Creating opportunities for everyone

On behalf of the children, staff and governors, a very warm welcome to our school website. Phoenix Community Primary School is an incredible place and working with the children, staff, families and community is a real priviledge. As a parent of a school-age child myself, I understand that nothing is more important than giving our children the very best start in life and that belief lies at the very heart of our ethos - creating opportunities for everyone.

I hope you find this website informative and useful; it is designed to give you a taste of the vibrant and exciting nature of our school, the high-quality work of our pupils and the excellent education we deliver.

Please do not hesitate to contact us or, better still, come and visit the school for yourself. I look foward to welcoming you in person.

James Tibbles, Headteacher

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    • Reading for Pleasure

      Reading for Pleasure

      Every child deserves to leave primary school being able to securely read; a vital part of this is getting children to enjoy reading. We have an excellent, well-resourced school library which our children visit every week and this is also open to parents.

    • Safeguarding Children

      Safeguarding Children

      Looking after the welfare and safety of your children, both online and in the 'real world' is of paramount important at Phoenix School. Our Welfare & Safeguarding team meet regularly to discuss all children we have concerns about and what support the school can provide.

    • Music at Phoenix

      Music at Phoenix

      We are especially proud of our school's commitment to music - every pupil has a weekly music lesson in our purpose-built Music Studio and the school also subsidises individual instrumental tuition for all children in our Rock Band, Choir or Orchestra.

    • Creative Arts

      Creative Arts

      We have a strong commitment to the Creative Arts at Phoenix School and were awarded ArtsMark Gold in 2014. We continue to emphasise the importance of creativity in our teaching and throughout our wider curriculum.

    • Teaching Children to Read

      Teaching Children to Read

      When your child is learning to read, there are two crucial things to learn: what sounds are represented by written letters and how to blend these sounds together to make words. At Phoenix School we use a programme called 'Read, Write Inc.' to teach this.

    • Working with Parents

      Working with Parents

      Partnership with parents is essential to getting the best for your children. At Phoenix School we aim to work together to ensure that children feel safe and secure at school and also encourage parents to support their children's learning.

    • Healthy Children, Healthy Minds

      Healthy Children, Healthy Minds

      Central to children's wellbeing is a healthy lifestyle. There is plenty of lay equipment available at breaktimes and we actively encourage participation in a range of after-school clubs as well as entering competitions across Ashford and against other schools.

    • Our Partnership Work

      Our Partnership Work

      In order to secure the best possible outcomes for the children of Phoenix School, we work in partnership with a range of schools, companies and charities both local and national. We are also developing our international links.

    • Promoting Positive Values

      Promoting Positive Values

      Positive values and behaviours are activity encouraged throughout both the National Curriculum and the 'wider' life of the school. These are also identified and rewarded through our 'Behaviour for Learning Policy'.

Forest School Starts at Phoenix

At Phoenix we have recently introduced Forest School for our children.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. These sessions are used to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

Some of these activities are held on the school premises and some are held off site at King’s Wood in Challock. These activities are held in all weathers and the children often get very wet and muddy.

The aim of these sessions is that the children will learn:

  • Practical bush-craft skills, including fire-lighting, knife-craft, knots and shelter building

  • Conservation activities and the ‘leave no trace’ philosophy

  • Naturalist skills, including plant identification and animal tracks and signs

During these sessions the children will have the opportunity to work with hand-tools, e.g. palm drills and saws, as well as working with small fires. The children will be taught how to use the equipment properly as well as being taught how to stay safe outside and being made aware of any potential hazards.

These session are life skills that everyone needs in order to ensure their own, and others, safety by providing learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

At Phoenix, all sessions are run by our newly-trained Forest Schools practitioner, Mrs Jeffery: “After taking my son to an outdoor toddler group I could see how much he loved being outside in the natural environment, and I wanted to offer that same opportunity to the children at school. Giving the children the freedom to lead their own learning, to explore and discover, to be independent, to take risks and achieve, is a truly rewarding experience”


    • Location

      Belmont Road, Ashford,
      Kent, TN24 9LS

      01233 622510
      01233 739236

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      Headteacher: James Tibbles
      Office Manager: Diane Davis
      Finance: Susan Burberry
      Site Manager: Shaun King