SHEPTON Beauchamp Church School is a traditional village school with generous outdoor gardens for their children aged 4-11.
The school serves the communities of Barrington, Seavington and Shepton Beauchamp, located just over 10 minutes’ drive from Ilminster.
As a small village school, Shepton Beauchamp works closely with another nearby village school.
This allows for sharing of staff expertise and opportunities for children to meet friends from another local school with whom they are likely to be classmates in secondary school in the future.
Both schools organize many trips, residencies and enrichment activities such as mastering cycling and swimming together.
The school’s enrollment has remained stable over the past few years, with the school having regular enrollments of 30 to 40 children.
This has allowed the school to tailor its exciting knowledge-based curriculum to the exact needs of the children who attend.
Year 5’s Ruby said: “We have options to choose from with our learning.
“We can be independent, choose to be in a group or ask teachers for help.
“Our teachers are all really nice.”
Year 4’s Oliver said: “The teachers are helpful and amazing.
“I really look forward to seeing my friends every day.”
Executive Director Connel Boyle joined the school in September 2021 and has carefully overseen the school’s rapidly changing curriculum.
He will manage exciting improvements to the school buildings over the next six months, including a new baby play area and double glazing throughout the school site in the beautiful Grade II listed building of the school.
He said: “Our school aims to develop confident, independent and resilient children who love school and have a thirst for knowledge.
“We want our children and staff to be inspired to be the best they can be.
“Our staff are incredibly hardworking and caring and do everything they can to enrich the lives of the children in our care.
“The communities we serve and the families who attend our school are a very special group of people who are tremendously supportive of our school and each other.
“I just can’t wait to go to school and see everyone every day.”
The chairman of the school governors is Terry Gibson, a former teacher herself who, since her retirement, still spends a lot of time at the school supporting everyone.
Ms Gibson said: “Building the spiritual, social, emotional and resilience skills of our children is of the utmost importance to us.
“It will take us many years to recover the time lost during the pandemic.
“Our school is so caring and we have worked so hard to ensure we have the flexibility to meet each child’s individual needs.
“A lot of these needs are so different from what schools had to provide before the pandemic.”
The central vision of Shepton Beauchamp Church Schools is for its children to benefit from the outdoor environment, using it to help develop confidence and a love of learning.
The school has just launched its new vision and values that it intends to develop over the next ten years and these can be seen HERE.
The school’s outdoor grounds are a real hit with his children.
Year 2 Stan said, “I love playing with my friends in the parsonage garden. We have lots of equipment and I love the slide.
The future of Shepton Beauchamp Church School is so bright.