Sturminster Marshall First School

Sturminster Master First School

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History & Environment

THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

History

The school was built in 1911 and additions and alterations have been made over the years.  During the Summer Term 2001 we had a further extension.  This provided an extra classroom and new offices at the front of the school with a secure entrance and library.

We are lucky to have a sports field and areas of tarmac playground, and also a garden with a wooded area, flowers and vegetable beds, and an enclosed pond. 

Swimming Pool

All the children benefit from an outdoor heated swimming pool on the premises and have swim­ming lessons during the summer months. School Society members work hard to donate funds to the school, equivalent to the running costs of the pool.  A voluntary contribution is also requested from parents.

Library

The school’s purpose-built library houses a wide choice of classic and modern fiction, poetry, non-fiction and reference books. The school’s reading scheme books are also shelved here so that children are used to going in to the library on a daily basis.

The children can sit and carry out research for work in curriculum areas, as well as having comfortable space to peruse books for pleasure. Library displays change regularly, reflecting topic work and weekly themes covered in the curriculum and the wider world. Learning activity is supported by input from a school librarian.

Each class has library time, when the children can borrow a fiction or non-fiction book of their choice to read at home. Reading for pleasure is actively encouraged and greatly valued in the school.

Car Parking

The road outside school becomes very congested at the beginning and end of the day, so please consider our neighbours and the public bus service when parking.  Avoid parking in front of or immediately opposite the school gates and, if you see others parking in these places, please explain to them that it places children in danger when crossing the road.

Bicycles

Governors are prepared to allow children to cycle to school if the following conditions are met:

  1. We have provision for bicycles and scooters in the school grounds, in the form of racks. Please use these carefully and respectfully.
  2. Children cycling to and from school must be accompanied by an adult.
  3. The school will take no responsibility for bicycles left at school.
  4. Strictly no cycling on school grounds.  Cyclists must dismount at the school gates.  There is an obvious danger to small children running to and from their parents across the playground.  This also applies to pre-school children - please do not allow them to cycle in the playground at any time.
  5. Bicycles should be walked down the playing field side of the school and left carefully placed in the racks outside the library.
  6. The governors recommend that safety helmets are worn.  Parents should take helmets home as space is limited in school.

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