We are expecting to be open as usual on Monday 19th March
Barring further heavy snow overnight, we are planning to open as usual on Monday morning. Children will be asked to take extra care on the paths where necessary.
Year 4 will be leaving for camp as planned from the top entrance to school on Manor Road.
For information about how the decision is taken whether to close the school because of severe weather, please see our office notices page.
Saltford School takes a stand against racism and inequality
We were pleased to welcome Alessia and Tamana from SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) to KS2 on 15th March. They took an assembly about racism and racist bullying and led some workshops exploring these issues in greater detail with our Y6 classes. Please take a look at their interesting assembly presentation here.
The children engaged with the issues in a very mature and thoughtful way and some very interesting discussions followed the assembly back in classes.
The children were reminded that it's very important to let someone know if they experience or witness any incidents of racism or racist bullying and that these would be taken very seriously by our school and would be investigated by Mrs. Sage.
SARI is a specialist organisation contracted by B&NES to deliver proactive education interventions in co-operation with schools.
Saltford School's digital leaders help out at the Computer Café
Our "amazing and knowledgeable" digital leaders went to put their digital skills to good use at the Computer Café session that took place at Saltford Hall on 12th March.
The photos speak for themselves; the customers at the Computer Café were delighted with some help from the younger members of the community and the children really enjoyed sharing their skills along with some squash and biscuits.
Topics covered included using email, watching YouTube and changing iPad settings.
Thank you to Mr Freemantle and Miss Hansford for working together on this successful collaboration.
Dig and delve at Bath City Farm
Popular summer school returns 20th - 24th August 2018
This is a hilarious week of drama, dance, craft and singing, culminating in a sparkling performance for friends and family on the Friday.
Suitable for all boys and girls from 4-16.
Jo Browne and Lucy Ratnett will be running their very popular Summer School at Saltford Hall.
Monday and Tuesday morning, Wednesday - Friday all day. £105. for the week.
Early booking offer of £95 if booked before the end of April.
An Art club is available on Monday and a Tuesday afternoons at an additional cost.
For booking forms and more information please email Lucyratnettdance@live.com.
New date announced: Friday 13th April
The Emoji Movie for EYFS/KS1 and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul for KS2
Children are invited to arrive wearing PJ’s/onsies and to bring a small pillow and blanket (or sleeping bag) whilest they watch the film. This is a children-only event in the School Hall. Parents can, if they wish to stay, wait in the library where there will be tea and coffee available.
EYFS/KS1: The Emoji Movie (U)
Please arrive at 5.00pm (film starts at 5:10pm prompt) and pick up at 6.40pm
KS2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (U)
Please arrive at 7.00pm (film starts at 7.10pm prompt) and pick up at 8.40pm.
Tickets are £3 per child (includes small bag of popcorn and sweets, plus a drink) and will be on sale after school on a date to be announced. There is limited availability and film nights are always popular, so buy early to avoid disappointment.
For parents unable to purchase a ticket in person, please either ask a friend to get yours or KS2 children can bring the money in an envelope and buy their own. To contact the PTA - email@example.com
Tickets will not be available from the school office unless pre-arranged with the PTA.
Successful bid from Big Lottery - Awards for All
Saltford School is now providing a new lunch time club especially for the children in Foundation Stage. This is due to special funding the school has received, a total of £1850.00, from Big Lottery – Awards For All. We placed a bid for the funding and were delighted to find that we were successful. The funding will provide enough weekly sessions for EYFS for a whole year.
Debutots interactive storytelling and dramatic play sessions promote speech, language and literacy skills and encourage self-confidence and imagination. There is a unique interactive story each session, with movement to music and dramatic play. The children then jump into the story world and bring the characters and scenery to life. Each session is carefully linked to the Early Years Foundation stage. As your children grow in age and poise, the more confident they’ll become and the more we’ll challenge their thinking and creative skills through different drama skills. This will have a very positive impact on our youngest children’s development.
Online booking for appointments opens on 11th February
All parents and carers are invited to attend a consultation evening on Monday 12th March or Wednesday 14th March.
This is an important evening that provides an opportunity to view your child’s work and speak with the class teacher. Our online appointment booking system allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers. It will be open from 6pm on Sunday 11th February.
Spaces at Saltford Rainbows
The 1st Saltford Rainbows currently have a few spaces for girls who would like to have fun, play games, earn badges and go on trips. They meet at the Guide Hut, Radcliffe Hall, in Lansdown Road on a Tuesday evening.
We are delighted to be able to offer parents the opportunity to buy a Saltford School PE T shirt at a reduced rate of £3.50. These red embroidered T shirts with our school logo can be either ordered online direct at harvemschoolwear.co.uk or by visiting the uniform shop Harvem, Bath Hill, Keynsham.
The T shirts are part funded by us, using our PE Sports Premium funds to reduce the cost and are a direct response to the many requests from our parents to follow other schools in the area that have introduced personalised PE tops.
The children can wear these tops for all PE lessons in school and if they attend various sporting festivals and competitions. Children should wear their current white T shirts as an alternative.
Keep up to date with our community
We thought you might like a sneak preview of the next Saltford Community Association Newsletter, which will be delivered to residents from this weekend. You can read and enjoy it here.
Particularly topical is an article on Saltford Post Office and Library. The SCA writes "We are delighted to say that since going off to print over 60 enthusiastic volunteers met at Saltford Hall to consider the re-opening of Saltford Post Office and the future continuation of Saltford library. We outlined the proposal to relocate the Post Office so as to share the current library building, a way forward that is receiving strong support from B&NES, from Post Offices Ltd and from the Parish Council. The first step towards this will be the formation of a management committee for the joint scheme, which will be a not-for-profit subsidiary of the SCA. The success of the project will depend strongly on the active support of the community and if you are able to help in any way, please contact the SCA on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the SCA Office on 01225 874081. "
Helping you support your child
Thank you to so many parents for attending the Y6 SATs information meeting on Thursday evening, 25th January. We hope you found it useful, and that it will help you to support your child for the tests in May.
During the meeting, parents were told about the different tests in Maths and English that the children will do, the way that they are marked, and how the children's scores will be reported to parents, showing whether they are working above or below national expectations. Parents had an opportunity to ask questions and look at the ways that the assessment data is used. We discussed the way that writing is marked and assessed over the whole year, and is not tested during SAT week.
Thank you to Mr Godwin and Mr Styles for taking the time to run the evening; we hope parents found the meeting informative. You can see a copy of the presentation here and, if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
All children can access the latest learning technology
In one of the biggest changes to our classroom environment for many years, eight new touchscreens were installed in the main building and Year 6 classrooms over the Christmas holiday. Now all children have access to the latest in educational technology.
Jess in Year 5 said how pleased they are with a large, clear screen that everyone can enjoy and interact with. Staff can now make full use of video and applications, knowing that everyone can see and use them from anywhere in the classroom.
We also expect that ongoing maintenance requirements and energy consumption of this equipment will be far lower than the whiteboard and projector setup we had before.
This has only been possible because of the dedication and generosity of our PTA who have funded the entire project. Of course, their success depends on your support of all our fundraising events. We thank the PTA, Mr May who coordinated the project, and the IT team who worked hard over the holidays to install the screens.
Support the school by having a special lunch on Thursday 18th January
Consultation on Proposed Admissions 2019-2020
This consultation on proposed admission arrangements for 2019/20 academic year is open to everyone and is particularly aimed at:
Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen in Bath & North East Somerset
Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of all mainstream schools and Academies in Bath & North East Somerset
Neighbouring Local Authorities
The Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Clifton Diocese
Bath & North East Somerset Councillors
Saltford C of E Primary School is consulting on their proposed admission arrangements and admission numbers for the 2019/20 school year.
The 2019/20 consultation documents are listed below:
The consultation starts on 4th December and will end on Friday 12 January 2018. Following the consultation period Saltford C of E School will determine its admission arrangements by 28 February 2018 and these will then be published on this website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to:
email@example.com Alternatively you can write to Saltford C of E Primary School, Claverton Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3DW
The Local Authority may have been asked to publish details of the proposed admission arrangements for Foundation (including Trust) and Voluntary Aided Schools or Academies where the Governors/Academy Trust are the admission authority. Any such details will be listed below and the consultation period for the schools concerned will end by 28 February 2018.
Responses concerning Academies should be sent to the school concerned for the attention of the Headteacher and/or Chair of Governors.
Saltford wins top prize of B&NES "Primary School of the Year 2017"
On 21st November, Stanley, Bella and Mrs Brook travelled to Swindon to attend an awards ceremony in recognition of attaining our Silver Modeshift Award last year.
Bella and Stanley write: "during the day, we played some games, created a comic strip, had a delicious lunch and took part in some drama activities. In the afternoon, we listened to the awards take place and we were absolutely delighted to receive the top prize of The Primary School of The Year 2017 in B&NES for our work on promoting sustainable travel at Saltford School. In addition, Bella won the top prize in the raffle: a colourful scooter."
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and want to thank all pupils, parents and carers for continuing to support Saltford in promoting sustainable travel. We are currently working towards achieving a gold award and would like as many children, parents and carers as possible to support our weekly WOW days. Just to remind you, we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school whenever possible but on Wednesdays, our Active Ambassadors will be recording the numbers of participants from each class to determine the winning class. Thank you to Mrs Brook for all her hard work on our travel plan.
We welcomed SIAMS inspectors into school on November 2nd
We are delighted to report that the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) found that "the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Saltford as a Church of England school are outstanding."
Cross country trials took place last Friday and a squad of 20 children from Year 5 and 6 were chosen from many eager competitors. Well done to all the children for taking part and making the trials a very competitive and exciting event. Congratulations to the children who were chosen for the cross country team and who will be representing Saltford School in the BANES cross country competition on Wednesday 4th October. Good luck Team Saltford!
Open to girls aged from 5 to 7
Last week one of the Saltford Guide leaders launched a brand new Rainbow group for girls aged 5-7. The group runs on Thursdays from 4.30 -5.30pm.
She writes: the existing Tuesday group is oversubscribed, but we would like as many girls as possible to have the opportunity to join. Please see the link below for full details of how to register your daughter.
Pupils welcomed back to exciting changes on the school site.
We are very excited that our six classroom new build will be ready for occupation in September 2017. The whole project has been documented on our "Big Build Blog", where you can see pictures and comments covering all the developments since the first work began in September 2016.
In the new part of the school, one Year One, two Year Two, one Year Three and two Year Four classes will be located. We are going to be utilising our two classrooms on the field for our Year Six classes. Chuckles Before and After School club will be using their current room (the Piano Room) and also using the classroom currently occupied by Class JG which will mean they can increase their provision and enjoy easy access to the playground and field space. During the day these two rooms will be used for small group work and meetings.
We are delighted to announce that we have received the recognition of commitment certificate
This demonstrates that we are working towards this important award.
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)?
It is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Children have the right to participate, so meaningful involvement of children and young people is fundamental to every stage of our RRSA journey.