Goring Church of England (Aided) Primary School nestles in the Goring Gap on the river Thames in South Oxfordshire. The school was founded in 1855, whilst a church school we aim to provide education for the whole community and welcome all families from other denominations and beliefs. Pupils come from the village and surrounding area and from a variety of backgrounds. The school aims to provide every child with a modern, safe, welcoming and thought provoking education.
The school is led by Mrs Angela Wheatcroft who has been the Head teacher since September 2009. There is a class for each school year from Reception to Year 6, led by qualified teachers and assisted by dedicated teaching assistants.
If you are interested in a place for your child at Goring school then please contact us to arrange a visit. Further information is available on the Admissions page of this website.
The Governing Body of the school is responsible for decisions relating to admissions, but works closely with the Local Authority who co-ordinate admissions to all schools in Oxfordshire. A copy of our current admissions policy isavailable on our Policies page of this website.
Applying for a Primary School Place
How to Find Your Catchment Area
Goring Primary School Catchment maps of Goring Parish and Ipsden
When the day comes for your child to start school we aim to make the transition as comfortable as possible. We invite children to spend a morning and afternoon with us the term before they start. You will also be invited to a new parents meeting prior to your child starting. Arrangements for starting school will be communicated with parents as soon as places have been accepted.
At Goring the children can have school dinners cooked on the premises or a packed lunch brought from home. We strongly encourage healthy snacks and packed lunches and have Fruity Fridays once a month where children are encouraged to bring a variety of fruit and vegetables for all to sample!
What the children say?
We like to ask our pupils what they think of the school here are a few comments....
- I like everything to do with maths.
- I like the targets we have to stick in and I like knowing how well I am doing.
- This school is just like a happy family.
- In my class we respect each other.
- I love the learning atmosphere of my school.
- If you don’t understand something there is always someone to help.
- We do lots of different sports and PE.
What the parents say
We consistently seek feedback from the parents of our children through a questionnaire and more informally. The latest feedback indicates that parents on the whole feel that the school is a safe and happy place for their children. However we are not complacent and are continuously working towards improving our communication and developing our partnership with parents.
“We are delighted with our son’s progress. Thank you for all your hard work and encouragement. It’s working!”
“We consider it a privilege that our children are being educated at Goring Primary School.”
Children and Special Educational Needs
We have always welcomed Oxfordshire’s policy of integrating children with Special Educational Needs – learning, physical, medical needs - into our school. Additional support is provided using a variety of methods.
We are also aware that very able children need to be considered and we match our expectations to the children’s abilities. All areas of the National Curriculum give opportunities for all children to respond at an appropriate level and no child is excluded from activities.
There is wheelchair access to 6 classrooms, our 2 halls, small workroom, our administrative area and to toilet facilities.
Children with Special Educational Needs are welcomed and integrated into our school. Appropriate support is given according each child’s specific needs. All work is differentiated to ensure that every child, regardless of their ability has access to the whole curriculum. When appropriate, a range of external agencies are consulted to support the teaching of children with special educational needs. Our Special Education Needs Policy is available to view on the policies pages of this site.
Related childcare settings
Goring Primary has an after school club run by Energykidz.
Please see more details on the community page of this site.
Goring and Cleeve Preschool provides education for children between 2 and 5 and is housed within the school grounds. Please see more details on the community page of this site.
There are also a number of other nursery providers in the area.