School News

From Mr Bullard ...

18 July 2014

As we reach the end of another very successful year and I reflect on all that has happened I feel incredibly proud to be Headteacher of Combe Down and to work with such fantastic children and staff.  What a year it has been! There was the early unexpected bonus of an Ofsted  inspection in the third week of September and we were pleased with our Good grading. We were also re-awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark as well as the Bristol Standard for the sixth consecutive year. Since September everyone in school has worked hard and played hard and it was great to read about everyone’s progress in their reports. When I tried to write down all the things that have happened this year and all the things the children have experienced I had to stop as the list was so long!

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Hot Lunches from September 2014

Your child should have brought home an order form and short covering note concerning hot lunches from September.

Please click here to see the updated menu for September 2014 - July 2015.

If your child is currently taking hot lunches and:

  • you would like their lunches to continue on the same day(s), you need not do anything.
  • you would like to change the day(s) your child has lunches, please complete and return the order form to the office asap.
  • you would like to cancel your child's lunches from September, please just drop a note to this effect into the office asap.

Meals will continue to be ordered in September using the existing meal pattern, unless a revised order or confirmation of cancellation is received.

If your child is currently not taking hot lunches and they would like lunches from September 2014, please complete and return the order form asap. 

Children in FS, Year 1 and Year 2 in September 2014 will be eligible to receive a free hot lunch every day, however no lunch will be ordered unless an order form has been completed and returned to the office (unless they are currently taking meals and you would like their existing pattern to continue).

Please make no payment now; I will send out a later during the first couple of weeks of Term 1 requesting the payment due (years 3-6 only).

Please contact me on 01225 840324 on a Monday or Wednesday if you have any queries concerning the above.

Karen Blakemore

Classes from September 2014

New Class

Previous Class


TA Support - Class



Mr. Antony Wainer

Mrs. Jo Stevenson



Mrs. Amanda Plummer

Mrs. Louise Fitzsimons




Miss Stef Coles

Mrs. Jayne Parkyn (FT)

AN Other (am only)



Mrs. Kat Wood




Mr. Rob Bird

AN Other (am only)

AN Other (am only)



Mr. Jonathan O’Neill




Mr. Andrew Roy

Mrs. Joan Pearce

(am only + 1 pm)



Mrs. Vanessa Tilbury




Ms Davina Lucas

AN Other (am only)



Ms Mad Paterson




Mrs. Sheena Inwood  (M, Tu, W)

Mrs. Fiona Raby  (W, Th, F)

Mrs. Alison Fews



Mrs. Francesca Biffen




Miss Caroline Walsh

Mrs. Vicky Hawkins



Mr. Alun Randell

Miss Tracy Hawes  (W, Th, F)

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

We have received the report of the Ofsted Inspection that took place last month. We have been 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.

Foxhill Development - Letter from the Governors

Foxhill Development and future primary school provision

As you will know the Curo Group has been revealed as the chosen developer for the Foxhill site. They have issued their first newsletter (Foxhill Looking Forward) which many of you will have received and they are seeking your views about priorities for the redevelopment.

Read more: Foxhill Development - Letter from the Governors

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.

Parents' Forum Communication Survey Results

Many thanks to the Parents' Forum members who surveyed parents regarding the effectiveness of school communications recently...

Read more: Parents' Forum Communication Survey Results



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