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News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Friends

We have been blessed with another lovely week of weather up until today and again the children have been out and about making the most of the school grounds for their learning opportunities.

On Monday eight of our Year 5 pupils represented Chagford School at an orienteering event at Lydford. Mr Billinghurst reported that they performed really well, using their skills in map reading and following instructions to full effect. Unfortunately, we did not come in the top three, however as always all the children must be commended on their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm for the event. Well done!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Miss Padfield and Mr Wright to our Teaching Assistant team for this term. They have already made a real difference to the children that they are working alongside and we hope that they will enjoy working at our school.

Sadly Mrs Searson, who had taken a year away from the school due to her Mum being terminally ill, has decided not to return to teaching. Ann will be greatly missed however I do wish her well in her on-going projects and I am sure that we will see her around the school in the future.

I am sorry to announce that Sarah Coombe will also be leaving us shortly. We are very grateful for the contribution she has made to the school and wish her luck with her next step. We will be updating the school website with an advert next week, if anyone is interested in a cleaning post within the school please feel free to contact the school Office.

On a much happier note, we are pleased to say that Kathy Barrau has reconsidered her working arrangements and will be back on our administration team for two days a week. As you are all aware we had a very difficult start to the Summer term with Mrs Rowlings being struck down with influenza, new temporary administration staff letting us down and Mrs McDermott having a very sick child at home preventing her from working at full capacity for the first week back. Thankfully Kathy was there to help out. I personally think she missed us all too much but we are delighted that she would like to reconsider her role and I am sure that you will be very pleased to see her back behind reception.

Accelerated Reader has started and most children will have been given an opportunity to collect their first book from the library or will do so by Monday. We have already had one child take a quiz very successfully and have 9,000 words under their belt already. Fantastic reading!

Finally, further to our update at the end of last term, Kier have been appointed to develop the design for the new school in conjunction with Grange Architects. The weekly focus group has had its first meeting and we look forward to sharing details of a wider public consultation in the near future.

Requests for help
Yesterday we had our first running club after the Easter break and were pleased to see how many children wanted to participate. If there is any parent who would like to run off site with the KS2 runners to help with supervision, please let Mr Evans, Mr Turner or myself know, thank you.

Moans and groans
The Summer term is notorious for children having a much more hectic social life outside of school hours and play dates become a regular occurrence as the nights get lighter. Please could you ensure that the office is made aware of any changes in pick up arrangements so that we can ensure that the end of the day runs smoothly for everyone.

Please remember that children should always be supervised when on the school site after the end of the school day, either by parents, after school club or a teacher/coach running an extra-curricular club. It is vital that ALL children are safe. Unsupervised children will therefore be sent to School’s Out, thank you for your cooperation in this important safeguarding matter.  

PE kits are still not in school for all children. Please make sure that this is the case for Monday especially for those children in Goldfinch class, where there are still a number without their kits.

Summer is on the way and summer uniforms are beginning to appear. Could I remind everyone that sandals can be worn however they do need to be white, brown or black and support the foot well with strong straps for safe running and play. Socks should be white, black or grey – other colours are not part of our uniform.

Have a great weekend,

Liz Wiseman

Head teacher 

Stars of the Week innocent innocent

Big Robins: Alex – for his determination and perseverance with his writing.
Merryn – for her independent sentence writing with capital letters finger spaces full stops and accurate spelling of “like, you, are and fantastic”!

Kestrel 1: Maisie Jayne – for your enthusiasm and effort. You set a really good example Maisie. Well done for making the most of your skills and your time!
Noah – for a really good effort. Great progress in reading, writing and maths because of your super concentration. Well done!

Kestrel 2: Alfie – for wrinting a fantastic story about fairies and using beautiful language.
Luke – for showing great accuracy in cricket with his throwing and remaining positive.

Goldfinch: Natasha – for continuing hard work, taking ownership of her learning and excellent resilience.
Ben – for improved concentration and confidence in learning.

Kingfishers: Liam – for experimenting with different media to create wonderful pieces of art based on World War 2.
Amy – For having a superstar attitude towards Accelerated Reader, and for being the first in the school to pass a quiz.

Swifts: Molly – for lovely enthusiasm for her learning this week.
Ruan – for thoughtful writing and discussions in his Literacy work.

Housemartins: Erin McD – for coping with the return to school after illness very well. Asking for help when needed and quickly filling in the gaps created by being away.
Lily J – showing total commitment to her learning whilst maintaining a sense of humour and fun.


Kingfishers have managed a fabulous 100% this week with Swifts close behind on 98.75%, well done!


Chagford Youth Cricket

Unfortunately due to the weather we have to cancel tonight’s registration. See you all next Friday 29th April from 5.30pm, for a 6pm start when we hope the weather will be better! All children from reception to year eight welcome. We have held the cost from last year so; Year 2 and below £20 for the season or £2.50 per session and year 3 and above £30 for the season or £3.50 per session. For up to date information follow us on facebook. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me my mail: or mob: 07703542697 We hope to see you at the cricket……and the bar will be open for the adults.

Gardening Thank Yous and Offers from Chantal Sorrell

Big thanks to Abbie’s Grandad, Wilf Hutchings, for delivering 14 tonnes of topsoil to our bog garden in the wildlife area, this will provide some excellent learning opportunities for the children!

Chantal has Kew Garden annual and perennial wild flower seeds to give away to anyone who can dig over two square metres of their garden in order to dedicate a lovely haven to bees and butterflies. Please collect these from the school office.

Little Big Questions – Every Wednesday from 12:15-12:35 in the ASC room, for anyone in KS2 

Giving children the opportunity to ask questions about the collective worship we share together on Wednesday mornings and also wider questions about the Christian faith. There will also be a questions box in the school (location to be confirmed!) for the children to write questions on pieces of paper for us to discuss in the group.


Don’t forget the PTFA meeting to sort out our summer activities is next Wednesday, 27 April, 8pm in the Three Crowns. All are welcome – you don’t need to have been to a meeting before – or be officially on the committee – we need your input and ideas! 

Thanks, Ruth

Important Reminders & Information

Menu – WEEK C 


Dates for Next Week

Monday 25th April  
Tuesday  26th April West Devon Rugby Finals, Okehampton College 1-3.30pm. Those involved will have been sent a School Gateway request.
Wednesday  27th April  
Thursday 28th April

Big Robins Lead Collective Worship, 9-9.30am

Year 4 – Tag Rugby with Exeter Chiefs, 1.30-3pm

Friday 29th April  
Saturday 30th April  
Sunday 1st May  

Dates for forthcoming Collective Worships are:

28th April – Big Robins
5th May – Kestrels 1
12th May – Kingfishers
19th May – Ethos Committee + School Council
26th May – Swifts

School Calendar – Don’t forget that all key school dates (assemblies, outings, workshops, shows and services) are on the school public calendar under the ‘News’ tab of the school website or through this direct link  

Easyfundraising – Don’t forget that if you are shopping online you can help raise vital funds towards activities our children are enriched by signing up to To find out more please click here.

Local Clubs, Events & Activities 

Wild Flower Meadow Talk, Friday 29th April 7.30pm, Chagford Jubliee Hall – Come along to this free event with two very good speakers to learn more about the importance of wildflower meadows. Visit for more information.

Emerging Talent 2016 – opportunity for young filmmakers (Y5- Y13)

Chagford Film Festival is asking for original short films of any length up to five minutes. They can be on any subject and in any genre: documentary, animation, drama, comedyor even a silent movie. It doesn’t matter if you have a movie camera or a mobile phone. It is not important if you have already made lots of films or are just a novice. Anyone can have a go. You can make the film by yourself, as part of a team , or do it as a school
project. There is an exciting panel of professional filmmakers to view entries: Sara Bennett – Visual effects supervisor for The Martian, Oscar winner for Ex Machina, Russell Maclean – Producer for the Meerkat adverts, Richard Roberts – Set decorator for Star Wars, Nick Goldsmith – Producer for Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, Annabel Alison – award-winning film writer/director
Films which are selected to be showcased will be screened in front of a live audience in festival week in Chagford (26 September to 1 October). They will also be awarded an Emerging Talent 2016 certificate.
To enter and see more information visit



OCRA Events and Activities – Getting Active In The New Year For Children & Families – Childrens, Family and Adult Activities including Multiskills, Triathalon, Fencing, Badminton, Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Stretch & Flex, Circuit Training & Sports Fitness Sessions. To find out more click here or contact them directly on 01837 54546 or or 

OCRA Triathlon Club
For all 8—16 year olds.Come and discover the variety and fun of triathlon and achieve your personal goals.
*From Saturday 16th April 9.30 – 10.30am 8-11 years,10.30-11.30am 11-16 years, running and cycling skills session £15 for 5 weeks.
*From Friday 15th April n5-6pm: swim session £15 for 5 weeks.(Must be Stage 7 or above)
Please contact OCRA on 01837 54546 or email Juliet on to book a place.

Okehampton Tennis Club is starting a brand new after school coaching course starting in April for young people aged 7-14 year olds. This is an excellent opportunity for any juniors wishing to get into a fantastic sport. Equipment is available as well as a friendly welcome form this club that has just won Devon Community Tennis Club of the Year. Using the Okehampton courts and OCRA Pavilion the sessions have  qualified coaches. For a 12 week course the cost is £36. Details on website or contact Adam ( for more information

Family Holiday AssociationThe charity that gives families a break. Emma Kelleher (Amy’s mum) is running the London Marathon in support of this charity. Please visit if you would like to donate or cheer Emma on!

For more information of what’s on in the area visit our Community Events Page ….. click here!

If you wish to advertise, please contact the school office.