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Church of England Primary School

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'Due to highly effective improvements implemented by the early years leaders, the proportion of pupils reaching a good level of development has risen and is well above the national average. Teachers in the nursery are highly skilled in their practice and sharply focus on ensuring that each individual makes rapid progress from their starting points.' Ofsted, 2016

In September 2014 we opened as Buckland Nursery. This setting was formerly known as Buckland Pre-school (est 2003) which had gained OFSTED outstanding status in March 2011. The provision of our Nursery remains as high quality but is strengthened by becoming a continuous and complete part of Buckland School which gained OFSTED outstanding status in October 2016. 


Buckland Nursery is part of Acorn class which is made up of Foundation Stage children in two age ranges: Reception (F1) and Nursery (F2). Both ages are integrated in to one classroom setting in the morning session, whilst in the afternoon, F1 children are taught as a smaller group. It is a unique setting which allows Nursery children a taste of early school life, with an experienced teacher and dedicated team of support staff.


Children who have spent a year as F2 children in Acorns, make the transition into F1 and full-time school life, seamlessly, as a result of this unique set up. They benefit enormously from being confident, happy learners at the very start of their school careers.

Whilst we are unable to guarantee school places for Nursery children as admissions are controlled by the local authority on behalf of the Faringdon Academy of Schools, we actively support all applications from parents whose children have attended the Nursery.



Buckland School is both fortunate in its location and wealth of facilities. Buckland is a small village with no major roads and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The village has a local church and a large village hall. Buckland School is able to enjoy these facilities for many activities such as school productions, special events and swimming lessons in the summer term. Buckland School itself has a large outdoor play area, including a playground, grassed areas, allotments and quiet area. In addition, the Nursery and Reception children have their own fenced and secure play area laid with an all-weather surface where they are able to experience a varied outdoor curriculum. In this play area the children can play in sand, the outdoor summer house, climbing frame and many wheeled vehicles. The classroom is well equipped to provide a challenging range of activities. A recent addition is a covered decking area which enables us to provide outdoor play in all weathers.



Nursery teaching follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and children take part in as many practical experiences as possible with relation to each term’s topics.

The topics are linked to the rolling 2 year cycle of topics in the Primary School but are adapted to suit the needs and interests of our younger children. Topics include: Marvellous Me, It’s a Wonderful World, Once Upon a Time, Under the Sea, Down at the Bottom of the Garden and Wish you were Here.

To enrich our topics we love to go on visits and invite visitors to talk to us. Our visitors have included a dentist, a doctor, a nurse, a vet and a farmer. The children make full use of our outdoor environment including our wooded area and allotment gardens.


Funding and Lunchclub



All children are entitled to receive 15 free hours of government funding to cover the cost of the above Nursery Sessions. Places are offered for 5 morning sessions.


Lunch club

A lunch club is offered as a chargeable extra for Nursery children to stay and enjoy lunch with their friends, supervised by a member of staff. Hot school dinners can be provided by in-house catering rather than an external provider, or own packed lunches can be brought in.  Our hot school dinners are renowned for their high quality and the children thoroughly enjoy them. They cost £1.80 a day. Additional lunch-club hours are charged at a rate of £4 and runs Monday - Thursday. 


Further Care

For those parents who require care for their child beyond 12 noon / 1pm, Buckland nursery offers transport to Annabelle’s Nursery, Great Coxwell.  This is dependent on a separate arrangement with your child attending Annabelle’s Nursery so please check with them for space (01367 240 688).  




Admissions for Buckland Nursery are handled internally, following the rules set out in our admissions policy (please see below).   The deadline for September 2017 applications is 15th January 2017; please see attached expression of interest form to apply by this date.

Should you wish to visit the nursery setting please contact the office on 01367 870 236.

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