Saltwood Church of England Primary School

“A nurturing and creative community where all can achieve their full potential within a Christian environment, in readiness for life as a Global citizen.”


Grange Road, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4QS | Telephone: 01303 266058 | Fax: 01303 264899

Welcome to Saltwood Church of England Primary School

As headteacher of this historic primary school, I am very pleased to welcome you to Saltwood. I am immensely proud to have led this school for the past fourteen years in which time it has been awarded an outstanding grade by Ofsted in 2007 and through our church school inspection in 2012. We have an excellent reputation in the area and there is much to commend Saltwood School.

Our children are delightful to work with and we firmly believe that everyone is special. We provide a safe and secure environment where children are happy to come to school.  Children are commended for their behavior both in class and on school trips and excursions out of school.

We have an excellent academic track record with attainment consistently above national averages for all age groups. The strong Christian ethos is central to the school and we have close links to St Peter and St Paul Church, Saltwood. Established in 1723 the present school was opened in 1968 and in 1999 and 2006 underwent further development with the construction of an IT suite, library and music room.

The school federated with Bodsham in November 2009. Bodsham also gained an outstanding grade in Ofsted in 2008 and an outstanding grade in its church school inspection in 2013. This has strengthened both schools within the federation providing strong professional support for teaching staff ensuring that high academic standards are maintained and sustained in each school.

Mrs Elizabeth Pettersen MA, NPQH

Mrs Petterson

The overall aims of the Federation are to:

Be a happy school – a school to which the children will enjoy coming.

Affirm God’s love for every individual.

Help children to live together in a community, encouraging care for others before themselves and to become responsible, independent people.

Be a safe place in which mistakes can be made, learned from and forgiven.

Release the potential of every individual to enable them to reach the highest level of achievement of which they are capable and equip them for life.

To give every child the experience of success and a sense of personal value.

To broaden pupils’ horizons; to help develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally, to work with imagination and a sense of purpose.

Federation Vision

Our goal, as a Federation of Church of England Primary schools, is to maintain and stretch the highest standards of academic achievement and personal development of all of our pupils in each of our schools.

Through a Christian ethos we will create a happy and fulfilling environment where children are encouraged to be kind and respectful, building self-confidence through challenge and encouragement.

We will achieve this by developing a Whole School Learning Community where teaching staff, pupils and parents increasingly work together. This Community will help us to implement plans in a coordinated way, aligning the energy and ideas of all.

We will extend the Learning Community concept by working with other local schools, openly sharing ideas and best practice, using the wider schools’ community to challenge us and successfully adapt to changes in the education environment.

We will aim to support our local communities and remain schools of choice for parents.

The Children

Listen to some of the children from the Federation of Saltwood and Bodsham schools talk about why they love the school so much…

Our Track Record


Established in 1723 the present school was opened in 1968 and in 1999 and 2006 underwent further development. The staff and governors of the school are committed to providing all pupils with a secure and caring environment in which they develop lively and enquiring minds, confidence and skills.

Our outstanding track record is exemplified in consistently good and better attainment for all children.  In July 2007 we gained an Outstanding Ofsted report and in July 2012 an Outstanding Section 48 report (our Church School inspection).

Key Stage 2 Data 2016

(national data is in brackets)

Percentage of pupils who achieved at the expected standard

  • Reading 87.9% (66%) 88%
  • Writing 87.9% (74%) 88%
  • Maths 84.8% (70%) 85%