Why choose Hatherop C of E Primary School?

We are proud of being a successful, caring Cotswold village primary school with excellent links with our parents and the community. In 2016, we celebrated our 160 year anniversary.

Our Aims

  • To create a happy, caring and safe community where children feel confident to learn and thrive

  • To nurture the individuality of each child where all gifts and talents are valued and supported

  • To encourage children to develop an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and to promote Christian values

  • To give children opportunities not only to learn but also to become caring and thinking human beings who value themselves and others

  • To provide a broad and challenging curriculum that gives children the chance to develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime

  • To ensure that children experience a stimulating environment where they can achieve their full potential creatively, academically, physically and socially

  • To make full use of our wonderful, rural school setting

“I think Hatherop Primary is fantastic and you do a great job. It shows in the children!”
“We are delighted with every aspect of the school – well done.”
“My child has settled into Reception really well and it’s entirely thanks to the superb staff in Class 1.”
“Could not be happier with Hatherop – it is encouraging and supporting. Older pupils show a great sense of care to the little ones.”
“It is a wonderful environment for learning.”
“The school’s strength is its warm, caring atmosphere.”
“Pupils learn with enthusiasm and zeal.”

What the parents say

In an online survey, 90% or more of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that their child is taught well, safe, and happy at the school, as well as that the school is well-led and managed. Also, a very large majority agreed that:

  • Their child makes good progress
  • The school makes sure its children are well-behaved
  • The school offers a wide range of learning opportunities
  • The school provides valuable information about their child’s progress
  • The school has high expectations for their child and supports their personal development
  • They would recommend the school to another parent

You can see the full results and comments from parents here:

Hatherop Parent Survey 2023

Hatherop Parent Survey 2022

Open Day

We invite you to come and see our school for yourselves.  At Hatherop C of E Primary, we hold an Open Morning in the Autumn term, when everyone is welcome to come along, meet our staff, see the children working and have a tour of the school.

Prospective parents are also welcome to visit the school during a school day; appointments can be made by contacting the school office.


After a Short Inspection, in November 2017, Ofsted judged that Hatherop C of E Primary School continues to be Good. It said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection,” and that, “the school remains a focal point of the local community.”

Full report:

Hatherop C of E Primary School Ofsted Report November 2017

  • In 2013, Ofsted ranked Hatherop C of E Primary School in the top two grades (Good and Outstanding) in all the categories assessed.
  • In 2008, Ofsted said: “Hatherop is a good school. Pupils’ personal development and well-being are outstanding.”
  • In 2005, Ofsted said that Hatherop C of E Primary school: “is a very good school.”


As part of the National Curriculum, tests and assessments are taken at Key Stage 1 and 2. We are proud of the school’s excellent results, with pupils achieving higher than the National Average.


At our last inspection, the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools graded Hatherop C of E Primary School as ‘Good’ in all their criteria. Click here to see the full report.


Please have a look around our Virtual Tour.  Click here to start your tour.

To view the Admission Policy for our school please click here

Please then click on the link to the Determined Admission Criteria and Scheme for the required year, and our Admission Policy is shown under GCC Admission Arrangements.

The process

Legally, every child must be in school in the term following their 5th birthday. Gloucestershire Local Authority’s policy is for all children to start school in the September of the academic year in which they become 5 (which means some children will only have just had their 4th birthday when they start school in September).

Parents need to contact the school of their choice early in the Autumn term of the year before their child is due to start school. By March, the Local Authority will write to parents offering places (you have the right of appeal if you are not happy with their offer). By May, all places are allocated.

There is a range of information available for parents to help you choose a school (Ofsted Reports, Performance Tables, etc.), but the most useful source of information is to talk to other parents, then visit the school.