The Englefield Estate is proud to support a range of educational establishments and initiatives across our community. From passing on our love and knowledge of the countryside to the next generation through our Countryside Days for Schools and our close links with Berkshire College of Agriculture to supporting our local village school and the Ufton Court Educational Trust.
The Estate values its close links to our neighbouring Englefield Church of England Primary School, which traditionally draws its pupils from the village and nearby communities of Sulham and Tidmarsh.
The Voluntary Aided School, which has around 100 pupils aged from four to 11 years, is often oversubscribed. The governing body is responsible for admissions, in association with the Local Education Authority, West Berkshire. Over the past year, the school has been visiting the Estate weekly as part of a programme of Woodland Learning.
Headteacher Andrew Ind commented: “We aim to create a foundation of learning and self-confidence in every child by providing a welcoming, happy and supportive environment in which Christian values are central to the ethos of the School.
“It is through these values that we encourage concern and care for all members of the School community and beyond. We aim to build links between the School, the family, the parishes and local community and to encourage respect for the countryside and environment in which Englefield School is situated.”
Ufton Court is an Elizabethan Manor House on the Englefield Estate. The site has hosted the Ufton Court Educational Trust since 2006. The Trust aims to raise the aspirations and achievements of young people through the provision of inspirational activities focused on history and outdoor activities.
In 2016, Ufton Court welcomed over 10,000 children. Children visit with their schools and stay for day and residential visits. The Manor House sleeps 60 children and the woodland cabins sleep 32. The Ufton Adventure programme was launched in 2012 and now works with more than 2,000 disadvantaged young people from Reading, Slough and Hackney, many of whom repeatedly visit during their school years. The programmes combine support and enrichment of the school curriculum with developing confidence and independence.
Mary Riall, Chairman of Trustees, said: “We change children’s lives through challenging and inspirational education that helps young people to achieve their potential. We provide immersive curriculum-based living history programmes in the manor house and outdoor education programmes in our woodland cabins.”
As it continues to develop and launch new initiatives, Ufton Court is assured of the ongoing support of the Englefield Estate and the Englefield Charitable Trust.
For more information about Ufton Court, please visit uftoncourt.co.uk