Welcome To

Istead Rise Primary School

Welcome to Istead Rise Primary School, a place where education thrives amidst idyllic natural surroundings.  Nestled in generous grounds within a semi-rural environment, our school provides the perfect setting for your child's educational journey.

At Istead Rise Primary School, we believe in offering an all-encompassing experience for our pupils. Our numerous facilities, including a heated swimming pool, outdoor classroom and Forest School woodland area, provide a dynamic learning environment that encourages exploration and creativity.

We take pride in our broad and inclusive curriculum, which supports the development of knowledge and skills, as well as offering numerous enrichment opportunities for our pupils. 

With dedicated specialists such as our PE teacher and Forest School Leader, we ensure that our students receive exceptional physical education and hands-on outdoor experiences alongside their academic studies.

Enjoyment and safety are paramount at Istead Rise Primary School, and we strive to create a nurturing atmosphere where every child feels valued and supported. Our close-knit community extends beyond the classroom, as we aim to forge strong relationships with the local community and partner schools within our trust. Through collaboration and sharing expertise, we consistently strive to provide our pupils with the best possible educational experience.

Our highly dedicated and experienced teaching staff are focused on helping children succeed and seek out new and innovative approaches to help further pupils’ progress. Celebrating achievements is an integral part of our ethos, fostering a sense of pride and motivation in our pupils. We cultivate core values of independence, respect, perseverance, and self-reflection, equipping our students with essential skills for life beyond the classroom.

Academic excellence is a key focus at Istead Rise Primary School, and we are committed to achieving high standards for our children. However, we also prioritise their overall development and well-being. Our holistic approach ensures that each child's individual potential is nurtured, creating confident and well-rounded individuals ready to embrace the future.

We warmly invite you to our vibrant and thriving school community at Istead Rise Primary School. Together, let's shape a bright and promising future for your child, where learning is an exciting adventure and success is celebrated at every step.

For full information about our school curriculum, please click here.

Mr Steve Payne

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Makes Us Special

All members of the Istead Rise team work hard to ensure that children receive the very best deal by having high expectations.  At Istead Rise there are four core values which the school works hard to instil.  These are: independence, respect, perseverance and self-reflection.  Istead Rise Primary School uses a Restorative Approach to manage behaviour and deal with conflict.  This approach focuses on developing positive relationships within the school and creates a safe, secure environment which enables children to develop both academically and socially.

During the last academic year there have been significant changes to how all subjects are taught at Istead Rise, which has led to a notable rise in pupil outcomes.  The mornings are dedicated to the consistent teaching of core subjects (reading, writing and maths).  In English teachers follow a carefully considered approach to teaching and learning, based around ensuring pupils are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to produce many pieces of outstanding, independent writing.  Within mathematics, we follow the mastery approach which enables children to make accelerated progress across the curriculum at a pace suitable for their own individual, developmental needs.    The school also follows the Cornerstones curriculum to deliver topic based learning during the afternoons, which provides children with real life, exciting learning experiences.    

Istead Rise works collaboratively with other primary schools within the Trust to share good practice.  The school also benefits from the Friends of Istead Rise Primary School (FIRPS) fundraising committee, who organise events throughout the year to raise additional funds for the school. 

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Istead Rise Primary School, Downs Road, Istead Rise, Kent, DA13 9HG