Safeguarding Children at Forest & Sandridge School
Forest & Sandridge CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All policies, Local Authority and Government guidance will be closely adhered to at all times in our school.
History of the School
Forest & Sandridge Church of England Aided School used to be situated at the foot of Sandridge Hill on land originally given by the Hon. Ralph Ludlow Lopes, the then occupant of Sandridge Park.
The school originally consisted of two classrooms, with a teacher's house attached, and was opened in 1874.
The school was modernised and extended in 1968 to include three classrooms, kitchen and indoor toilet and cloakroom accommodation. In 1990 additional accommodation was created by the conversion of the old school house into Staff Room, Library, Offices and Resources Areas. In 1994 a double mobile classroom was erected on the school field and in 1998 a single mobile classroom was added. In 2001 the school kitchen was converted into a classroom. Another single mobile was added, in 2004, giving the school a total of seven classes and a hall.
The next project was another mobile classroom, erected in 2009, together with a new foyer. This gave the Year 6 children more space and the environment they needed and deserved. Their old classroom (which was the school kitchen before that!) became our library. These changes also meant that we had the space to move our school office into the old library. This is a much improved space and the office is now much more welcoming.
In 2014, our school grew again! Due to our impending move we were asked to take an additional Foundation Stage Class. To accommodate this a 6th mobile was installed over the 2014 summer holidays! At this stage we had 8 classes, 225 children on roll and only 2 of the classes in the main building.
We outgrew our old building a long time ago. The core of the building was suitable for approximately 70-80 children... we had over 200! As we added mobile classrooms, the play area reduced yet there were more children who needed to play in it! We knew we had a new school coming - we were now desperate for it.
Finally, in October 2014, ground was broken and the new school build project was underway on the Clackers Brook development to the East of Melksham. We watched during the year with anticipation and, despite a wet winter, the builders (Mi-Space) kept on schedule and handed our amazing new school over on 3rd August 2015.
We moved into our school on Cranesbill Road, Melksham, during August and September and the school opened its doors for the first time to children on 10th September 2015. The space is incredible, inside and out. The children have adjusted incredibly well and it's now like we have always been there. We know how lucky we are to have such an amazing school building and we are all very proud of it.
Please come and visit... we'd love to see you!