Starting in 2021
Starting with confidence
We are delighted to welcome you to Saltford School. The information below is provided to help children – and parents – start school with confidence.
Please see our Tour video to remind you of what our school has to offer your child.
And please see the recorded video of our 'Welcome to School' Evening for New Reception Parents hosted on Zoom on Thursday 8th July. The slides to accompany this can be found here. Please note a change in date to the EYFS Literacy Evening to MONDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER. This is different to stated on the video.
We have a well resourced ICT suite and two iPad trollies for the children to use. Please take a look at our Acceptable Use Policy for children in EYFS and discuss it with your child.
Once term gets under way in September, you will be able to register for school communications and the school's online payment system. You can see how this will work in this guide.
Is your child ready for school? See this helpful checklist to support you over the summer to get your child 'School Ready.'
Forms to return & related information
If your child has been offered and you have accepted from B&NES a place at Saltford Primary School for September 2021, please fill out and return the forms listed below.
Below are some links to some important documents we need you to read and forms you need to fill out and return to school by Friday 21st May. Where required, please email responses to email@example.com. Please include your child's name and Starting School 2021 in the subject line. Alternatively you can drop these into the school mailbox at the front of the school or post them to us. Please do read these carefully and fill them in as accurately as you can, including the Free School Meals form.
- Pupil information form
- Pre School and Friendship Information Form
- Local Walk and Image Consent permission form
Before filling in this essential form, please read the local walks and image consent guide.
- Free school meals registration application form (MS Word)
- Home-School agreement (PDF)
- Please send a copy (scan or photo) of your child's birth certificate by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post.
Updated June 2021- You should have received your Class Placement Letter by email. Attached to this was the following information:
Please fill in the following forms at your earliest convenience.
The wider school community
Saltford school also offers extra curricular activities you may wish your child to participate in. Currently, Reception can join Spanish club on a Tuesday Lunchtime.
We look forward to meeting you all.
What's it like starting school at Saltford?
The period from age three to the end of the Reception year is described as the Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling.
At Saltford School we have an intake of 60, organised into two classes called Bumble Bee Class and Butterfly Class.
Take a look at our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) section here for some pictures and an insight into the school day of our youngest children. You can also have a look around our school and meet the staff with this photo tour of our EYFS area.
You can see more about the role children play in the life of our school by visiting our Children section here.
A warm welcome to children and parents
It's all about teamwork in EYFS.
Miss Davis, Miss Donovan, Mrs Knight and Mrs Browne, who will all be working in your classes, would love to say 'hello' by sharing some of their favourite story books with you.
You can watch them here or follow the additional links if you would like to view them in full screen:
Miss Davis reads 'The Snail and the Whale'
Welcome to Saltford School! My name is Miss Davis and I am class teacher in Bumblebee class and Early Years Leader. I hope you enjoy listening to me reading one of my favourite books, The Snail and the Whale.
https://youtu.be/GGLBPZSDWwI to view in full screen on YouTube
Miss Donovan reads 'The Scarecrow's' Wedding'
Hello everyone. My name is Miss Donovan and I am class teacher in Butterfly class. I hope you enjoy listening to me read 'The Scarecrow's Wedding.'
https://youtu.be/XXYNjHdT3bE to view in full screen on YouTube
Mrs Knight reads 'Little Croc and Bird'
Hello children. My name is Mrs Knight and I am a Teaching Assistant who works in both Bumblebee and Butterfly class. I look forward to meeting you all very soon.
https://youtu.be/X8mHfYy9m9Q to view in full screen on YouTube
Mrs Browne reads 'Dangerous'
Hello everyone. My name is Mrs Browne and I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant working in both Butterfly and Bumblebee class. I can't wait to meet you all very soon.
https://youtu.be/pb5Ouj3KCOc to view in full screen on YouTube
Why choose Saltford?
Here's why we believe parents can be confident in choosing Saltford School. Not only in our own words but also in the words of some of our parents and children from our 2019 surveys.
We are a happy school
We feel this in school every day but here are just some of the responses from parents and children from all year groups:
'we couldn't have hoped for a better primary school experience'
'he has enjoyed his first year and been very happy'
'she has had the best imaginable start to her school life, thanks to the incredible teaching staff… she wants to go into school every day and is smiling when she comes out.'
'1 You make really good friends. 2 You learn lots of skills. 3 We've got our own swimming pool'
Children feel safe at school
'she is always happy to go to school' she feels 'comfortable and secure'
'fun and safe place to learn'
'when I went on camp I felt really safe'
Children enjoy learning and staff enjoy teaching
'I love what our teachers provide this school because they always make it fun and when i'm worried about something I know i can go to them when i need to'
'The teaching he has received this year has been truly excellent'
'They always help you when your upset. When your stuck in a lesson they always help you'
Children are involved at school
Our elected school council is very influential in shaping children's school experience at Saltford. Children also participate in school life through the green team, the equalities team, digital leaders, and our house system. Please see our Children section for more details and pictures.
Wide range of extra-curricular opportunities
In our position at the heart of the village, we are well placed to promote extra-curricular opportunities for our children, whatever their interests. All children have the chance to participate in extra sporting and musical activities within the school community. We provide instrumental lessons on site through the B&NES music service. Our PTA regularly lays on entertainments such as school discos and film nights for all children too.
- See our sports reports for a taste of the range of sporting provision we offer
- Take a look at our clubs page for what's on offer within the school grounds
- Browse our community notices page to see what's on offer in the wider community
We are proud of our environment
Through a constant programme of maintenance and improvement, our school is a welcoming and safe environment.
Children at Saltford are particularly lucky to benefit from
- our own on-site swimming pool
- a large and stimulating library
- an IT suite with individual workstations for a whole class
- a large new classroom block opened in September 2017
- excellent IT in every classroom
- exciting outdoor spaces including our secret garden, pond and new play equipment
- special play area for Reception children
Benefits of WMAT
- Pupils benefit from being part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust family of schools, where teachers and leaders work together across schools to provide the best possible education and enrichment
- Pupils enjoy access to the Trust’s fantastic facilities at its other schools, for example science experience days at IKB Academy and sports events at the Wellsway Sport Centre
- Catering is provided by the Trust’s own Zest Catering, who won ‘Best In-House Caterer 2019’ at the national EduCatering Awards
Partnership with parents/families
We encourage parents and families to keep in touch with school in many ways. We regularly survey parents and seek informal feedback too. We communicate regularly through a variety of media including texting, newsletters and email. See a summary here.
We are an inclusive school, committed to supporting and challenging all children to achieve their full potential.
Our vibrant PTA community pulls together with school to provide lovely events for the children and to raise significant funds that are used to enhance every child's school experience.
See our school in action
We are pleased to be able to offer tours around our school from September 2021 on the following dates:
- Monday 20th September 2021 at 1.30 pm
- Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 9.30 am
- Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 11.00 am
- Friday 24th September 2021 at 1.30 pm.
Each hour-long tour, guided by our Headteacher Mrs Sage, gives parents and children the opportunity to see our school as it really is and ask plenty of questions.
You and your child are also invited to our play afternoon on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. Please see the flyer for details.
Please get in touch if you are interested in your child starting in September 2022 and would like to book on a tour and/or the play afternoon. You may also book if you would like to revisit before your child is due to start in September 2021
We were able to run 12 school tours last autumn which were very well attended.
You can also take a virtual tour of our school on YouTube here and we would encourage you to look through the extra information that follows on this page
You can contact the school office by calling 01225 872185 or emailing email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Video tour of the school
To view this video directly on YouTube in full screen mode, follow this link: https://youtu.be/3Bdzmke0JTA
Life at Saltford School
Recent inspection finds "Early years is led effectively. Children are taught well"
"New teaching strategies are already in place and contributing to children’s strong progress."
On 15th May we welcomed Ofsted Inspector, Mrs Wendy Marriott, for the day. We were pleased to be able to share with her all that makes our school the special place that it is. We are delighted that the final report recognises all the excellent work going on here at Saltford Primary.
We have maintained our status as a ‘good’ school. The grading cannot be changed as a result of a one-day inspection. Therefore we are very pleased that the inspector recognised that, since our last inspection in May 2013, we have ‘demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas’. You can read the Ofsted report here.
The children and staff were amazing ambassadors. A particular highlight was the confidence with which the children spoke to the inspector, explaining how we keep them safe and them knowing who they can speak to should they need help.
We were also overwhelmed by the positive response to the parental survey. One parent echoed the view of others by saying: ‘In my opinion Saltford is an exceptional school.’