Dear Parents,

Governing Body Update

This Wednesday was the first meeting of the full North Tawton, South Tawton, and Chagford schools cluster Governing Body. Up until now an interim Governing group have been meeting until the full group could be formed. The agenda was full, with clarity on the options for the design of the schools leadership being the key item. The Governing Body is a mixture of experienced school governors and those who are new to it all. There is however a really good range of professional experience around the table and each school is well represented. We are as a priority making space on each school website for details of the Governing Body and their minutes to be published as usual – we’ll let you know when this is in place. In the meantime please find below a list of the names of the Governing Body. If you have any queries or questions for the Governing Body please contact the clerk to Governors via the South Tawton school office or

List of Governors- Jo Ware, Manus Home, Andrew Macmillian Scott, Ione Rucquoi, James Warner, Phillipa Durrant, Lee Pascoe, Simon Shirley- Smith, Sunita Chauhan, Emma Neath, Sarah Marvin, Lee Billinghurst,Chloe Howard-Smith- Liz Wiseman and Nick Alford also attend

Reminder that as a school, we use SIMS Parent Lite to collect, manage and handle key information about your child by obtaining accurate data securely from parents. Please help us to ensure your child’s data is correct and up to date. Please note that your activation email is unique to you and should not be used by anyone else. If you require an additional login then please contact the school office. Your activation email will expire after 7 days if it is not used, please contact the school office if you require a replacement after this date.

Match News Chagford VS North Tawton Away on 27th April, reported by Craig Astill, Malena and Sophia

Yesterday, after a five month gap due to a succession of weather-related postponements, Chagford’s involvement with the inter-schools football league recommenced. Our football teams travelled to North Tawton for the fourth of our five scheduled fixtures. Both games were entertaining, with lots of chances. The A1’s went ahead with an absolute worldy of a goal from Charlie, a left-foot screamer virtually from the half-way line. North Tawton came back strongly finally equalising early on in  the second half. To be fair, North Tawton had the better chances, and would have gone ahead if it hadn’t been for Lee making a succession of excellent saves and blocks. It looked like we were going to hold on for a draw but Charlie had other ideas…in the last minute the ball came out to Charlie and he coolly arrowed the ball low to the keepers left just inside the post. Absolutely fantastic spirit shown from all the team particularly the defence- Joe M and River, who along with Lee played such a crucial role in this win. Without all their block tackles, interceptions and clearances the game could have been lost. Brilliant game to watch and even better with a last-minute winner…

The A2’s game had less chances but was equally exciting and hard-fought. Chagford went ahead with a great strike by Cass. North Tawton equalised before half-time. The second-half remained goalless…It was really pleasing to see the younger players – Alfie, Harly and Hugo more than holding their own against older opponents, and well done also to Daisy R playing her first game of school football. A great day, and worth waiting for (perhaps not for that long though!) Craig Astill

On Thursday the netballers played two matches against North Tawton. The A team played first and in the first minute of the game Sophia scored twice. Then the North Tawton took the ball and scored a goal.The ball was up and down the court but Chagford managed to score eight more times. Malena scored 4, Daisy 2, Maya 1. The final score was 9-1. Then the B team played and they scored six times. Clara 2, Jess 3 and Charlie M-C 1. They played really well as a team and the end result was 6-0 to the B team!

Well done to all our football and netball players.

Stars of the week

Big Robins Class: George W, Benji and Bramwell for working so well together in writing and illustrating their story: Rory’s don’t run!

Grasshoppers: Ellawyn for your brilliant smile and excellent effort in the classroom. Very well done! Arlo for making a very good effort in your writing – both with your presentation and your content. Well done!

Caterpillars Class: Lewis for his super efforts with our assembly and PSHE work on forgiveness. Lily for going above and beyond with her homework and research into the Ancient Egyptians.

Dragonflies Class: Evie S for making lots of effort in her classwork. Alfie is always working hard and asking for more!

Beetles Class: Chloe G – supporting others in their learning, especially in maths. Henry – a hard working and focused week with lots of great learning

Bees Class: Harry for an amazing enthusiasm and determination in Maths this week. Joe S for being a great friend; helping to sort out arguments and generally being very helpful.


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Caterpillars Class. Silver award to Grasshoppers Class and Bronze to Dragonflies Class. Well done everyone.


Dear Parents, Staff and Friends

Reminder that there is a PTFA meeting at the Ring O’Bells, 8pm on Thursday 3rd May, please come along the main focus will be raising money for the school by selling refreshments such as cakes, soup and quiches at the Two Hills race, committed baking volunteers are desperately needed and very much appreciated.

Kindest regards Nicola Leaman

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 1st May – Year 3/4 Meldon cup at Okehampton 10am – 2pm
  • Thursday 3rd May –  class assembly
  • Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th –  Lost property armistice, be reunited with long lost items

All participants will be emailed with additional details and consents, medical conditions and any donations will need to be completed on your school gateway account.

News and Information

Next week, on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th, we will be having a lost property “armistice”, with all current items on display in the Reception area. Any items not reclaimed by end of day Friday will be passed onto Proper Job or recycling.

GIRLS RUGBY  FUN TRAINING SESSION– YEAR 6 & 7   April 29th 2 – 4 Okehampton Rugby Club

This an opportunity for Year 6 Girls who are keen on Rugby or would like to try it in a fun environment. Many primary school girls really enjoy Tag Rugby and its great there is now an opportunity for them to continue to play. Sessions are delivered by the RFU and Okehampton Rugby Club. The club already do great work with 200 local youngsters and are keen to support more girls continue to enjoy the game.  Teas and Coffees provided for parents .Come along or for more information contact

Mini Music Day – Our own Chris Back has organised a mini music day on Sunday 6th May from 12pm – 10pm at The Horse, Moretonhampstead or email for more information