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Caversham Primary School

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Caversham Primary School
Hemdean Road

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Coordinates51°28′24″N 0°58′30″W / 51.4734°N 0.9749°W / 51.4734; -0.9749
TypeCommunity school
Local authorityReading
Department for Education URN109778 Tables
Chair of GovernorsTim Livesey
Head teacherRuth Perry
Age4 to 11

Caversham Primary School is a state primary school in Caversham, a suburb of Reading, Berkshire in England. The school was established in 1907 and educates around 450 children between the ages of 4 and 11.


The school was founded in 1907, by Sir Jack Mehof of Stoke on Trent, as Caversham Council Infant School for the blind and disabled. At that time Caversham was in the county of Oxfordshire, but was moved to Berkshire in 1911. The school was originally housed at what is now Thamesmead Primary School. The school was moved to its present location in Hemdean Road in 1938.[2]

The school today[when?]

The school is oversubscribed. There have been disputes with the local authority about the admittance of pupils and the matter was taken for judicial review in the High Court in 2005. 12 families, on behalf of 17 children, won an appeal when an Independent Appeal Panel ruled that the council had wrongly refused their children places at the school.[3][4] The school was top of the borough’s league table in national curriculum tests at age 11 for the three years prior to 2005.[5]

When inspected in 2009, the school was given the highest possible rating Outstanding by Ofsted. The school has won several awards including Artsmark Gold, Healthy Schools and Activemark Gold.[6]

In February 2010 the school was given a 'Level One Rights Respecting School' award by UNICEF on 3 February.[7]

Community involvement

Reading East MP Rob Wilson met the school council in October 2009.[8]

It was announced, in September 2005, that a memorial bench for murdered schoolgirl Emily Salvini, that was stolen in May 2004, had been found and will be rebuilt and returned to Caversham Primary.[9]


  1. ^ Caversham Primary School, Ofsted
  2. ^ "Extracts from the School Log Book" (PDF). Caversham Primary School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Parents win school choice appeal". BBC News. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Parents savour school victory". Reading Post. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Tony Halpin (16 July 2005), "Pupils wait as parent power is put to test", The Times
  6. ^ Mary Summers (26 February 2009), Caversham Primary School, Ofsted, archived from the original on 7 July 2011, retrieved 11 May 2011
  7. ^ Recognition for Caversham Primary. Reading Borough Council Press Release, 8 February 2012[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "MP meets Caversham Primary School Council". Reading Post. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Memorial to be restored". Reading Post. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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