Why Hatherop? 2018-01-14T12:54:36+00:00

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 provide a secure and happy environment which stimulates a desire to learn.
  • To teach independence and self-motivation, providing children with a firm foundation for the future.
  • To provide an environment in which we recognise and cater for individual needs, abilities and backgrounds, and in which talented children are intellectually stretched, and less able children are encouraged to persevere in order to achieve their personal potential.
  • To prepare children to take their place in society by helping them develop a sense of responsibility, self-discipline and good manners.
  • To offer a wide range of challenging situations and experiences which stimulate and motivate, making education enjoyable and enriching.
  • To value all pupils equally and encourage them to work with pride and accuracy throughout their time at Hatherop Primary School.
  • To promote Christian values.
“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 in May 2017, 94% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that their child is taught well, and 100% agreed that the school is well led and managed. Also, a very large majority were aware of their child’s targets and strongly agreed that:

  • their child receives appropriate homework for their age
  • their child feels safe at Hatherop
  • their child enjoys school
  • parents’ evenings are helpful in supporting their child’s education
  • Hatherop offers a wide range of learning opportunities for their children
  • the website provides up-to-date information about the school
  • the Value Of The Term helps reinforce the Christian distinctiveness of the school

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.


If you are thinking of sending your child to Hatherop C of E Primary School, please contact the school to arrange a visit and to put your child’s name on our intake lists.

Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for the admission arrangements for our school. More information about entry for September 2018 is available here:

GCC admission information for 2018/2019

GCC admissions closing date: 15 January 2018

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.