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Jul 25, 2021

On Sunday 25th July we were informed of a positive Covid test result for a member of our school. If you have not received a letter by email from us your child is not considered a contact and therefore you do not need to take any action.

Jul 21, 2021

An end of a busy week, a busier term and arguably the busiest year! Lots to read about as we end term, so please click on the headline to read the main section of this article for news of this week and next year.

For those departing we wish you every success (please do keep in touch) and for those returning we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

We wish you all a happy and safe summer. 

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Jul 20, 2021
Latest post 0821 Friday 23rd July 

Year Six have had an amazing last week at Simonsbath. They have completed many challenges at the centre, rode mountain bikes on Exmoor, got very wet from a river scramble and spent a fantastic day in Lynmouth.

Another amazing day on the Y6 residential. The children have challenged themselves to climb to new heights and work as a team.  They played hide and seek in the woods this evening before cooling off in the stream.  The mountain biking out on Exmoor was the favourite activity today.  All have worked hard and managed the heat well.  A few bruises and insect bites but all still having a fantastic time.  Most getting a good 10 hours sleep! They are looking forward to going to Lynton and Lynmouth today.

Yesterday included a river study and walk, zip wire, archery and river scramble.  In the evening year 6 played fun games. Everyone was keen to get to bed after the hot chocolate at 8pm.  All are looking forward to today’s challenges.

A safe journey to Simonsbath and a fantastic day yesterday. All ate really well last night and had a good night sleep. A very warm day and all children are being supported with learning how to protect themselves from such weather. They are out in the river today were it will be cooler.

Jul 15, 2021

Castle building, trips to the Eden Project and a day on Lundy are part of another busy week. Please read the main body of this article to find out what has been happening in all the classes this week

With today being their last whole day in school due to them having a residential trip at Simonsbath next week, Year 6 have been saying their goodbyes. When I left them 10 minutes ago they were juggling dougnuts and Sharpie pens whilst trying to eat them  and write on one another's shirts! The weather looks perfect for them next week and we all wish them well next weeks and for their new adventures at secondary school.

Please be aware that whilst the Government plans to remove many Covid protective measures on Monday our arrangements will remain in place next week.

A new relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education curriculum is now in place and a new policy is available for your viewing. Please contact us is you have any questions regarding this.

We wish you all a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Jul 7, 2021

Congratulations to Indian House for winning sports day. It was a very, very close competition and the children participated in good spirit and provided immense support to one another.

Now that the country is moving towards an easing of Covid restrictions the Department for Education has published information for parents of children in schools.  We have also written a letter to all parents and sent this out to you by email earlier this week. The current school organisation and protective measures will stay in place until the end of this term.

Wakeboarding, gong farming, castle buiding, Tarka Trail hiking, algorithms, online safety training and making birdboxes (plus lots of reading, writing and maths) have all been part of a 'normal' week. Please read the main section of the article to find out more of what has been happening in and around the classes this week.

School start time is as per normal on Monday and we look forward to a competitive match played in good spirit on Sunday and wish you the outcome you desire, wherever your loyalties and allegiances lie!

Have a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff 

Jul 2, 2021

Three weeks to go and the end of another academic year will come to a close. This second half term has raced along and we are busy continuing the learning whilst preparing the pupils for their next steps.

This morning the chidlren remaining here spent time with their new teacher and the children in Year 6 continued with secondary transition activites. For more information on what has been going on the classes please read the main section of this article.

The children have participated in their bubble sports days now and all scores are in. The winning house will be announced next week. Thank you again for supportng the children with wearing their house colours.

We wish you all a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Jun 24, 2021

Sadly, we aren't able to have parents attend sports day but that didn't dampen the enthusiam of the children as they participated in numerous races and activities.  Once all classes have completed their races and events next week we will be in a position to add up all the scores to see which house has won. Thank you for support with providing house colour clothing.

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

Have a lovely weekend from

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Jun 18, 2021

Our children have been out exploring this week, including some very interesting collaborative work with Appledore Library regarding local heritage. They have also continued with outdoor learning as this aspect of our curriculum just grows and grows. So much so we are going to Crowd Fund soon to ensure it is sustainable, so please keep your eyes peeled for that and spread the word when it starts!

A primary school has reported an incident where a parent has received a scam phone call from an unrecognised number requesting payment for an Anti-Bullying book. Devon IT Services will be looking into this and in the meantime we ask you to remain vigilant to any unusual calls to them that appear to be made on behalf of their children’s school requesting a payment.  If you receive any calls of this nature, please terminate the call and call us on 01237 474365

Congratualtions to Jack for being awared the Bridge Trust Citizenship Award. Now that is impressive!  

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Jun 11, 2021

For once, we had good weather during a half term AND a bank holiday and it has continued now we are all back. This has enabled outdoor learning to recommence on our first day back and there is much planting going on around the site by the children. Competition is fierce for who can plant the sunflower that grows the tallest!

Please read on to find out about sports day, class teachers next year, Royal Marine Cadets and what has been going on in and round the school.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

May 28, 2021

During every holiday school is required to be aware of any positive Covid cases of pupils. If your child receives a positive test please email and with a telephone number you can be contacted on.

As half term approaches, please continue to be vigilant of your child's online activities to ensure they remain safe. Click here for some recent eSaftey guidance.

Please be aware their are two non-pupil days after half term and all pupils return to school on Wednesday 2nd June.

Wishing you all a great (and dry!) half term from

Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

May 24, 2021

New club open to children in Dolphins (reception) to Year 6

We are hoping to open an afterschool gardening club to continue elements of outdoor learning the children have been experiencing during the school day. We've got a large polytunnel on site and now we need it operational!  Any potential profits from this club will be reinvested in the school's outdoor learning for the benefit of the children.

For more information, please click here and for more information please email


May 21, 2021

A fun, albeit wet, week in school. Please do read the main body of this article to discover  what has been going on in the classes, because as always everyone has been very busy!

Well done Lottie for wiinning a very worthwhile competition to design a wooden belly board for a scheme with Plastic Free Torridge. The board will be rented out in Westward Ho! over the summer to reduce the use of polystyrene boards. Very proud parents Lottie, so well done you!

PETROC are holidng a range of webinars for adults 19+ years  focusing on starting careers in specific areas; education, salon serviceshealthcare and construction.

Best wishes for the weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff 

May 12, 2021

Despite the weather this wek has involved lots of outdoor learning and it has been a pleasure to hear the children thoroughly enjoying themselves. Please read on to find ou what has been going on in each class.

Wishing you all a super weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

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




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