Our Headteacher, Mrs Hopkins

I am delighted to welcome you to our web site, which was first created in December 2008. I hope it will give you a little glimpse in to the life of our very special school.

We are a small, but growing school in a rural community offering a wide and varied education delivered by an enthusiastic and dedicated staff, who will do everything in their power to ensure that each child reaches his or her full potential.

We treat all our pupils individually, developing their self esteem and confidence and enabling their unique talents to flourish.

Redmile Church of England Primary School serves three villages: Redmile, Barkestone le Vale and Plungar; the children from Barkestone le Vale and Plungar travel into Redmile by school bus. We are also happy to welcome pupils from out of catchment if there is a place available.

We have 72 pupils on roll and are looking forward to continued growth over the forthcoming years.

The original school was opened in 1871 with the subsequent addition of a double mobile classroom unit in July 1999 and a further single mobile in August 2001.

In February 2009, our new school hall was officially opened by England International Cricketer Luke Wright, a former Redmile pupil; it consists of boys and girls changing rooms, disabled facilities, wet room and a large hall for all kinds of PE and other curricular activities requiring a lot of space to move around.

As our numbers increase, so do the teaching staff: we have the equivalent of three full-time class teachers, a full-time nursery nurse and two teaching assistants... plus me, of course! Our pupils also benefit from the expertise of our Music teacher, French tutor and sports coach, all of whom teach with us on a weekly basis and are very much part of the school. We also have a number of learning support assistants who work with individual pupils.

We have three classes, of mixed ability and gender, all vertically grouped: Reception and Year 1, Year 2 and 3, Year 4, 5 and 6. We have centred the curriculum around Literacy and Numeracy and are developing a cross-curricular approach to learning encompassing all areas of the curriculum, particularly the creative arts and ICT.

Our vision centres around 'Every Child Matters' and working together with a strong support team, made up of staff, Governors, parents, the community and visiting friends of the school, ensures that learning is exciting, relevant and fun.

We are very proud of the caring, family-orientated, Christian ethos we share and, as one of our pupils once said, "We may be small, but there's room for everyone."

If you are a prospective parent looking for an admission place for your child, please contact us as I'd be pleased to show you around.

Enjoy your 'journey' around the site and please let us know what you think about it.

Mrs Julie Hopkins

Our Mission Statement

We encourage learning and caring because our school matters to everyone.

Our Aims

Together we (all our staff, governors, pupils and parents) make Redmile School the happiest, friendliest and most thriving school it can be by always focusing on the things that really matter to us.

Learning and teaching:

  • We help and support each other to learn, develop and achieve
  • We encourage independent thinking and working
  • We explore possibilities
  • We aim to be the best we can be

Making Good Choices:

  • We will make confident, sensible choices
  • We will make the most of all the opportunities open to us
  • We know how to be safe, happy and healthy
  • We prepare for our future


  • We can achieve more together
  • We have a strong team spirit
  • We help and support our local community
  • We appreciate and look after our rural environment


  • We enjoy what we do
  • We have fun at school
  • We enjoy learning together
  • We celebrate our successes

Open and Caring:

  • We are kind and caring to everyone
  • We are open and honest
  • We value our friendships and partnerships with others
  • We look out for each other and help one another

We are true to our Christian faith and have respect for the beliefs of others.

Our Mission Statement and Aims have been devised in collaboration with representatives from staff, pupils, parents and governors and is a reflection of the strength of our partnership as a whole community. The consensus amongst all of us was that the strong Christian ethos of our school should be reflected in each statement and that our commitment to Every Child Matters is evident throughout.

Learning together, having fun

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