The rural village of Sheldwich is set within beautiful countryside on the outskirts of the historic town of Faversham.
The village maintains a strong sense of community built around St. James' Church, the Village Events committee, the Cricket Club and of course the school. The annual village fete has a very traditional feel and draws thousands of visitors from far and wide.
Sheldwich Primary and Pre-School take a very active part in village life, performing maypole and morris dancing at the fete, singing at village hall coffee mornings, taking part in the village Christingle service along with services at Harvest, Easter, Christmas and celebrating at the end of the academic year.
Indeed many of our staff and parents are keenly involved with village events and we even allow the local pigs to eat our fruit and veg leftovers!
Sheldwich Primary School
We have documents proving that there has been a school in Sheldwich Village since 1814 and admission registers going back to the late 1800s which make very interesting reading. Back then the fathers’ occupations were carefully recorded; being in a rural area the majority were farm labourers but also worked in long lost trades such as wagoners, farriers and bailiffs (our equivalent of the local ‘bobby’). We also have some wonderful old photos of the school and pupils over the last 100 years, many of which can be viewed all around the school.
Originally the school was situated on the Lees, (the green just along the road) but as the pupil numbers grew, a larger building was needed. In 1939 the new school was built and this was extensively extended in 1993. We have now reached our capacity and have 222 pupils on roll in seven classes.
In 2006 we converted our WWII bomb shelter into a usable space, which is now our very bright and comfortable library! In 2012 we completed another extension thereby building a new classroom to replace the last remaining mobile along with some additional pupil working areas. This may well be the final additional to the bricks and mortar of Sheldwich Primary School, however we are always searching for new ways to improve the working environment.
Little Hedgehogs Pre-School
In September 2016 we opened our new Sheldwich Pre-School (Little Hedgehogs) and last year we welcomed many new families to this lovely village and school.
We are delighted that now we can offer education and childcare provision for children between the ages of 2 and 11 years in term time between the hours of 7.45am and 5.30pm.