Autism Awareness Week 2024

Autism Awareness week is from 2nd – 8th April 2024, but we will be marking the occasion during the last week of this term.  Have a look at the NAS website  for a range of helpful information, and watch this video which explains more about Autism.  You can scan the QR codes to see additional videos talking about Autism from a child’s  perspective.










You can also find advice  HERE ( on the Autistic Society website,and there is a video HERE ( that you can watch for further information.

In addition to these online resources, our SENDCo Laura Phillips will be hosting 1:1 drop in sessions on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th March, which are available to book. These sessions will be open to anyone who would like to find out more about the Autism Assessment Pathway in Wiltshire or to discuss resources and strategies to support their child.

Autism Acceptance Week 2023

Next week is Autism Acceptance week (27 March – 2 April).  Have a look at the NAS website  for a range of helpful information, and watch this video which explains more about Autism.  You can also scan the QR codes to see additional videos talking about Autism from a child’s  perspective.

In addition, 25th March is Epilepsy Awareness Day.  There are 2 new videos on the SEND page of our website about epilepsy that you may find useful.

School closed today – Monday 12 December

Unfortunately the school will be closed today. We have just heard that the secondary school is closed. This creates so many knock-on childcare problems that we will not be able to get enough staff into school to run it safely.

Other factors are, of course, the weather and difficulties with the site. We were hoping to overcome these, but we cannot do this without our full complement of staff.
My apologies for the inconvenience and the late notice, but the situation has only just become clear.

Steve Heal, Head Teacher

Dyslexia Awareness Week Webinar

The British Dyslexia Association will be hosting a webinar next week, with lots of helpful tips on how to support your child’s learning. The event is online next Wednesday evening (5th October at 6.30pm), and free to all.  If you are interested in viewing the webinar, futher details can be found on the British Dyslexia Associations website.

And, as part of Dyslexia Awareness week, we have uploaded some new resources from the BDA on the Dyslexia page of our school website too.

Mothers Day Gift Shop – Thursday 24th March

We are super excited to announce that we will be holding our Mothers Day gift shop for the first time in two years on Thursday 24th March!

For all of you new parents out there, and some old ones, we usually run three gift shops a year (Christmas, Mothers day and Fathers day). These give the children an opportunity to bring in some money and choose a gift for the special adult(s) in their lives, completely independently.  We have a range of gifts that the children love choosing from which we sell at £1 or £2.

If you would like your child to take part, please send them in with no more than £5 on Thursday 24th (for EYFS and KS1, it may be best to hand this to a teacher in a named envelope).

If you find that you have some free time on Thursday 24th and would like to watch the children spend their money, then please email Nicky at,

volunteers to help set up, sell stock and clear away are much needed.

We hope that you will support our first big fundraising event in two years.

Best wishes

The Friends of Malmesbury Primary School

Autism Awareness Week 28th March – 3rd April 2022

One in every 100 UK school children is autistic and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place. Autism Awareness Week aims to  help improve understanding of autism, so that everyone can help make the school environment great for all pupils.

Some short videos for you to watch are HERE  and HERE.

Further information is available on  the National Autistic Society website, and on our SEND page too.

Our SENDCo Laura Phillips will be running an information session for parents via Zoom at 10am on 29th March.  We will be sending out further information about the session towards the end of next week.



Catch up policy statement now available

In July 2020, the government announced a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium  for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. The coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.

Details of our policy, and how we are planning to deliver the catch up initiative is now available on the Policies and Statements page of the website