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Head teacher A Welcome Message from Rachel Snape, Headteacher, National Leader of Education

The Spinney is a happy, creative, welcoming and OfSTED "outstanding" primary school set in Cherry Hinton, one of the villages to the south of the City of Cambridge. It serves children and families from within the school's catchment area and beyond. We are very proud of the linguistic, social, ethnic and cultural diversity of the families that we serve and we take an active role in our community.

There is a strong community feel to the Spinney with thoughtful and supportive parents and carers, a wonderful Friends association, a dedicated and talented collegiate team of educators, an effective and skilled governing body and delightful, enthusiastic, confident, thoughtful and articulate children.

"The aim of education is to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens." Sir Ken Robinson

The school's mission statement is "Teaching and Learning Together" and this is central to our ethos. The Spinney's on-going success is a team effort and we all work hard to ensure that the children have a positive learning experience every day.

The Spinney offers a local/global creative and connected curriculum designed to educate the whole child. Arts, creativity, culture, innovation and imagination are valued and taught alongside academic, intellectual and STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects.

At The Spinney we value the uniqueness of every child. We personalise our approach and provide rich learning opportunities designed to promote pro-social and sustainable "future-proof" skills including communication, cooperation, collaboration, compassion and critical and creative thought. Children are also invited to work with family members on projects at home, that allow them to explore, make, bake, design, write, investigate or create as part of personalised blended learning.

"We can teach children that if they take care of their friends, they can achieve extraordinary things, not just in their own lives but for all humankind."
Ramon Flecha

We encourage our pupils to be confident and articulate communicators, to think of themselves as global citizens with a developing awareness of broad social and ecological issues and to understand that they can be changemakers with the power to make a positive difference in their school, community and world.

The Spinney is a National Teaching School and the lead school of The Kite Teaching School Alliance. The Spinney is a forward thinking and outward reaching learning community, working with parents, volunteers and a wide range of educational and other partners to ensure that we offer an excellent and enjoyable curriculum and an effective, relevant and researched-based pedagogy.

The Spinney has a lot to offer our children and we always keep them at the heart of everything we do.

Thank you for visiting our website. If you would like to come and meet us please contact the school office to arrange a visit.

We guarantee a warm welcome!

Rachel Snape
Head teacher/National Leader of Education

"We want an education system based on hope not fear, one that appreciates the humanity of human nature." Yong Zhao

Ofsted comments on The Spinney

"The Spinney is an outstanding school where pupils thrive in both their academic and personal development. Pupils love school and learning and they are exceptionally well prepared for their move to secondary education. Parents are almost unanimous in their support and are pleased to have chosen the school for their children."

"Outstanding teaching and the excellent curriculum mean that pupils thoroughly enjoy lessons. Teachers are highly skilled and ensure that classrooms present a calm and orderly learning atmosphere in which relationships are excellent and pupils are confident and secure."

"Pupils make outstanding progress because the staff know them well and meet their different learning needs."

"Children thrive in the school's very positive and nurturing environment. They benefit extremely well from the very good procedures that care for, guide and support their personal needs, and very strong partnerships with other schools."

"The school is led and managed exceptionally well. The headteacher provides outstanding leadership and management and has been pivotal in maintaining the school's outstanding overall effectiveness. There is a very strong sense of teamwork fostered by senior staff, and a feeling of common purpose of improvement at all levels."