Headteacher's Message

Dear Families,

Welcome to our school.  I am very proud and privileged to be the Headteacher of Long Wittenham Primary School.  Our school is in the heart of Long Wittenham village and is steeped in history and character.  Having been built in 1857, we continue to educate and support families both inside and outside the village and we are extremely proud of our heritage.

At our core are our key Christian values of compassion, resilience and trust.  Our children are taught a very strong Christian ethos and how to value and care for each other both within our school and within our wider community.  We fundamentally believe that each and every child is an individual and that we are the key to ensuring that they all reach their true potential, no matter what that may be.  In order to facilitate this, we provide great learning opportunities that foster enthusiasm, excitement and a thirst for knowledge.  We encourage and support all of our children, whether that is on the sports field, in science, in music, arts, languages, maths or English, every single one of them is good at something; it is our job to find that special ‘something’.

We foster an enthusiastic and committed work ethic, both among our staff and among our children.  As a school, we wholeheartedly understand the need to build positive and trusting relationships with our families that encourage our children to take risks with their learning, learning from their ‘marvellous mistakes’ whenever the opportunities arise. 

Outside of the classroom, we offer a Breakfast Club where children can be dropped off, have breakfast and either read quietly, do some homework, or play with their friends.  After school we provide a wide range of after school clubs (football, drama, art, French and street dance) with trips, visits and extra-curricular activities.  We operate a competitive House system and encourage children to be as involved as they can be in the life of the school.  We positively encourage all of our children to attend an after school club in order to broaden their whole school experience.

I firmly believe that high standards of academic achievement and consistently high expectations of behaviour provide children with the stable and calm environment in which to learn effectively.  I expect the best of our teachers; they must be passionate about teaching and learning, and committed to continuing to learn themselves.  This is at the heart of our community; this is our way at Long Wittenham Primary School.

As a parent myself, I strive for the very best for my children.  As the Headteacher of Long Wittenham Primary School, I strive for the very best for your children too.

 Kindest regards,

Alison Bellingham