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Our Christian Value of the half term is Forgiveness. 


Welcome to Penny Bridge CE Academy

 From our Headteacher- Ms L. Smolinski


An Outstanding Primary School in an Amazing Location!

Penny Bridge CE Academy is a thriving Church of England school with its heart in the local community. We believe in high standards and deliver a topic based curriculum which is exciting and engaging, ensuring all children enjoy learning and make excellent progress.  

We have a strong emphasis on teaching the basic skills of English and maths and achieve high results in all of our national tests.  We encourage all our staff, governors and children to adopt the ‘SMART’ ethic in all they do: Support and strength, Marvellous manners, Achieve your best, Respect for all, Together we learn.  Everyone at Penny Bridge takes pride in themselves, their work and their environment.     

We have strong Christian values which underpin everything in the school. These values help create a warm, supportive atmosphere where everyone is respectful and caring.  We deliver our Values Based Curriculum through our collective worship, Godly Play sessions, nurture groups and reward system.

Our grounds are exceptional.  We have two tarmac playgrounds, a wild area, pond, bird hide, outdoor willow classroom, vegetable garden and large field.  We like to get the children outside as much as possible and run forest school sessions inside the school grounds and in the local woodland. 

To maximise attainment, children have to learn how to achieve. We do this through developing the growth mind-set. This teaches children that, through developing key skills such as co-operation, perseverance and challenge, they can be the best they can be. Celebrating these attributes, instead of attainment, helps raise self-esteem and gives the children an ‘I can’ attitude. 

A healthy school is central to our beliefs and we try to encourage the children to be active. This is achieved through active playtimes, a wide variety of after school clubs, team sports / competitions and whole school challenges such as the ‘100 Mile Challenge’  and cycle cross events. We are also very successful in local sports competitions and have recently had two children compete nationally in cross country running. We have been awarded the Gold Star National Achievement Award for PE.

Music and the arts also play a central part in developing the whole child. As well as  regular class music lessons  there is the opportunity for all KS2 children to learn an instrument. Music lessons include trumpet, cornet, baritone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, harp, recorder and ukulele. The school choir currently has 49 members and we regularly perform in a variety of locations outside Cumbria. Alongside this we have half termly ‘creative weeks’ where we devote more time to the foundation subjects, such as DT, history and geography.  This allows the children to spend more concentrated time on projects, producing some wonderful work and broadening their knowledge. These weeks may have a focus, e.g. science, creative arts or critical skills.

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted and SIAMS (Church Ofsted) in 2013, we believe that Penny Bridge offers an exceptional education and gives children the best start in life.


World Book Day 2017

Penny Bridge C.E. Academy News

  • Maths Champions
    This week we took a different approach and selected children from a raffle to be in with a chance to become maths champion. What a great bunch :)
  • Year 1 Healthy Sandwhich
    Today year one have planned, designed and evaluated their own healthy sandwiches! It's safe to say they were very tasty!!!
  • Bread News
    Thank you to Ben Queen-Fryer for coming in to show the children how to make bread as part of curriculum week. We also looked at adding different toppings thinking about what we could grow in the school garden!
  • Christingle donations
    Thank you for your donations to the children's charity. Year five and six counted the money in a maths lesson. They had to estimate how much there was in total and then work as a team to find the answer!
  • Christingle
    A lovely Christingle was held on Wednesday in church for the school and local community. Thank you for attending and also the kind donations to the Children's Society
  • Good Work Assembly 30th Jan 2015
    Thank you to all the parents, family members and friends who came to join us for today's assembly. Lots of good work shared, certificates presented and stories told. Have a lovely weekend , From us all at Penny Bridge CE Academy
  • Maths Champions 30th January
    This week we were estimating the number of almonds in the cup. Why not take a guess here: http://www.estimation180.com/day-6.html Here are this weeks maths champions.
  • Midwife Visit.
    As part of our KS2 topic 'Being Human' we had a visit from Lynsey Crocker, Lorna's mum from class 3. Lynsey is a midwife at Furness General Hospital. We learnt about what an important job it is in our society.
  • Maths Champions
    This weeks Maths Champions have been announced. We hope they have a maths filled week promoting maths in their classes.
  • Whole School Maths Challenge
    Today's maths challenge had us finding out how long a toilet roll was.
  • New Term!
    The children are all settled back into the mew term. Don't forget to check the class pages for the new term's topic webs and learning journeys
  • Social Networkers
    Year 3 and 4 are learning how to send messages safely to each other using the Virtual Learning Environment
  • Christmas has started!
    The year six children have decorated the tree for the Christmas Fayre. Here comes the festive season!
  • Class 1 and 2 Computing
    Today we were trying out the new school iPads. You can see us here trying out a BeeBot app to support our computing unit on programming.
  • Athletics Success!
    What a week of sport. Olesia, Jake and Nathan were 1st, 3nd and 5th in their repective cross country races in the area event. Our KS2 indoor athletics team cam 2nd out of 8 teams in the Ulverston and District event held at UVHS. Well done to all involved!
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