Beckley CE Primary School is a popular and successful village school with high standards of teaching & learning and behaviour. We have a strong community ethos and a lively and progressive approach to classroom practice.
Our school is in the picturesque village of Beckley, nestling in the rolling 1066 countryside, 5½ miles northwest of the ancient Cinque Ports town of Rye in East Sussex.
Welcome to a New School Year!
‘Where did that long summer holiday go?’ – it’s a comment I hear so many times from parents at the start of each new school year. September is always a really exciting time for schools as the new academic year begins. Many of the pupils and staff have changes to their class and for some children, a change of school altogether!
We have been delighted to see how well all of our new pupils have started their time at Beckley – those children beginning school in Reception and others who have joined us from a previous school. Of course, it is perfectly natural for new pupils to have varying degrees of uncertainty as they step into an unknown environment, but we are thrilled to see how quickly they have settled in and have started making friends.
Our first few weeks of term have already been filled with lots of exciting learning, including a week-long residential for Evergreen class, two beach school days for our Year 1 pupils, some great science experiments, our new prayer space in the library and school photos!
We passionately believe in creating as many opportunities as we can for children to access learning through a wide range of different ways. Learning can and should be exciting and we want to ‘tap into’ the natural curiosity and wonder that children have about the world around them.
Mr T’s weekly video post
In this week’s video post, Mr Thurston introduces the Christian values for Term 1- Being Heartsmart:
Our Year 6 Leavers say ‘goodbye’ in song
The final day of the school year is always one full of mixed emotions, particularly as we say a farewell to our Year 6 pupils. They have spent a major part of their lives at Beckley – from the age of 4 and so it is a significant step to take as they move to their respective secondary schools. Whilst we are very sad to see them leave us, we are also delighted that they can go as ‘successful learners’, ‘confident individuals’ and ‘caring citizens’. It is also right that they move on – they are ready to go, ready to move into another new and exciting phase of their lives. This year, our Year 6 Leavers said ‘goodbye’ to the school with a wonderful song. Joined by their class mates from Year 5, they reminded the packed hall about their future as they ‘step out; into the world that awaits them. Here they are singing to us, ‘We Are the Young’.
Amazing Art Exhibition Finishes off the Year !
In the last week of term, parents had a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of the amazing art work created by the pupils in Terms 5 and 6. The good weather meant that the art work was exhibited outside, allowing all the parents to take a look when they came to collect their children at the end of school. Take a look at the ‘Events Page’ to see more.
Sensational Beckley Pupils Win at the Hastings Music
After several years of waiting, due to the COVID Pandemic, pupils at Beckley were able to participate once again at the Hastings Music Festival. Both our Y3/4 (Blue Spruce) and Y5/6 (Evergreen) classes were entered into their age-group choral singing competitions – and both classes WON, with Honours. The judges were amazed that the singers hadn’t auditioned and been ‘selected’ but were the two, complete classes.
For Blue Spruce, the judges commented that the class ‘…showed a marvellously varied programme, full of musicality and fine choral singing!’ Here are Blue Spruce in their final rehearsal, before the Festival.
For Evergreen class, the Music Festival judges said, ‘You gave us beautiful choral singing , with great dynamics, enthusiasm and great diction!’
Please see the School Events tab in the Family Information and School Events menu for a recording of Blue Spruce’s and Evergreens’ final rehearsals.
After watching these two outstanding performances, I am certain that you will understand why the judges were so impressed and awarded such high marks! We are incredibly proud of our wonderfully talented children and we know that these experiences will stay with them for all their lives!
After School Club
The club runs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:30pm, providing after school care for children of working parents. We are delighted to see how happy the children are and asked them what they think of it. Here are some of their comments:
“My favourite thing in After School Club is all the drawing I can do with my friends.”
“I love being able to play games and also relax on the bean bags with my friends. I wish I could come every day!”
We usually have about 5/6 children on average every night after school – with several of them also attending Breakfast Club before school as well. If you would like to find out more information about either of these activities we offer to support childcare provision, please contact the school office.
Our Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing:
As we continue to manage social distancing and other restrictions in our lives, our mental health and emotional wellbeing is becoming an increasingly important issue for us all. The following links will take you to some excellent resources that the school recommend using to support this important area of our lives.
Website – Action Your Potential (password Neocortex123)
Here are some really great well-being activities to have a go at doing.
The Genesis Federation:
Beckley CE Primary School is part of The Genesis Federation with Peasmarsh CE Primary School. Our two schools still both maintain their unique identities, however our federation links allow staff to work together to support the teaching and learning in both schools by sharing resources, facilities and staff training opportunities, wherever appropriate.
Our Federation embraces the creation and development of ‘human flourishing’ through wisdom, hope, community and dignity. We nourish our community on a journey of spiritual, moral, physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth that helps everyone fulfil their potential through the promises and love of God. We work in harmony to promote ‘Life in all its fullness’.
Pupils, staff and parents are proud of their school and value the caring ethos. Pupils are polite, caring and respectful and get on very well with each other. They actively support each other’s learning. Staff are relentless and passionate in their desire to provide the best possible learning experiences and outcomes for their pupils. Parents and carers are very supportive and extremely positive about the school.
We maintain very close ties with the Church and local community and make full use of all local facilities to provide a high quality learning experience for all our pupils.