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News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Friends

Well the year has finally come to a close and it has been a busy but highly rewarding year for us all at Chagford Church of England Primary School. The children have worked extremely hard across the whole curriculum and as a result we have seen the school achieve a successful Ofsted and SIAMS inspection and our sporting achievements have enabled us to travel further afield to compete.

I have always been proud of Chagford School and the wonderful values that it holds close to its heart. Children are at the centre of all that we do; day in and day out and I know that every teacher, teaching assistant and support staff give all that they can to achieve the best possible outcomes for all the children. Most importantly Chagford School is a happy and nurturing place to learn and as I read the comments from our Year 6 pupils today about their memories of the school before they embark on their next step into College; I realise that we do provide this environment and that this is a very special place for our children.

I would like to thank all the staff for their continued enthusiasm for the children’s learning, for going the extra mile every day and for supporting me in the leadership of the school. Next year will undoubtedly be challenging with the new building on its way but such an exciting opportunity to secure the future of Chagford Church of England School in this unpredictable educational landscape.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support in the education of your children and for involving yourselves in the life of our school. It makes a huge difference to have your support and as a school community working together, we achieve great things.

Finally many thanks to our School Governors who give up their time voluntarily to support the staff in delivering the highest standards of education for all pupils. They work behind the scenes predominantly without many of you knowing, planning the strategic direction of the school through what is often a challenging and turbulent educational arena but with the children of Chagford School always at the centre of every decision taken. Thank you so much.

Our very best wishes go to all our leavers this term, staff and pupils, you have contributed greatly and will be missed. Good Luck to our Year 6 pupils in their next step into college – we will watch with interest.

Have a relaxing and rejuvenating summer holiday and I look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 5th September.

Kind regards to you all

Liz Wiseman

Head teacher 

Exciting Bell Rehanging Project Commences, Friday 26th August

Following Chagford bell ringers’ highly successful appeal, work on the rehanging of St Michael’s church bells will begin during the last full week of August, when ringers Laurence Bennie, Jon Bint & Chris Smallwood will assist one of Taylor’s bellhangers in dismantling the installation, prior to lowering the bells from their frame. The old oak frame will be totally removed, to be replaced by newly-fabricated cast iron and steel frame. The bells will be returned to Taylor’s foundry in Loughborough, where they were cast in 1914 during the outbreak of WW1. They will cleaned up and their old elm headstocks will be replaced with new metal ones. The bells should be returned with all new fittings and rehung in the new frame during January of next year. For anyone not away on holiday and wishing to witness this once-in-several-lifetimes’ event, on Friday 26 August the bells will be loaded onto a lorry in Chagford Square – is hoped that the children will able to see the bells’ return during term-time early in 2017.

Several former pupils of our School have learnt to ring here, Evan and Julia Endacott, Janet Lamacraft, John Collins and Jon Bint, Mrs Bennie’s sons, Stuart and Graham, Karen Squire (Lamacraft), Ruth Bint (Peirce), Rachel Hurdle, Joe Bint, Nat Bonfield, Finn Goodwin. Gabriel Bint has learnt to handle a bell (rope) in Gidleigh in readiness for the rehung bells and earlier this year, Finn won the Devon Association of Ringers’ Novice Competition (rounds section) at East Ogwell, near Newton Abbot. and it is hoped that with the improvements being made to our ring of bells that others will do so in the not-too-distant future.



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Local Clubs, Events & Activities 


Fun Family Triathlon 14th August

Come and make use of Chagford’s new and improved sports facilities by taking part in this fun size family triathlon, taking place in and around Chagford on Sunday 14th August. This is a fun team event suitable for all fitness levels. All you need is a team of up to four people who can each complete one of these four short events – 60 metre swim – a mile run – a two mile cycle – 1.5 mile run, ending at the Cricket Pavilion for a well deserved breakfast!

Medals for all finishers. Minimum age, school year 3. Entry is £10 per team or £12 on the day. Entry forms from or or at The Swimming Pool and Webber and Sons.

Wild Woods ‘n Willow camp at Yeo Farm, Wed 27th-29th July – There are options to do some or all of this popular camp. Full details on the web site. Please contact Linda Lemieux for more information. Wood & Rush,1a The Sq., Chagford, Devon TQ13 8AA 01647 231330

Ocra Sports & Fitness Festival 2016, 2nd -17th July – Offering children and families opportunities to try new sports and be active together. All are welcome to sample this year’s fantastic programme of over 50 different sports and activity events many of which are free. This incorporates a mixture of have-a-go sessions, competitions, special offers and challenges for children, young people and adults of all ages. This year sessions include, swimming, archery, gymnastics,trampolining, rugby,tennis, soft play, yoga, family fun run, golf, nordic walking, cycling & mountain bike, rounders, big oke abseil, walks, 10 different fitness sessions, football, hockey, bowls, thai boxing, family badminton, squash, table tennis, fencing, judo, pilates, water polo, and much more + sports, music & arts. On sunday 10th july there is the family fun run at the pavilion in the park 10.30 – 3pm.
For your fantastic free programme go to and check out info on ocra facebook.

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

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