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Welcome from the Headteacher

Sonning Church of England Primary School, set in the beautiful village of Sonning, is a community school that balances high academic results with a clear desire to support children emotionally and as community-minded citizens. Sonning Church of England Primary School is a special place, and there is a palpable sense of aspiration, purpose and pride amongst every child and member of staff you meet.

Pupils, staff and governors live by our vision and values, and this can be seen in every area of Sonning Church of England Primary School. Based on our Christian vision of Building Strong Foundations for the Years Ahead (Matthew 7:24-25), our broad, inclusive and ambitious curriculum offers opportunities for all, while outstanding facilities and a number of involved and supportive community partnerships provide an abundance of extra-curricular activities and opportunities. This means that, as well as achieving very strong results in English and Maths, Sonning Church of England Primary School provides a broad, balanced and truly holistic education.

The central pillars of Sonning Church of England Primary School are our core values: Love, Respect, Curiosity, Courage and Aspiration. These values, chosen by the pupils of the school, are our ‘North Star’ and give us direction, provide cohesion, and foster a genuine sense of mission. We look after each other: the wellbeing of both pupils and staff is paramount. Every person matters.

Sonning is proud to be part of The Keys Academy Trust, a family of distinctive schools at the heart of the diverse communities we serve who are committed to unlocking the potential in every child. In line with our Christian ethos, schools in The Keys Academy Trust aspire to excellent learning and pastoral care for pupils and staff and are committed to being open and welcoming to all partnership of schools. Collectively, we provide the very best educational experiences for our pupils and staff so that our family of academies are recognised as centres of academic and pastoral excellence at the heart of the communities they serve. Sonning Church of England Primary School works closely with all the schools in the Trust, but has a close partnership with neighbouring local schools (both primary and secondary, and both part of and separate to The Keys Academy Trust).

Being a key part of our local community is important to us all at Sonning Church of England Primary School, and we are proud of the links we have, both to receive and to give support. To support our parent and carer community and offer the very best provision for our pupils, we host a range of after school clubs in addition to our own wrap around care offer (The OSC) for pupils from 07:40 to 08:45 and from 15:15 to 18:00 most days, which has a strong uptake across all year groups. Our local community links including St. Andrew’s church, Sonning village, PTA, school alumni, Reading Blue Coat School, local sports facilities, partners, suppliers and friends. These community links make the school unique and further enhance the opportunities we can provide, the support available and a sense of belonging for our children.

Sonning Church of England Primary School is a school in which the little things matter and where children understand that great things can be achieved.

Thank you for your interest, and I very much look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Mr Phil Sherwood