Our Local Community
Bishopstone school is at the heart of its community and welcomes everyone. Local groups hire the village hall through the school, and all our community are invited to our fairs and events. Our children are taught to care for each other and are aware of who lives in our community through activities such as Harvest Food box deliveries to the local elderly.
Parents/Grandparents and Carers
There are many ways in which parents can support the school and the children's learning. Most importantly it is really helpful when you support your child in coming to school on time every day and ready to learn.
You help best when you share your child's learning experiences by talking to them about their day and supporting them with their home learning. Our more able readers are almost always the children that read at home daily with their parents.
We encourage parents to help in school and welcome any support.
This may be spending time with one class and supporting their learning or hearing different children read. Alternatively if you have specialist skills to offer and would like to work with a group of children, or run a small club please do not hesitate to come into school and discuss this.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact the office in the first instance to express your interest and to discuss your availability
Parents wishing to work regularly in classes or accompany children on visits etc need to have a DBS Clearance.
Our Church Community
The church is an essential part of our school. We have always enjoyed our Vicar (Revd. William O'Connell) coming into the school to take weekly Collective Worship and also to spend time with the children listening to readers, assisting with lessons and leading our Worship Group.
Revd William O'Connell currently joins us in school on a Wednesday morning, working with children in across the two key stages.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited - Plutarch
We are in the heart of a wonderful community, Bishopstone village and also Hinton Parva, just a few miles down the road. For more information about events around us please click on the following link:
A newsletter is distributed to which the school contributes monthly, keeping the local community up to date on what is happening within the school.
We are very lucky to have Beavers/Cubs and Scouts running at the neighbouring village of Wansborough. If you are interested in your child attending please contact:
1st Wanborough Group Scout Leader
Or click here for informative flyer
Alfresco Childcare - wrap around care
The nursery is situated in a scenic three acre plot which includes a large roaming garden and a forested area. The children here follow the early years curriculum (EYFS). Alfresco provides exciting childcare experiences, encouraging empathy with and respect for the natural world of animals, plants and bugs as well as other children, teachers and the wider world.
Tel: 01793 790263
Alfresco Childcare, Bishopstone, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 8PW
The Owl in the Tree - outdoor nursery
We believe that children should be outdoors and having fun within a natural environment as often as possible. Our aim is to provide a safe and secure childcare setting that reconnects children and nature. We are an outdoor pre school for 2-5yrs. We are based in Liddington.
FOBS is currently being strongly steered by Kate Wright and Belinda Nicholls.
Thank you to those that attended the 'start of year' parent talk with a meet and greet with governors after. Cakes provided by FOBs were soon demolished!
First meeting of the new academic year has now happened . . . Friday 14th September - look out for the year of planned events coming soon.
Events 2017-2018 were:
- Monthly fundraisers at the local restaurant - The Burj. This involves wonderful food for £15 a head, with £5 being returned to school per person!
- Christmas fete/disco
- Christmas cards by the children
- Stall at the 'Village pig racing day'
- Duck Trail around Bishopstone - open to the whole Swindon Community - raised £340.05
- Spy Mission for children
- Nibbles and cocktails at the KS2 summer show
- Summer BBQ for parents and children
FOBS also run a weekly tuckshop after school on a Friday, from ice lollies to doughnuts . . all at 50p.
Raised so far this year (June 18) £1090.70p
The Friends of Bishopstone School, is a voluntary fund raising and social organisation. Membership is open to everyone and currently includes parents, teachers as well as members of the wider community.
2016-2017 saw a highly successful year for FOBS. From a karaoke Christmas Disco, an ingenious treasure hunt that saw groups of children exploring the village from top to bottom, seeking clues from all around. The end of the year saw celebration with a wonderful family BBQ at Alfresco with plenty of amusements for the children.
FOBS is on Facebook - click here
FOBS has a Facebook group : Friends of Bishopstone Primary School (FOBS)
Join the FOBS facebook group to keep in touch with fundraising events etc. It is work in progress so any suggestions are welcome!
Email FOBS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here for a copy of the FOBS parent questionnaire - July 2015
A very big thank you from FOBS - July 2015
The survey results have been collated and discussed. Many thanks to those 22 of you who responded (13 by Facebook and 9 using the weblink). Taking the responses into consideration, we have an exciting 2015/16 year to look forward to:
Autumn Term Duck Hunt Bishopstone Apple Juice making Bishopstone Craft Fair Christmas Children's Fair Christmas Cards and gifts designed and made by the children
Spring Term Wine Tasting Kids Easter Disco Sponsored Ridgeway walk and Island Picnic
Summer Term Family Barn Dance Village Fête Stall
Ragtex, ice lollies & biscuits will also continue.
A very big thank you to everyone who has contributed to any event this year. You have raised approximately £2000 this year! This will go towards a new sheltered area in the playground.
In addition, following the Auction of Promises, the school have been offered free admission for a school trip to Warwick Castle next term.
Dancing shoes on......Friday 13th May
Children only! School disco with yummy snacks, £2 per child, slips in to the school office please.
Quiz in the village hall - 15th MAY
Thank you to all the families that took part in our action packed, brain teasing evening that involved questions, wrapping a 'mummy', portraits, music guessing and a run around the playground . . . when the school was shut :-) Well done to the winners, see above for the trophy collection! Over a £100 was raised.
9th Feb 2015 - Toy Sale
Huge thank you to all of you that donated toys and books for our sale after school today. It was a fantastic response and we all appreciated the amount of time that FOBS put into setting it up. The school library has certainly benefited as well! Once the money has been added up we will let you know how much was raised.
Dad's Curry night 27 February 2015
Adam Cooper is organising a 'Dad's curry night', 7-30pm on Friday 27 February at the Burj in Foxhill (SN4 0DR). A great chance to meet up, enjoy a curry and see how we can support the school. If you would like to attend, please contact Adam
Recently FOBS organised a fantastic 'duck hunt' around the village. Over the summer holidays each child was given a duck to decorate with a secret name. In September the ducks were placed around the village with maps and quiz sheets created. Many people from around the community took part, with the winner being a family from Royal Wootton Bassett. Fantastic prizes kindly donated completed a highly successful event. A huge thank you goes to Mrs Burbidge who led this event.
FoBS have regular informal meetings to plan social events and fund raisers for the school which in the past have included:
- Irish Nights
- Band – “Sad Dads”
- Safari Suppers
- Chinese Evening
- Car Treasure Hunts
- Christmas Craft Fair
- Ladies Indulgence Nights
- Cake sales
- International Food Fayre
- Wine Tasting
- Barnyard Bonanza
- Morris Dancing
- German Nights.
Additionally, FoBS members have catered both the school Christmas dinner and Christmas party and regularly serve refreshments at school functions – plays, concerts etc.
Different events raise different amounts of money, but anything raised from a FoBS event is always put to good use in the school and has been used for, among other things:
- A significant contribution toward the construction and decoration of the ICT suite
- Musical instruments
- Subsidising school outings
- ICT equipment and software
- Outdoor play equipment
- Refurbishment of the school toilets.
For further information about FoBS, including how to join, please contact the school administration officer, Mrs Sue Tremlin.