Headteachers Welcome

 Welcome to Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School’s website. I hope you find it informative and can get a taste of what our school life is like here.

Plaistow and Kirdford is a unique school nestled in the rural setting of Plaistow Village. Originally an infant school, Plaistow Infants merged with Kirdford Junior in 2007 to become a primary school that serves a broad and varied community.

Our children are our true success story, we are very proud of them and their achievements. Aspiring to achieve our best is at the core of what we do. We expect children to work their hardest and always work towards that next step in their learning. We have a fantastic staff team who all aim to inspire and motivate our children by providing excellent learning opportunities, thus enabling them to become life-long learners able to take charge of their own learning. Children leave Plaistow and Kirdford ready and able to tackle the challenges of secondary school.

By the time they leave our school, children are polite, respectful “global citizens”. They are kind and supportive of one another. They learn to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team. We expect all children to follow our code of: Care, Respect, Responsibility, Learning.

Our school benefits from extensive facilities and grounds. Children get an excellent start in our Foundation Stage, which has a well-developed outside area before moving on to Key Stage One and Two where they work in well-resourced classrooms. Inside the main building children can access a range of technology to enhance their learning, benefitting from a dedicated ICT suite, plus our trolley of iPads which can be taken to the learning – whether inside the classrooms or outside. Our grounds are extensive and give ample opportunities for outside learning for all children.

We value academic and personal success. We provide a range of support to ensure that every one of our children has the same opportunities for success. Reading, writing and maths are at the core of our curriculum from reception through to year six. However we pride ourselves on ensuring that we provide a broad, dynamic curriculum that not only allows children to achieve and succeed but also inspires them to extend their own learning, challenge themselves and gives them control of their own learning journey.

Plaistow and Kirdford School also has partnerships with two schools – one in Mitoto, Kenya and the other in Plaistow, London. These offer varied and extensive opportunities for Global citizenship, enriching the children’s learning.

 We benefit from having two Forest School trained staff who work with every class taking them on woodland walks, thus giving the children fantastic opportunities to learn about our local environment as well as develop new skills.

Our curriculum also extends to outside the school day in that all of our children are given the chance to take part in extracurricular clubs including a variety of sports. We offer traditional sports clubs such as football and netball but are regularly seeking new opportunities to provide new experiences such as our golf club. Other examples of clubs are three Art clubs, Gardening, Judo, Choir.

The partnership between school, home and the wider community is highly valued at Plaistow and Kirdford School - we operate an open door policy. We have a fabulous group of volunteer parents, grandparents and neighbours who are regularly in school hearing children read, supporting in phonics sessions or even taking part in our Woodlands Walks, accompanying school trips. We also have a well-established parent fundraising group (PAKSA) who do an excellent job of supporting the school and families new to The Plaistow and Kirdford Community.

Choosing the right primary school is a very important decision, so we always welcome visits from prospective families. We like to show them in person how special our school is. If you would like to visit us or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email or calling in to school.

We look forward to welcoming you,


Charlie King