We are well served in terms of education for our children. Located in the village of Spaldwick are two establishments – Spaldwick Community Primary School and Playtimes Playgroup. These are both rated as “Good” by Ofsted. Older children in the village are served by Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon (also rated as “Good”). Kimbolton School, an independent school, is located in the nearby village of Kimbolton.
Spaldwick Community Primary School
Spaldwick Community Primary School is located in Royston Avenue, Spaldwick. We are very proud of our school and it plays a key role in the local community. Being located in village, pupils are able to safely walk to school.
Spaldwick School has about 170 pupils, aged four to 11, in discreet year group classes. In its latest inspection (May 2013), Ofsted rated Spaldwick Community Primary School as “Good”.
“Attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 has been consistently above average over the last few years and was high in reading, writing and mathematics in 2012.”
“Lesson observations and the school’s own records of teaching show that it is mostly good, and occasionally outstanding.”
“Parents are kept very well informed about their children’s learning, and closely involved in the life of the school”.
You can view or download the latest Ofsted inspection report by clicking on the link below:
To get in contact with Spaldwick School, telephone the school office on (01480) 890371.
Playtimes Playgroup is an established playgroup, located within Spaldwick, which moved to these premises in 2002.
It has a new purpose built building with a large playroom and adjacent outdoor play area.
In its latest 2016 Ofsted inspection, Playtimes was rated as “Good”. According to Ofsted, “The pre-school is welcoming and inclusive. Children develop strong attachments to staff and quickly settle in. They make firm friendships with others, learn to manage their feeling and behave beautifully.”
“Managers and staff are ambitious for the success of the setting. They work together very well and have an enthusiastic approach to their work, which is infectious. Children are motivated to learn and enjoy their time at the pre-school.”
To view the complete Ofsted 2016 inspection report, click on the following link:
Playtimes Playgroup registered in 2002 and, in 2014, merged with the Spaldwick out-of-school club. It is operated as a registered charity by a voluntary committee.
Opening times are Monday to Friday all year round with the exception of two weeks in the summer and one week at Christmas. During term time, the out-of-school care operates from 8am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm and playgroup sessions are 9am to 3pm. In school holidays, the playgroup is open from 8am to 6pm. Eight staff hold childcare qualifications at level 1, 2 or 3. The manager has Early Years Professional status.
Hinchingbrooke Senior School
While there are two senior schools in the Huntingdon area (St Peter’s School and Hinchingbrooke School), Spaldwick is in the catchment area of Hinchingbrooke School.
Hinchingbrooke School is located on the outskirts of Huntingdon and has about 1931 pupils. The school is set in acres of beautiful grounds, adjoining a country park. Hinchingbrooke House – home to the Sixth Form – was formerly the family home of the Cromwells and of the Earls of Sandwich.
Pupils from Spaldwick travel to Hinchingbrooke School by school bus.
A new Principal – Andrew Goulding – took up his post in September 2012. The school has had specialist sports status since 2005 and has achieved the Sports Mark and Investors in People standard.
In its recent 2016 Ofsted inspection, the school received a “Good” rating overall. Ofsted said, “There has been a marked improvement in provision and outcomes since the last inspection”.
The report continued, “GCSE results in 2015 were significantly better than the previous year, with overall standards rising to well above the national figure.” Overall, Ofsted said that results in English, mathematics and humanities were “particularly strong”, with pupils achieving higher standards, overall, than nationally.
In the 2015 exam season, two students secured 11 A*s at GCSE (who were both previously pupils of Spaldwick Primary School), with a further six students achieving six or more A stars.
The report praised improved teaching overall. “The quality of teaching has improved since the previous inspection and, where substantive staff are in post, is consistently good and often outstanding.”
The behaviour of pupils was seen to be a significant strength, with most pupils conducting themselves “impeccably”. You can view the full report by clicking on the following link:
The school also has excellent sports and music facilities, with its own purpose-built theatre. Read about the recent musical success of Hinchingbrooke School student Zoë Perkins (who lives in Spaldwick) by clicking on the following link:
To view or download the Hinchingbrooke School Prospectus, click on the link below:
Kimbolton School (independent)
Kimbolton School is the nearest independent school, located in the village of Kimbolton. Currently, 25 young people from Spaldwick attend the school.
Normal entry points are Lower Prep (age 4+), Upper Prep (age 9+), Senior School (First Form age 11+ and Third Form age 13+) and Sixth Form (age 16+). There is a school bus from Spaldwick (which is chargeable), although many pupils travel to the school by car, with the journey of 4.5 miles taking only 10 minutes.
Kimbolton School offers scholarships and assistance with fees, in the form of bursaries (for the senior school only). Discounts of up to 100% of tuition fees are dependent on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.
In its 2015 A-Level results, 46% of grades were at A* or A, with two students achieving four A* grades and a further two students achieved three A*s. Three students achieved Oxbridge places. In the corresponding GCSE results, almost two-thirds of GCSE results were at A* or A. Two students achieved 10 A*s, with a further 12 pupils achieving at least eight A*s.
In its 2012 inspection, the Independent Schools Inspectorate stated, “Throughout the school high standards are being achieved. In the Preparatory School, pupils’ achievement is consistently excellent and in the Senior School, pupils’ achievement is good with many outstanding features.” To read the report in full, click on the following link:
Every year, some Spaldwick pupils make the move from Hinchingbrooke School to Kimbolton School to attend the Sixth Form. To view or download the Kimbolton Sixth Form Prospectus, click on the link below:
Other schools further afield
A very small number of students from Spaldwick and surrounding villages choose to study further afield, although prospective parents and pupils should consider the additional travelling times beyond our local schools. There is a guided bus from Huntingdon to Cambridge.
In its 2016 inspection of The Perse School, the Independent Schools Inspectorate stated, “The quality of pupils’ achievement throughout the school is exceptional. Pupils’ attitudes to learning and their development of knowledge, understanding and skills are outstanding. Progress is rapid and evident in exceptional achievement in external examinations.”
In its 2014 inspection of Oundle School, the Independent Schools Inspectorate stated, “Oundle School is highly successful in meeting its aims and pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, as demonstrated by their high levels of performance in public examinations and lessons, and within extra-curricular activities.”
Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge has an outstanding academic reputation, ranking within the top three Sixth Form colleges in the country.
Hills Road Sixth Form College received outstanding ratings by Ofsted for overall effectiveness, capacity to improve, achievements and standards, quality of provision and leadership and management. To read the report in full, click on the following link: