The West Berry federation consists of two primary schools situated within 6 miles of each other: Berrynarbor VC Primary School and West Down Primary school. During our first year as a federation we had an Ofsted inspection in which both schools were deemed to be ‘Outstanding’. This is testament to the dedication, hard work and caring ethos which all staff bring to the schools.
We have one governing body consisting of members from each community. They contribute to our current success and help us continue to improve and move forwards. We have a senior management team working to ensure the smooth running of the federation as a whole. We work together to maintain high levels of communication, superb standards of teaching and a wholly inclusive federation.
We are very proud of the community spirit we have within the federation, both schools are situated within small, semi rural villages and we strive to involve the children in community life wherever possible. We hold numerous events involving other members of the villages. For example, meals cooked by the children for the ‘senior dudes’, carol singing at the local residential home and a community summer fete that is extremely popular with our local residents. A huge strength of our federation is that we are constantly learning and improving from each other’s experiences and knowledge. We are excited by new initiatives and thrive on the challenges involved.
We take every opportunity to get the children out into the villages and surrounding areas. We live in such a beautiful and diverse part of the country and believe there is so much to be learnt from outdoor education. The children enjoy ‘forest skills’ and make full use of the outdoor areas within the schools as well as outside of the school grounds, doing things like growing our own vegetables which assist wonderfully in a variety of cross curricular learning opportunities.
The West Berry Federation encourages an inclusive style of teaching, we believe that every child can grow, thrive and enjoy their primary school career here with us.