Glapthorn C.E. Primary School has been on its present site since 1847 when it was established as a National School by the Countess of Cardigan. It is situated at the end of an attractive Northamptonshire village, and is surrounded on three sides by fields, planted mainly with miscanthus, commonly known as elephant grass! To the north of the school, beyond a field, is an ancient medieval wood - remaining from the ancient Rockingham Forest - Short Wood. This is now a nature reserve, managed by the Northants Naturalist Trust. It is an easy 10-minute walk from the school and we often make use of its habitats to reinforce the children's learning as well as using the track up to Short Wood for weekly Running Club, amongst other things.
Slightly further away - 1.1 km to the west of the school lies another nature reserve - Glapthorn Cow Pasture. This is another wood, though not so ancient, situated on the site of the common land for Glapthorn, designated by the Norman conquerors - hence its name.
This is also owned and managed by the Naturalist Trust, and is particularly notable as the furthest northern breeding ground of the rare black hair streak butterfly. Also, nightingales can be heard singing in early summer. This is the site of our Forest School!
The school suffered a major fire in February 2006 but after major rebuilding work, the school consists of a large hall, two new, bright spacious classrooms, a group room and a large library as well as the Reception classroom which is housed in its own building at the front of the school in the oldest part of the school. It also has its own outside area for the children to play in. Building work has recently taken place to build a new classroom and group room to house our Year 5 and 6 pupils. We have also extended our facilities further by refurbishing 'School House', the building attached to Robins class, for use as a learning space.
As well as its buildings, the school has attractive grounds with a MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) on one side and a large grassed area, "the orchard" on the other. A notable feature is the many mature trees on the site. We also have an allotment across the road where all the children grow vegetables, including an annual 'Harvest Day' when we cook our produce up into a feast to be shared.
We are now a primary school, changing from a lower school in September 2015 when we kept our Year Five pupils. As a complete primary school from September 2016, our maximum school number is 105.