Collingwood Primary School has Foundation Status. That means that the Governing Body is the employer and owns the building and the land, not the Local Authority. As with all schools, we receive a delegated budget for which governors are responsible.
Built in 1982, the school is semi-open plan. Teaching areas are set around two central spaces, the small hall and a library. Cloakrooms and toilets are situated between classrooms and children enter and leave the school through these doors enabling and impressively quick and safe evacuation during fire drills!
The school is boasts two separate halls, which are used for assemblies, PE, music, drama and for dining. Collingwood has a designated library area, a soundproof room for music tuition, it’s own kiln, an ICT suite and on site breakfast and after school club facilities from 7am until 7pm run by our staff. In recent years the building has been adapted and improved to provide easy access for wheelchair users and the visually impaired.
All classrooms are fully equipped with Interactive whiteboards, projectors and wireless internet access. Classes are grouped in phases; The Foundation Stage (Reception classes) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6). There are no mixed age classes.
Our very large playing field is securely surrounded by mature trees and bushes. There are hard play areas, sports pitches, tracks, seating, “Forest Schools” and gardening areas, climbing apparatus, a “stage”, a covered pavilion used for lessons and play, a designated outside learning environment for Reception pupils and plenty of space for active games and quieter pursuits. In warmer weather pupils are often given the option of eating outside, on picnic blankets, regardless of whether they bring packed lunch or take a school meal. We also make use of a nearby pond for environmental and scientific work and are currently developing our very own “Artstrail.”
Our P.T.A. “Friends of Collingwood” (F.O.C.U.S.), regularly provide us with new outside play equipment. Please take a look at their page on this website to find out more about their activities.
Pedestrian access is good via footpaths from Ferrers Road (opposite Asda), and from Inchbonnie Road. There are three gates onto the school site for easy access, two in Collingwood Road and another at the end of Benbow Drive. All visitors should report to the main office which can be reached via the gate in Collingwood Road closest to the shops.
Parents and carers can give their views of our school at any time of the school year using an online questionnaire called Parent View. You can register at
http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk. Once your login has been activated, you will be asked to complete 12 short questions about the school. Your views are important in helping us make decisions about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved.