Vision and values

At Saltford C of E Primary School we believe anything is possible. We keep children as the focus of everything we do.

Our aims and ethos

We know that children have the right to be provided with a creative, innovative and exciting education that will inspire them to become lifelong learners who are enthusiastic and proud of everything they do. We want every child to excel in all aspects of their learning within an immersive, imaginative, expressive and inclusive environment. We want children to become confident discoverers, explorers and creators who live our Christian values.

We keep children as the focus of everything we do.

We aim to

  • become a unique school which meets the needs of the twenty-first century child
  • support and challenge children so that they become happy, engaged and independent learners
  • ensure children are leaders of their own learning to satisfy their natural curiosity
  • ensure children receive a creative, immersive and innovative education
  • be a truly inclusive school where children have the same opportunities to excel in their learning
  • be an effective team
  • live our core Christian values of kindness, honesty and respect in everything we do
  • inspire new learning and create awe and wonder
  • provide a rich and purposeful learning environment
  • develop effective relationships with families and the community
  • be the best that we can be.

We encapsulated our aims in a letter to future pupils that was buried in a time capsule in the new building.

Our core values

  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Kindness

Our Vision and Values document can be found here and our Vision, Values and Mission statement here.


Contact us


We are always pleased to hear from you in person, by email, phone or post. Our office staff will be pleased to answer most of your questions but will also be able to direct any specific enquiries to the relevant member of staff.

Claverton Road
Bristol BS31 3DW

Tel: 01225 872185 


Please do not use email to report absences; you should phone school before 9am.

If you have a child with special educational needs, you can contact our Inclusion Leader, Mrs Godwin, by emailing

Plan of the school

Our plan of the school site from September 2020 shows room names and class names.


Please use the governors' email address or contact us through the school office.


The PTA may be contacted by email at or through the school office.

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

We are part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. Click here for full contact information for the Trust.


If you wish to make a complaint, please follow the procedure outlined in our complaints policy.


Who's who

Headteacher: Mrs Dawn Sage

Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Elizabeth Spincer

Class teacher: Miss Elizabeth Davis
Year group: Reception (R)
Class name: Bumblebee class
Curriculum responsibility: Foundation & KS1 Leader, English across the whole school and F/KS1 Maths

Class teacher: Miss Gemma Donovan
Year group: Reception (R)
Class name: Butterfly class
Curriculum responsibility: Science, PHSE and Citizenship

Class teacher: Miss Charlotte Evans
Year group: Year 1
Class name: CE
Curriculum responsibility: Computing

Class teacher: Mrs Ruth Hayden
Year group: Year 1
Class name: RH
Curriculum responsibility: Art, Music and Design Technology

Class teacher: Miss Natalie Jupp
Year group: Year 2
Class name: NJ
Curriculum responsibility: PHSE, Citizenship and KS1 PE

Class teacher: Mrs Maria Newark
Year group: 
Year 2
Class name: 
Curriculum responsibility:

Class teacher: Miss Charlotte Mulready
Year group: 
Year 3
Class name: 

Class teacher: Mrs Elizabeth Spincer
Year group: Year 3
Class name: ES/ST
Curriculum responsibility: Deputy Headteacher and Assessment

Class teacher: Miss Sheila Tang
Year group: Year 3
Class name: ES/ST
Curriculum responsibility: Art, Music and Design Technology

Class teacher: Mr Robert Jenkins
Year group: Year 4
Class name: RJ
Curriculum responsibility: Religious Education

Class teacher: Mrs Patricia Nethercott
Year group: Year 4
Class name: PN
Curriculum responsibility: Lower KS2 Leader, KS2 English, More Able and MFL

Class teacher: Mr Jake Bowkett
Year group: Year 5
Class name: JSB
Curriculum responsibility: PE

Class teacher: Mr Andrew Boyle
Year group: Year 5
Class name: AB
Curriculum responsibility: Geography, Environment, Travel Plan

Class teacher: Mr Nathan Styles
Year group: Year 6
Class name: NS
Curriculum responsibility: KS2 English and Science

Class teacher: Mr Jonathan Godwin
Year group: Year 6
Class name: JG
Curriculum responsibility: Upper KS2 Leader and Maths across the school

Class teacher: Mrs Gemma Godwin
Year group: Year 6
Curriculum responsibility: Inclusion Leader

Class teacher: Mrs Melissa Brook, part time teacher
Curriculum responsibility: PE

For a full list of school staff, please see our prospectus; see also a summary of the Leadership Team Structure and Responsibilities here.


Have a look at our prospectus

Please see a copy of our full prospectus here in PDF format. 

Please see a copy of our presentation celebrating life at Saltford School here in PDF format. We feel that the best way to find out about a school is by coming and talking to us; you are therefore most welcome to arrange a visit. Please get in touch.



Modeshift stars silver award

Modeshift STARS silver award

We were the first school in B&NES and the joint first in the whole West of England area to achieve the Modeshift STARS Silver award. It recognises that we have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools nationwide to increase sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of pupils.

School Games gold award

Gold school games mark

We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the Gold Award for a third consecutive year.

This government-led awards scheme rewards Saltford CofE Primary School for our outstanding commitment to the development of competition across our school and into the community. Keep up to date with our sports reports here.

Artsmark silver award

The Artsmark recognises schools that enthuse and inspire their pupils in the four art forms: dance, drama, music and art. This year we have been involved with several different projects to excite and enthuse children and we are proud that we have achieved the Artsmark Silver award

Saltford Primary School provides a high level of provision in the arts through our wide range of extra-curricular clubs, a rich curriculum that incorporates dance and music, and opportunities to perform in the community and beyond.

Our children are keen to share their learning in, and through, the arts and identify the skills they develop in their artistic studies. Staff too have built on their expertise and passion in the arts, and have worked closely as a team on our musical productions.

A large proportion of KS2 children learn to play musical instruments or receive singing tuition from our peripatetic staff, and some of the children attend bands or orchestras outside school. We also have three recorder groups.

Every class receives weekly music lessons, and we follow a lively, well-resourced and varied scheme called ‘Charanga’ as a basis for our teaching. We also listen to, appraise and discuss a wide range of music.

We are passionate about the difference that involvement in the arts can make in children's lives, and are committed to developing this further in the future.

Award for healthy schools certificate

We have recently renewed our Healthy Schools Certificate for the BANES Director of Public Health Award. The Certificate is valid until March 2019. The Healthy Schools Certificate is evidence that our school is a healthy place.

Five star hygiene rating for our kitchen

Our catering manager, Lynne Portlock, and her team were awarded the highest five-star hygiene rating in June 2019. They are part Zest catering who provide the catering service for the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust.

Silver Eco-School status

Our school has fulfilled the criteria necessary for Silver Eco-School status. This landmark was achieved with much involvement from families. We are all committed to improving our local environment, endeavouring to save energy and avoid waste, and understanding better how choices made by us may affect people living in other countries. Full details on the Eco-Schools website.


In our recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools, we were found to be outstanding in all areas by the Diocesan inspector. A copy of the report can be found here. See  Collective Worship for full details.


Environment and lettings

We have superb facilities, including a modern ICT suite, a purpose-built library and our own swimming pool, set alongside an extensive outdoor environment that provides many opportunities for play and learning.

Recent additions to our site include a superb early years play area, a reflective garden and a brand new six-classroom block.

All the school's facilities are available to hire at reasonable rates. Please contact the school for rates, terms and conditions.



We are a fully inclusive mainstream primary school, committed to supporting and challenging all pupils to achieve their full potential. For full information on how we support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, read our SEND policy and our SEND Information Report.The WMAT inclusion policy can be read here.

For information about how Saltford School meets the needs of gifted and talented pupils, read our policy here.

Introducing "Thrive" logo

We are now a Thrive school. The Thrive Approach provides a powerful way of working with children to support optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach supports targeted work with children who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning. 


Inspection reports

We welcomed an inspector from Ofsted into our school in May 2019 for a one-day inspection. The Inspector said how much she had enjoyed seeing our school; she saw a happy, safe and caring school with excellent relationships between children and staff. Please read the full report here.

In November 2017 we were visited by the Diocesan inspector for our Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). We are delighted to report that she found us to be outstanding in all areas. 

Highlights include “The vision for Saltford is: ‘A vibrant, caring and supportive church school, inspiring and serving the whole community’. This vision is successfully lived out. Core values of kindness, respect and honesty permeate the work of the school and these are promoted and articulated within a distinctively Christian context.”.

It is a report that everyone in the team contributed to and we would like to thank everyone for their hard work.  We are especially grateful to the foundation Governors, Reverend Daile Wilshere and Mr Baker for his leadership of RE and Collective Worship. Please read the full report here.

The school welcomes parental feedback; we send out a regular school questionnaire to parents and invite parents to complete the short Ofsted survey, found here, at any time.


Collective worship and prayer

Dear God
We thank you for our school.
We thank you for all the teachers and staff who work here.
We thank you for all the children who come to learn.
We pray our school would be a place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.
May it be a place where we love to learn and learn to love.
A place where everyone is respected and valued.

We are a community in which Christian values are upheld. As a Church of England School, acts of Collective Worship form the basis of our corporate experience and mark important times and occasions e.g. Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter. Stories from the Bible are often at the heart of our collective worship, also times for prayer and singing. We hope that all children will find these times to be stimulating, interactive and inclusive.

Ascension Day walk to Kelston Hill Our annual Ascension Day walk to Kelston Hill

At Saltford Church of England Primary School the children participate in a daily act of collective worship. Teaching staff and members of the school/church community lead services every day in the school hall. These usually follow the pattern:

Monday: Whole school service (where a theme is introduced) - Led by St Marys Open the Book Team and/or Reverend Daile

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: Reception, Key Stages 1 and 2 each have a service - Led by Mrs Sage, a member of staff or 2 by 2 staff.

Friday: Whole school celebration service (where certificates, medals, etc... are awarded) - Led by Mrs Sage

We follow a series of themes throughout the term linked to our school values and bible stories etc.

In June 2017, volunteers from St Mary’s Church and Revd Daile Wilshere led a ‘Prayer Workshop’ for our pupils. One of the activities asked the children what they would like to thank God for about their school and to pray for their school. The answers were collated and discussed by the school council. They found that one prayer simply wasn't enough and so please find the resulting collection of prayers for Saltford School here.


British values at Saltford School

The Department for Education has said: "We want to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."

At Saltford, we are very proud of the diverse range of activities we provide for the children and those of you who follow our Twitter feed will be familiar with many of them. Here is a summary of some of the ways we have demonstrated these values at School over the past year or so. This further document shows some examples and photos of how we promote British values at Saltford School. 

If you feel you may have something to offer the school linked with British Values (or know someone else who might be keen to), we would love to hear from you.


UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award

UNICEF RRSA Silver Award logo

 UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA).

We are delighted to have received the Silver 'Rights Aware' award in July 2018.  Find out more from our report here.

What is the 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 your RRSA journey. 
Please have a look at this short YouTube video about the impact of the award in schools and Unicef's summary of the rights of the child.

We have a rights focus for assemblies, concentrating on different articles. You will see evidence in classroom charters and on our displays of how we are incorporating the language of rights and the responsibilities linked with them into our curriculum and the life of the school. This commitment links with the work of the School Council, the Green Team and the E-Team, with our School Vision and Values and our Golden Rules to encourage children to reflect on their actions and think about the part they play in the life of our school community and beyond.

unicef assembly by children

Here are some children presenting an assembly about Article 15: All children have the right to meet, make friends with, and join clubs with other children

Researching articles for a school display RRSA display in school

Some of our Y5 and 6 children researching different articles to present a display about the UNCRC.

Saltford School rights wheelWe organise our work about rights into themes for each term. Here they are in our rights wheel and more detail can be found here.


Performance data

Please follow this link for the Government summary of our school statistics and results.

Our own latest results for statutory assessments can be found on the Assessment page.



Would you like to work with us? Any jobs at Saltford School are advertised in this space.

Office Manager

We are looking for an experienced Office Manager who will thrive in this challenging and varied role. You will work closely with the Head teacher not only to provide an efficient and effective administrative support service but also to provide outstanding communications, with the ability to communicate confidently, intelligently and effectively both verbally and in writing with a range of stakeholders.

Please see the full job advert here and the job description/personal specification here. You can apply using this PDF application form or download the MS Word version here. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 20th October 2020 at 23:59.

If you would like further details or an application pack containing these documents, please contact the school's Office Manager on 01225 872185.


We are seeking a playworker to join our lunchtime team, supervising children during the midday break. This is a part time position and the days of the week can be discussed at interview. This role requires someone who will promote and support a range of active play opportunities and ably assist in the preparation, serving and clearing up of refreshments with due regard to health & safety in food preparation and an awareness of school’s healthy school status and policy. The person will need to work collaboratively and respond sensitively and confidently to the needs of the children. Most of all they will need to maintain a positive attitude and enjoy being with children… even during wet playtimes!

Please see the full job advert here and the job description/personal specification here. You can apply using this PDF application form or download the MS Word version here.

If you would like further details or an application pack containing these documents, please contact the school's Office Manager on 01225 872185.


Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

Saltford Primary School converted to academy status on 1st September 2016. We are now part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT). We believe academy conversion secured the long term future of our school, offering the best opportunity to our pupils to progress and achieve.

Our governing body looked long and hard at all the options available. Please see the consultation letter to parents from January '16. It soon became very clear that the WMAT not only held values that were most aligned to our own, but would also allow us to retain our distinct and Christian ethos going forward. As early entrants, we are very excited by the opportunity to help shape the primary phase and to participate fully in the evolution of the wider trust. 

Working ever more closely with the other schools within the WMAT enables the educational experience of children in the MAT schools to be enhanced. As part of the trust we work collaboratively to nurture and develop the children in our care. We are really excited about our future journey as part of WMAT.

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