Fawkham has two primary schools: Fawkham Church of England Primary and Steephill Independent School.
Fawkham School was founded in 1873. Several additions to the school have been made since with a large building programme completed in 2002, which was officially opened by Estelle Morris M.P. Secretary of State for Education and Skills. The learning environment now provides four fully resourced classrooms, a hall, a library, a music room, and a new kitchen which opened in 2010, which enables fresh and healthy meals to be cooked on site. In addition to this, there is extensive ten-acre woodland containing nature trails and a bird watching area, a spiritual garden, a large playing field, a plateau with outdoor stage, a very large and ancient Yew tree which the children have named the ‘witches’ tree, a pond and wildlife gardens.
Miss Mandy Bridges, headteacher, says, “We refer to our school as the ‘Fawkham Family’, where happy, confident children and staff look forward to coming to school each day. Fawkham is a lovely place in which to learn and work, the atmosphere is both warm and friendly where everyone feels supported and valued. Learning new skills and acquiring knowledge is fun, and we prepare children extremely well to be happy, effective members of society. We have wonderful parents and governors who are extremely supportive of the life and work of our school”.
For further information, please visit the school’s website .
Steephill School is a coeducational independent day school, for pupils aged from three to eleven years old. As well as the main building, which houses some of the classrooms, it has a school hall and in the garden area are four further classrooms and an art/science room. Early Years classrooms are adjacent to the main building, and the school has a dedicated music room, an I.T. Suite, a netball court, a sports field and a playing field. An orchard with climbing and play equipment provides an outdoor space for exploration and the adjacent woodland is used for Forest School activities.
Mr John Abbott, Head, says, “The friendly caring atmosphere at Steephill ensures that our pupils have happy memories of their early school days. Great emphasis is placed on social skills and we encourage good manners, consideration for others and team spirit. Steephill pupils are encouraged to enjoy learning and work towards high standards. They earn house stars for academic progress and good behaviour. The annual prize-giving in the summer is the culmination of their many achievements during the school year”.
For further information, please visit the school’s website.