School News

From Mr Bullard ...

27th February 2015

Welcome back to what will be a very short Term 4.  Year 1 are out at Bristol Zoo today and in a couple of weeks Reception will be visiting Bath University and year 5 making the long but very worthwhile trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham. Dates for the rest of term on this week's newsletter or 'Our Calendar' Term 4.


 Richard Bullard

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Snowy Weather, 3rd February 2015

Wasn't it beautiful this morning with a light dusting of snow on everything?  We are not expecting to have any heavy snowfalls this week, but it will be bitterly cold, so please make sure your child wears a nice warm coat (hat and gloves may also be a good idea!).

We thought it may be an opportune time to remind you of our policy regarding extreme weather conditions:

If there has been a large snowfall overnight, a decision will be made by 8.00am if we need to remain closed - we need to ensure the roads and pathways in and around the school site are safe to use, and enough staff members are able to get in to enable us to open (many staff do not live within walking distance).

We will post a message here if we are closed, and this information will also be on the B&NES website -

It is unusual for the school to be closed due to snowfall; the main roads to school are usually well-gritted and enable staff and pupils to get here. We will only close the school in exceptional circumstances, if it is not safe for children to be on site due to very snowy/icy conditions, or if a large number of staff are unable to come in. 

If school is open we expect all children to attend as normal.


'I AM' by Class 3T

Please click here to read 3T's thought provoking poem about bullying, written during our annual anti-bullying week.


Hope 4 Harmonie Donations

We are delighted to confirm you donated an amazing £419.56 to the Hope 4 Harmonie appeal on our Mufti Day on Friday 14th November!  

This does not include all the donations made for pink ribbons as they went into a separate pot, so the true figure donated will be higher.  Thank you for your generosity, we know Harmonie-Rose’s family will be very grateful indeed. 

Mr Bullard 

Ofsted Inspection Report - Combe Down CEVC Primary is a good school

We were inspected in September 2013. We were graded good in all categories which, under the current inspection frameworks that have got tougher and tougher, is a very pleasing judgement.

Of course there are always areas in which to improve and we have taken note of the two points highlighted as we strive to do even better.

The school has come a long way in the last three years and the staff and governors have worked very hard indeed. Thank you to all the staff and governors for all their hard work and for your support as parents.

Please click here to read the full covering letter from Richard Bullard.

Please click here to read the report from the Ofsted Inspection Team.

Tallest Sunflower Competition!

Susannah N in Year 2 has grown the tallest sunflower in an English school! 

We entered the schools competition run by Sutton Seeds and our tallest sunflower grew to 315cm; we have won £160 (roughly £1 for every 2cm) for Gardening Club funds as well as some gift vouchers, bulbs and seeds. 

Well done indeed to Susannah!

Parking near school

We generally have good relations with our neighbours around the school. Parking is usually the area of friction and we have been contacted by a couple of local residents about inappropriate parking recently.

Could you please ensure that if you have to drive to school and park close by that you do not block residents drives or the narrow roads around school and, in particular, steer clear of the zig-zag markings by both entrances. Thank you for your consideration.



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