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A Community School - A Community School

A Community School


We value and appreciate the important role all parents/carers play in supporting their children and developing a positive attitude to school and learning.  At Shawley there are many opportunities for parents/carers to actively participate in supporting their children in school. These include:

Parents' evenings - Open evenings are held each term. In the early part of the autumn term we have our first meeting which is an important one as it enables us to establish parents'/carers' views on how their child is settling into the new class and discuss the targets for the coming year. This is followed in the spring and summer terms when we review progress being made and discuss the child's work.

Update on progress - Regular information about children's attainment is shared with parents/carers on a termly basis. An annual report is sent home at the end of the spring term for children in years 1 to 6 and includes details of your child's progress together with their next targets.  Parents/Carers of children in the reception year receive their reports at the end of the summer term.

School functions - Parents/Carers are invited to school functions such as our weekly Praising Assembly, Harvest Assembly, Christmas celebrations, musical events, charity functions, Fundraisers events and sporting activities.

Helping in school - We are grateful to all the volunteers who come in to school on a regular basis to share learning with the children.  Our strong partnership with parents means this support is maintained.  We encourage adults to read with children and ensure they are trained in the same methods as the teachers.  We also have a group of parents who come in to play maths games with children across the school every week.

Governors - Governors play a crucial role in the school and they visit the school as frequently as they can to work alongside children and staff and undertake their role in calling the school to account through their monitoring.

Fundraisers - This is the name given to the group of parents who provide the children and parents with fundraising opportunities.  There is a fantastic programme of events spread across the year.  The annual Christmas Bazaar and summer fete are supported by other events such as discos for the children, a quiz night and annual sponsored walk. 

We also have other very strong links with different groups in the community.

North Downs Schools Partnership - The partnership is made up of all the schools in the local area.  We meet regularly to plan events for the children of the locality.  These range from our very successful Community Choir which is made up of children from each of the different schools including our local secondary school.  The choir was recently entered for a national Bridges musical award and finished in the top four.

The awards judges said: "The music learning network is a strongly embedded component in the North Downs Schools Partnership. This ensures effective communications between schools and opportunities for teachers and music co-ordinators to learn from one another. The NDSP community choir and the numerous offshoot primary school choirs are clearly a source of great community pride. This is to be commended as a good example of inter-school partnership working for pastoral as well as academic progression."

Our own school choir regularly sing in the local community supporting charities such as Epsom Hospital and the Rotary Club by performing in the Ashley Centre.  We also sing at Toyota GB Headquarters as they sponsor the school as part of their community programme.  We take part in the annual musical evening performance at Dorking Halls as part of the South East Surrey Music Festival, performed in front of 1000 strong audience.

Apart from music, there are opportunities for children to compete against each other in regular sporting fixtures for football and netball as well as our annual swimming gala and District Sports competition.

Opportunities are planned for children to take part in joint learning too such as Numeracy challenge sessions, Literacy workshops with authors and media collaborations between the Beacon Secondary School staff and our children.





Shawley School Award Winners

We have recently started awarding children with VIP (Very Important Pupil) Lanyards when they have excelled at something. We are particularly looking for children who promote the school values and are excellent role models to others in terms of following the school rules.

Our most recent VIP awards have gone to:

Skarlett (Chestnut) - for always being kind, thoughtful and caring towards everyone. She is a supportive and encouraging learning partner who is always polite and helpful.

Georgia (Fir) - for the kindness she shows to others. She has a thoughtful nature, beautiful manners and is friendly to everyone. Georgia displays an excellent attitude towards learning and takes pride and care with all aspects of her work. 

Hannah (Oak) - who has been recognised for being consistently hard working, polite, helpful and kind. She is an excellent role model and a delight to have in Oak class!

Ollie (Fir) - who demonstrates an excellent attitude to learning. He is a kind and thoughtful learning patner who stays focussed and on task.

Amy M (Elm) - who treats everyone with respect. She is thoughtful and consistently kind to others. Amy always endeavours to produce her best work and should be incredibly proud of the standard of work she achieves. She is a real delight to have in class and all adults who have been teaching her have noticed her for her efforts!

Keeley-Rose (Fir) - has been recognised for being an excellent learning partner and showing kindness to all.  She is a thoughtful friend and is an excellent role model in the way that she follows the school rules. Keeley-Rose always completes tasks to the best of her ability.

Molly (Beech) - is a great asset to her class. She is always enthusiastic and keen to learn and puts 100% effort into all of her work. Molly is always kind and caring towards her peers, is a supportive learning partner and is helpful around the classroom.

Ella (Fir) - has been recognised for being an excellent role model in the classroom. She is caring, thoughtful and always ready to help when needed. Ella takes her learning seriously and applies a hard working approach.

Ellie-Mae (Elm) - has been recognised for the support she offered during the girls football tournament last week. She was such an encouragement to others, picking up players who were down and reassuring them if they had not scored or not saved a goal. This thoughtfulness to others was a pleasure to see, thank you Ellie-Mae.


Our School has valued accreditations

What parents are saying about us

Shawley is a caring environment where every child is known to all, even from the early days of the Reception year. The older children are taught to respect the little ones; the little ones know and trust the older ones. Personal and emotional development, as well as academic progression, are intrinsic to the success of this warm, secure school which, although located in the heart of Epsom Downs, retains a "village-like" feel.

John & Glynis Wheeler, Parents

Shawley has given our son the best possible start in school life. All the teachers throughout the school seem to have a real passion and enthusiasm for teaching. The school has an enthusiastic and thriving Fundraising Committee, consistently striving to raise funds for extra equipment and facilities for the children.

Charlotte Elson, Parent

Both my children really enjoy coming to school. They are excited to learn new things and find their classes both interesting and challenging. As a parent, I feel the staff at al levels are helpful, friendly and approachable. My whole family loves Shawley Community Primary School!

Charlotte Crossley-Lo, Parent

Shawley provides a stimulating curriculum and my son loves to share his new found knowledge at home.

Almarie Groves

A great school. We have only happy memories from our time at Shawley

Rose and Holly

A friendly, caring school, set in lovely grounds, which is always striving to improve for their students, teachers as well as parents.

Vickie Nimmo

We are really impressed with the education our son receives at Shawley Community Primary School. The school has a warm and friendly feel about it with all staff giving 100% to each pupil.

Joseph Sanders

The teaching staff have been very supportive of our family's religious convictions and beliefs, and has provided alternative arrangements in his class so my son does not feel excluded.

Asa King

My children have enjoyed their time at Shawley and love the school. They have grown in confidence both socially and academically. The staff are approachable, friendly and caring. There is a sense of community within the school.

Gautham & Saathana Emmanuel

Shawley is a friendly, caring school. My son has been happy there from the first day he started and has developed a great enthusiasm to learn. Both my children are very happy at the school and we are happy with their progress.

Hilary Neville

Such a happy, friendly school. Miss Harmer has really brought out the best in Charlotte.

Charlotte Hathorn

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