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.
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!).
Magic Dave 'Children in Need' Show!
Friday 14th November 2014
We welcomed back a special guest tonight, when Magic Dave returned to perform a Children in Need magic and puppet show for the Chantry children! Over a hundred people were in attendance to watch Dave perform his unique brand of magic and his great ventriliquism with fan favourite Daisy the Cow! The event was an overwhelming success, which helped to raise lots of money for the wonderful Children in Need charity!
Monday 10th November 2014
Last month, a lucky group of pupils from Years 4-6 visited the University of Bedfordshire to take part in their 'Sowing the Seeds' programme. Well, after the success of their adventure, the staff from the university came to Chantry today to hold a mini-graduation ceremony for all those involved! Wearing their graduation gowns, the pupils really looked the part as they were handed their certificates in front of their proud parents!
Year 5 cinema fun!
Wednesday 5th November 2014
Year 5 pupils were extra lucky today when they had the special opportunity to visit Cineworld to watch the hilarious new movie, 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!' (a bit of a mouthful to pronounce!).
The movie tells the story of Alexander's family, who just happen to have one of the worst days they've ever had (after Alexander wishes it upon them!). Cue lots of amusing events that take place as the family are shown that even during tough times, a family should always stick together!
The children turned up, armed with their snacks and drinks and had a fantastic time watching the film. Even though there were several other schools there, once again our pupils proved how exemplary their behaviour is whilst out on trips! Well done Year 5!
The Sooty Show!
Sunday 2nd November 2014
A group of our younger pupils had super fun this morning when they travelled to the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage to watch a live performance of the Sooty Show! There was lots of mischief going on as it was Sooty's birthday party and he had to arrange his special day with the help of Sweep, Sue and Richard! Flour flew everywhere; balloons were whizzing around and water pistols were being fired in all directions (mainly at the adults!). And every time the doorbell rang, everyone had to jump up on their feet and perform 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!'
The show was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children, who were laughing and singing all the way through!
Legoland Fireworks 2014!
Saturday 26th October 2014
This past Saturday, as part of our enrichment trips, a group of Key Stage 2 pupils had the wonderful experience of visiting Legoland for the day before spending the evening watching a spectacular firework show! The children (and adults!) managed to get onto a huge range of different rides and also visited some great attractions, including a 4D theatre show! (They even got to go on the rides in the dark too!).
Friday 24th October 2014
Year 3 pupils have been studying Australia through their recent book, Bunda's Dreamings. They had great fun playing the didgeridoo, learning from Jonny, who's an Australia expert! The children also made clay totems which are Aboriginal good luck symbols (it was fantastic getting messy!). They made the Australian animal people thought they were most like- some said they were kangaroos because they jumped around so much whilst others were wombats because they were cuddly and enjoyed sleeping!
Year 6 protest march!
Wednesday 23rd October
This morning, the Year 6 children led a demonstration around Lewsey Farm in support of Alem, a young refugee who is being threatened with deportation to his home country where war is currently taking place. Don't worry though, this was only a 'mock' demonstration as the pupils were recreating a key event from their current book of study, 'Refugee Boy'. Currently, in the book, Alem has been denied the right to stay in the UK and so his school friends stage a protest march in support of his cause!
Science Night 2014
Saturday 11th October-Sunday 12th October 2014
One of our most exciting visits took place this weekend when a group of Year 6 pupils travelled to the Science Museum in London to take part in the Science Night sleepover! The event allows primary aged pupils the chance to stay in the museum overnight whilst participating in a range of different workshops and activities, both on the Saturday night and the Sunday morning! This year, we were learning about digestion (in a gruesome way!), seeing what happens to the blood in our body and playing big body bingo!
We were also allowed to watch a movie on the 70ft IMAX screen and have fun in the interactive 'Launchpad' gallery. It was certainly a jam-packed evening, and a truly memorable one at that!