Fern Hill was established as a community school in 1994 and is housed in attractive purpose built premises with substantial outdoor play spaces and gardens.
Fern Hill is a three form entry primary school with a 52 place nursery. In tterms of facilities, the school has a large hall, a small hall, extensive Library, Music & Drama room, Art room, Special Needs base, and an IT curriculum base with 30 computers. All the computers are networked and have access to the Internet. The school has our its own school kitchen which cooks nutritious lunches from fresh ingredients.
The design of the school includes extensive security measures to ensure the safety of the children whilst they are at school. There are four separate play spaces — one each for the Nursery, Reception, Infants (Year 1 and 2) and Juniors (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6). The building also provides facilities for the disabled by incorporating wide doors and corridors, specialist toilet facilities and lift facilities.
There is an outside environmental area, which has been developed by the parents, staff and children which includes a pond and a 'secret garden' with a plot for each year group. Salad and vegetables grown by the children are used in our kitchen for the children meals.
There is flexible ability grouping within each class and opportunities for focused teaching across year groups.
The school has its own Nursery which offers places for 26 children in the morning and 26 children in the afternoon. A limited number of full-time places are also available.
The Nursery encourages early learning in partnership with parents. A wide and balanced programme of activities is provided to encourage children to learn and to introduce them to the Foundation Stage curriculum. We aim to give them first-hand experiences of language and thinking skills, awareness of number and a wide range of physical and creative activities.
The children are encouraged to develop relationships with each other and adults in the school community, and to make links with the Reception classes.
In January 2022 Fern Hill became an academy and joined Kingston Educational Trust.