School News

Tallest Sunflower Competition!

Susannah Norris 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!

From Mr Bullard ...

26th September 2014

We are now really getting into the new academic year and this week saw the start of our after school and lunchtime clubs. Our first visits to enrich the children’s learning in their topics have also taken place this week with Year 2 paying their annual visit to Farleigh Hungerford Castle (there were some fantastic knights, princesses and dragons seen boarding the bus yesterday!) whilst today Year 4 have been down to the Roman Baths and Year 6 have visited Stourhead.

Read more: From Mr Bullard ...

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

There are two confirmed cases of 'slapped cheek' in school, in years 1 and 4.

Search for ‘slapped cheek’ on Google to open the NHS Choices page which explains the symptoms and complications.

If you or someone in your family have been in close contact with someone who goes on to develop Slapped Cheek syndrome, and are pregnant, or have a suppressed immune system, please ensure you are aware of the symptoms and contact your GP for advice.

Once a child develops the rash they are no longer contagious and can be in school.

Please contact your Doctors surgery or Pharmacist if you have any queries.

Secondary Transfer and Open Days/Evenings

Don’t forget that the closing date to get your application in to the
Admissions and Transport Team is midnight on Friday 31st October. 

Read more: Secondary Transfer and Open Days/Evenings

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)

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

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.



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