Houghton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
|Please note that, during periods when the school is closed, including weekends, anyone with Child Protection concerns should contact Cambridgeshire Social Care directly, contact numbers are available here. However if you feel a young person is in immediate danger the police should be contacted.|
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Monday 11th December: School is open today.
Mr James has been in school since 6am. He is clearing pathways for us. The main roads are clear and any snow lying around is quite wet and slushy. We will therefore open today. Please take care on your journey to school, particularly if you are driving.
Closing date: Noon Monday 18th December.
You don't need to be a parent to apply. We are looking for people in the local community to join us and help us to make a difference.
Saturday 9th November: Heavy snow is forecast for this area tomorrow. We always aim to keep open - there's so much wonderful learning and playing we can do in the snow if the children are dressed well for the weather! We will only close if we don't have enough staff in (due to hazardous driving conditions) or if the utilities have been affected by the weather conditions (e.g. water or heating). Please keep an eye on this website and the school facebook page for latest information relating to snow days in school.
Friday 8th December: Lovely to see so many children, parents and carers at the Christmas Fayre. Thank you for supporting FoHPS in their fundraising for new computing equipment and resource... and huge thanks to FoHPS for working so hard to make the event a success.
Friday 1st December: A very busy week in school this week! Ofsted visited on Thursday 30th November. The inspector completed his inspection in one day. The report will be published by Ofsted within 15 working days.
The children in Key Stage 2 worked hard to decorate their classroom doors for the Christmas Fayre... this year using as many recycled and/or up-cycled items as possible. They did an amazing job...
Parents can now book seats for our Christmas performances using the school online booking system https://houghton.parentseveningsystem.co.uk
The deadline for applying for a school place for pre-schoolers due to begin school in September 2018 is rapidly approaching (15th January 2018). Click on this link for information from Cambridgeshire on how to apply. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/apply-for-a-school-place/primary-reception-junior-or-middle-school/
We offer parents the opportunity for a tour of the school as part of their decision making process. Please contact the school and book a place on one of our tours. 01480 463398
News - See school Facebook Page for more information... scroll down to bottom of page for 'live link'
Updated Friday 8th December 2017
We are a 'Reading School'
Last year (2016-17) we read and quizzed on 78,950,254 words read and quizzed on, averaging 26.3 million words per term. This was an amazing achievement which we hope to top this year.
Over 1.8 million words read and quizzed on this week... taking our total to over 22 million words. The children in Key Stage 2 have read and quizzed on 1,801,464 words this week taking our total from the beginning of the school year to 22,942,920 words.
That's amazing when we consider that the total words that we read in a WHOLE YEAR in our first year on the Accelerated Reader programme 5 years ago was 20 million words!
Engaged Reading Time
We aim for a minimum of 20 minutes a day average 'engaged reading time'.
We provide every child with this much time to read in school each day. We ask that children also read at home as part of their home learning.
This week's statistics:
|Year Group||Average Engaged Reading Time*|
|Year 2||Will start AR after Christmas|
|Year 3||46 minutes per day|
|Year 4||33 minutes per day|
|Year 5||30 minutes per day|
|Year 6||41 minutes per day|
* This is an average of the class.
Statistics from Accelerated Reader
Updated: Friday 8th December
Well done to Wimbledon for earning the most House Points this week.
This week's points
Total points this school year
Winners of the GOLD Award in the national School Games Mark 2015/16 and 2016/17 for curriculum and extra-curricular sport.
Finalists in the 'Living Sports Sport Awards' 2016
County Champions in the ESFA World Cup football competition March 2017
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Comments from our most recent parent survey (2016)...
"We are delighted with how well our child has settled into school and how well she is progressing. She clearly enjoys her time spent at school."
"Houghton is a friendly school that encourages learning alongside very positive and responsible personal values. It’s a great mix and the result is a buzzing school."
"I think that the schools strength is that it knows each child so well. This is from a character/personality perspective and an academic one. Because you know each child so well it means you can deal with issues in a way that suits each child. This is so valuable."
"The school has a warm, supportive ethos and all members of staff are approachable. The teachers care about the welfare of the children and encourage them to achieve their potential."
"I love that Houghton makes use of it’s beautiful surroundings for learning, something my child has found invaluable."
"A great school that works very hard at putting the children first in all areas of teaching and well-being."
"I would have been very happy with this school had my child had standard learning abilities, however as he has SEN I have found myself relieved that he has a place in a school that shows commitment to helping him succeed."
"I love that Houghton is a village primary school. It has close links with the local community and also has a close community feel within the school. The teachers and children know everyone and are encouraged to look after each other."
"I think Houghton is a fantastic school and feel very privileged to be able to send my children there."
"A good school with friendly professional staff instilling good values and morals."
"We are very lucky to have such a wonderful school in our location."
"Parents views and opinions matter. Children are at the centre of the school ethos"
"The positivity, good feeling and can do attitude of the school. Very pleased with the level of outdoor activities, engaging pupils physically as well as mentally. Great teaching."