"My child continues to progress at Finmere, and any issues are dealt with appropriately and promptly. Finmere School continues to install Christian values and the children are taught to love themselves and their neighbour".
'Thank you for creating such a loving, supportive and exciting school. I can't imagine a better fit for my daughter and feel very fortunate that she is part of your very special school' Year 1 parent
Finmere CE (Controlled) Primary School is small and caring with a friendly atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring that every child in our care is given the finest educational start in life and is encouraged to achieve their full potential.
We are first and fore most a Church school, providing hospitality, nurture and love in a Christian environment, but we are also reflective and passionately wish to serve our community to the full. We are therefore fully inclusive, welcoming and embracing children and families of all faiths and beliefs.
The school is organised into three teaching units: Foundation & Year 1, Year 2 & 3 and Years 4, 5 & 6. There is a Headteacher, four Class Teachers, five Teaching Assistants, an Administrator, an office assistant, a Bursar, four Lunchtime Supervisors, three wraparound care supervisors and a Caretaker.
We have many strengths, but perhaps one of which we are most proud of is our provision and delivery. We offer an inspirational curriculum to ability rather than age to empower all our children to progress and attain to their full potential.
The school is well supported by parents; the Friends of Finmere School Association is very active and organises many social and fund-raising events, which significantly boosts the School’s budget.
The Governors are also very supportive and visit the School regularly and offer their individual expertise and advice where necessary.
We are delighted to report that Oxfordshire County Council judge us to be good for provision and achievement (April 2013).
The School building dates from 1959 and is of architectural interest. The building houses three classrooms, a school hall, a school library, a staff room, the general office and Headteacher’s office.
We are fortunate to have excellent outdoor areas; there are extensive grass areas on which children play, and vegetable and herb gardens, tended to by the children. There is also an adventure playground, tarmac playground, wooded area and a wildlife garden.
As a Church school, Finmere works in close partnership with six other church primary schools in a Church School Cluster group and this is set within the wider Bicester Partnership. The staff and governors from these schools work collaboratively and on a regular basis, to provide a rich and engaging curriculum which is rooted within Christian values.
These schools are:
- Chesterton CE Primary School
- Launton CE Primary School
- Fritwell CE Primary School
- Fringford CE Primary School
- Charlton-on-Otmoor CE Primary School
- St Edburg’s CE Primary School
The wider Bicester Learning in Partnership group (BLiP) is made up of 21 local schools, both secondary and primary.
‘We will work together as a partnership to create a learning community- to the benefit of pupils, staff, governors, schools, school communities, related professionals, employers and the town of Bicester and the surrounding villages.’
Community and Events
The school holds termly services in the village church of St Michael and All Angels, including a traditional Nativity service at Christmas. These are well attended by parents of children at the school and local residents.
The school hosts an annual spring fete, organised by the Friends of Finmere School Association and several other charitable events, including national initiatives such as Children in Need and Comic Relief.
There are regular information evenings held for parents where they can find out about the teaching methods used in school and how they can best support their children at home.
The School Day
- Registration bell at 8.45am
- Lessons begin at 8.50am
- Break 10.40am - 11.00am
- Lunch 12.00pm – 1.00pm
- Afternoon registration 1.00pm
- School ends 3.05pm