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Oct 7, 2022

Our harvest festivals have begun and a super start from KS2 at Skilfully directed by Miss Carr. Scarecrow stole the show!  Please read on for harvest celebration with other classes. Other highlights this week include visits from recognised children’s authors entertaining the children.

Parent Evenings are being scheduled for children in years 1-6 over various days before half term. Please keep an eye out for communication from us with information on when and how to book.

Safeguarding – please be aware of a seemingly child friendly online game called Huggy Wuggy that involves a seemingly friendly hairy blue character. Please be aware that this game can quickly take a sinister turn and frighten children and creep into playground games, particularly children aged 4-7 years. For more information please click here and continue to discuss with your children what they are accessing online.

We wish you all wonderful weekend and please do click ‘more’ for much more information relevant to you.

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Sep 30, 2022

Such a lovely week, ending with Year 2 excitedly telling me today all they learnt about bees from their trip out yesterday!

Lots of information about forthcoming events and dates for the diary, including the return of our Halloween Disco and our harvest festivals, so please do click ‘more’ to find out all about these events and other.

Wishing you all a super weekend.

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Sep 21, 2022

Getting back into the swing of school routines following one residential trip and preparation for another pending residential have occupied the minds of our older pupils this week, but there has been no rest for them! A beach clean this week go them all out and about again!

This and much more has been going on around and about school, so please do read on to find out what all the classes have been up to and for other information, including dates, important to you. If you are accessing this from our website homepage, please click on ‘more’ at the end of this post to view all the information..

The past two weeks have seen all staff participate in their annual safeguarding training to refresh their knowledge and understanding and every two weeks staff receive training on a specific aspect of safeguarding. Please keep an eye on this weekly newsletter for resources to support you, such as online safety. To ensure children are safeguarded on school premises so a reminder please to not use your mobile school on school premises

Wishing you all a lovely weekend

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Sep 16, 2022

Lots of important information on the newsletter this week, including dates for harvest festival and sports day, safeguarding information, secondary school open days and evenings amongst other things. Please get into the habit of reading it each week and remember to click on the ‘more’ tab for all the information. Please be aware that this is the main source of information for you relating to events and requirements related to your children.

A reminder that school is not open on Monday.

We wish you all a peaceful weekend

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Sep 12, 2022

Appledore School is saddened by the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II and our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and those close to Queen Elizabeth. We pause to think and reflect on the remarkable life of service and duty, conducted with dignity, loyalty and grace, of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. The school will be closed on Monday 19th September due to her state funeral and the subsequent bank holiday.

Sep 9, 2022

Welcome back everybody and a warm welcome to all our new children, families and staff. It has been a very enjoyable week back and the children have returned with their typically tremendous enthusiasm and zest for everything available to them. It’s lovely to have them all back and we all look forward to the year ahead.

Today we paused to think and reflect on the remarkable life of service and duty, conducted with dignity, loyalty and grace, of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The country has now entered a period of national mourning that will continue until the end of the Sate Funeral. School remains open during this time and when we hear from the Department for Education what the the plans are for schools on the day of the State Funeral we will let you know.

Every Friday we post our weekly newsletter on our school website. Please take time to read it because it includes information important to your child and also a summary of what has happened in each class over the course of the week. Please click on the ‘more’ text link to access the full article.

We wish you a peaceful weekend and look forward to welcoming you back next week

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Jul 22, 2022

And so we reach the end of our first full year back since the challenges of Covid. Despite having more Covid in the school this year than the previous two years combined, everyone in the school community pulled together to ensure normality returned for the children and they have responded with such resilience. Thank you for your patience support.

With guidance from their you and their teachers and their support of each other the children have taken great strides in their personal and academic progress. Despite the disruption of the previous two years the cohorts have outperformed national averages in every government set test and in most cases even outperformed pre Covid national averages. Well done everybody – a very, very impressive showing!

The last day of term is always one of mixed emotions. There is sadness as we say goodbye to our Year 6 (some have been here 8 years or so!) and staff leaving, but also excitement for the challenges that await them. All our leavers have contributed immensely to the school. Our year six children leave for a variety of secondary schools, some children in other years are transferring to new schools and Mrs Rushworth and Miss Goodman are joining new schools for new challenges. Emily in FSU leaves to begin her maternity leave and Miss Gray will return in September as Mrs Wilkins – just imagine the confusion that caused our current Dolphins when they met her in preparation for next year!  And of course Annemarie, who will reduce her hours further from September as she and we plan for final retirement date as yet undecided but we will let you know when it nears.  We wish all our leavers the very best of luck with thanks and look forward to welcoming all of our new starters in September.

Please click on ‘more’ to find out what has and is happening in and around the classes this week.

Have a lovely summer and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 6th September.

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Jul 15, 2022

A super end to the week with sports day today. Thank you for your support today and thank you to all the staff and children (particularly year 6) who made today run so smoothly. The points from today will be added to the house point totals for the term and the house that wins our House Cup will be announced next week.  There are a number of unclaimed tombola prizes in the office for white ticket 47 and yellow tickets 29, 88, 95, 259, 358, 361, 475, 487, 499, 543, 588 893,943. Decent prizes too!

Please note that due to rising running costs nursery fees and AOOSC and other after school clubs prices will increase in September.  We have kept the increases to a minimum and for more information please click here.

Thank you to Appledore Baptist Church for welcoming us all today for the last Open the Book of the year and thank you Year 6 for some super acting.

Appledore Library Summer Reading Challenge Events:

Sat 23rd July 10-11.30am – Sciencedipity – £6/child BOOKING ESSESNTIAL
Thu 4th Aug 10-11.30am – Storytelling & Bridgebuilding – FREE DROP IN
Thu 18th Lego Sense 1-2pm – £4/child BOOKING ESSESNTIAL
Throughout the summer holidays there will be free picture treasure hunts inside the library and around the village shops with a prize draw of £10 book tokens for 2 winners.  For more information please click here.

Have a lovely weekend

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Jul 8, 2022

Such a busy week that has included trips to Lundy, The Wake Park, Rosemoor and St Margaret’s for a football match.  Please read on to find out more.

Don’t forget it’s sports day on Friday 15th July and the details are available by clicking here.  We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

In addition to our afterschool club (AOOSC) we will continue to offer after school art club and we are very pleased to inform you of the return of our popular afterschool eco rangers club in September. The eco rangers club provides the children with fun outdoor opportunities. Art will be on a Monday and Wednesday and eco rangers on a Tuesday and Thursday. Information on how to book places will sent out before the end of term.

On 24th July The Rotary Club of Bideford is organising the Bideford Water Festival. The theme this year is PIRATES and they want to get as many children as possible involved in the fancy dress competition. The parade will begin at 1.10pm outside the Harbour Master’s Office. For more information please click here.

There is a meeting on Thursday 21st July at 7pm at Appledore library to elect the committee for the PTA. Everyone welcome. Please click here for more info.

Have a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Jul 1, 2022

Another busy week that included the children meeting their new teachers for next year and more transition days and activities for Year 6 as they prepare for secondary school.  An understandable blend of excitement and apprehension as all children prepare for their next stage.  School reports will be available in your child’s Google Classroom for Years 1-6 and in book bags for Turtles and Dolphins during the week commencing 4th July. If there is anything in the report you would like to discuss with their class teacher there will be bookable appointments the following week. More information to follow next week.

Success on the rugby field for pupils from year 2 at a local tag rugby tournament with one of our teams winning first spot.

At Appledore Village Hall on 1st August, 2,30pm-3.30pm there is a summer science workshop for primary aged children. For more information, please click here.

Please don’t forget it’s sports day on 15th July. Again, weather permitting!  Please see earlier articles for details.

We wish you all a happy weekend
From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff


Jun 24, 2022

It was such a shame we were’t able to have sports day today and apologies for inconvenience caused. We have rearranged for Friday 15th July. Please click here for the details for the day. are running summer holiday activities 9am-4pm at St George’s School, Northam. Places are limited, so pleas contact them via the email asap if you are interested.

For details of free summer holiday activities and meals for pupils eligible for benefit-related free school meals please click here.  Bideford college are also running activities over the summer.  The sessions are free for children on free school meals, in care or seen as vulnerable (please click here)  and also there are paid places for other children (please click here). Please note Bideford College only have 30 places available on this course, it first come first serve basis.

Wishing you all a great weekend

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Jun 22, 2022

Sports Day Arrangements 2022

We are looking forward to Sports Day on Friday 1th July. These are plans for the day and please be aware changes may be required before the day or during the day in response to unforeseen circumstances.

School will open at the normal time and parents can take their places on the field once their child has gone into their classroom.

9.30am -11.30am: races for children in Years 1-6 will take place and parents and carers of children in these year groups are very welcome to attend. Please sit behind the roped off area. After these races all children will then go back to class for a short period of time.

12pm-1pm Parents and carers are invited to stay to picnic with their children from reception and years 1-6 on the field.  Children in years 1&2 can be collected from the bottom playground, children in Reception from the Foundation Stage Unit and children in years 3-6 will come out to meet their parents.

Please stay on the field and do not enter the wooded area.

Children in Reception and years 1&2 that do not have parents attending will eat a school dinner in the hall as per usual.  Children in years 3-6 who do not have parents attending will eat their packed lunch on the playground.

12.45pm: the children are called back to class for the register to register

1.15pm the activities for all children from Reception to year 6 will start. Children will be placed into house teams and will take part in a number of different activities. You are welcome to move around with your child’s team and support them in their activities.

Please can children in years 1-6 come to school wearing their PE kit. If possible they can wear a t-shirt in the colour of their house instead of their usual white PE shirt. Children in Reception to wear a house colour t-shirt if possible (please see notice board outside FSU for which house/colour) and trainers. Children will also need sun hats, sun cream applied and a named water bottle.

When the afternoon activities have finished (no later than 2.30pm) all children will return to their classroom and parents and carers can collect them soon after to take home.  Those in Rock Steady will congregate on the top playground where a member of staff will organise them. Parents of children performing in the Rock Steady concert can go to the hall. 

We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible tomorrow.

Jun 17, 2022

Don’t forget it’s sports day next Friday (24th June). Please click here for information about the day and please be aware that changes to the arrangements sometimes have to be made, including last minute postponement due to weather, and we ask for your understanding with this. Hopefully all will go to plan and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

A few changes at the end of this term when we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Rushworth and Miss Goodman who both move on to new challenges in new schools. Those schools are lucky to have them and we wish them every success and thank them for everything they have done here at Appledore School. Mrs McMorine will continue to be Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Bannister has been promoted to Assistant Headteacher and both will retain responsibility for a class in addition to their leadership and management responsibilities. Next year, the class teachers will be as follows: Ms Olliffe in nursery; Mrs bannister in reception; Miss Gray in year 1; Mrs Stanbury and Mrs Stephens in year 2; Ms Wetz in year 3; Miss Ellis in year 4; Mrs McMorine in year 5 and Mrs Mitchell in year 6.  The children going into years 1-6 in September will get the chance to meet their teacher on Thursday 30th June and additional transition arrangements will be made as required.

Torridge District Council is bidding for funding from the government’s Levelling Up Fund to regenerate Middle Dock in Appledore into a proposed Appledore Clean Maritime Innovation Centre. For information about this proposal please click here.

We wish you all a super weekend

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Jun 10, 2022
Welcome back everybody and we hope you  had a lovely half term and enjoyed all the jubilee celebrations. Quite a sporty feel to today’s newsletter.
Sports Day is fast approaching (Friday 24th June and fingers crossed for the weather) and information about the day is available here.  Please do read this information, because the day requires quite a lot of organisation to ensure all children, parents and staff are in the right place at the right time and safely! We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible on site for what feels a very long time.
A reminder that after their free tennis tasters this week children in Reception and Years 1 – 3 are invited to attend the SUPER FREE TENNIS WEEKEND at Atlantic Racquet Centre. The centre is open all weekend
for families to try tennis for FREE and take advantage of some great offers on beginner tennis courses during the summer. For more info visit


On a further sporting note, please click here to find out information for a Summer Fair organised by Barnstaple Falcons Gymnastics Club on Saturday 2nd July, 11am-4pm.

We wish you all a super weekend

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May 25, 2022

NEWSFLASH! House Cross Country results are in…Atlantic (green) 163, Indian (yellow) 165, Arctic (blue) 168 and Pacific (red) 193. Congratulations to Pacific House!

Such a lovely end of the half term this week and today! Earlier in the week we had over 60 children rock pooling on the beach and a visit from Northam Mayor, to present the children with their jubilee medals, and today has included: a coronation in our Foundation Stage Unit; presenting the our Values Cup to a very Positive member of our year 1 class in front of his mum; cricket coaching on the school field and our house cross country competition in the afternoon – we can’t underestimate the impact of the return of many of the important aspects of school life we previously took for granted. And all with the sun out too!

On Wednesday 8th June 2022 the team from Atlantic Racquet Centre will be in school to share digital tennis assembly and fun tennis taster session for all children in Reception & Years 1 – 3. They’re here to promote their SUPER FREE TENNIS WEEKEND on Sat 11th and Sun 12th June. The centre is open all weekend for families to try tennis for FREE and take advantage of some great offers on beginner tennis courses during the summer. For more info visit

We wish you all a super half term break and look forward to welcoming you all back on Wednesday 8th June.

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