I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Chantry Primary Academy. We are a values-based school focused on empowering our pupils to be the best they can be. Our ethos is built on Chantry's Values (which incorporate British Values), these include unity, respect, tolerance and friendship. With our wow-factors and a book based learning experience, we believe that Chantry offers an excellent educational experience for our pupils.
Chantry is a successful school which is a unique and exciting place to be. Children succeed at Chantry thanks to high quality learning experiences provided by our extensive and dedicated team. They also enjoy our creative approach to learning and feel secure in our caring school environment.
Our website aims to keep our school community up to date with events and information about our school. Please take the time to browse the site to learn more about the exciting opportunities that children have here.
Parent Governor Vacancies
We are currently recruiting parent governors. We have two vacancies due to a resignation of one parent governor whose child has moved on to high school and another governor chaning from 'parent governor' to 'community governor'.
Being a governor is both rewarding and challenging. Governors work closely with the Headteacher and other school leaders to ensure that Chantry offers the best possible quality of education for the children in our care. If you feel that you'd like to be a bigger part of our school by being a school governor then please click here to download a nomination form.
Nominations should be recived by 12 noon on Friday 4th November. Please note that we have two vacancies, should we have more than two nominations, there will be an election.
Monster Mash Friday 21st October 2016
Our Latest PTA Event
We are all excited about our Family Disco next week. Families are invited to dress up and come along to enjoy the fun from 5:30-7pm for £2.50. (Children in Years 3-6 may attend unaccompanied but younger children must come with parents or carers.)
We will be selling hot dogs, crisps, sweets and drinks and other refreshments.
We have a entertainment for the evening with magic, dancing, games and prizes. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged!
Click here to download the flier with booking form.
Chantry netball success!
Monday 10th October 2016
Our wonderful netball team have had marvellous success recently! Firstly, a journey to Linden Academy witnessed the girls go from strength to strength as their first game progressed, putting into practice the skills they'd been working hard on. Their values of determination and positivity shone through, resulting in a 7-4 victory! Next, a visit from William Austin Junior School (in the rain!) saw the team show a focussed approach, with excellent spacing and quick footwork throughout the game. This terrific determination saw the girls win the game 16-0. Amazing work so far!
Michal the Musician
Michal loves to make and listen to music, particularly beat-boxing, which is using the human voice to create a range of sounds and rhythms. Michal has been working with Mr Bateman for some time, using the electric drum machines too. After working so well, Mr Cowburn (our music teacher) began coming into work with Michal each week to help develop his music further. He has enjoyed these sessions greatly and has become quite the professional at creating and following a pattern with his own recorded beat-box sounds. Here's a video clip of one of Michal's compositions for you to enjoy!
We had super fun today, as our sponsored Pro-Kick penalty shoot-outs took place. All the classes ifrom Reception up to Year 6 had their turn throughout the day, with the aim of trying to kick the ball as fast as they could into the goal! A special 'speed radar' gun recorded the speeds (and there were some VERY fast speeds indeed!). All the fun was to raise money for the Sports Connection charity who help support children in the most disadvantaged areas throughout the world. Great work everyone!
Research visit to Japan 24th - 30th September 2016
We had a very exciting opportunity to visit Japan this September to explore what makes the school system in the Far East more successful internationally than our education system here in England. Mrs Lloyd and myself (Mrs Bateman) spent a week in Kokuryo Elementary School in Japan, working with the Headteacher and her staff and children. We asked lots of questions about how learning is different in Japan, compared to England.
We were fascinated by how hard the children work in lessons, how focused they are on their own learning but also how similar children are in Tokyo to our children here in Chantry. Children work independently or in groups, they go out on visits locally to enhance their learning and they also have visiting story tellers or artists to enhance their learning - just like we do at Chantry. We shared our work on Values Education with the children and staff through English language teaching and staff training. Take a little look at some of what we saw...
Now that we're back we are working on some way to use the things we learned to improve things for children here at Chantry. One of the main areas we want to develop is how we support children who need extra help to reach the Government's high expectations. We are working on ways to offer more small group tuition to children in different year groups, in a similar way to the offer we alreayd have in place for Year 6. We also want to develop children's independence and sense of responsibility in order to encourage these qualities in learning too.
Nursery Teddy Bear's Picnic
Our wonderful Nursery children enjoyed a teddy bear's picnic in the sunshine today, both in the morning and then again in the afternoon. The children enjoyed decorating their own cakes for the picnic and having some teddy shaped bears and biscuits as a treat! Back in the Nursery, the children then had super fun completing teddy bear related arts and crafts activities. Everyone had lots and lots of fun!
Luton Peace Walk 2016
Recently, a group of Key Stage 2 'Values Role Models' participated in the annual Peace Walk project organised by the Luton Council of Faiths. They've been working with other schools to look at how to promote peace in the community and were so lucky today to be able to take part in this harmonious event. The day brought together people from lots of different walks of life and was such an amazing opportunity for our children to spread peace and be involved in such a lovely day where they truly saw how people can live together in peace, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
Adventure golf fun!
Our next enrichment visit took place today, when a group of older pupils headed to Stevenage to take part in 'Mr Mulligan's Advnture Golf'. The children worked their way through 2 eighteen hole courses of fun, challenge and some madcap obstacles. The underwater themed course saw the children putting holes inside a submarine whilst the jungle course contained some rather large snakes to contend with! It was a great day out and we saw some impressive golfing skills from some of the children!