Dear Parents and Friends

Welcome back to school after your half term break. I do hope that you all had a restful time and are prepared for the run up to Christmas. It is always a really busy and excitable time for the children so plenty of rest will be so important for both their learning and to continue to fight the bugs. This week has been full of fantastic events and learning opportunities for the children. Wednesday was a particularly busy day with Apple Pressing organised by Chantal. All the children were able to participate and see how the apple juice is produced and since then Chantal has had the remaining juice pasteurised, so if you would like to purchase a bottle for £2.50, please come to the School Office. All the funds raised will go towards our outdoor learning provision for your children.

Wednesday evening saw the hall being used to its full capacity with the Halloween Party organised by our wonderful PTFA team. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the games, food and of course the balloons and spooky decorations, including some fantastic carved pumpkins. Thank you to the PTFA for running this event for the children and it was great to see such support for the school.


It is with sadness that I am informing you that Sophie Hicks, our After School Leader and Meal Time Assistant will be leaving to start a new personal venture in Chagford. Sophie will leave a huge gap however we have advertised for these roles to be replaced and we anticipate that we will have staff in place to ensure that the provision remains continuous. We will announce those new members of staff as soon as we are able to confirm. Although both the staff and children will miss Sophie immensely; we do wish Sophie all the best with her new venture.

Mrs Thomas has made the difficult decision to retire at the end of this term. It is very hard to believe that Mrs Thomas is quite within her rights to retire as she puts us all to shame with her energy levels however she has come to this point and we wish her well for her relaxing retirement from January. We will be advertising for an excellent Year 1 teacher for two terms this week and will ensure that the quality of education for your children remains at the highest standard during this period of change. Mrs Thomas has asked that her leaving Chagford C E School is not marked at our Christmas Service as she does not feel comfortable with this level of attention however we will of course be acknowledging her significant contribution to the success of our school as a teaching team, so please do not think that we have overlooked her at the end of this term.

Parents Evenings will be during the week commencing12 November so please keep an eye out for dates from teachers and sign up with the School Office. Mr Billinghurst will be holding his parents evenings during the week commencing 19 November due to Grenville House residential taking a week out of the term.

The residential will be next week so please wish our Year 6 and a few Year 5 children a happy and successful adventurous experience. I am sure they will enjoy every aspect and hopefully get some sleep too during the week!


May I remind all parents that should you need to take your child out of school at any point during term time you will need to complete a request for absence form (blue) which is in our school reception. Some children have been arriving at school 5 minutes late for the start of the day which impacts greatly on how well they settle into their learning. Please allow extra time, especially during these darker months for travelling to ensure that they are in school for the bell at 8:55am. Arriving late at school does get externally monitored and we have to report to the Education Welfare Officer on a termly basis those children who are consistently late or absent as part of our safeguarding responsibilities.

Important information:

As part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust all payments must be made in advance.

This includes School Dinners, Schools Out (after school and breakfast club) FSU Nursery fees and trips. Please check your school gateway account and make sure your child’s account is not in any arrears. If you require a school dinner for your child please top up their balance so it is in credit on school gateway. Childcare Voucher may be used for activities outside the school day such as after school club or breakfast clubs but can not be redeemed against activities within the school day or nursery fees.

School Gateway App – Please think about downloading the School Gateway app. It’s free and allows us to send messages to you all, free of charge. Remember to re subscribe to our school newsletter and class blogs.

Cool milk. – If you are interested in your child having a milk drink during the school day, our school milk scheme is administered by Cool Milk.  To register your child for school milk, please visit Milk is free for under 5’s. You can pay directly to Cool Milk online.

Stars of the week

Ash Class: Matilda for her amazing progress in reading and Skye-Tui for having a great first week.

Beech Class: Grace for being a great friend and role model – and for making a very good effort in your learning – super progress, with growing confidence and independence.Oliver for your exciting ideas, cool moves and great sense of humour – and for making a really good effort in your recording which is steadily improving.

Yew Class: Belle for her excellent efforts in maths this week and for her resilience when learning from mistakes. Rosey for a brilliant first week in class and for having a good go at everything!

Oak Class: Lewis and for his brilliant presentation in maths and Jake his extra effort on homework. Well done!

Birch Class: Jess for really hard work Daisy R all this term so far Daisy Rowe For really hard work Jess all this term so far


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Ash Class. Silver award to Yew Class and Bronze to Oak Class. Well done everyone.

Dates for your diary

Monday 5th November – 9th November – GRENVILLE HOUSE

Thursday 8th November – Year 3 Tag Rugby festival – details emailed to parents

Friday 9th November – Year 4+ trip to Exeter to see Sargent Stubby and the museum

For Years reception to Year 5 – Nasal Flu immunisation on Monday 12th November

For Reception and Year 6 – children on Monday 19th November – Weights and Heights measurements

School Council

The new School Council met for the first time this week and have decided that we will be supporting Children in Need this year. Children (and adults) are invited to come to school on Friday 16th November wearing spots or pyjamas or Spotty Pyjamas and to bring along a pound or more to give to Children in Need.
Our new School Councillors are:
Year 1 – Grace Gilson
                Freddie Lawrence
Year 2 – Belle Tarbet
                Elliot Cooper
Year 3 – Gigi D’Apice
                Elijah Thomas
Year 4 – Jake Bell
                Isla Barrau
Year 5 – Logan Howard-Vallely (Oak)
                Grace Notten (Oak)
                Alfie Bifani (Birch)
Year 6 – Ben Waterman
                Mimi Barrau


Lots of little monsters turned up for the mini monster bash where there was lots of dancing, playing games, comparing costumes and popping balloons! A huge thank you for all contributions from decorating the hall, helping on the night, clearing up and donations of some lovely cakes, all appreciated by the children to create a great party for them.  We will let you know what the even made once the monies have been added up.

Following on from a successful apple pressing day with thanks to Chantel, there are now pasteurised bottles of apple juice available from school reception. £2.50 a bottle and to encourage the bottle to be returned please, you will get 20pence back. 

Next meeting is Sunday 18th November at 8pm at the ring of bells and new faces would be made very welcome.

Claire Northmore, Chair of the PTFA












Community Events

DPCV are busy planning for the November events and the links to follow are open to parent/carers only  – Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre  – Cullompton Community Centre


This week was the first Boxercise class held for adults 16+ on Thursday nights at 6.30pm – 7.30pm held in our school hall. Pop along next Thursday and join in the fun, work up a sweat and get in shape in time for Christmas!!.