Godalming Confederation of Schools


Dear Parents & Carers

Through working together and with a broad range of partners, our aim is to help YOU access a wide range of services, activities, clubs and amenities which can support you in your role as you help your children do their best at school.

Our Mission:  Achieving More Together

This site has lots of information about what is available and how to find it.  Much support and information is available through our 16 schools and 3 children's centres (whose individual websites can be accessed via the links to the right); we seek to provide more information and support across 5 key areas:

  ~  Clubs and Activities for children 0 to teens. There is information too about adult activities.

  ~  Childcarequality childcare provision and support for 0-11s

  ~  Support for Parents:  more support for you about your child's learning and well being

  ~  Easier Referral to Specialist Services:  links to specialist services that you or your child might need

  ~  Community Services:  links to community facilities and services

Katherine Smith

Chair, Godalming Confederation of Schools

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* Please note: some schools have adopted slightly different term dates to those shown and it is therefore advisable to contact your individual school/s to confirm their dates.

News & Events

St James Primary, Elstead in UK's top 100

and TWO Confederation schools are in Surrey's top 10

St Edmunds and St James, Elstead are celebrating after being ranked in Surrey's top 10 performing schools, with St James making it into the UK's 100 top performing Primary schools.

St James Headteacher, Ann Tann, commented, "We are very proud of the results and they reflect the great teamwork of pupils, staff and parents. We strive to give our children the skills and ability to use and expand their knowledge and understanding, so we expect great things from their future school careers."

Confederation schools help out with After School care

Schools across the Confederation have listened to parents' concerns over the lack of local After School provision and have helped open two new After School clubs. Koosa Kids are now running from Godalming Junior as well as St Edmunds and SUPERSTARS, an in-house After School Club, has been established at St James Primary in Elstead. Both clubs are happy to take children from other schools and Koosa Kids even offer a collection service from Moss Lane and Busbridge Infants.

To find out more, visit their websites:

Godalming area - www.koosakids.co.uk or T: 0845 094 2322

Elstead area - www.st-james-elstead.surrey.sch.uk or T: 01252 703248

Children’s Centre provision at

Loseley Fields, The Wharf and Elstead

Loseley Fields Children’s Centre offers childcare 8am-6pm, Mon-Fri, 50 weeks of the year plus a programme of services offering help & advice to families with young children in Binscombe, Farncombe, Shalford & Godalming, including Play & Learn sessions, one year health checks, ante-natal and post-natal groups, well baby clinics, baby massage classes, positive parenting courses, with an Outreach/home link worker who can visit parents with advice on the care & education of your child.  Child nutrition courses, a support network for child minders, a toy library, behaviour management courses from 2s to teens, links to Jobcentre Plus & Next Steps & bringing together local health visitors, paediatric specialists, speech & language development officers, school & CAHMS nurses & local community & voluntary groups.  The aim is to offer a service that can equip families to ensure their children are receiving the best of local health & childcare services.

Call the Centre on 01483 419325 or visit  www.loseleyfieldscc.com

The Wharf Nursery School & Children’s Centre -’where care and education go hand in hand’ The Wharf Nursery School offers the free 15 hour entitlement for children from the term after their third birthday, subject to availability.  Children can attend for five 3 hours sessions (mornings or afternoons) or for three 5 hour sessions (9-2) a week, subject to availability. We also offer Breakfast Club (from 8 a.m.), Lunch Club and After School Club (2-3.45 p.m.) for a small charge.

Holiday Club is held in most school holidays with various fun activities for children aged 3 – 7 years at the outreach site in the Eashing Building. Some drop-in Play and Learn activities continue to run through the holidays at the Town Site- see our website for up to date information. 

Other services include:

  • Play and Learn sessions for 0-5s
  • Twins & Multiples sessions for 0-5s
  • Young Parents, under 25s, and their child/children
  • Bumps and Babes for first time parents
  • Fab Dads (first Saturday of the month)
  • a support network for local homecarers
  • health checks, antenatal and postnatal groups and baby massage.

The Wharf Nursery School & Children’s Centre also offers an outreach service.  Our outreach team provides targeted support for local families and further information and advice is available at regular drop in sessions.  We frequently run Parenting Puzzle courses, are linked to the local toy library and we work closely with our local partners, Job Centre Plus, Health visitors, speech and language therapist and local community and voluntary groups.  

Call The Wharf on 01483 418652/415220 or visit www.wharf.surrey.sch.uk

Elstead & Villages Children’s Centre (based at St James Primary School, Elstead) Open Monday and Wednesday 9am-1pm.  For information & advice drop in between 9.30-11.30am on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The Centre offers Stay & Play sessions for 0-5s, Storytelling, Baby Massage, Healthy Eating sessions, Gym Club for 1-6s, Help at hand advice sessions, New Mums group.  Not all the sessions are based at the centre.  Call the team on 01252 706915 or visit www.evsscc.org.uk

Parenting Puzzle Parent Support Groups Parenting_Puzzle%5b1%5d

The Parenting Puzzle, a 10 week course for parents & carers,  has been running very successfully. We will be running more courses in the future.  For more information or if you think you might be interested, have a word with your Home School Link Worker (HSLW) - you can contact them through your school office - or keep an eye on the Confederation website for details.

Confederation Services

Childcare and/or A Safe Place To Be:  Two our Children’s Centres and some schools offer childcare facilities on their premises; other childcare facilities are available locally (there is a list on the Confederation website).  The two secondary schools offer a wide range of after school sport and other activities. Take a look at their websites.

A varied menu of Activities:  All schools have widened the range of clubs and activities available before, within and after school.  In some, pupils have set up and now run their own clubs. Music, sports, arts & crafts, dance, drama, language and volunteering are the main examples of activities taking place.

Parenting Support is provided mainly by the Home School Link Workerss (HSLW) and Children's Centre Outreach Workers in a huge range of examples and circumstances.  HSLWs see pupils,  parents and carers at school, make individual home visits , run groups and courses and work with the County’s other services and with the voluntary sector as needed. The Children’s Centre Outreach workers work similarly with families of  the under 5s, backed up by more in-depth provision at their centre.

Swift & Easy Access/referral to a wide range of specialist services has been helped by the HSLWs,  who work closely with the Primary Care Trusts, CAMHS, Social Services, behaviour support services, speech & language services and others to help provide what some children and young people desperately need. The Children’s Centre Outreach Workers work similarly with families of the under 5s, again backed up by provision at their Centre.

Wider Community Access is being provided by schools and Children’s Centres where they can e.g. opportunities for using computers with associated ICT training & support, using grounds & facilities, particularly for sport & recreation and opening up other adult education opportunities such as maths and literacy.

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