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News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Friends

We have had lovely weather this week and the children have been thoroughly enjoying the sunshine. Please can I remind you that it is very important that the children stay hydrated during this warm weather. They do have access to water via the water fountain however if they could please bring in a named water bottle from home this would make this process much easier. Also, with the sun hotting up rapidly please ensure that children have a named bottle of suntan lotion in school.

As many of you will be aware, next week is the Statutory Assessment Tests for Year 6. These will be happening every morning apart from Friday in the school hall and in certain rooms around the school. We have asked the other pupils to be considerate when moving around the school in order that our Year 6 pupils have the best opportunity to focus. Lunch box trolleys will be outside the hall so that disturbances will be minimal during the morning. As a school we will be making this as calm an experience as possible for our children and we would appreciate your cooperation when visiting the school during the week. Thank you for your consideration.

Moans and Groans
I have had two adults come to speak to me this morning very worried about the safety of our pupils when coming to school on scooters. This morning some of our children were travelling unsupervised down the road at quite a speed, swerving across in front of moving cars. This is a very busy road and is particularly chaotic at drop-off and pick-up time, with parents parking and larger vans and lorries on delivery journeys. It is therefore even more important that children are either well supervised or conduct themselves safely by sticking to the pavement at all times. I am very concerned that one of our pupils may be seriously injured if road safety and the awareness of other road users are not taken seriously. As a school we can talk about this aspect of road safety, however if a child is on their way to school from home, it is vital that this message is reinforced by parents as well. Please ensure that this conversation happens with your children before something serious happens!

On Friday we had to say a sad goodbye to Beth Dooley, who for personal reasons had to leave her role at the school. We would like to say that we have very much enjoyed having her on the team and wish her well in the future. Jacqui Baker has unfortunately been very unwell over Easter and since the start of term and as many of you are aware has not been in school for the last two weeks. She will hopefully be back next week on Tuesday. Thank you for being so patient in terms of Thrive provision over this period and we will endeavour to get things back on track once Jacqui Baker is back in school.

Enjoy your weekend,

Liz Wiseman

Head teacher 

Stars of the Week innocent innocent

Big Robins: Enya and Gigi both for thinking about and sharing their ideas regarding road safety and their willingness to help clear up the desert load of sand the boys managed to get on the floor!!

Kestrel 1: Theo – For a consistently good effort and for making the most of his time.
Lily – For her confident approach and enjoyment of school.

Kestrel 2: Harly – For trying really hard with his writing and including speech marks, adjectives and conjunctions. A good positive attitude.
Logan – For showing great determination in cricket and working on his skills after the lesson at break time.

Goldfinch: Brendan – For his improved work ethic across all subjects and really thinking about improving his writing
Marshall – For fantastic work and effort in all that he does, brilliant contribution in team building activities.

Kingfishers: Ruth – For thinking carefully about how her character may change over time in story writing. 
Trilby – For pushing herself further and trying really hard in maths.

Swifts: David – For his gentle and patient manner with the people he has been working with.
Kit – Generally good work in his Literacy recently and writing a lovely set of instructions for our DT project.

Housemartins: No Stars this week due to Miss Philpott being unwell.


Kingfishers have been bumped from the top spot by Kestrel 2 who got 100% attendance this week. Kingfishers will have to make do with a very respectable 99.07% second place this week! 


Key Stage 2 SATS – Next Week – Changes to Routines

Collective Worship:

Monday – 10.45am
Tuesday – KS2 in Kingfisher classroom
Wednesday & Thursday – As usual

Music lessons next week:
Peripatetic music teachers may have informed you that there will be no lessons next week in order to facilitate a quiet environment for the tests! We have decided that they can go ahead if the teacher is able so please look out for notification from your music teachers as to whether this is the case, or perhaps come prepared just in case lessons are taking place after all

Chagford Primary School Baby Group, Thursdays 9-10am – The timing has changed slightly and will hopefully fit well with the needs of little people! Come along and spend some time with other parents and babies. Please call the school office on 01647 432412 if you have any questions.

Little Big Questions – Every Wednesday from 12:15-12:35 in the ASC room, for anyone in KS2 – Your children can take the opportunity to add their questions or existential thoughts to the new box which has a prominant position in the school office!


Further to Liz’s plea in last weeks newsletter, our vital AGM will be held on 25 May, 7.30pm, in the pub! All of the major posts will be up for election. Without getting these key people into place at the AGM (so that they are fully briefed before the current team disappear), then the PTFA will have to close next year. That in turn means no subsidised school trips, no Christmas or Summer Fairs, no money for sports or IT kit and crucially, no team to fundraise for all the extras that our new school will need. So please, please consider stepping up (on your own or with a friend or two), to lend your support to a new PTFA committee. As always, feel free to ask me any questions, or have a chat about any of the roles.

Beach bags!
It’s sunny, you’re all off to the pool, your kids need endless amounts of changes of clothes, snacks and suncream , and you’ve nothing big enough to carry it all in?! What you need is one of our fantastically roomy, waterproof and totally cute school bags! They’re a great fundraiser for the school and a really useful bit of kit. Available from the school office or from Blacks Deli: £5.50 each or three for £15 (they make really good presents).
Facebook & blog links from the school website

Important Reminders & Information

Menu – WEEK B 


Dates for Next Week

Monday  9th May

 KS2 SATs week, Mon-Thursday

 Collective Worship at 10.45am

Tuesday   10th May


Wednesday   11th May  
Thursday  12th May

 Kingfishers Lead Collective Worship, 9-9.30am


Friday  13th May  U11 Dartmoor Cup – Round 1 at Chagford
Saturday  14th May  
Sunday  15th May  

Dates for forthcoming Collective Worships are:
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

Chagford Swimming Pool Opening Soon!

Its that time of year again and Chagford Pool is getting ready for a new season of swimming in its lovely fresh waters! As you know this year we have installed heating with the aid of funding from Sport England and the pool will be in the early twenties. We have also recently installed hot showers with the aid of Dartmoor Communities and Chagford Show Funding. To celebrate we are having a special opening BBQ this year. There will be FREE Swimming for all and free hot chocolate for all swimmers. We are inviting the whole community to come and unveil our Sport England plaque too.

We are also holding a taster week at Chagford Pool from Saturday the 28th of May up to and including Friday the 3rd of June. In this week all children year 3 and below (9 and under) will be able to Swim for Free. Giving families the chance to try a membership at the pool for one week, and encouraging more children to use the swimming pool to learn to swim.

Two Events to Celebrate 10 Years of On The Edge Youth Work Project – Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers Friday 17th June and Quiz Afternoon and Hog Roast, Saturday 18th June

Tickets for the two events on Friday 17th June and Saturday 18th June are now available from Sally’s and The Mess in Chagford OR by contacting Wez Cutler directly.

Friday ticket numbers available for Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers: 128 Adults, 72 Under 18s
Saturday ticket numbers available for the Quiz Afternoon (inc hog roast and live entertainment): 80 Adults, 40 Under 18s

This whole weekend is to celebrate 10 years of On The Edge Youth Work Project! We are limited by numbers for the Jubilee Hall, so once the tickets are gone, they’re gone. All under 18s are FREE, but will require a FREE ticket to get in. If you child is involved in one or both of these events, they will NOT require a ticket.Look forward to seeing you there!

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

Upcoming Events




OCRA Events and Activities – The Okehampton Run in the Park keeps growing every month with more adults , families and children coming along every time to enjoy being active and come together socially. The 2.5 and 5km options give people different levels of challenge. Children under 11 have to be accompanied by an adult. There is  a small charge of £1 for adults and we make no charge for children.
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

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.