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|Type||Voluntary controlled primary school|
|Religion||Church of England|
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Though there was a school in existence in the village as early as 1839, the buildings on the current site were not constructed until 1864, when a suitable site was donated by Lord Fitzhardinge, a member of the Berkeley Family of Berkeley Castle to serve the village of Coaley and the surrounding area. The school's original trust deed states that
"the said premises and all buildings thereon erected...to be forever...used as...a school for the education of children...of labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes in the Parish of Coaley."
The original school building was extended in 1873, when a classroom was built at the rear to accommodate the infants, and this was further extended in 1898.
The school is a "Church of England (Controlled) Primary School", and as such reflects Christian practices and values, in accordance with the requirements of the Trust Deed. Whilst overall control is in the hands of the County Council, the Church retains the privilege of appointing certain Governors.
In its 2005 inspection, Ofsted gave the school's a "good" rating and recognised that it provides "good value for money". The school was recognised as having "above average" standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening at Year 2 level and "above average" standards in English, mathematics and science in Year 6.
In 2008 the Ofsted inspection gave the school an overall "good" rating.
The original school was entirely housed in the Victorian school building which faces onto The Street in Coaley, and was supplemented with the addition of a temporary teaching block during the 1970s. In September 2002, an extension was added to the original Victorian building, providing two new classrooms, a Head Teacher's office and new toilet facilities. In 2009 a new library was added.
The School has a large playground and playing field bordered by a stream and nature area.
- "A History of Coaley C of E School - The First 100 Years (1864 - 1964)" by Pat Bozworth
- Ofsted Reports