Our place in the village
Foxton is a rather special village, as some 35 years ago it was the subject of a historical study written by an academic who had lived here for more than forty years: Rowland Parker’s ‘The Common Stream’, which chronicles the development of a settlement built around a “now almost vanished stream”, is considered to be a definitive work in this area. This volume, together with the school’s own collection of original documents, provides a valuable insight into the history of our community.
Twenty first century Foxton is a thriving community ten miles from Cambridge, and home to approximately 1000 people. The village has a shop and post office, a pub, a church, a well-used community recreation ground, and a main railway line station served by trains running between Cambridge and London.
The school plays a central role in the life of the village. Our premises, opened in April 2002, are located adjacent to the recreation ground and overlook open fields. Our school forms part of a community complex in which the village hall becomes the school hall during the day in term time.
There are currently 91 pupils on roll. The majority of children who reside in Foxton come to the village school, with the few exceptions being those who attend independent or denominational schools. About 20% of our pupils come from outside this catchment area.
Our highly committed staff enjoy excellent support from a dedicated governing body and the school prides itself on being a centre of excellence where everyone is encouraged to reach their potential, and feels valued for their contribution. Support staff play an increasingly important role in the success of any school and this is particularly so at Foxton. Our administration office is the busy hub of the school.
Much support also comes from mums and dads. Our parent-run Friends of Foxton School organisation raises approximately £6000 every year, as well as organising social events for the children and undertaking many practical tasks around the school. The two main Friends events are the Art Exhibition in November and the Fun Day in July.
Many adults help in school on a regular basis. Some are the parents of children who attend the school, others are grandparents; and there are those whose only connection is that they live in the village or have visited the school in the past in a professional capacity. We enjoy close links with the village churches.
Our local ‘cluster’ of schools comprises eight primaries and one secondary, and we enjoy close relationships with our neighbouring schools, and we hope that the links we have forged with these establishments will be further strengthened as time goes on.