Dear Parents and Friends

Thank you for all your support through this last academic year. This summer term has rushed past us all and I cannot quite believe that we have reached the last day of term. It has been a fantastic year with so many memories made and the children have all worked extremely hard throughout the year.

There is a sense of change around the building today. Children are beginning to talk about their new classes in September after their moving on morning on Tuesday, well thought of staff are leaving us and of course our Year 6 pupils are heading off to experience the wider opportunities at Okehampton College.

I would like to wish all our Year 6 children the best of luck in their new adventures in September. They leave Chagford C E Primary School well prepared for the challenges ahead however even though they are small in number they will leave a huge gap! It has been an absolute delight to know each and every one of them and they are not only a credit to the school but to you as parents too. I am sure that we will still see them all around and about – our ex- pupils do have a habit of visiting us; which is great but we do wish them all well.

Our new build will be commencing during the summer holidays according to the agreed plan, so when the children come back in September the school field will look slightly different. It will be an exciting year watching the school literally rise up from the field but the normality of school life will continue for all your children back in the existing school building. We will of course keep you all updated as things progress during the build process over the academic year. The new school is planned to be open in September 2018.

It has been a pleasure and honour to be the Head of Chagford School for another year and the children and staff make this school a very special place. If you haven’t experienced another school at all, you can be forgiven for not realizing how special this school is. I am always very proud of our children and this year has certainly not disappointed across all areas of the curriculum. Our Key Stage 2 SATs results were superb and in line with National expectations, we have been commended time after time on how polite and well-mannered our children are when out and about on visits and our sporting achievements this year have been outstanding for a small rural school. I couldn’t be more proud and I know that the teachers feel the same.

I would like to personally thank all the school staff for helping to make this school the fantastic place that it is; often going over and above all expectations to make the curriculum broad and balanced and give your children such wonderful experiences. Sincere thanks must go to the school governors for dedicating their time voluntarily to help lead and support the school team in such demanding and changing times of education, to Selina and her PTFA team for raising the much needed funds to provide additional resources for your children, to Revd Paul, Wez and Jon for their dedication to the spiritual well-being of our children, to Chantal for her commitment to the outdoor learning environment and of course the children for their wonderful enthusiasm for learning over this year.

I do hope that you all have a very restful summer break and I look forward to seeing the children return to school again on Tuesday 5th September 2017.

Stars of the Week

Big Robins : Jamey for determination and resilience during the run around the field challenge; running a total of 10 laps. Millie for always being the keenest singer in the front row!

Moles: The entire Moles Class for a excellent end to a excellent year!

Hedgehog: The whole of Hedgehog class for being a credit to our classroom and to our school.

Otter: Otter Class for the camp, amazing resilience and behavior. Was an absolute please and thoroughly enjoyed it. They were a credit to Chagford School.

Badger: Bryony for her hard work this year in maths and literacy. Mimi for her determination to keep on moving during the “Cancer Awareness/Goodbye to the field “run.

Fox: Geraud for confidently performing a Michael Rosen poem to the class. Connor for enthusiasm in Science throughout the year.
Red Deer
: Biba and Kate for working really hard to prepare for leaving events.l Rosen poem to the class


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is  Red Deer  class. Silver and Bronze awards to Otter class and Mole class. Well done everyone.

Dates for your Diary

Please check the school calendar for more dates and information.

Tuesday 5th September – FIRST DAY OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

Friday 22nd September  – School photographs

Autumn 17 Menu – Aut17 Menu


The Grand Finale to our Animation Project was Fridays showing of the 4 house groups films. Maureen and Julia worked all week to create the wonderful animations of the children’s puppets and I think it’s fair to say that we were all amazed at how creative the children are and how much fun we all had. So a huge thank you to Maureen Selwood and her very patient and understanding family for a massively successful project. The films will be published to the website very soon for you to view if you missed it or you just want to watch it again!

Our animation, that we created during our animation week titled ‘All Creatures great and small’  in now up for you to watch.          Password: CPS_allcreatures

  • this is an external site with works for various audiences, some videos might not be age appropriate, so parents may want to explore the other videos to check first about content before allowing their children access.

Thank you for all you Active Kids Vouchers, together we collected 17002 which will be spent on sporting and cooking equipment.

Throwleigh and Gidleigh Horticultural Show at Providence Chapel on Saturday 19th August, Are you under 14 years old and live near the parish of Throwleigh or Gidley? Then why not enter the annual Horticultural show (for more information please contact Julia Sanchez on 07817656743).

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE – Please see the link to for more information on this Summer’s challenge or ask about it in your local library!  – LINK lib

Health centre timetable – OH Summer Hoilday Timetable 2017

MArk Goodman – Football news

Hello everyone, Welcome to the more irregular Summer e-bulletin.  We have news mainly around what is happening with regard to the Chagford School Football in next school year – but also related to what we want to do over the summer too.
Before we start, I would like to say how delighted I was to receive the 2017 Clubman of the Year Award at the Chagford FC Annual General Meeting; a lovely silver salver.  I think it is really a testament to the work of the whole team, really, who help to provide youth football in Chagford for our children to enjoy; so, thank you everyone. 

School Football
Our after school clubs have now finished for the Summer term and we look forward to next year with a clear head.
The new school build has required us to think somewhat differently next year, with the limits on available outside space.  We, at Chagford FC, have been talking to the school about how we can help with this. The following is the plan at the moment (always subject to external and unknown issues).

Curriculum-based and school team
The older years, including the football team – school time; curriculum based – We have a planned schedule of activities around the FA Skills Template to deliver within curriculum time.  For practical reasons this will need to be delivered on whatever outside space is available within the school grounds while the building work is going on. We are working with the powers that be to ensure that happens over the time of the build.  This is likely to be in the early part of the Autumn term before the ground we do have becomes too unusable through usage and weather. Within this will be the schedule of school matches; these will be home (at the Memorial Ground) and away.

After School Clubs – older age groups – In the interests of inclusion, we are looking to allocate Wednesday after school club to the Years 3 to 6 age groups.  This will include any child; whether or not they wish to be involved in the school team but any from those age groups.  Given the potential numbers and range of abilities (and therefore the appropriate session plans) this will need to be undertaken at the Memorial Ground; this is our only choice as we need sufficient space.  I am working with the management to make sure this can happen.  In practical terms this would mean that there will need to be some thought, from parents, school and club as to how children will be transferred from the school to the Memorial Ground on any given Wednesday.  We have asked Craig abound his involvement in this and so hopefully would have both of us involved.

After school clubs – younger age group will remain on the school site, I’m of a mind to run a similar Year 1 and 2 (KS1) club as I do now.  Given the children are smaller and the numbers less (so we need less space for activities), then I think that running this from what ground we have available at the school should be fine.

Summer football

We had talked about running some football workshops for the children over the summer.  While we had positive responses, the numbers were very low.  In order to make it worthwhile for the children we do need to have at least 10 signed up.  So far we are nowhere near that number of interested children but as a final request, please answer the following quick poll – click here As always, any issues, questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact me. Mark and the team.