News from the Foxhills campus
Safe and sustainable school travel supported by Modeshift Stars
We are proud to announce that Cllr. Keith Mans will be presenting Modeshift Stars Bronze awards to the Infant and Junior Schools in recognition of our commitment to promoting active travel by delivering a range of travel initiatives and through reviewing travel issues. . Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme which recognises schools who have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. Following the recommendations of our HCC Travel Team, we are encouraging parents to use legal roadside parking within a kilometre radius of the school. Children must ‘Park and Stride’ more than 200m to qualify for their Modeshift badge. We promote walking to school, and there has been a slight increase in car sharing (especially among staff), and in cycling, though we feel unable to actively promote this due to the hazardous approach along Foxhills. We have appointed Junior Road Safety Officers, and provided instruction on Road Safety, Bike Maintenance, and safe cycling for Year 6 children who will cycle to Hounsdown School next year. Travel Plans, available on the schools’ websites, have been developed for both schools. HCC withdrew the school bus subsidy in July, so travelling to school by bus is no longer an option. To mitigate the effect of this on school traffic, and to help parents whose work commitments prevent them from collecting children at the end of the school day, both schools have increased the number of before and after school clubs, meaning that car runs are now spread over a longer period rather than concentrated at 8.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. We are currently addressing elements of the Modeshifts Stars Silver Award. The voluntary east-west one way system helped us achieve the Bronze Award and we hope local people will continue to support us by observing it between 8.15 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and 3.15 p.m. and 3.45 p.m. as it makes life easier for everyone. Thank you!
Foxhills Junior celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The Junior School opened in 1966/67 as a two form entry school, to provide additional school places for children from the newly built Bratcher Estate in Ashurst, and from Rushington, Eling and Hounsdown. The Infant School opened in 1974, and Ashurst Pre- School moved onto the site in 1990. Over the years the Junior School expanded to three, then four, and briefly five classes per year group, the latter taking the number of children on roll to almost 500. Currently there are 360 children in the Junior School, and almost 700 on the campus when the Infant and Pre-schools are included.
All three schools have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and we are proud to provide a high standard of education for children aged 3 – 11 years on our attractive campus. The schools are very popular, and there are invariably more applications than available places. Local estate agents regularly cite ‘situated in Foxhills catchment’ as an incentive when marketing properties and parents tell us they want their children to attend Foxhills schools because of their good reputation. We aim to fulfil their expectations by educating our pupils to be productive and considerate members of the local and wider community.
The Barker-Mill Estate gifted the land on which the schools were built to Hampshire County Council and, to celebrate the opening of the Junior School, the late Peter Barker-Mill designed, with children, four mosaic murals depicting the local area through the seasons; they remain in school and are a source of admiration for all. They have inspired the school to commemorate the 50th anniversary by crafting a tile mosaic which will be installed on the school campus. Every child will design and make a tile inspired by the five decades since the school opened and the local environment, which will be incorporated into the final art work. We thank the Art Department at Hounsdown School for helping with this ambitious project.
Memories of Foxhills Junior
An anniversary is never complete without memories, and we would love to hear from anyone who was at Foxhills Junior between 1966 and 1970, including staff. What was the building like? Did you go on any residential visits? What lessons did you have? Who were the teachers? Were you taught to swim, did you play football/cricket against other schools? Were there exams? What did you enjoy about school? How did you get to school? Such memories would be of great interest to our pupils of today.
Please email any memories you have to the address below, or send them to the school office. We look forward to hearing from you!
Long service to Foxhills Junior
Gordon Fillis, well known to many local residents, decided to retire from the Board of Governors in November. Gordon was a governor for 25 years, receiving the Don Allen Award for Outstanding Service from Hampshire County Council. He’s been a loyal friend to the school, and visited almost every week to help with children’s reading. We were proud to have him as a governor, and will be celebrating his long service at a tea party later this term.
We enjoy strong links with the Parish Council and will be regularly updating councillors and residents through the medium of the Parish Magazine. Future items will include news about our involvement with the NFNP ‘Our Past, Our Future’ project, and our extended Pre-School.
Ann Arscott, Chair of Governors, Foxhills Junior School
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