About The School
Please read a welcome letter from the Chair of our Governing Body here and also our Diocese of Rochester Letter.
You can view our Ofsted report here.
COMPASSION, ACCEPTANCE, RESPONSIBILITY, FORGIVENESS, TRUST
About The School:
Burham Church of England Primary School is a one form entry school with maintained status which has been at the heart of Burham Village – a community on the northern outskirts of Maidstone – since 1858 when the then Curate of Burham, the Rev. W. Keith started a church school with funds raised locally. It was originally sited on Rochester Road and at one time held as many as 400 boys and girls. When a new Board school was built on the corner of Bell Lane in 1890, the boys moved there leaving the girls and infants in the original building. Both schools were re-organised in 1958 and became separate Infant and Junior Schools. The current school building was erected in 1985 and the juniors moved in.
Now the history of the schools in Burham has come full circle and the two schools became one when they merged in 1991 and became Burham Church of England Primary School. In June 1993, the children moved out of the old Infant building into the new infant wing.
The School is set in amazing grounds, with a woodland area that is used for ‘Forest School’ activities and a vegetable garden that the children take a lot of pride in cultivating. The school is central to the village and benefits from good transport links with Maidstone and Rochester. We have a dedicated and enthusiastic staff team, an aspirational group of governors, an active parent teacher association and a supportive wider community.
Burham Church of England Primary School is:
An Inclusive Community, with enthusiastic learners who fulfil their individual potential by being independent thinkers, who have enriching relationships.
Children, staff, parents, governors and volunteers all work hard at providing the right conditions and environment for all to succeed. The safety and wellbeing of our children is always our first concern.
We have a Christian foundation and our explicit Christian values, are woven into all we do, are:
These values are considered throughout all activities – whether academic, behavioural, personal, social, spiritual or administrative.
Our curriculum is focussed on realising our vision, making sure all learners are accepted and valued as individuals with varying needs being considered and met. Learning is engaging and active and supports the whole child. We expect everyone to make progress and achieve success in learning.
We recognise that every child has a different starting point but must journey towards and reach their individual potential.
We develop children to think for themselves and make good choices in all aspects of life. This includes keeping themselves and others safe from harm. Our children know how to respond to different situations and who to turn to for help and support, trusting that this support will be timely and effective.
We recognise our position within a thriving community where all are valued and respected. We work hard at getting on well with each other, taking into account different needs and experiences that may make this more challenging in certain circumstances. We appreciate there are many different roles involved in coming together to ensure we are able to develop well rounded children who will become excellent citizens.