About Marcham CE Primary School
Marcham School was described in our latest OFSTED report as being, “a lovely school, well led with a caring family feel at its heart”. We are a relatively small friendly Church of England school, with about 170 pupils aged 4-11, and we serve the village of Marcham with the rural hamlets of Garford and Frilford. Our aims are summed up in our vision “for all children to achieve beyond their expectations and to become confident, independent learners, able to contribute actively in a fast-changing, vibrant society”. Do read our “Aims, ethos and philosophy” to find out a bit more about what drives and inspires us.
A brief history
There has been a primary school in Marcham since 1870. The original school was sited elsewhere in the village and over the years out-grew its Victorian building. Eventually, the school made the 'big move' across the village to the present building on 29 March 1966, described then as 'smart, new and attractive.'
The school has continued to change and develop since that time, with a new Early Years Foundation Stage classroom built in 2009 and improvements to the reception area in 2011. We were delighted to have two new classrooms built in 2020 to accommodate our continued growth, taking the school – for the first time in its history – to one-form entry.
Marcham School today
We provide a lively and intentional curriculum that recognises and values each child. During the years your child spends with us, we share a whole range of opportunities in which they can develop and learn the skills, knowledge and attributes needed for the future. We offer many experiences both within and beyond our village community to help children to find their place in, and contribute to, a dynamic and cosmopolitan society.
We pride ourselves on knowing our children and our families well. We take our distinctiveness as a Church school seriously and value the quality of the relationships within our village community, including that with our local church, All Saints’. We see ourselves as global citizens, passionate about doing whatever we can to make the world a better place.
In 2018, OFSTED graded the school as Good. We were also inspected by the Church of England Inspectorate (SIAMS) in June 2017 and we were graded as Outstanding in all areas.