Welcome from the Headteacher
It is a great pleasure and a privilege to welcome you to our school.
Chipstead Valley is a 3-form entry primary school with a purpose-built Nursery and an Enhanced Learning Provision for children with physical and complex medical needs. We are fortunate enough to be based in superb grounds with ever-evolving facilities, both inside and out. These include a swimming pool, mini-gym, cycle track, outdoor classroom, reading garden, immersive learning suite, woodland, conservation and orchard areas and an award winning, extensive growing area, cultivated by both staff and children. Our school prides itself on outdoor learning, technology and global learning; three of the core threads which run through all aspects of our curriculum.
Our talented and dedicated staff work closely with our pupils and parents to ensure the highest quality provision. within a fully inclusive environment. We value all our children equally, celebrating their right to be different and excel in different ways. We encourage them to embrace their individuality, to think for themselves and to strive to be the best they can be, in all that they do.
Our school is a thriving community, where staff, parents and governors work closely together to ensure that every child receives the best education and school experience that we can offer. Our partnership with families is essential in helping to build a clear picture of every child as an individual, and in meeting their social, emotional and learning needs.
It is our hope that every child will leave Chipstead Valley having grown into confident, compassionate young people, with strong values and a desire to make a positive difference in the world.
Although I hope that this website will give you an insight into who we are as a school, I warmly encourage anyone interested in joining our school, to come and visit us and experience for themselves our wonderful children and all we have to offer.
Mrs Clare Rackham
Chipstead Valley is a successful three-form entry primary school, with just over 700 children on roll, between Nursery and Year 6. In April 2014, we became an academy, now known as the PACE Academy Trust. The trust comprises of 5 schools across Croydon and Mitcham: New Valley Primary School, Keston Primary School, Beecholme Primary School, Stanford Primary School and ourselves. PACE Academy Trust is headed by our Chief Executive, Zoe Harris.
Our ‘Enhanced Learning’ provision opened in 2013 and currently has the capacity for 14 children with physical disabilities. In 2017, we opened a brand new nursery provision, with space for 2 and 3 year olds. We are proud of our many achievements; academic standards are high and all pupils are encouraged to strive for their best, through carefully planned learning opportunities, provided by an excellent team of staff. Children are given a broad range of opportunities and experiences during their time with us, not just through a rich and broad curriculum, but also through the wider opportunities available to them throughout each year. In addition to our dedicated focus on the academic subjects, sport, music, technology, art, drama, outdoor and global learning, featuring prominently within our provision. In 2014 Chipstead Valley became a National Teaching School. We are very proud to have achieved this status as we are one of only a limited number of schools across the country. Teaching Schools are schools who lead others to provide high quality training and development for prospective, new and experienced school staff.
We strongly believe in developing close links between home and school and know, from experience, that children’s learning clearly benefits from effective partnership. As a listening school, we actively encourage parents and children to come and see us if they have any concerns. We are incredibly lucky to have a hugely successful PTFA who work tirelessly each year to raise valuable funds for projects throughout the school.