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Dear Parents and Friends

It has been a fantastic Spring Term and although the weather has been somewhat chilly this last week the nights are lighter and it does feel like Spring is here with the flowers blooming and the blossom coming out on the trees within the school grounds. Hopefully, if it ever stops raining the top soil for the sports pitch will be arriving during the first week of the Easter holidays and then the playground will be skimmed also. Please will you all pray for sunshine so that when we come back to school the space will look  a little better than now!

Leadership restructuring for September 2019

As previously informed, last year Chagford, South Tawton and North Tawton Primaries Local Governing Body decided to adopt a leadership structure of an Executive Head overseeing a Head of School within each school. As there would no longer be a Headteacher role at Chagford, there followed a redundancy consultation process. As a result, I have accepted voluntary redundancy and will be leaving Chagford C E School at the end of this academic year in August.

The position of Head of School has been re-advertised and the selection process will be completed within the next month.

I have enjoyed every moment of my Headship at Chagford C E Primary School and have had the privilege of being part of some truly wonderful moments with the children. The school is in a fantastic position with our lovely new school building, a committed staffing team and a vibrant and involved parental/community body, so I know that the future is bright for Chagford and all its pupils. I remain passionate about the school, its staff and its pupils and there is still so much to achieve in the next term, so I am looking forward to continuing to work with you all to the end of this academic year.

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of taking our Tag Rugby team to the West Devon Finals at Tavistock Rugby Club to play against those primary schools who had qualified in the Okehampton and Tavistock area competitions. We had six games to play, starting with Whitchurch and then Okehampton. Both were very strong sides and we struggled to get our team flow together and lost these first matches. Despite being a little down heartened the team were fantastic in demonstrating their resilience and came back in the last four matches winning them all. We experienced ever season going with sunshine, followed by sleet, snow and rain but the team spirit between our players over came the odds and as a school we finished strongly in Bronze position. Chagford C E Primary School placed third in the whole of West Devon – what an achievement. Thank you to Grant Notten who kindly shared his rugby experience and expertise with the children on the day and for his enthusiasm and support from the side lines.

Report from, apparently amazing Henry:

On Tuesday, Chagford school took part in the west Devon rugby tournament; here’s how it went. Our first game we played was against Witchurch. We lost 6-1. Our next game was against Oke which we unfortunately lost. Then after  that we stepped up our game a lot. From then on we won all our games and it came down to the third place play offs which was against North-Tawton. We had seen them play and they looked very good.We lined up on the pitch and scored the first try of the game. We continued to score and won. We ended the tournament with bronze medals around our necks.

By the amazing Henry

Charity Fundraiser for Hospicare

Please find a message from Amy Hassell below:

I am absolutely delighted to be able to let you know that the FABULOUS children from Chagford school raised an incredible £216.10! The bake sale made £131!   Thank you to all of the children and parents who have supported Hospiscare by wearing your onesies, baking a cake or buying a cake.  George the Mouse had a super time meeting everyone!  Thank you so much.

Moans and Groans

I have had a local resident contact me yesterday to notify me of an incident which happened in Chagford of aggressive and inappropriate behaviour of one of our parents towards another road user in front of several children. May I please ask that as role models to our children, that we act in a respectful way at all times especially when on the school run in order to maintain this wonderful community and family feel around our primary school. Thank you.

Sports Kits

Can I please ask that all Netball skorts, Football kits and Rugby kits are washed and returned to the school straight after Easter break so that we can make sure they are all available for next season.

Unfortunately we have had technology issues with our printers all week and we have not been able to print our attendance certificates for the term for the celebration assembly this morning. We will take the attendance from up to this Friday and then celebrate these on the first Friday back after Easter. I do apologise. The children were made aware this morning so they understand.

I do hope that you will have a restful Easter break. Pupils return to school on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Liz Wiseman



Stars of the week

Ash Class: There will be a ‘Star of the day’ board in the Foundation Stage classroom

Beech Class:  Arnold for showing great confidence in solving subtraction word problems.  Jack for always being able to work together, learning from and supporting others.

Yew Class: Lachlan Renwick – For an incredible PowerPoint presentation on Brazil and for always trying his best in class.  Jamie Mead-Goddard – For really thinking carefully about his descriptions in our ‘Disgusting Sandwich’ recipe work!

Oak Class: Charlie – for taking on advice about his maths work and really working hard to follow it. Luca – for rising to the challenge of improving his writing

Birch Class:  Jess MC for fantastic work and effort all term and for being a great role model.  Mimi for fantastic work and effort all term and for being a great role model



Top of the leaderboard this week with a Gold star is Yew Class. Silver award to Oak Class and Bronze to Beech Class. Well done everyone.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday, 24th April – Alford Cup Cross Country – Sleekers Farm

Friday, 26th April – Weaver Cup Cross Country – Sticklepath


On 24th and 25th April and 2nd May 2019 we are only able to offer ASC until 5.00pm, this is due to staff training.
On 1st May 2019 we are NOT ABLE to provide ASC at all, due to staff training.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Summer Term Dance Club
Spaces available! Sign up by contacting Jessica Squire: text/call 07746892660 or email will cost £3.50 per week (paid in a block – contact Jess for more info).
Key Stage One 3:30-4:05pm.
Key Stage Two: 4:10-4:50pm.

Gymnastics Club – Thursday
Fun gymnastics lessons covering floor, vault and bar skills! Sessions will follow the British Gymnastics proficiency award scheme and will be led by a South West squad coach from Okehampton Gym Club. Starting Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 3.30-4.15pm.  KS2 students, maximum of 15.

Cross Country Club – Monday
Starting Monday, 29th April 2019, KS2, maximum of 25.

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PTFA Bingo on Saturday, 11th May 2019, more information to follow.

Community News

Dear Liz and team at Chagford Primary School
We would like to bring your attention to the following event in which some of your students will be performing:
Mini Music Day – Sunday 5th May 2019
Venue: The Horse, Moretonhampstead 12.30pm – 10pm.
This event for young musicians aged 18 and under has become a firm favourite in Devon’s youth music calendar and this year is sure to be another fantastic day for both musicians and audience. There will be bands, choirs, solo instrumentalists and singers with most genres of music covered from rock to classical.
The aim is to provide a stage for young musicians to perform, have some fun and get inspired by other musicians in front of a friendly and enthusiastic audience. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the day. Entry is FREE but we will be raising funds jointly for Moretonhampstead Primary School and the MS Society by various means including a raffle and collections. The schedule is almost full and is comprised of fantastic young musical talent. There will be representatives from: South Dartmoor CC, Okehampton College, Moretonhampstead, Chagford, Widecombe and Bovey Tracy Primary schools as well schools and individual acts from further afield. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram
Thanks very much
Chris and Catherine Back (event organisers)

Mid Devon Pony Club Easter Egg Hunt
Children and ponies are welcome at the Mid Devon Pony Club Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday (19th April), held at Buda, Chagford. Easter Bonnet competition. Bookings by 12th April at or email £5 per person.