Benwick Primary School
In 1871 a school board was established, in order to provide elementary education. Benwick County Primary School was opened in 1873 to educate 216 children (152 mixed and 62 infants) it cost £1,590 including a teacher’s house.The school was reorganized in 1939 and became a junior school for just 128 children.
The current Headteacher is Mrs Jackie North. There are 5 teachers and 8 teaching assistants. Benwick school is very well equipped with digital projectors in each class room.
Benwick School has been an important part of village life for many years; it is maintained by Cambridgeshire County Council. At the last count there were 86 pupils on roll. It received a very good Ofsted in 2007:
- “Benwick School provides its pupils with a good quality education”
- “At the core of the school’s success are good leadership and management”
- “Pupils are safe and secure”
- “Pupils show a good level of respect”
- “Teaching and Learning is good”
The School Day
School gates are opened at 8:45, and the children have ten minutes of play before they have to go in for morning lessons; which start at 8:55. At 10:30 they have break for 15 minutes, and then have more lessons until 12:10 when its lunch time.
The new canteen was built in 1999 and serves a variety of healthy meals, this costs just £9.25 a week; which is paid each Monday. Others bring a packed lunch. Some children are eligible for free school meals and can apply through the school.
Afternoon lessons begin at 1:10 and the children have a second break at 2:30 for another 15 minutes; then another 35 minutes of lessons before school finishes at 3:20.
Children in years 1-6 follow the National Curriculum; which is split into several stages depending on the school year; at the end of the two key stages which the pupils at Benwick School fall into; there are SAT’s examination. Pupils in years 1 and 2 are in Key Stage 1 and those in year 3, 4, 5 & 6 are in Key Stage 2.
Homework is set for all pupils at school. Every child has their own book bag and reading diary. Reading is the primary homework for those in KS1, but as they move into KS2 there is more regular homework; there is a homework club after school for years 5 and 6 pupils.