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Paddock Wood Primary Academy

Central Kent

Paddock Wood Primary Academy (PWPA) is a thriving, engaging, three-form-entry school in the heart of West Kent. Our ethos encapsulates high standards and expectations, excellent learning and teaching, and the positive wellbeing of pupils and staff. Our current roll is 615. 

PWPA has a strong, committed teaching team, which is widely respected and supported by our academy community. We directly employ our own special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) department, comprising SEN Coordinators (SENCo), Numbers Count and Reading Recovery teachers, and specialist teaching assistants. PWPA’s wide curricular offer is supported by specialist teachers of music, French, PE and outdoor education. Some features that distinguish us from other schools are:

  • All pupils learn French, using the language to learn other subjects and to ensure that PWPA is conversant in the language;
  • Pupils leave PWPA with a strong understanding and appreciation of music and sporting skills;
  • PWPA embeds independence, stamina and considered risk into children’s learning through exposure to such experiences as EYFS and Year 1 initiative exercises, Years 1, 2 and 3 outdoor/forest skills, Year 4 mountain biking, Year 5 caving, climbing and kayaking, and Year 6 skiing/snowboarding.

PWPA has its own school minibuses, which very frequently take children out into the local area and central London, as well as taking Year 5 pupils to the Brecon Beacons and Year 6 pupils to Paris. We have a strong regard for extra-curricular learning and a very healthy catalogue of sporting and other successes and awards. Our academy benefits from significant parent and community support.