Parent and carer survey 2018 is live!

Each year we conduct a survey in order to gain feedback from our parents and carers. This year, the questionnaire is more important than ever as we are planning the future direction of our school.

The children, staff, governors and trustees have already had some input into what we would love the school to be in five years’ time.  We tried to think without barriers about what was ideal and a big picture is starting to take shape.

Now we are asking you to have some input into the future plans for our school, by completing this year’s consultation questionnaire. Just click on the link to start:

School late opening 10.30am tomorrow, Tuesday 12th December

Dear Parents and Carers

You may be aware that very low temperatures are forecast for tomorrow morning,  currently -8C at 8am, rising to -5C by 9am.
By hometime this afternoon the approach to the school was already extremely slippery, with a lot of slush beginning to freeze.  This is despite a very large amount of salt having been spread today.
In light of this, school will not open until 10:30 am tomorrow.  This will allow us time to spread more salt before the children arrive.  It will also mean that the children will not be walking to school at peak traffic times and that staff, many of whom live some distance away from the school, will be able to travel after the main rush.  When you do arrive at school, please take extreme care as you walk in.  Please do not make any journeys which you feel are dangerous.
We expect that children will stay inside the school building at break times tomorrow, because the playgrounds are very slippery.

This decision also means that we will not be able to run Breakfast Club or Gym Club tomorrow. The After School Club will again be cancelled, because temperatures are forecast to fall away below zero from 4pm and there is likely to still be a lot of ice.

The position will be reassessed early tomorrow morning.  It is possible that the school will have to remain closed all day, but we will avoid this if at all possible.  If it is necessary, then we will inform you at the earliest opportunity.

Please be assured that this decision is not taken lightly.  I know that it will be very inconvenient for people with work committments so I have tried to avoid taking this action.  However, the safety of staff and pupils has to be the first priority.  The forecast from tomorrow onwards is encouraging, and I hope that the ice will be a distant memory by Wednesday.

Yours sincerely

Steve Heal

BBC Wiltshire in school to film Operation Christmas Child!

Mr Oakes appointed as Headteacher!

Dear Parents and Carers

It is with very mixed emotions that I am writing to inform you today that our Deputy Head, Mr Dan Oakes, will be leaving Malmesbury Primary School at the end of this academic year.  You will be aware that he was due to be seconded as Acting Head of St Bartholomew’s Academy in Royal Wootton Bassett from September to December 2017. However following his successful application, he has been appointed as the Headteacher of St Bartholomew’s on a permanent basis.

We are delighted for Mr Oakes and offer him our warmest congratulations and very best wishes for the future.  This step is richly deserved; and he is more than ready to lead another primary school’s pupils and staff to the same level of success Malmesbury C of E Primary School has enjoyed.

Since 2007 he has taken a valuable lead in our school’s successes. Among many notable achievements, of which there are too many to list, the following have been integral to supporting our school’s mission to deliver an outstanding education for all children. As a result of Mr Oakes’ skills in understanding and scrutinising data, our staff grew to take ownership of every learners’ journey, ensuring all children achieve their academic potential. When the opportunity to build a new school arose, Mr Oakes was instrumental in leading the design and build of the unique facilities we continue to enjoy. A new school heralded a new vision which the entire school community supported and has demonstrated ever since, culminating in our school being graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in September 2012 followed by a successful conversion to academy status in June 2013.

Since then we have all continued to take every opportunity to make our best better. Enabled by Mr Oakes’ drive and passion for delivering excellence. Nowhere is this more evident than his vision for and leadership of the iPad journey. His accreditation as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015 established our credibility as an Apple Regional Training Centre and more recently led to us becoming one of only 30 Apple Distinguished Schools in the UK. His revolutionary use of technology for learning has inspired not only our own staff and pupils, but also those from other schools who have been fortunate enough to experience his enthusiasm and expertise.

While his headship is richly deserved and he leaves with our very best wishes and full support, we will miss him very much, as will pupils and parents, both past and present. We know his unique blend of skills, personality and humour will be irreplaceable at Malmesbury Primary School.   As a colleague he is entirely professional, offers a valuable listening ear and above all is great fun to work with. On a personal note he has been an invaluable support to me since I joined this school.

Our governors have met today to begin the process of shaping the school’s future once Mr Oakes is no longer with us.  We will keep you in touch with developments, but for the autumn term at least we are delighted to have the skills and talents of Mrs Bristow stepping into the role of Acting Deputy Head.

Best regards

Steve Heal


News from France 2!

We have been thoroughly blessed by the weather which has enabled us to attack all of the activities with full gusto! There has been an incredible amount of conquered fears and achieved personal goals… and an awful lot of sogginess. Standby for the damp kit on our return – sorry 😊

Our trip to Coutances this morning was successful and once again your children made us proud with their impressive attempts at French-speaking and their general politeness. The overhead compartments on the coach are crammed with goodies for you all.

After final activities this afternoon, we still have the excitement of ‘Acorn’s Got Talent’ and a quiz before bed. Tomorrow morning we will pack the coach and enjoy a final stroll to the beach before embarking on our homeward journey. We have planned in a picnic stop between here and Caen to break up the journey a little.

Mandy will ParentMail you all as we arrive in Portsmouth tomorrow evening. We will also post Twitter updates throughout the day to let you know our progress. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night. Please ensure you check in with one of the staff before you take your child away; it will be quite tricky to keep track of everyone in the dark!

Your children have been truly fantastic.
Best wishes from the team in Hauteville.

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