The children are arranged into five registration classes and the school usually has about 120 children on roll. At the Foundation Stage we admit just 20 pupils where there are dedicated and experienced staff on hand to give the children at Rettendon the best possible start to their time with us.
The other classes are arranged into mixed year groups with the children set by ability for the teaching of Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Each of the sets has one teacher who is responsible for the planning, teaching and assessment of the children and a qualified Learning Support Assistant to support small groups and sets during Mathematics, Reading and Writing sessions. This ensures that the group sizes rarely exceed fifteen. The school is also pleased to be able to offer children specialist teachers for music tuition and sports coaching.
All children are expected to complete homework. For the youngest children this will take the form of reading, but within a short time the children will progress to bringing home mathematical and literacy tasks.
By the time the children reach Yrs 5 and 6 they may be asked to complete extensive project work based on a topic being covered in class.
8.45am – 12.00pm (Foundation)
8.45am – 12.05pm (Year 1 and 2)
8.45am – 12.15pm (Key Stage 2)
12.00/12.15 – 1.15pm
1.15pm – 3.20pm
Discretionary Morning Break: 10 minutes
Discretionary Afternoon Break: 10 minutes
History of Rettendon School
Rettendon School was built in 1877 to serve the village of Rettendon. The number of pupils attending at that time 85 which is a lot smaller than the roll today of over 120 pupils. Originally the children used to cross the busy main road to use the village hall for lunch and PE but had its own hall built in 1976.
The School was and still is central to village life. The School Master, until recently, lived in the school-house and played an active part in the village. The School swimming pool was bought by the parents in 1961 by 'The Friends of Rettendon School', who also raise large amounts of money from social events to buy additional resources like computers.