In welcoming visitors to our school, we invite them to experience the warmth and friendliness of the children and the staff.
The School site and Buildings
Sir Robert Geffery’s School has a fine modern main building which was completed in 1998. It is built in a square around an open courtyard known as the Bible Garden and is set in grounds which, together with the school field and farm, cover an area of 3 1⁄2 acres. In 2010, the new ‘Qube’ building was added, giving the Reception class and Year 6 their own areas and creating extra spaces for activities within the main building. This building was dedicated in 2021 to a previous long-serving chair of governors, Mr John Twallin.
The seven classrooms are bright, spacious and well resourced with lovely outlooks over the local countryside. They are complemented by a music room, two libraries and two ‘quiet rooms’ for smaller group work. The Bible Garden is sometimes used for teaching and other events in fine weather. The grounds form an exciting outside learning environment with a teaching area within the farm, a nature walk and two trim trails for break periods.
There is a large assembly hall which is attached to a well-equipped kitchen. The inside of the hall opens out onto a stage enabling it to be used as a theatre, whilst another side opens onto a small chapel. The hall is also fitted with PE equipment and can be used as a gymnasium.
We aim to provide an environment in which children can develop with confidence and imagination, and in which learning is a really enjoyable experience. This includes our amazing outdoor space – more information about the Forest School area and school farm can be found on the website.
In 1704, well before the introduction of free state education, Landrake-born Sir Robert Geffery left money in trust to provide free education in order to teach the children of the neighbourhood reading and writing and to give them religious instruction.
He then appointed the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers in London as Trustees to administer that Trust. Sir Robert Geffery’s School, now part of the state education system, and a Single Academy Trust, still has the benefit of the support and the interest of the Ironmongers’ Company both as Member of the academy trust and as governors (or Trustees).
It is because of our association with the Ironmongers’ Company that we can proudly display the Ironmongers’ Coat of Arms, with its motto that translates as ‘iron endures’. The school crest, which is also the Crest from the Ironmongers’ Coat of Arms, features a pair of salamanders. According to myth, salamanders could endure fire in the furnaces in which iron was produced.
As a school we are proud of our history, of our founders’ vision and of the firm foundations which have provided us with such a fine tradition – a tradition of looking forward. Just as Sir Robert looked forward to the provision of free education, so we at the school look forward to providing an education for those children who are entrusted to us, equipping them to progress through the 21st Century with quiet but assured confidence.