Norbury Primary School and Nursery is proud to be an integral part of the community and we feel very fortunate and privileged to be so well supported in return. In October 2014, we became a foundation school and a founder member of The South West Shropshire Learning Trust. We work very closely with the Community College, Bishop’s Castle and with eleven other local primary schools to provide the highest standard of education possible for our pupils. Our main aim is to provide children with a wide range of experiences which will broaden their horizons and allow them to have the highest aspirations for their future.
We believe that children benefit greatly from practical experiences and we endeavour to get our children out of the classroom as often as we can; they explore their local landscapes, such as villages, The Stiperstones and The Longmynd, and we also take them further afield, to London, New Quay on the Welsh coast, Llangollen and Chester. The focus of these trips is extremely varied and covers many aspects of the curriculum, and of children’s personal development. In June of this year, 2015, we will be taking our older children to Normandy for four days to support their learning in French and history. All this is possible because of the funding which is generated by The Long Mynd Batch Burner, a mountain biking challenge organized by our PTA, which starts and finishes at The Village Hall, and is only possible due to the generous support of many members of the community.
The Village hall is an essential part of what we can provide for our children. The current hall gives us additional space for activities such as gymnastics and our community café, The Brew with a View, and we look forward to completion of the new hall which will enable us to provide so much more. We anticipate using the hall for further indoor PE sessions, for dance and drama, for clubs and after school activities, so that we can invite a wider range of visitors to help with our learning, such as theatre groups and other local schools to work alongside us. The children were delighted and excited to be asked to play a part in the design of the hall and in the bidding process, and I am sure that the new building will strengthen further the relationships between different generations of our special community.