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Headteacher's Welcome

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Welcome to St Michael’s Community Primary School located in the village of Withyham. We are a small, happy school with the philosophy that, young or old, we are all learning and growing together. St Michael's is a really special place, we really value spending time outside and using the world around us to inform our learning.  I have taught in many schools, but the importance of the natural world and how this supports our well-being is something distinct and special about this school.  If our children are happy, they will be successful learners and achieve high standards.

As you walk into the school you will pass pots of plants growing that represent the very essence of St Michael's. We have the most wonderful school grounds and believe that outdoor learning and play are fundamental to children's well-being.  We have a dedicated staff that strive to achieve the best educational outcomes for all children, whatever their starting points.

We take children from the local village of Withyham as well as further afield from Crowborough, Tunbridge Wells and Cowden.  Children are fortunate to begin their journey into school in a small one-form Reception class with no more than 16 children. Nurture is at the heart of all we do at St Michael's and the small class allows us to be child-centred from the moment your child begins school with us. We have four classes, arranged as follows:

Acorn Class- Reception 
Elm Class- Year 1/2
Silver Birch Class- Year 3/4
Oak Class- Year 5/6

Our mixed-age classes add to our family atmosphere at school. We have a buddy system where Year 6 children look after Reception children when they start school and the children always remember this friendship as they move through the school. Children look forward to this responsibility when they are in the top class in year 6.

We have a School Council who are involved in making decisions about how we run the school, we are particularly looking at how we can develop imaginative play outside.  More information about this may be found on our OPAL web page. Pupil Voice is important and the School Council regularly feed back ideas from Class Councils in which all children participate.

I look forward to meeting you.

Catherine O'Shea Head Teacher

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Contact Details

In the first instance all queries can be directed to Ms D Udell

St Michael's Community Primary School, Withyham
Station Rd 
Withyham 
Hartfield
East Sussex 
TN7 4BP

Tel: 01892 770307
Fax: 01892 771099
Emailoffice@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

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