School will be open Monday 4th February

The forecast for the next 24 hours is for temperatures to increase which will help to clear the snow and ice from the school site, therefore, school will be open tomorrow (Monday 4th February) as normal.

Staff will be working hard before the start of school to clear any remaining snow and ice but there may be some patches remaining. Therefore, we ask you to take care travelling to school and as you move around the site. Depending on the conditions around the school site, we may ask the children to go straight in to the classrooms rather than wait on the playground

On arrival at school, please ask your child to:

  •  stick to the cleared footpaths on the school site 
  •  walk sensibly and not run
  •  refrain from picking up and/or throwing snow and ice

Many thanks for your support.

Snow and Bad Weather

With the possibility of snow throughout the evening, overnight and in to tomorrow morning, we thought we would confirm our procedures about how we notify parents/carers as to whether the school remains open or is closed due to severe weather conditions.

Closing the school due to snow or other severe weather conditions is a very difficult decision to make. It is one that is not taken lightly and is always made in consultation with members of the Senior Leadership Team and the Local Board. Often, we are having to make decisions hours ahead of the start of the school day.

Before a decision to either close or stay open is taken, a risk assessment is conducted taking into account factors including:

  • Whether enough staff can travel safely to school to provide minimum staff:pupil ratios for each school’s cohort;
  • The state of pathways, steps and slopes around the school;
  • Condition of roads and pathways in the local area;
  • If the schools’ heating, lighting and water is working correctly;
  • Whether catering can be provided;
  • Whether Wiltshire Passenger Transport Service is operational;
  • The weather forecast (whether the conditions are improving or deteriorating).

If the decision is to close or have a later start time, we notify parents/carers as soon as possible by a ParentMail text and e-mail plus place a notice on the front page of the school website. Additionally, the local radio stations are notified. The school will also contact BBC Radio Wiltshire and Heart FM (Wiltshire)  for the message to be broadcast and placed on their respective websites.

Vacancy for School Business Manager

We have a vacancy for a School Business Manager to join our supportive team across our three schools.

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic. The successful candidate will have experience in budget management, financial plans, financial reporting and a working knowledge of payroll, human resources and ideally premises management and health & safety practices.

The role is permanent, 31.5 hours per week, ideally over 5 days but some flexibility is available. The role is term time only with an additional 3 weeks worked in school holidays.

Grade I SCP 28-31 £25,463 – £28,221 pro-rata

For further details, please contact for further details.

Applications for the position are to be made directly through eteach.

Phonics Workshop

Yesterday afternoon Mrs Taylor, Mrs Tugwell and Mrs Jenkins ran a Phonics Workshop for our Key Stage 1 parents to explain how phonics is taught and how children can be supported at home. Thank you to all the parents who attended the workshop; it was lovely to see so many of you and hope that you found the session useful.

If you were unable to attend the workshop or need a reminder about the difference between a phoneme and a grapheme (even if you are a Key Stage 2 parent), you can access the presentation by clicking below.

Phonics Workshop





Chestnut Class led a short Remembrance service at the War Memorial today to remember those who fought in all wars and especially those who lost their lives. A poem called ‘The Power of Silence’ which was written by Chestnut Class was read and was followed by a two minute silence.  The names of the fifteen servicemen from Christian Malford who lost their lives in World War I and II were also read out and a poppy wreath was placed at the memorial.Poem 2018