Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, thank you so much for your very kind words of congratulation following our recent Ofsted report.  Plans are afoot to spread the word far and wide as we are very proud of our achievement - and that of the children!

This term has been full of exciting events - last Friday's Open Afternoon was such a lovely way to share the children's work with you, thank you for supporting it.  I was so impressed by the children who played their instruments for you and I hope you enjoyed seeing the wonderful artwork on display.

Earlier in the term, we took part in the Youth Speaks competition in Tavistock where I was very impressed by our Team's confidence and articulation. Our first entry to the Lego League Competition in Bude was great fun and the children learned so much about planning, teamwork and computer programming. We are already excited about next year's event!

The next challenge is of course the Exmoor Challenge and last week Miss Johnstone organised a practice walk around Bampton for other schools across Alumnis to join.  Over sixty children took part in the walk which was a feat of organisation!  All thoroughly enjoyed themselves and our team is looking forward to another walk this Saturday on Exmoor.

I haven't even mentioned, World Book Day, a visit from Devon and Somerset, the visits we have made to see the Heritage Centre in the Church the wide variety of staff training or the fact that Rev Kev has been visiting school each Wednesday lunch time during Lent to give children the opportunity to be quiet and reflective.

We are so lucky to have opportunities to visit Church and some of the wonderful places around our village but could we remind parents that it is very important to help teach your child / children about road safety and make them aware of dangers and hazards. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in our Easter Service next Wednesday at 2.00pm in the Church.

Have a lovely weekend,


Please see below the attendance percentages for each class, calculated from the beginning of the term up to and including 8th Feburary 2024.

Hedgehog Class 91.5%
Squirrel Class 95.2%
Fox Class 95.6% 
Stag Class 92.4%



A reminder that breakfast club can be booked via the school app and is open every day of the week from 8 am.


After School Clubs


KS2 Tennis with Premier Education


KS1 Swimming run by Miss Johnstone - Book via school app - could be subject to change depending on the swimming pool


R, KS1 & KS2 Eco club run by Mrs Newman


KS2 Art club run by Laura Grant - book on the school app 

Year 6 Cuppa club run by either Mrs Chant or Mr McCutcheon - book on the school app 

R, KS1 and KS2 Forest School run by Primary Forest Education - Parents need to book directly


KS1, KS2 - Striking and Fielding – Cricket, Rounders run by Premier Education - Book direct

23rd March - Exmoor Practice walk

26th March 3pm Fox class - Hooke Court Residential meeting

27th March 2pm Easter Church Service

27th March - PTFA Tea & Cake after the Easter service at the Church

28th March - PTFA Easter Bonnet Morning

28th March - PTFA Easter cake sale after school

29th March - 12th April  Easter Holidays

15th April - Return to school

Stag Class Highest Score Olivia
Stag Class Amazing Effort Robyn
Fox Class Highest Score Max
Fox Class Amazing Effort Cassie
Squirrel Class Highest Score Elis
Squirrel Class Amazing Effort Verity

Here are this week’s Times Table Rockstars, Superstars! We would like everyone to celebrate our top scorers and those who have made amazing efforts. All staff have been so impressed with children’s enthusiasm and determination to improve their times tables knowledge. If your child’s name is mentioned in the newsletter, then there is a 3 house point reward! Your child has a Times Table Rockstar login, which can be used at home too.

Good luck everyone!

Fieldmice and Hedgehog Class:

Last week we enjoyed dinosaur week, linked with British Science Week.  We learned all about dinosaur history, made dinosaur art and topped it off by baking dinosaur biscuits.  They were delicious!  This week we have been working towards the Easter service, singing a song, making hats and learning about the Easter story.


Squirrel Class:

have worked really hard on their mental maths this week. We have shown resilience and determination and we increased our speed to recall times tables and work independently on daily quick maths challenges. In literacy we wrote acrostic poems about Spring which we are looking forward to sharing with you in the church in our Easter Service next week.


Fox Class:

have demonstrated the Character virtues of determination and thoughtfulness. What a very busy two weeks this has been! Fox class have dressed as their favourite characters for World Book Day and created beautiful Sri Lankan art, which was based on our class story. They have brilliantly competed in a mixed football tournament at Tiverton High School and had their work displayed in the school Art exhibition! I was so proud of all of Fox class when we had the open afternoon last week, they taught parents and carers how to draw Matisse’s snail and how to dance to DJ Raphi!


Stag Class:

demonstrated their fabulous resilience last week when they participated in the Exmoor Challenge practice walk with other schools from the MAT. They came back to school tired, but triumphant! I’m really proud of them all and I am sure they are looking forward to their next walk on Saturday. This week, we’ve started our new English unit on news reports, and I have been so delighted by the children’s enthusiasm for this genre of writing – we have a number of budding journalists in the class! I can’t wait to see what they all produce by the end of the unit.


Ethan in Hedgehog Class

For showing the character virtues of citizenship and motivation.  Ethan has worked very hard to get his writing up to speed after his time off and is always a joy to have in class. Ethan is creative and takes great care and attention in his work. Well done Ethan!

Lauryn in Hedgehog Class

For showing the character virtues of creativity and resilience.  Lauryn will use her creativity at any opportunity, from the moment she walks in the door.  She has also coped amazingly well with moving from another country and settling in so well. Well done Lauryn!


Ronnie in Squirrel Class

For demonstrating the virtues of determination.

This week I have really noticed an improvement in Ronnie’s spelling in our phonics sessions and an increased confidence in reading both in Literacy and Maths. Ronnie has worked really hard over the last 2 weeks when we have been teaching new sounds and it is great to see him using these in his writing.


William F in Squirrel Class

For demonstrating the virtue of determination. William has worked hard on his reading this year and on his last assessment was able to read so many more words with increased fluency. William has been also working hard on his maths this week and has thought carefully about his answers using addition and subtraction in mental maths.


Autumn in Fox Class

 For showing the character virtues of patience and courage. Autumn is patiently determined. She knows that with her hard work, the rewards and answers will come.

Autumn courageously has a go at everything, and I am so impressed with her effort each day.

Jasmyn in Fox Class

Jasmyn has demonstrated the character virtues of curiosity and determination. She is a hardworking delight to have in the classroom. Jasmyn is curious about all areas of her learning and shows great determination to improve her understanding. She also makes a lot of effort to have great playtimes, which is so important.


Ellora in Stag Class

For showing the character virtue of confidence in her work in Maths. It has been a joy to see Ellora’s increasing belief in herself as a mathematician. She is now regularly sharing her thoughts in lessons, and tackling increasingly challenging Maths problems. Ellora, I am really proud of you!


Tyler in Stag Class

For showing the character virtue of determination in all his learning. Tyler always gives his best in classwork, particularly in Maths and writing, making sure that he pushes himself to try the more challenging activities – even trying the Year 6 work when given the chance! Well done Tyler, and keep it up.

Well done Everybody


The PTFA is made up of parents, carers, teachers, and friends of Bampton School with a shared interest in raising funds for equipment, resources, and activities to enhance the children’s learning experience.

We meet monthly to discuss how we as a school community can develop and improve school facilities and students’ opportunities, through planning fundraising events such as Bingo events, the Christmas Community Evening, Easter Extravaganza etc.

We welcome new and old members and are hoping for more support in the coming months.

If you can help in any way, or would like more information on the work we do then please contact or look out for meeting dates on the school website, posters around the school or for notes in your child’s book bag.

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