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Cordwalles Junior School is a 2 form entry school which promotes inclusion and mutual respect within a safe, caring and stimulating environment. We cater for children between 7 and 11 years of age and have a spacious, well resourced building and grounds. Click on the link to see a selection of th...

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Cordwalles receives charity boost for new fa... Pupils have been learning that not only does charity start at home, it also starts at school after they managed to secure a grant from the Big Lottery fund to transform a disused building into a new teaching facility. Thanks to that Lottery money, along with a grant from the Capital Improvement Fund and the Ogden Trust – an organisation dedicated to the promotion of the teaching of physics – the old building on the school’s Berkshire Road site is being updated to include a music and drama studio, food technology and science rooms, amongst other things. Cordwalles’s Deputy Head Sarah Nottrodt said it was a real coup for the entire school to have secured funding for such a hugely useful multi-purpose facility. “It’s really exciting that we’re managing to update the building in such a way. It will add so much to school life,” she explained. “One of the things we are striving to promote at the school is healthy lifestyles, so having a dedicated food technology area is wonderful. It will link beautifully with our edible landscape project which encourages pupils to grow their own herbs and vegetables. The child-centred interactive ‘Phiz lab’ science facility that is being funded by the Ogden Trust will be ready for the start of the autumn term and will be a huge bonus for the whole school as we can really concentrate on delivering top notch science teaching.” It is not just Cordwalles which will benefit from the Ogden Trust’s generosity. The school is a member of the Surrey-based GLF Schools multi-academy trust, which runs more than a dozen schools across the south east, and Cordwalles along with two other GLF schools – Hillcroft and Danetree – will all be recipients of funding to support their physics teaching. “It is such brilliant news, for Cordwalles and the wider GLF group,” Mrs Nottrodt said. “GLF is the first multi-academy trust that the Ogden Trust has worked with, so it’s an amazing opportunity for us all.” Read More
Cordwalles pupils rewarded for rising to PE... The world’s top athletes will be going for gold at the Rio Olympics later this summer, and with that in mind the youngsters have already laid down a marker after they were awarded a Silver School Games award by the Youth Sport Trust. The award rounds off an impressive 12 months for the school, which has decided to place sport and PE at the heart of its educational programme – with spectacular results. “A year ago just the minimum amount of PE was being taught so the school decided to take action about that,” said Cordwalles’s PE leader Sam Alley-Mohindra. “Now all children have an hour of PE per week, as well as being part of the Gugafit programme, and everyone jogs, walks or runs a mile twice a week. In addition to that we have eight different PE-related extra-curricular clubs each week. “The whole school, pupils and staff, have bought into the new programme and it’s done wonders for the school. Teachers have received training on tag rugby, football skills training, orienteering and gymnastics, and in the course of this year, Cordwalles has entered teams into 12 different sporting festivals.” It is this whole-hearted approach that earned Cordwalles, a member of the GLF Schools Group, its silver status, bypassing the bronze level because of what has been achieved so far. “The playground used to be dominated by football but now you see all kinds of sports being played. As a school we’re really proud of what we’ve done because it’s been such a team effort,” added Ms Alley-Mohindra. “We have Year Five pupils who are receiving training from Active Surrey to become Sports Crew leaders, which means they’ll be working with the younger pupils, and hopefully it can become a self-perpetuating thing, which the children grow into as they get older. Achieving silver status is something that’s making a difference to life in the school now, and hopefully will do for a long time to come. It’s an award we can all share.” Read More
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