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Welton CE Academy

At Welton CE we continually strive and motivate our students through a rich and inspiring curriculum.
“We are a forward-thinking school rooted in the community – everyone learning and growing in faith.”
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit”
John 15 v5

Academy Information

The school very much subscribes to the vision that primary schooling, in particular, is about much more than just academic results.

Welton CE Academy, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, formally joined the David Ross Education Trust in the autumn of 2012.

Described by OFSTED as an ‘outstanding school’, the Governing Body initially explored the idea of converting to academy status because they wanted to "offer even more opportunities to our pupils, better rewards for our staff, and more chance to enhance the school’s future.”

The school has consistently achieved genuinely remarkable SATs results, in both Key Stages 1 and 2. However, the school very much subscribes to the vision that primary schooling, in particular, is about much more than just academic results. There is a focus on the ‘social and emotional aspects of learning’, while extra-curricular achievements, bolstered by a House system, are encouraged and celebrated. Music, drama and sport are all central parts of the lives of pupils at Welton and they have had fantastic successes in each.

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At Welton we have a clear vision as to what makes an excellent learning environment for our pupils:

  • Every child at our school has every opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, happy, healthy and purposeful environment.
  • Every one of our children is unique. We recognise that every child has individual abilities and aptitudes and will have the opportunity to develop these in our school, to become a confident, enthusiastic and effective learner.
  • Every one of our children really matters. We focus on every child’s particular learning needs and have the highest expectations of all.
  • We focus on both the social and emotional aspects of learning. Teaching the life skills of self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation and empathy.
  • We have a broad and rich curriculum, which is challenging and enjoyable. We want everyone to have fun!
  • We have high standards of conduct and behaviour, which enable all members of our school to stand up for what is right, to respect and care for the lives, opinions and happiness of others.
  • We are a Church of England school and Christian values provide the framework for all of our aims and actions.
  • We value the co-operation of parents, governors, staff and the wider community in achieving our vision.
  • We believe that education is not the filling of a bucket - but the lighting of a fire! W.B.Yeats

Our Team

Senior Leadership

Headteacher - Sol Johnson

 Deputy Headteacher - Mrs E Gaffney

Support Team

Senior Administrator - Mrs N Blackham
SENCo - Mrs D Fahy

Teaching Staff

Reception/Year 1 (Rabbits) – Miss L Mallon(maternity leave) Miss Durkin/Miss Freestone
Year 2 (Squirrels) – Mr K Mead
Year 3 & 4 (Foxes) – Mrs E Gaffney
Year 4 & 5 (Badgers) – Mr A Humphries
Year 6 (Otters) – Miss K Avery

Teaching Assistants

Mrs J Durkin
Mrs Barnett
Mrs A Bateman
Mrs K Isles
Mrs K Gries

Miss O'Neill 


Lunchtime Supervisors

Mrs V Wheeler, Mrs K Isles, Mrs K Green

House Points and Class Dojo

Our house point system is an integral part of our school and is predominately utilised during inter-school competitions. Our children are proud to be part of their house teams and each child is allocated to one of four houses, which they support (Franklins, Silverstone, Rockingham, Sixfields). The houses are grouped vertically which enables children to socialise and engage with peers beyond their everyday environment.  It is an essential part of school life as it facilitates a growing community spirit and enables children to participate collectively, involving children from all year groups who are contributing to something bigger than themselves.

House points are awarded through Class Dojo.  These points are awarded for positive behaviour and efforts.  At the end of the year, once all points are collected, the House Champion are announced.

Parents are encouraged to connect with the school through the Class Dojo system and they can check on points given, message teachers directly and also enjoy photos from the class direct to any device.

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