Introducing Fern Hill School
Fern Hill is a community school which was established in 1994 in response to a shortfall of places in the Royal Borough of Kingston. For three years we worked in porta cabins while the new school was being built. Now the school is housed in an attractive purpose built building. We are a three form entry primary school with a 52 place nursery. We have a large hall, a small hall, extensive Library, Music & Drama room, Art room, Special Needs base, and an IT curriculum base with 30 computers. All the computers are networked and have access to the Internet. We have our own school kitchen which cooks delicious lunches from fresh ingredients.
The design of the school includes extensive security measures to ensure the safety of the children whilst they are at school. There are four separate play spaces — one each for the Nursery, Reception, Infants (Year 1 and 2) and Juniors (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6). The building also provides facilities for the disabled by incorporating wide doors and corridors, specialist toilet facilities and lift facilities.
There is an outside environmental area, which has been developed by the parents, staff and children which includes a pond and a 'secret garden' with a plot for each year group. Salad and vegetables grown by the children are used in our kitchen for the children meals.
There is flexible ability grouping within each class and opportunities for focused teaching across year groups.
The school has its own Nursery which offers places for 26 children in the morning and 26 children in the afternoon. A limited number of full-time places are also available.
The Nursery encourages early learning in partnership with parents. A wide and balanced programme of activities is provided to encourage children to learn and to introduce them to the Foundation Stage curriculum. We aim to give them first-hand experiences of language and thinking skills, awareness of number and a wide range of physical and creative activities.
The children are encouraged to develop relationships with each other and adults in the school community, and to make links with the Reception classes.