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Welcome from us all at Abbot Alphege Academy:
I am absolutely honoured to be the Head teacher of Abbot Alphege Academy, a wonderful, growing primary academy in the Lansdown area of Bath.
Our school is four years old and is gradually growing to reach its full capacity of 210 in the coming years. We have a highly committed staff, wonderful, curious and engaged children, and we are housed in a beautiful new building.
We consider all of our children to be capable and exceptional learners, and we work hard to support and challenge each and every one of them to be happy, feel valued and safe, and be academically fulfilled in their primary school.
We work closely with our parents and carers who give our children fantastic support at home and work in real partnership with us.
We are a Church of England Academy and we offer our children the opportunity to explore the value of worship and prayer, and to ask those big questions. We are developing great links with our local church, and have a core set of Christian Values that guide everything that we do in our school.
We offer all of our children an exciting and broad curriculum, that is relevant to them and develops the key knowledge and skills that they need for learning and for life.
We would love to welcome you to our academy and show you our amazing school, so please contact the office if you wish to visit.
Mrs Vicky Dupras
Abbot Alphege Primary School is named after Saint Alphege who was born to a wealthy local Saxon family. Turning his back on the trappings of relative wealth and privilege, Alphege established a hermitage on the slopes of Lansdown, just below the school, at a place now marked on OS maps as ‘Alphege’s Well’. There, he lived a simple life of prayer and contemplation but was called upon to become Abbot of Bath Abbey, then Bishop of Winchester and later, Archbishop of Canterbury. He was martyred by the Vikings for refusing to allow his people to suffer any more hardship in raising a ransom for his release.
Ours is a growing school, opened in 2017, that is the epicentre of a new housing development. It was built on the site of a former Ministry of Defence complex which latterly hosted the Defence Logistics Organisation. We are so lucky to be in such an enviable spot, overlooking the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath.
Abbot Alphege Academy is part of The Partnership Trust.
The proprietor for the school is The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust whose registered office is at: The Partnership Trust, Mulberry Lodge, Longfellow Road, Radstock, Bath, BA3 3AL
We are very proud to be part of The Partnership Trust, a Trust which truly values the individuality and uniqueness of each school within it, while providing excellent support and challenge for improvement.
The Partnership Trust is a multi-academy trust consisting of special and primary schools in Bath and North East Somerset, and Somerset.
The Trust is committed to providing an outstanding education for all our pupils through an unrelenting focus on every child and their individual progress and attainment.
The partnership of schools within the Trust is built upon principles of equality, trust and respect toward others within a culture of shared challenge and support.
More information about this can be found here:
Abbot Alphege Academy is part of The Partnership Trust who are the Admissions Authority for all schools within it. You can find out more on their website.
We understand that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make and we would strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to visit those schools that you are interested in so that you can see the facilities and learning on offer. If you would like to arrange a visit to see our school in action, if you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the school office on 01225 580281 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We have set out below information to support you in making an application for a place for your child at our school.
The Partnership Trust is the Admissions Authority for our school. However, the Local Authority manages admissions on behalf of the Trust for children joining at the start of Reception. Information can be found on here.
Joining School in Reception: Children are offered three full terms of education in their reception year and most are admitted in the September following their fourth birthday. Legally, however, children do not have to be in school until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, so parents may defer the start of school until January or April if they wish. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.
To ensure a happy and confident start to their formal schooling, there is a carefully managed induction programme in September which includes shorter sessions and days. This enables the staff team to build relationships with the children and for the children to settle into new routines.
Children and parents are invited into school for a series of induction events in the summer term preceding their entry. In the first term, parents are invited to curriculum events where information is shared to help them support their child’s learning.
In Year Admissions: In year admissions are requests for places at school aside from the initial admission of Reception children and/or Year 3 children each September. As an own admission authority, The Partnership Trust is responsible for setting in year admissions processes for all schools within in.
Details of our admission arrangements can be found on the below links and applications are made on the Trust’s Application form which you can find here. If you would prefer a hard copy of any of these documents, please get in touch with the school office.
Appeals For Places
Information on the appeals process and an appeals form can be accessed by following the links below.
Please note that, for children joining us at the start of reception, once we are notified of that they have been allocated a place at our school, we will contact you with an invitation to take part in our induction programme. This provides an opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the school and meet the class teachers and for us to find out more about your child.
When children are entering part way through a school year we work closely with parents/carers to create an induction process that makes transition as smooth as possible.
Admissions Criteria and Arrangements
The Abbot Alphege Admissions Criteria and Arrangements are set out as follows:
Admission Appeals Information
Bath & NE Somerset Admission Appeals
DfE Guidance – School Admission Appeals
Prospective Pupils and In-Year Admissions
We are very happy to show you around our school and meet with any parent who would like to more about us, our work and our ethos. Please call Sara Deverell, our Office Manager on 01225 580281 if you would like to talk to us or book a visit.
We LOVE showing off our amazing school.
For children wishing to join our academy, at times other than the start of their Reception year, here is the application form:
Welcome to our individual class pages. This is where you find regularly updated information about what is being taught in the classes, plus useful links and of course, homework information such as spellings lists.
All the classes are named after protected bat species found right next door to Abbot Alphege Academy. Go to the class pages to find out more…
Our parents’ area is designed to be just that – the place where parents can get up to date information about the school and what’s going on.
Please navigate the drop-down menu to see what’s happening. You can also visit the Classes or Showcase pages to see what your children have been learning recently.
For term and holiday dates please click below:
Breakfast Club and After School Centre
Working parents can benefit from quality wrap-around child care provision offered at Abbot Alphege Academy.
Our Breakfast Club runs from 8.00am to 8.50am, Monday to Friday.
Our After School Centre also runs between 3.20pm and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Please see our school calendar for details of upcoming events and dates for your diaries. Currently, all of our dates and arrangements are subject to change as the Government issues new guidance, and we will always let you know if something has changed, either by email, letter or via Class Dojo.
For more dates and archive read more…
Please print, complete and return the appropriate form, as required:
See our forms page…
At Abbot Alphege Academy we aim to provide children with a Computing and PSHE curriculum that enables them to develop as safe internet users.
The Internet has fast become part of our daily lives and routine. Whether this be as a tool to contact friends and family, research interests, aid learning or for our jobs. It is a fantastic tool that offers so many benefits.
However, with the ever changing nature of the internet and how it is used it is important that we start developing the relevant e-safety skills when age appropriate. At Abbot Alphege we teach e-Safety as part of our computing and PSHE curriculum. Naturally, this is something many parents like to reinforce at home and so we recommend that you follow the web links below in order to find out more.
Everyone who has a child at AAA is invited to get involved in supporting school life. Some parents choose or are able to to be more involved and we hope they will consider joining our PTA, which is currently paused in its activities, but is very keen to get started again as soon as possible.
The Group has the role of co-ordinating social events and raising funds for the school. These funds are used for the ‘extras’ that make school life brilliant for the children and that the school budget would not stretch to on its own. It is a rewarding way to volunteer and really makes a difference to our school.
There will be more information coming very soon on how to get involved and who to contact.
Reception new starters
Thank you to all of our prospective parents who are thinking of choosing Abbot Alphege for your children. We are hosting new parent tours currently, and if you would like to book one, please call Sara in the office. Our poster is attached here:
If you are not able to make any of the listed dates, do give us a call and we can see if we can find another date for you to visit.
Here is lots more information about our wonderful school:
School Meals Menu
Our school meals are cooked freshly in our own kitchen from locally sourced, organic produce. We can cater for all dietary requirements. Please talk to us if your child needs something specific and we can help you.
Our Cook, Annie, is amazing and our children are very well fed!
Our uniform consists of a purple sweatshirt/fleece featuring the Abbot Alphege Academy logo, and either grey trousers, skirts or shorts, with a gold short sleeved tee-shirt. It is available to buy from Scholars at 4 Terrace Walk, Bath, or you can order online from www.scholars-uk.com or https://myclothing.com/abbot-alphege-academy/24794.school
In the summer, dresses can either be purple and white, or gold and white gingham.
Children should wear plain black or brown shoes or plain black trainers if you prefer. We ask that children do not wear open toed shoes for safety reasons.
It is important that children change into their PE kit during PE lessons. As a guide, PE kits should consist of: black daps, black shorts or black tracksuit bottoms, a white tee-shirt and a pair of socks. PE kits should remain in school, only going home at the weekends or holidays for washing.
All items of clothing must be clearly named.
Severe Weather Procedure
If there should be bad weather conditions, such as a heavy fall of snow during the night, please check the following:
Ø check the school website, www.abbot-alphege.org.uk
Ø check your mobile for a message – if you have entered your mobile phone number on Parentpay we will hopefully be able to send you a text message.
Ø check Twitter: @abbotalphegesch
Sports and Clubs
Children at Abbot Alphege Academy follow a varied sports programme designed to teach the necessary skills and attitudes required to play and enjoy sport. A typical lesson includes work on specific skills leading towards a game or mini-game. We have our sports field and hard court. We also benefit from the provision of high quality professional coaching on an occasional basis from a variety of sources such as Bath Rugby Club.
A number of clubs run throughout the week during term time. The staff (and parent helpers) offer these voluntarily. Currently, clubs are paused due to our current circumstances, but we will reinstate after school clubs as soon as we can.
Read more about Sports and Clubs
Ways in Which You Can Help Us
Parents often wonder what they can do to help their children through their school years. Here are several suggestions:
- Encourage your child to do any work he/she may bring home, e.g. spelling and learning tables.
- Listen to your child read often and try to find time to read stories to him/her.
- Transfer any worries that may directly or indirectly affect your child to US – not your child.
- more suggestions…