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Ad Astra Infant School is located in Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset. The school is a three form entry school, from Reception to Year 2. Currently there are 270 children on roll. The school was deemed to be 'Good' by Ofsted in January 2014. It is rated "Green" by Poole Local Authority (no concerns).
Ofsted commented, " Ad Astra is a good school, where the behaviour of pupils is deemed outstanding and bullying is a rarity. There is a harmonious and supportive atmosphere and pupils go out of their way to help others. Pupils are relaxed, happy and socialise very successfully. Teamwork within the school is excellent and the Head Teacher and Assistant Heads inspire pupils and staff. Teaching is rarely less than good and is sometimes outstanding. Parents and carers are very proud of the school".
Our aim is for the children of Ad Astra to become 'lifelong learners' and through our teaching and learning give them the necessary skills, qualities and attributes for their future life.
A message from the Head Teacher - Mrs V Arbon
" I have been fortunate to be the Head Teacher of Ad Astra school since September 1997. This is my second headship and it is my aim to promote and nurture an environment where children come first. I believe that a school should be both caring and understanding but should also strive to achieve high academic standards.
I place great importance on children achieving their full potential in the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy but also in developing the whole child through the Arts and Sport. In addition, building their self-confidence and self-esteem is something which I feel is essential if they are to face the increasingly complex and demanding world in which we now live.
If you choose to send your child to Ad Astra I hope that they will experience three happy years. The staff and I are concerned about all aspects of your child's development and we hope that you will share with us in making this a successful period in your child's life."
Mrs V. Arbon, Headteacher