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May 7, 2021

Once again, a full on week in school with much going on. Please do readthe main section of this article to find out what has been going on in and around the classes.

Bideford Youth Centre is now open and running a session for Year 6 and Year 7 children on Wednesdays 3.30-5.30pm. For more information please click here

Please can you ensure correct school uniform is worn now that non-essential shops have reopened.Trainers,leggings and bright socks are not school uniform and shoulder length hair on girls and boys is to be tied back. For full information on all uniform requirement please visit

Wishing you all a very enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes from 

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff 

Apr 30, 2021

 A poignant week for us all with the arrival of the Year 6 leavers hoodies as it encourages reflection on their time here, which for a number has been 8 years!  This week they discussed the proverb 'slow and steady wins the race' and we can only hope that such an approach to the government easing of COVID restrictions over the coming months means they can fully remain in school and enjoy their last term together before they depart to various secondary schools. So far, and credit must be extended to all of you due to your support of the precautions introduced in our community, we have seen very few positive cases in our school community and thank you.  Please continue with the precautions as we enter a summer with renewed optimisim.

Once again, so much has been happening in and around the classrooms so please do read on to find out more.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe bank holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday.

Best wishes from

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Apr 22, 2021

Welcome back everyboy and we hope you had an enjoyable Easter break.  Once again the children have bounced back in to school full of energy and ethusiasm.

A very busy week, so please do read on to find out what has been happening in and around the classes.

Please ensure that the children wear appropriate footwear, notably school shoes (not trainers or canvas shoes) and dark socks. More information on the correct uniform is on our website. 

We are a school that hosts trainee teaching students for Devon Primary SCITT, an 'Outstanding' teaching training programme. They have asked us to share an advert for a Business Manager position they are advertising, so please click here for more information.

All Devon primary schools have been contacted by Devon County Council regarding a recent “playground craze” toy consisting of very small, powerful round magnets. They are brightly coloured, look like sweets, are traded on the playground and easily hidden.  If your child has some of these, please ensure they are not brought in to school and that you are aware of the dangers we have been informed of in that they have caused severe injuries to children when swallowed, deliberately, or more commonly accidentally, when doing tricks that involve putting some of them in the mouth with more on the outside of the cheek.

We suggest you raise awareness for children and parents of the dangers of putting these balls in the mouth and you may want to control how these are coming into school.

Best wishes for an enjoyable weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Apr 1, 2021

Happy Easter everyone and what a wonderful day it has been in school. Today has included presenting our Values Cup to a truly inspirational child, sowing seeds in our polytunnel and the planting of our new orchard and many plants in our planters and beds. So not much on the last day of term.

We say a fond farewell to Mrs Smale and thank her for all she has done for the school.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 19th April.

Best wishes from 

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Mar 24, 2021

Hi everybody and we hope you are all well. Another busy week of outdoor learning and learning about Marie Curie and explorers, asking questions such as  'Do you have to be successful at everything?' and 'Why did people think the World was flat?' and being involved in the redisgning of our outdoor space.  So please do read Around the Classes in this report to find out more. 

Next week is the last week before we break for Easter and the last day of this busy term is Thursday 1st April and we return to school on Monday 19th.

Next week we say goodbye to Mrs Smale. Mrs Smale is retiring at the end of this term after 18 years here at Appledore School. Mrs Smale's contribution to the school has been huge and her leadership of all things musical at school has been incredible. She will be sorely missed by us all and we wish her all the very best.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Best wishes from 

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Mar 19, 2021

Sorry all you Argyle fans (Mrs Bannister included), but it was a sea of red at school today to mark Comic Relief! Thank you for your contrubutions.

Parent Meetings for Years 1-6 will be held during the last two weeks of this term and again will be virtual. They will either be online or by telephone and notification to book a time slot on Teachers2Parents has been sent to you by text and email. If you are experiencing any difficulty with booking, please contact

Citizen's Advice Devon have asked us to make our families aware of the availability of Covid Winter Fuel Vouchers to help with utility bill. For more information please click here 

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes from 

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Mar 12, 2021

It's great to wlecome all the children back, finally, and they have settled so well. Thank you for preparing them so well. Lots has been happening this week, so pleas eread on to find out what has been happening in and around the classes.

Did remote learning put you off teaching or did it inspire you? If it was the latter, please click here for a link explaining one possible route into primary teaching.

Comic Relief is next Friday (19th) and for a small donation children can wear red on the day.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff.

Mar 5, 2021

We look forward to receiving all children back on Monday 8th March.  For the details fore full reopening, please click here and to find out what has been going on in and around the classes please read on...

Best wishes from

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff.

Mar 3, 2021

We are very pleased to be welcoming all children back to school on Monday 8th March. Please click here for the details on the full reopening of school.

As from Monday 8th March remote learning will only be available to pupils required to self-isolate due to being infected with COVID-19 or having been in contact with a positive case of COVID-19. 

For our remote learning policy (ie the what,how, when, where & who) click here and for Google Classroom user guides, including how to access via Google Classroom via a games console, click hereIf you experience problems using Google Classroom that can't be solved by following the guides, please contact you teacher through the Google Classroom or contact school direct.

COVID-19 testing kits are available for all adults in households and support bubbles that have children at school or in college. To find out how to get testing kits please click here.

Feb 26, 2021

As hoped, we were given the news that school will reopen for all pupils on Monday 8th March.  Presently, there has been very little updated guidance from the Department of Education on how this will look so at this stage we must presume it will resemble how we planned to open in January after the Christmas break before we went into lockdown again.

We will confirm full reopening details next week when we are in a position to do so. At this stage we will continue to operate staggered starts for year groups.

The one change that is clear this time is that attendance returns to being compulsory for all but a very few pupils, the exception being those who have recently received a letter confirming they are clinically extremely vulnerable and those following existing isolating requirements based on contact.

Please read on to find out about World Book Day arrangements, a Food Bank appeal and what has been going on in and around the classes...

Wishing you a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff



Feb 12, 2021

It's now halfway through the academic year and how time has flown!  Don't forget next week is half term and school starts again, here or online, on Monday 22nd February.

Please click here for a letter sent out to parents and guardians today with information on expected guidance on the future of schools from 8th March onwards, SATs and other tests and the need for us to continue track and trace this weekend.

If anyone has any experience or expertise in online crowd funding, please could you contact me on so I can pick your brains?  With COVID putting a stop to our usual fund raising (eg Summer and Christmas fairs) for the 'extras' a new approach is required.

Please read on to find out what has been happening in and around the classes, here and online.

Have a lovely half term

Best wishes from

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff 

Feb 3, 2021

Well done this week everybody. Don't forget next week is the last week before the half term break. Please read on to find out was has been going on in the classes in school and at home...

Jan 29, 2021

The end of another busy week in school and at home for us all. Well done everybody: children, parents and staff.

The #DevonVirtualGames has an exciting opportunity for all the family to get involved in a skipping challenge. If you don’t have a skipping rope at home, don’t worry we want to offer you an incentive to join the challenge. Click on the link below to receive a maximum of 2 free skipping ropes per family delivered direct to your door Skipping Challenge Rope Incentive Form. There will be a choice of a Gold, Silver or Bronze challenge that consist of different elements like Single Bounce, Double Bounce, Run, Slalom skip and Speed Skipping to complete in sequence. If you are not sure what these are, head over to #DevonVirtualGames Skipping Tutorials with Dan the skipping man. He makes it simple and super easy to follow.  The challenge opens on Monday 1st February when you will then receive an email with the full challenge details and how to record your results on our quick and easy survey monkey link. Please join the conversations here on our Devon School Games Facebook group

Please remain vigilant to potential scams relating to the current difficult Covid situation and to refrain from sharing personal or bank details if there is any doubt.  One scam doing the involves parents being contacted and sked to provide details to be eligible for free school meals. Please only liaise with your school about such matters.

Please read on to find out what has been going on in and around the classes.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

From Mr Cooper and all the children and staff


Jan 20, 2021

We enter the weekend with another week under our belt as we continue to adapt to our new 'normal'. A big well done to all of you in school and at home with your engagement of learning (and I certainly include all the adults at home!). 

This week we say goodbye and a huge thank you to Ms Hodge, our Learning Mentor, who leaves us with our very best wishes after ten years of supporting all of us. Mrs Phillips will be our new Learning Mentor and she has been working alongside Ms Hodge to ensure a smooth transition.

This week school received delivery of COVID-19 testing kits for staff for twice weekly testing. Staff will self-test on a Sunday morning and a Wednesday evening. On these days please be extra vigilant for texts or emails from us because we may need to inform you of changes to school organisation for the following day should a staff test record a positive result. If you have changed your phone number or email address recently, please inform school by email on

Please read on to find out what has been going on around the classes. And to add to a safe and successful week, my week has just been capped by a child telling me, 'I've had an amazing week'. Small things like that make it all so worthwhile.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend with your children.

Best wishes

From Jeremy Cooper and all the childlren and staff

Jan 15, 2021

A busy week of in-school and remote learning for our pupils and staff and thank you for your enagagement. Please read on to find out more about: remote learning; the free school meals for our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children; what has been happening in and around the classes; the '3i's' and the cancellation of nationally set tests for your children.




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