at the Financial Conduct Authority. In my limited spare time I enjoy playing football with our boys, progressing the renovation of our house and cycling.
Sally DenyerFoundation Governor, Resources Committee
Appointed 9.1.2014 - Term of office ends 31.8.2018
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 5/5
I moved to Filkins late in 2002 when I was working at Radley College, Abingdon as a Pastoral House Mistress which was a lively, demanding and most enjoyable job. Before that, having trained in Hospitality Management (1989) I had various jobs including running the catering and residential services for a teacher training college and also running my own business. My first career was in general nursing, training at Guy's hospital and then going on to do midwifery and finally a nurse teacher training. I stopped work in July 2013 and am delighted to join the governing body of the school, hopefully bringing some relevant life skills (!). As committed christian I also look forward to contributing to the ethos of St. Christopher's.
Tessa FarleyFoundation Governor, Performance and Standards Committee (Chair)
Appointed 1.9.2016 term of office ends on 31.8.2020
Safeguarding & Looked After Children Governor
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 5/5
The Rev Harry MacInnesFoundation Governor of St Christopher’s Langford, Rector of the Shill Valley and Broadshire Benefice
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 3/5
I have been Rector of this Benefice since 2004. The Benefice consists of 12 churches including St Matthew’s in Langford and is the largest Benefice (collection of churches) in the Oxford Diocese. I am also the ex-officio governor for St Peter’s school in Alvescot. I am involved with both schools, in particular supporting their distinctive Christian foundations. I live in the Rectory in Shilton and have 2 boys and 2 lively Springer spaniels.
Steve PooleFoundation Governor, Resources Committee
Appointed 1.9.2015 term of office ends on 31.8.2019
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 3/5
My wife, Melanie, and I moved to Little Faringdon in 2014 although we have lived in the Swindon area for 35 years. I am now fully retired after a long career in the electronics industry, the last 20 years at Intel, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer chips, in Swindon. My various roles included sales, marketing, operations and general management, culminating in 10 years as European General Manager for Intel with responsibility for a very large organisation. Our children are now in their 30’s and live away but our grandchildren are just beginning to enter the education system and this has rekindled my interest in schools and desire to help the community, if I can, by serving as a governor at St Christopher’s.
Lucy ChesherParent Governor, Resources Committee
Health and Safety Governor
Appointed – 28.3.2017 – Term of office ends 27.3.2021
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 2/2
I have lived in Carterton for a majority of my life with my partner Mark and have two children, Molly and Samuel who are both currently pupils at St Christopher’s. In 1998 I moved to Liverpool for University and returned to Oxfordshire to continue my studies in 2001 while working part-time at an Environmental Consultancy. I have also worked for the Forestry Commission on the Newlands project, which developed community woodlands on derelict land. More recently I have been in a health and safety consultancy, working for Heritage Trust Sites, managing the health and safety for 2 phases of the High Speed Two project and overseeing large scale construction and demolition projects. In my spare time I enjoy cooking (and eating!) although my baking skills leave much to be desired so tend to cheat and buy cakes for cake sales!
Claire LadwaFoundation Governor, Resources Committee
Appointed – 11.5.2017 – Term of office ends 10.5.2021
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 1/1
I grew up in Langford before leaving for university. I have over 15 years professional experience as an HR Business Partner working for various Financial Services companies and my career has included working in Switzerland for 7 years. I hold an MSc from the London School of Economics. Most importantly, I am the mother to Freya (born 2014) and Otis (born 2016)!
Cynthia JohnstonFoundation Governor, Performance and Standards Committee
Appointed – 25.6.2017 – Term of office ends 24.6.2021
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – N/A
My family and I have lived in Langford for the past 25 years. Although my four children are now in their twenties, I still have a keen interest in education. I work as a university lecturer at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London where I specialise in medieval manuscripts. I am committed to making the best possible education available to all, and this belief informs my work for St Christopher's children.
Elected 24.10.2014 - Term of office ends 23.10 2018
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 5/5
Headteacher (Ex Officio)
Full governing body meeting attendance (2016-2017) – 5/5
I have known St Christopher's School for a long time- my daughter attended many years back, and a long time ago I was a School Governor here. I live in Alvescot and have been Churchwarden there for some years so have heard about the school regularly from local Governors. My work as a headteacher in three schools over 25 years has kept me busy until I retired several years ago- after some part time work in schools. Now apart from part time work and volunteering in Citizens Advice I have more time to commit, so once again I have become a Foundation Governor. I am delighted to have the opportunity to now learn more about the school first hand, to get to know staff and perhaps some parents and children, and also to support the school by being an active Governor amongst a team of skilled and dedicated Governors.
Stephen Richards resigned 12/7/2017. Full governing body attendance (2016-2017) – 3/5
Christine Tinson resigned 28/1/16. Full governing body meeting attendance (2014-2015) – 5/6
Judy Scotcher resigned 24/9/15. Full governing body meeting attendance (2014-2015) – 6/6
Rowan Harris resigned 24/9/15. Full governing body meeting attendance (2014-2015) – 3/6
Verity Banbury resigned 24/9/15. Full governing body meeting attendance (2014-2015) – 2/6
Fiona Dixon resigned 2/7/15. Full governing body meeting attendance (2014-2015) – 5/6
John Turberville resigned 14/7/16 Full governing body meeting attendance (2015-2016) – 6/6
David Spence resigned 14/7/16. Full governing body meeting attendance (2015-2016) - 5/6
Roger Turner resigned 11/10/16. Full governing body attendance (2016-2017) - 2/2
Governors Register of InterestRegister of Business Interests of the Governors at St Christopher’s Primary School
|Governor||Relevant Business Interests to include:
Name of organisation
Nature of business
Nature of interest
|Other educational establishments governed||Relationships with this school’s staff to include:
|Catherine Jones||Member of ODST Finance Committee||-||-||5.10.17|
|Harry MacInnes||Trustee of the school land and building.||St. Peter’s Primary School, Alvescot||-||5.10.17|
Joining our schoolAs an academy we are our own admission authority. This means that The Governing Body set the admission criteria and arranges admission appeals. The current admission policy can be found at this link
Oxfordshire County Council has fully coordinated admission arrangements for all academies and community, voluntary controlled and voluntary aided schools. For children starting Reception in September applications should be made to Oxfordshire County Council Admissions by completing a Common Admissions Preference Form (CAPF) either in paper form or electronically.
The closing date for applications and the date for the offer of places will be in accordance with the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme, details of which will be common to all schools in the Local Authority (LA) area.
The Oxfordshire County Council admissions web site can be found here.
All admissions for Reception at other points in the year or to other year groups are considered to be In-Year Admissions. In-Year Admissions will be admitted provided that there are places available in the relevant year group using the criteria as set out in the relevant admissions policy for the specific year group. St Christopher’s CE School follows the LA protocol for the in-year admissions of vulnerable children (in-year fair access).
The school administers its own In-Year Admissions process and the form can be found here.
Statutory informationWe hope that you find our WEB site useful and informative.
As of September 1st 2012 the government requires the school to publish a list of statutory information on the school’s website. Much of this information can be found in different parts of this site, but for ease we have also consolidated it into the following document.
1. Contact details:
St. Christopher’s CE Primary School
General Queries: Mrs Sarah Jones – School Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Governor Queries: Mrs Catherine Jones – Chair of Governors (email@example.com)
Special Educational Needs Queries: Ms Wendy Clements – SENCO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
School Owner’s Queries:
Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust – (ODST.Admin@oxford.anglican.org)
ODST Registered Office:
Church House (Oxford),
Oxford, OX5 1GF
Telephone:01865 208 200
2. Headteachers Name:Mr Shaw Goodwin
3. The school’s admission arrangements:Our admission’s policy document can be found here.
4. Full details of policy for excluding pupils
Our policy on exclusions can be found here. It should be read in conjunction with our Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies.
5. The school’s most recent Ofsted Report :This can be found at the this link.
6. The school’s most recent KS2 results (2015-2016) :
The school’s performance can be found in the DfE’s School Performance Tables: here
7. Information about the school curriculum :a. Content of the curriculum by academic year and how additional information relating to the curriculum may be obtained.
The school has adopted a creative approach to its curriculum and delivers much of it through a topic based approach. These topics and the each year groups curriculum can be found on the individual classes web pages:
Our approach to teaching the curriculum can be found here.
b. The names of and phonics or reading scheme being used in KS1
The school follows the Primary National Strategy ‘Letters and Sounds – Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics. The school does not follow one specific reading scheme, but has a wide range of books which are colour banded by ability.
c. How parents or other people can find out more about the school’s curriculum
If you are an existing parent then please speak to your child’s class teacher. If you are not an existing parent then please make an appointment, through the school office, to talk to the headteacher.
8. The schools behaviour policyThe school’s behaviour policy document can be found here. The school’s anti-bullying policy document can be found here.
9. Pupil Premium Information
St. Christopher’s Primary School receives Pupil Premium funding in addition to the schools budget. This government fund has been established to address inequalities for children in receipt of free school meals or in the looked after care system; narrowing the attainment gap for disadvantaged children. In addition to this the school receives funding for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces, to support their emotional and social well-being.
Please find our current Pupil Premium report here.
10. The school’s Special Educational Needs Policy and Special Educational Needs ReportThe school’s SEN policy document can be found here. The annual SEN report can be found here.
11. Accessibility Planning for Disabled PupilsThe school’s accessibility policy document can be found here.
12. Public Sector Equality DutyThe school’s Equality Policy can be found here. The school’s equality objectives can be found here. The school’s report on its progress towards meeting its equality objectives can be found here.
13. The school’s Child Protection PolicyThe school’s Safeguarding policy document can be found here.
14. The school’s Complaints PolicyThe school’s Complaints policy document can be found here.
15. Sports Grant Funding and Spending InformationSt. Christopher’s Primary School receives Olympic Legacy PE in addition to the school’s budget. This funding is ring fenced, and is allocated directly to primary schools across England, providing them with dedicated resource to buy in invaluable expertise and support. We are able to determine the most appropriate use of this funding.
Please find our current Sports Grant Funding report here.
16. Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up PremiumNot applicable.
17. The school’s charging and remissions policyThe school’s charging and remissions policy document can be found here.
18. School Financial InformationThe school’s funding agreement for the current academic year 2016-2017 can be found here. The school is part of the Oxfordshire Diocesan Schools Trust and the following information can be found on their WEB site (http://www.odst.org.uk/) or here: Annual Report; Annual audited accounts; Memorandum of association; Articles of association; Members of charity trustees and members.
19. A statement of the school’s vision and values.Our vision and values can be found by clicking on the appropriate tab in the menu above.
20. Information about each governor and any associate memberInformation on the school governors can be found by clicking on the appropriate tab in the menu above.
21. Register of governors’ interestsInformation on the school governors can be found by clicking on the appropriate tab in the menu above.
22. Request for paper copiesIf you require paper copies of any of our statutory information please contact the school office.
The St. Christopher's School Policies are available for you to read online from the links below. However, if you have any questions on any School Policy then the Headteacher and the School Governors are available to discuss with you and answer your questions.
- Access Policy
- Admissions Policies
- Anti Bullying Policy
- Appraisal Policy for Teachers and Headteachers
- Behaviour and Discipline Policy
- Capability Procedure for Teachers and HeadTeachers
- Charging Policy
- NEW - Complaints Procedure Policy
- Early Years and Foundation Policy
- Equality Policy
- Equality Objectives
- Governors' Allowances Policy
- Health & Safety Policy
- Home - School Agreement Policy
- Medical Conditions in School
- NEW - Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy
- Managing allegations against other pupils
- Professional Code of Conduct for Staff
- Staff Conduct & Grievance Policy
- Staff Disciplinary Policy & Procedure
- Staff Capability Procedure
- Sex & Relationship Education (SRE) Policy
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information Report
- NEW - Teachers and Headteachers Pay
Other (Governing Body) Policies
- Collective Worship Policy
- Dignity Policy
- Drugs & Alcohol Misuse Policy
- Educational Visits Policy
- First Aid & The Management of Medicines Policy
- Governor Induction Policy
- NEW - Governor School Visits Policy
- Keyholding Policy & Guidelines
- Non or Late Collection Policy
- Parents Handbook
- Positive Handling Policy
- Parent and Adult Helper Policy
- Parent Helper Support Booklet
- Recruitment & Selection Policy
- Safer Recruitment Policy
- Staff Induction Policy
- Whistleblower Policy
Educational Web Site linksThe following are a list of links to education related web sites.
The school is not responsible for the content of external websites. This is because:
- the school does not produce them or maintain/update them
- the school cannot change them
- they can be changed without the school's knowledge or agreement.
The inclusion of a link to an external website from the school’s web site should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site's owners (or their products/services).