About Our School

Shinfield Infant & Nursery School - Amanda Turner

Introduction from Mrs. Amanda Turner, Headteacher

Welcome to our school website. We hope that you find it useful and interesting. Our school was founded in 1707 and has been a well established school for over 300 years. We are an Infant and Nursery school and, linked with Shinfield St. Mary’s C.E. Junior School, we provide high quality teaching and learning from 3 to 11 years. The schools are part of a close knit and vibrant community in Shinfield village, and we have many links with this and the wider world around us.

Our School Vision

Within our historic school we build upon the best of tradition combined with a modern approach. As a core part of the community, we provide a safe and healthy learning environment. We develop active learning through a fun, inspiring and challenging curriculum.We promote equal opportunities, valuing the skills and contributions of all individuals in our school. We encourage our children to become caring, responsible citizens, respecting all others through self discipline and kindness.

‘Everyone shining in their own field’

‘Everyone shining in their own field’ not only comes from the water meadows around Shinfield that give it the ‘shining field’ name, but also from our whole school approach to ensuring that each child does his or her best.

What we offer to you and your child…

  • A welcoming, safe and happy environment in which each child is known and valued as an individual.
  • High quality teaching and learning.
  • An interesting, varied approach to learning that is hands-on, fun, lively and challenging.
  • High expectations and positive reinforcement of good behaviour.
  • Opportunities to have responsibilities in school, such as School Council.
  • An influential and proactive Governing Body that plays an active part in school life
  • Spacious, well-resourced teaching areas
  • Attractive outdoor learning areas for your children to explore and learn in
  • A friendly, successful and active PTA.
  • A range of enrichment activities in and out of school hours.
  • After school and breakfast clubs.
  • Specialist music and PE lessons.
  • A History Room, used by children and open to the public by appointment.
  • Close links with the local community and participation in local activities such as the Shinfield May Day Run.

Ofsted report February 2015

‘This is a good school’. ‘It is a very friendly place where the pupils get on well together’. ‘Pupils are cared for outstandingly well’, and are ’well equipped for the future’.  ‘Achievement is good for all groups of learners’. Find out more »

Foundation Stage

The school has a well resourced, recently refurbished Foundation Stage area. Children are admitted to the Foundation 1 (Nursery) class from the age of three. They start in the full time Foundation 2 (Reception) class in the academic year that they turn five.

Trips and visitors

Recent trips have been to the seaside at Bournemouth, Windsor Castle, St Mary’s Church in Shinfield, the pantomime at South Hill Park in Bracknell and Bucklebury Farm Park. Visitors have included ex- pupils, guide dogs and their owners, a farm, sports coaches, dance specialists, musicians, artists and writers.

School Clubs

These include Capoeira, Drama, Street Dance, French, and Choir. Find out more »

The school also has access to an excellent holiday club run by the Cluster of schools to which it belongs. Find out more »

Transition to Junior School

We have a close working partnership with Shinfield St Mary’s CE Junior School. This includes a joint Governors’ group, subject leader liaison, shared school policies and many joint events between the schools, including the popular Summer Fair. There is a well -established transition programme in place, providing  good continuity of education in Shinfield village for your child throughout their primary school years.

High standards

We strive to bring out the best in each child, and encourage him or her to make the most of his or her individual skills and talents. Your child’s welfare and well-being are very important to us. In this school each person is a part of a caring and sharing community. Support is good for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities and there are very good links to outside agencies so that specialist support is provided when necessary. Accessibility plans are available on request. We promote equal opportunities for all and are committed to the safeguarding of pupils.

What parents say about the school

‘Very welcoming and happy environment’, ‘Lots of opportunity for every child to succeed in something’, ‘Children are motivated to learn’,‘Good communication’, ‘What a lovely school – my daughter has thrived on everything you have done for her. Thank you!’ (Parents’ questionnaire 2013). Ofsted say that ‘links with parents and carers are very impressive’ (March 2010).

We asked pupils what they liked about the school

‘The school is super’


‘Seeing everyone have a smile on their face’

‘Making friends’

‘ Golden Time’

‘ Sports days’

‘ Bringing things in for show and tell’


‘The jungle corner’

‘ Dressing up for special days’

‘ Trips out’

‘ Brilliant, awesome, excellent clubs!’

(Pupil questionnaire 2013)