AS you walk into Churchfield Church School, the first thing you notice is that it is a school which prides itself on being at the centre of the community.

The 16-class primary school and nursery, in Burnham Road, has 455 children aged between four and 11 on its roll and its nursery sees 125 children each week.

As a church school, it offers a distinctly Christian learning environment and has close links with St John’s Church in Highbridge.

Over the last year the school has made progress on its school improvement journey with KS2 SAT’s results just 1 per cent below the national average.

Head teacher Justin Philcox said the school has been working hard to develop its curriculum to ensure children have a solid grounding in English and Maths but enjoy a balanced curriculum with Science, RE and topic-based project work.

“We have a modern school which is well designed to meet the needs of teaching and learning in the 21st century,” Mr Philcox said.

“We have recently launched the Churchfield Explorers programme.

“Children have the opportunity to learn how to play musical instruments, join many of the clubs: ukulele orchestra, Churchfield Voices, nature clubs, cultural explorers clubs, stay and play sessions and lots of sporting activities running every night after school.”

The primary school boasts a number of facilities, including large open grounds, music tuition rooms, a Forest School area and a pond.

And it has just taken delivery of ‘Gus the Bus’, a 17-seater minibus which allows the children to get out and about after school to learn more about nature.

Mrs Waters, a Year 3 teacher at the school, said: “Churchfield is a dynamic and exciting school where staff and children are a caring community.

“Our ‘Praise’ values are at the centre of everything we do and the children are inspired to learn, with lots of opportunities beyond the classroom.”