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 are very proud that we are now a designated National Support School. As a National Leader of Education I lead Chantry in supporting the work of other schools, often taking 'The Chantry Way' into schools, to share our expertise and experiences, helping them to improve.
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.
Chantry Book Day
Friday 7th March 2014
What a fantastic end to our 'book week' we had today, when everyone dressed up as characters from their favourite books! From Mr Twit to Wally and from the Gruffalo to a young James Bond, we had a HUGE range of characters walking round school taking part in activities!
Year One chicks!
Monday 3rd March 2014
Our 'Living Eggs' have now arrived in all of the Year 1 classes! Everyone is very excited because over the next 2 weeks, we will observe the eggs hatching and then care for the chicks in a special box (called an incubator) in our classrooms. We will get to watch the chicks grow and move and even take turns feeding them. Plus, we also have to keep them clean! Click, on the chick picture below to be taken to a live webcam that will let you follow the chick's progress!
The chicks have been taken for a weekend visit to the teachers' homes - they'll be back for viewing Monday!
The School Council swaps the Pyramid of Learning for The Houses of Parliament!
Tuesday 25th February 2014
Today saw our very own school council visit The Houses of Parliament – it was a fantastic day and the children enjoyed seeing some amazing sights along the way. Whilst in London, the children saw many of our famous attractions, including the London Eye, Big Ben and of course Number 10 Downing Street. However the most exciting part of the day, was walking through the secret passage under Big Ben to view both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
A real life author
Tuesday 25th February 2014
At Chantry, we love books and today we have had a visit from John Row, the author of the book, ‘Out of the Hat’. He arrived first thing this morning to work with some of our own pupils from Year 6 as well children from other schools including Southfield Primary School, Leagrave Primary School and Pirton Hill Primary School. He shared his story and gave the children lots of ideas for their own story writing. All of the children enjoyed working with John, and also had a great time getting to know new friends from different schools. Look out for our next author visit later this week.
Nursery 'Transport' visit!
Wednesday 12th February 2014
Our Nursery children had a wonderful experience today when they went on a very special visit to end their current unit of study on 'transport'.
The day began with the children, staff, helpers and parents being picked up by a traditional, double-decker Routemaster bus and having a great ride round, eventually ending up at the Narrow Gauge Railway in Leighton Buzzard.
(w/c) Monday 10th February 2014
This week has been Chantry's Science Week and we have been up to all sorts of fun!
On Wednesday, Key Stage 2 pupils were treated to a wonderful theatre production called 'Danger at St. Magnets'. The production explored how magnets work and looked at the properties of different sorts of metals. The children also learnt about what man-made and natural materials are.
WOW! What a fantastic time some of our pupils had today when the visited the Flow House indoor surfing centre in Bedford!
This unique 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 pros!
O2 Young Voices concert
Tuesday 28th January 2014
Some lucky choir members had a once in a lifetime experience today when they travelled to the breath-taking O2 arena in London to sing in the annual Young Voices choir!
Over 7,000 children were in attendance at the world's largest children's choir and we were privileged to be part of the singing extravaganza! A diverse mix of songs were sung by the children, ranging from a pop medley to traditional folk songs of England! But it was guaranteed, whatever tunes the children were belting out, were sung with 110% enthusiasm!
Harry Potter Studios tour!
Friday 24th January 2014
Miss Pollard's creative writing club had a very special experience today when they had the opportunity to visit the Warner Bros. Studio tour in Hertfordshire to look at the amazing Harry Potter sets!
The children were inspired by the breathtaking scenery, stunning costumes and jaw-dropping special effects that were on show throughout the tour. From meandering through Diagon Alley to posing on the magical full size night bus, the whole day was full of the wonderful sights from the movies, as well as letting the children in on some of the 'secrets' that are contained within the Harry Potter film series...