Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy opened in September 2014.
The school, previously a Local Authority school, was opened in 1986 to cater for the needs of an increasing population and it replaced two separate Victorian buildings. Further additions were made in 1995 so that the new building contained carefully planned accommodation including a Nursery Unit with its own play area, ten classrooms, each linked to a shared activity space, a library, a small group room, and a music and drama studio. An ICT Suite is now well established in school and subsequently all rooms have an Interactive Whiteboard and a number of laptops. A large central Atrium provides a flexible space for a variety of creative activities/group work etc. The school also has good kitchen facilities and the school meals are prepared on site, ensuring fresh and healthy options.
The school site is made up of hard surface play areas and a large playing field with some seating and a wide range of shrubs and trees.
Our Academy is part of the multi academy trust, DNEAT ( Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust). DNEAT’s aim is to establish an environment in which schools can flourish as successful Academies. The Church of England schools in our Diocese have always had a commitment to working together; operating as institutions living their Christian mission. DNEAT provide excellent professional opportunities for inter school working whilst firmly believing in autonomous schools that are properly accountable and focussed on providing the richest possible learning environments for their children. To this end DNEAT promote and foster working partnerships between their academies.
We have developed close links with our local Church in particular, as well as with the wider community. Africa Alive, our local wildlife park, is closely linked with the school for both pleasure and curriculum purposes and the children have chosen to name their classes after some of the animals there.
We provide before and after school care and a range of sports clubs. Our Early Birds breakfast club is well attended as is our Savannah after school club.
As an Academy we are in our early days but we are mindful that we are continuing to provide education and opportunities for the children of Kessingland.
Our School Prayer which encompasses our school values was written by the children and is as follows:
Thank you for making us creative and curious about our world.
Help us to be proud of our work and our school.
Please help us to respect everybody in our school family.
When we find challenges, help us to persevere with our learning and journey in life.
Help us to be prepared and responsible.
Thank you for the opportunity to aspire, follow our dreams and reach for the stars.