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 include unity, respect and friendship. With our wow-factors and a book based learning experience, we believe that Chantry offers an excellent educational experience for our pupils.
We had an Ofsted inspection in February 2014 which found that Chantry is a good school where teachers have high expectations of pupils. As a result of these high expectations progress in writing is particularly strong and standards in reading are rapidly improving. In addition, inspectors said that: "The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well through the teaching of the school's values and different subjects, including sports, music and art." We invite you to read the full report by clicking here.
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.
Firefighters visit Year 2!
Monday 8th December 2014
To end their learning on The Great Fire of London, Year 2 pupils had some very special visitors today, when members of the local fire brigade turned up to see them! They brought their shiny fire engine with them and showed the children all the different areas of the vehicle and even let some of them sit in the driver's seat! And as a super treat, the children were all allowed a go at using the hose and spraying the target (which were the containers!). The children loved the experience and were fantastic at asking lots of interesting questions...well done everyone!
'Lighting Up Luton' lantern parade
Saturday 6th December 2014
As part of the annual Christmas activities organised in the town centre, a fortunate group of Year 4 pupils had the chance to participate in the 'Lighting Up Luton' lantern parade this evening! The children had already made their lanterns the day before and were ready to go and illuminate the town, joined by other local school children, Scouts, youth clubs and Brownies! It wasn't hard to spot the children tonight- as well as the lanterns, they were also adorned with glo-sticks and flashing torches!
Gulliver's Christmas Fun!
Saturday 6th December 2014
An enthusiastic group of Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils had a blast today when they had the chance to visit Gulliver's Land in Milton Keynes! It was part of the Christmas activity schedule that Gulliver's organise each year, and children had the chance to visit Santa (and get a special gift!), have a 'Christmassy' lunch and use lots of different rides! The children were superbly behaved for the day and didn't let the cold conditions bother them!
Christmas Activity Day
Friday 5th December 2014
One of our annual highlights took place today when all children in the school were involved in the Christmas Activity Day! Every child from Reception to Year 6 were placed in mixed age groups and spent the morning taking part in a series of fantastic seasonal activities across the whole school. It was a great opportunity for different aged pupils to mix with one another, and it was especially nice to see our older pupils take the younger ones 'under their wing' for the morning, acting very maturely and responsibly!
Reception Visit Lapland WOW Day
Thursday 4th December 2014
As part of their learning about Journeys this half-term, our Reception children took a pretend flight to visit Lapland. The children had been learning all about what happens at the airport and had prepared their own boarding passes, passports and luggage labels.
Indoor surfing fun!
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
WOW! What a fantastic time some of our pupils had today when the visited the Flow House indoor surfing centre in Bedford!
This amazing experience involved the children donning their wetsuits, grabbing a bodyboard and riding the gushing waves created by the enormous wave machine! It only took a few minutes for the children to practise before they were jumping on the waves like experts! (And it didn't matter if they fell off as the whole area was 'bouncy', so they just bounced their way to the back of the area to start again!). The children absolutely loved the session and the time just flew by!
Year 5/6 writer's workshop
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
A lucky group of Year 5 and 6 pupils were able to take part in a special writer's workshop today, when Charlie Carroll came to visit! Charlie is an author and ex-teacher who visits schools and leads writing days, centred around different themes. Today's session was all about the temporary truce called in the trenches on Christmas Day in 1914, when the German and British soldiers called peace for a short period of time (and famously played football!). The children had to produce different diary entries based around the feelings of a soldier present in the trenches. There were some amazing pieces of writing, which have now been published on the 'Lend Me Your Literacy' website...check it out! http://lendmeyourliteracy.com/lmyl-day-chantry-primary-academy-y56/
Ihonour (Seashel) Run monkey run.
England vs Slovenia
Saturday 15th November 2014
Football was on the menu tonight when a group of pupils travelled into London to watch England take on Slovenia at Wembley Stadium! The match was part of England's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and saw the likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling playing their part in a great 3-1 win to England!
The children were amazed to see over 80,000 people in the stadium and enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere! (Although Mr Kelly assured them watching Luton play was just as good!).