Curriculum & SEND


Cheselbourne Village School’s Curriculum Intention

Our primary aim is to ensure that our curriculum, across the whole school, ignites children’s curiosity and inspires them to want to acquire and develop new knowledge and skills built up over their time as they progress through our school.

We involve our children in the design of the curriculum which helps us to actively engage the children in their own learning; challenging them to become independent, well-round individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers. We also want our children to be able to apply their knowledge and skill set in a range of contexts within school and real life.

We follow the National Curriculum which is the statutory requirement for learning for all pupils and focuses on ensuring that pupils develop essential knowledge and skills in all subject areas and promotes preparation for, and an appreciation of life in Modern Britain.  Through following the aims set out in the National Curriculum, we aim to foster pupil creativity and develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills and attitudes to learning and life.  The National Curriculum at Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3-6, to year 4 at CVS) builds on the skills experienced and learned in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Pre-School/Nursery and Reception).

At Cheselbourne Village School and Pre-School we ensure that there is breadth and balance within the school’s curriculum and plan to link learning in different subjects where we feel that relevant and meaningful links can be made.  We intend to make links that enhance and give context to topic learning which in turn help embed and consolidate a solid understanding of all knowledge and skills taught.  This approach is supported through having opportunity to plan together as a staff team, through regular monitoring and evaluation and through working in partnership with other schools to share expertise and validate our curriculum delivery and assessment.  Being a very small rural school with mixed-age classes requires us to be creative in our approach to learning, ensuring progression between year groups in one class  and striving to give children opportunities that are in line with their peers in larger, more urban schools.


Our intention and methods for how we implement our curriculum are underpinned by our belief in:

- developing a positive engagement with outdoor learning 

- promoting of our three School Values alongside British Values

- developing our sense of belonging, independence and resilience to the challenges of learning

- ensuring a strong foundation to a child’s learning journey during their time in the EYFS phase


To support our learners in mixed-age classes we manage our curriculum using a cycle that is reviewed annually to ensure progression of skills across each year group whilst learning a variety of different topics across the two-years.

CVS Curriculum Overview Cycle A (2020-21)

CVS Curriculum Overview Cycle B (2021-22)


EYFS Curriculum Overview Cycle A (2020-21)

EYFS Curriculum Overview Cycle B (2021-22)

For more information about our curriculum and how we teach different across the school please see - CVS Prospectus Sep 19

 CVS Remote Education - CVS Providing Remote Education Information to Parents Jan 2021

 Forest School -

Through providing Forest School learning all children from Reception to Y4:

  • have weekly Forest School sessions,
  • gain opportunities to develop their engagement with outdoor education, 
  • access rich, practical learning opportunities, 
  • explore learning outdoors that links with our school’s curriculum plan and progression of knowledge and skills. 

We intend for our Forest School provision to impact all learners who achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural outdoor environment.


Physical Education -

We are passionate about providing an environment where children are encouraged and understand how and why they should to be active, fit and healthy. We have two formal PE/Games sessions each week with specialist sports coaches and the whole school also joins in a weekly mile.  Our timetable for PE across the year can be found here -  CVS PE Cycle 


Equality and Inclusion
Cheselbourne Village School wants everyone within our school to feel welcome, valued and included in the school community. We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment to enable this to happen. Our pupils are provided with high quality learning opportunities so that each child achieves all that they can. We want all our pupils to feel confident and have a positive view of themselves. We want our pupils with a disability to access all elements of school life, including school clubs, activities and trips. We recognise that we may have to do things a little differently to make this happen. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010, by removing disadvantage faced by pupils with a disability and eliminating discrimination. We will ensure that through whole school training, all staff and governors will be aware of our duties to support children with disabilities, in line with the Equality Act 2010.


Special Education Needs and Disabilities - (SEND)

We aim to offer all children the highest level of education but acknowledge that some children need more support. Children with SEND (Special Educational Needs Disabilities) are well supported according to the DfE’s Code of Practice with input from teachers, the SEND Leader (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Leader) and external agency consultants. When teachers are concerned in any way, parents are consulted and invited to speak with the class teacher and the SEND Leader. The support offered is outlined on a Provision Map (for more low level needs) or an ILP (Individual Learning Plan). This is regularly reviewed by staff, parents and the child.

SEND Policies:

We follow the SEND Code of Practice in how we support our children with SEND. Please see our 2020 SEND Information Report Cheselbourne December 2020 for further details on our SEND provision.

Please see Policy section for our SEND POLICY.


These documents should be read in conjunction with the below:

Local Offer CVS 2019 and the Dorset Council Local Offer


Staff & governors

Our Staff Team

CVS Staff Team January 2022

Our Governors

We are fortunate in having a very knowledgeable and supportive Governing Body at our school. Appointments to see them can be made at the school office. Better still, catch them in the playground! Click on the link below to find out more about what they oversee...

CVS Governors and their areas of Responsibility Nov 2021

Governor Attendance 2020-21

Governor Attendance 2019-20

New Governor Induction Pack

Governance Handbook

Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and Covid Catch-up Premium

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CVS Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families to do their best. This is a Government initiative called ‘Pupil Premium’. This is paid to schools in addition to main school funding and is the Government’s way to address possible inequalities between children’s attainment.

How does the school use the money for Pupil Premium?

The school can use the money as it decides (it is not assigned to individual children) but we use the money to support all Pupil Premium children. Each year, we publish a Pupil Premium strategy on our website and evaluate it at the end of each academic year to show how the grant is spent and what impact it has had.  We are also accountable to Ofsted for the use of our Pupil Premium money.

Please see our CVS PP Letter and Form for more information regarding Pupil Premium and Free School Meals and how to apply for this funding.

NEW - CVS PP and COVID recovery Strategy -  DfE -  2021-22

CVS PP Strategy 2020-21

CVS PP Strategy 2019-20 

CVS PP Strategy 18-19

PP plan 17 to 18 Cheselbourne BD 

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What is Sports Premium?

The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS). The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools. In February 2014 the government committed to continue the funding until 2020.

How does the school use the money for Sports Premium?

For the school year 2019-20 our Sports Premium was £16290. Below is a statement for how this money was spent:

2020-21 CVS Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE and Sport Premium

2019-20 CVS Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE and Sport Premium

2018-19 CVS Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE and Sport Premium

Sports Premium plan 17 to 18 Cheselbourne BD

Please click to find out what the DASP sporting achievements are this year


CVS Covid Catch-up Premium

What is Covid Catch-up Premium?

The Covid Catch-up Premium was introduced by the Government in 2020 to support pupils post lockdown.

How does the school use the money for Covid Catch-up Premium?

For the school year 2020-21 our Covid Catch-up Premium was £1590. Below is a report on the school's use of this funding:


COVID-19 Catch-up Premium Report 2020-21

New documentation for 2021-22 evident in new template format from DfE in the above  - CVS PP and COVID recovery Strategy -  DfE -  2021-22


Short inspection of Cheselbourne Village School

Following my visit to the school on 16 March 2017, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection findings. The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in April 2013.

This school continues to be good.

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. The years since the previous inspection have seen a number of new staff join the school, including you as senior teacher. Since January 2017, you have taken on the role of acting headteacher in the absence of your colleague. Supported by the strong governing body and the local authority, you have continued the journey of improvement. There is a clear strategy to ensure that pupils continue to make good progress. You have also worked with the headteacher in increasing the number of opportunities for pupils to be engaged in after-school events. Parents speak positively about this aspect of the school’s provision. They commend the personal role you have taken in involving parents and the community in the life of the school by, for example, re-establishing fundraising events.

Pupils are enthusiastic about learning. They welcome visitors warmly, are keen to share their work and speak confidently about their learning and what they need to do to improve further. They focus well in class and are respectful of others’ views and responses. Pupils enjoy school. One parent, typical of many, commented that her children ‘run into school in the morning’. Pupils share excitedly what they have learned during the day. Parents and pupils were enthusiastic about the enrichment activities provided, such as the collaborative music concert.

Click here to view all our Ofsted Reports


Safeguarding & Child Protection

At Cheselbourne Village School we are committed to ensuring all our children are safe.  Everyone working within our school in whatever capacity, has undergone an enhanced DBS check (Disclosures and Barring Service) and Safeguard Update training.  All visitors are required to sign in and read through our Child Protection Summary when they come into school.

Our named persons below have undergone up-to-date Level 3 (or Governor) Safeguard training.  Our Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Procedures are on display at the sign-in desk in our school office and can be viewed by the link below.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead with responsibility for Child Protection is Mr Chris Perry, Headteacher.


The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads with responsibility for Child Protection are Mrs Jacquie Mowlam, Early Years Foundation Stage Lead and Mrs Emma Collett.


 The Designated Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Anna Bendall, Chair of Governors.

Other named roles with safeguarding responsibility:

The Designated Person with responsibility for Children in Care/any Drug Issues is Mr Chris Perry

Data Protection Officer is Mr Chris Perry

E-safety lead is Mrs Emma Collett

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) -  phone 01305 221122

We are also part of  www.operationencompass.orgOE- Parent Letter (19.3.21) / Our Safeguarding OE Statement

The following policies provide detailed information about Child Protection in our school:

CVS Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2021

Guidance for Safer Working Practices 2015

CVS Child Protection Summary for all Visiting Professionals

DfE - Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

DfE - Working Together to Safeguard Children

CVS E-safety policy Mar 2019 (Updated April 2020)

Safeguarding Information for Parents

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This online information site offers free parental resources on a range of topics. It includes online advice regarding live-streaming safety, how to protect your children from grooming on games such as Fortnite or Yubo and how to help your child manage their screen time.

thinkuknow.jpgThe National Crime Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (NCA-CEOP) have developed a programme called Thinkuknow. It offers up to date, expert advice for children and their adults across a range of issues such as how to live stream safely and ways to monitor your child’s digital security.

Dorset Police

The Safe Schools and Communities team from Dorset Police have a really useful Website for advice.

The Prevent Duty, Extremism & Radicalisation

All staff have received WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) and Prevent training.  Our school Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies are linked to this and all members of the School, including Governors, adhere to this. Please see the documents below for how we support the Prevent Duty in our school:

Prevent- Guidance for CVS 2022

CVS Prevent action plan - 2022

Performance & results


Information regarding our school's performance can be found on the Department for Education Website.


Please Click here - CVS Performance Dept. of Education

Equality & Accessibility

Since the 6th April 2012 it has become a legal requirement for schools to publish certain information in connection with Accessibility and in connection with Equality.

We have also to publish information relating to gender, to ethnicity, to attainment differences between boys and girls and to attainment differences between pupils from different ethnic backgrounds. However, in a small school such as ours and where individual children could be identified, the school is empowered to limit the information given.

As of November 2020
There were 44 children on roll (33 on school roll and 11 on pre-school roll). The school has decided not to publish information relating to ethnicity of pupils.

The school has decided not to publish information relating to attainment differences between pupils from different ethnic backgrounds.


Admissions Policy

Cheselbourne Village School Catchment Area is Cheselbourne, Hilton, Melcombe Bingham and Ansty and the surrounding villages. However, parents can opt to bring their child to our school regardless of where they live providing there is a place available. Children in our catchment area who live more than three miles from the school will be offered free school transport. Some of our children are from families living outside the immediate catchment area but wish for their children to attend Cheselbourne.

All enquiries concerning admissions to our school should be made in the first instance to the school office (01258 837306 or office@cheselbourne.dorset.sch.uk) please and then must be made via:

Dorset For You School Admissions - please click for all information regarding Dorset school admissions

Dorset Admissions for 2021-22

In Year Applications
All in year applications should be made through Dorset Admissions.
We encourage you to contact the school if you are interested in viewing the school. We will then arrange for the Headteacher to show you around the school and answer any questions that you may have. We can also give you any relevant documentation.
The Local Authority will act on behalf of the school for all appeals regarding admissions.
For more information, including an online appeals form and an appeals timetables of dates, please see Dorset School Admission Appeals page on Dorset for You.
School Catchment Area
You can find an interactive map of the school catchment area through Dorset for You: