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Parents receive goody bag as children at St Andrew’s CE School enjoy their first day

St Andrew’s CE School gave out goody bags to teary parents as they dropped off their four and five-year-old children at Hampton school.

The thoughtful goodie bag contained a teabag, a chocolate biscuit, and that all-important packet of tissues. It also had a poem attached, which read: “Thank you for leaving your child at St Andrew’s.

“Go home, put your feet up and have a cup of tea. Tissues are inside in case you shed a tear. But there’s no need to worry, we’ll look after them here.

“Learning to read, learning to write and counting up to 20. Making new friends, singing in the rain and junk modelling aplenty.

“Before you blink they’ll be back at home with you. With tales of wonder, of excitement and of learning all things new.”

The idea was suggested by Sharon Mathers, from the school, who said: “I saw the poems and decided to put together a goody bag for the parents as it is very important to us to show them that we have a nurturing and caring ethos, and that we are approachable.

“We want to work in unison with all our parents and carers to build a strong, long-lasting partnership and make them feel assured that their children are happy, safe and learning.”

The school’s headteacher, Andrea Bailey, said: “It is the first time we have done this and we thought we would try something different.

“It’s a big thing for parents and carers when they take their children to school for the first time.

“We have had an immensely positive reaction and hopefully helped parents to relax for a few hours.”

Litter lesson for children from St Andrew’s CE School

PUPILS and staff from St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton, did their bit to help clean up the local environment last week.

Their efforts were part of an ECO week where every child at the school took part in a variety of activities designed to make them feel part of a community both inside and outside the school.

Pupils spent two hours collecting dropped litter close to their school and also learned how litter is not only unsightly, but can be harmful to local wildlife.

This litter pick also complements the successful work of the School’s Eco Council who organise pupil litter patrols, helping classmates to be responsible to care for their own school grounds.

Victoria Reilly, Year 1 Teacher and Eco Coordinator, said: “Well done to all the children and staff for their hard work – they couldn’t believe that people would just throw litter on the ground a few feet away from a bin.”

Andrea Bailey, the school’s headteacher, added: “Educating children to respect the environment and recycle is important.

“We hope that every child at St Andrew’s can share this message about looking after their community – don’t drop litter, keep the streets clean and recycle/reuse whenever you can.”

Hundreds of people enjoy school summer fete

HUNDREDS of people visited the annual summer fete at St Andrew’s School on Saturday 23rd June. This year’s fete has been hailed a resounding success by the PTFA group involved in organising it.

The Fete is always a real hit and this year was no exception. A record number of visitors enjoyed a variety of refreshments including a barbecue and cakes, as well as ice cream and a beer tent.

Stalls lined the school field offering traditional fete favourites such as tombola and games such as ‘Coconut Shy’ and ‘Soak the Teacher!’ Whilst visiting stall holders provided ice creams, penalty shoot-out and archery.

Younger visitors enjoyed face painting, bouncy castles and were able to decorate cupcakes from The Bees Knees Cupcake Company.

The Fire Service were in attendance giving out information, and the children has a special visit from Blaze the Fire Service Mascot.

Music was provided free of charge by DJ Les Croy, and there was live entertainment from the fabulous St Andrew’s School Choir and All Starz Gymnasts who performed show-stopping gymnastic displays to hits from ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack.

Andrea Bailey, Headteacher, thoroughly enjoyed the day and said: “Thanks to the efforts of the dedicated PTFA team and generous parents and carers of our community, the fete has been a phenomenal success. It was a fantastic day for all, made better due to the support and kind donations of local community businesses and organisations.”

School celebrates the Royal Wedding in style

St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton, kicked off the Royal Wedding celebrations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with an afternoon tea party. Dressed in red, white and blue, Reception children held ‘weddings’, hung bunting, designed flags, made crowns and enjoyed royal-themed lessons. As well as learning about traditional Christian weddings, the children have learned about weddings from other cultures and religions.

Savannah said “I enjoyed being a bride in a beautiful dress like Meghan will wear and I will be watching it on TV.”

At the ‘Royal’ tea party, pupils chatted excitedly about the Royal Wedding whilst enjoying a plethora of themed food and drink fit for ‘princes and princesses’, which was generously donated by the children’s parents and carers.

Andrea Bailey, Headteacher said “It has been lovely to get into the spirit of celebration sweeping the nation, helping the children to understand history in the making and support their understating of the British Values of respect, tolerance and beliefs of all faiths and none.”

St Andrew’s Twitchers!

On Monday, every class at St Andrew’s took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Armed with their identification guides, pupils went outside to count the birds that landed within the school’s grounds. Then, on Thursday afternoon, Eco Club collated all the results and they were submitted to the RSPB via their website. They observed a variety of common garden birds including, robins, dunnocks, blackbirds and wood pigeons. Here are some of the things the children said about the bird watching:

Gabriel Year 3 – ‘Oh look, it’s a wood pigeon.  Oh, and another, and another!

Tomas Year 3 – ‘Look in this tree, we have just found a birds nest and it is full of eggs.’

Evie Year 3 – ‘Wow, look at all the birds hiding in the bush.’

Katy Year 1 – ‘I can see a little brown bird in the hedge, I think it is a dunnock.’

Jacob Year 1 – ‘I have got seven dunnocks on my tally chart.’

Fantastic ‘twitching’ St Andrew’s – Ornithologists in the making!


School Opens Despite Snow!

Whilst many of the schools in Evesham and surrounding areas were closed on Tuesday, St Andrew’s CE School opened their doors! Despite the snow, all staff and the majority of children wrapped up warm and came to school. Key Stage 1 children thoroughly enjoyed performing their wonderful Christmas Nativity, ‘A Midwife Crisis’ in front of friends and family, whilst our Reception children had the most magical day when they visited Santa’s Grotto at Smart Trees in Bishampton, near Pershore. They met the reindeers, frolicked in the crisp white snow, and to end a perfect day, they all received a present from the man himself…….Santa!

Mrs Bailey, Headteacher, said “Having established that local roads were clear and routes safe for children to travel, it was a huge team effort to make sure the school was safe for the children to be in on Tuesday. We are very proud and grateful to the staff, children and their families for their help and support. The snow just added extra festive atmosphere and spirit to the nativity performances and visit to Santa at Smart Trees.’

New After School Karate Club Starts

United Sport Karate Organisation (USKO) and St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton, have teamed up to offer an after school Karate Club!

St Andrew’s is the first school in Evesham and surrounding areas to offer USKO Karate Club, where children are able to become members, receive suits and take gradings for different coloured belts, enabling them to progress through the levels; the ultimate goal being a Black Belt in Wadō-ryū

St Andrew’s has fantastic facilities, and their school hall is a perfect place to host the sessions.

The aim of the Club is to teach children karate techniques, punches, kicks, blocks, katas and punch bag work. It is a great way of getting fit and USKO is also designed to instil discipline and improve people’s confidence. All this is coupled with having fun and giving children goals to work towards.

USKO is a local family run karate organisation that has been inexistence for over 20 years. Karate instructors, father and son, Ed and Luke Mountney run the club at St Andrew’s which was full within hours of being advertised! Both St Andrew’s and USKO are delighted with the interest in the club.

This week, pupils have been graded for their first karate belt (white and red) and as you can see from the photograph, they have been successful.

Luke stated “since starting the Club at St Andrew’s, both my father and I have been extremely impressed with the children’s attitude, focus and commitment. St Andrew’s is the perfect environment to teach children karate and we look forward to sharing their future successes.”

Andrea Bailey, Headteacher at St Andrew’s said “We are very excited to be the first school in Evesham to give our children the opportunity to be part of the USKO. We are incredibly proud to see them awarded with their first belt, which they have achieved through hard work, resilience and discipline.”

If anyone is interested in a free trial karate lesson at Evesham Leisure Centre or at the Cropthorne Village Hall, please contact Ed or Luke on 01386 831695.

Children in Need 2017

SCHOOLS, businesses and residents from across the Vale will today be taking part in a host of fund-raising events for BBC Children in Need. The annual fund-raising extravaganza returns for another year and as ever the UK is set to raise millions of pounds for disadvantaged children across the country. Kind-hearted residents, schools and businesses are set to do their bit for the annual appeal with fund-raising events taking place across the Vale. Yesterday St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton welcomed Pudsey Bear for their day of fund-raising activities. Youngsters at the school donated £1 to dress as their hero – with pupils dressing up as policemen and women, nurses and batgirls. In total the Hampton school raised a total of £243 for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal. Let us know what you’re doing today to raise money for Children in Need. Send your pictures and fund-raising details to to feature on our website. 

St Andrew’s CE School in Evesham hold special assembly to remember the fallen

ON Friday morning, St Andrew’s CE School held a special assembly to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the two World Wars and the British soldiers killed or injured since 1945. Following a period of silence, Year 4 pupils then paid poetic tributes to the fallen. Also in attendance was the School’s chairman of Governors, Michael Hunter, who stated “I was very impressed that all the pupils were extremely respectful throughout the Act of Remembrance.” Representatives from the school will also be attending the Remembrance parade and Armistice Day commemorations which are being held in Evesham on Sunday.

St Andrew’s pupils donate much-needed food to the town’s foodbank

KIND-hearted pupils at an Evesham school have donated much-needed food to the town’s foodbank as part of their Harvest Festival. St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton recently handed over tinned, packet and fresh food to the Caring Hands Food Bank at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre.

Following a Harvest Service at St Andrew’s Church, the School Ambassadors, along with the Headteacher Andrea Bailey, gave the food that had been generously donated by the pupils’ family and friends to Diane Bennett from Caring Hands. At the service, Diane also explained to the pupils how the donations really do make a difference to those who need support from the foodbank.

Diane said: “Thank you so much to all the children and their parents and carers for their continued support and generosity. The food will be used in the food bank and the fresh produce will be used in the drop-in diner where we provide meals twice-weekly for people in need in our community.” Harriet Batchelor, a Year 5 School Ambassador, added: “I think our Harvest collection is really kind because we help people less fortunate than we are.”

St Andrews CE School in Evesham praised after ‘good’ new Ofsted report

A SCHOOL has continued to make good progress according to Ofsted inspectors.

St Andrew’s CE School in Evesham has been rated good during a recent inspection.

In particular, the primary school was praised for its ‘welcoming’ atmosphere and ‘good quality of education.’

The report, addressed to headteacher Andrea Bailey, said: “You and the leadership team have made sure that the good quality of education in the school has been maintained since the last inspection.

“Since your appointment, the pace of change has increased and the school is moving forwards strongly.

“Over the past year, you and the deputy headteacher have tightened up many of the school’s procedures.

“You have also strengthened arrangements for managing the performance of staff.

“You hold teachers firmly to account for the progress of their pupils and you have not held back from challenging underperformance.

“This was not the case in previous years and your current assessments show that you have tackled this successfully.”

Mrs Bailey said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the recent inspection, that recognised the hard work and commitment of pupils, staff and governors.

“This has resulted in the pace of change at St Andrew’s increasing and the school moving forward strongly.

“As a growing school, it is our priority to retain the family feel of the school and the core values that support everything we do. We are proud that this was reflected in the report.

“The children are a credit to the school and enthused over school life during the inspection, reinforcing the happy, safe, inclusive and stimulating environment that is so important to the whole school community.

“To support the school as it continues to grow, Governors have established a four year strategic plan and we look forward to building on this to serve the community, by providing the best possible opportunities for all.”

The report added that to improve further, the school should increase the amount of pupils working at greater depth in writing and mathematics, especially in those year groups where the figures are lower than the school expects.

Pupils from St Andrew’s CE School aim to put their stamp on history at Bloor Homes site at The Hamptons, Evesham

SCHOOL children have created a time capsule by selecting objects representing their area. Inspired by the idea of creating their own piece of history, children at The Hamptons, a Bloor Homes site in Evesham, buried various items. Pupils from St Andrew’s CE School buried items which would inform future generations of what life was like in 2017. There were a wide variety of objects placed inside the time capsule including photos of the pupils, family trees, a list of prices for a pint of milk, national and local newspapers, fidget spinners and letters.

THE HISTORIC Almonry is marking its 60th anniversary as a museum with a summer exhibition celebrating stories of caring, sharing and giving.

In the build-up to the exhibition the Almonry has been running the ‘We’re All Stories’ project.

The project partnered storyteller, Peter Chand, and textile artist, Sue Chand, with St Andrew’s C of E First School and adult volunteers who were asked to create a six-word story based around the theme of caring, sharing and giving. Each story was then expanded into a longer story and transformed into a piece of textile art. The creative pupils at St Andrew’s also created four long fabric banners with their story textiles. The adults’ stories have been woven into story cloths using a traditional Japanese paper spinning and weaving technique. Their creations will go on display as part of the exhibition, which will be opened tomorrow by the Mayor of Evesham, Coun Richard Jones, at 11am at the Almonry Museum. There will be readings from some of the children who took part in the project at the exhibition opening. Peter Chand will also be weaving some of his own magical stories and there will be the opportunity for residents to create their own six-word story. And the museum will be asking people to make a pledge in the spirit of caring, sharing and giving. Pledges can be anything from keeping your bedroom tidy to making regular donations to charity and can be placed on the museum’s pledge tree. Almonry Manager, Ashleigh Jayes, said: “This has been a great project, the chance to work with great artists like Peter and Sue was an opportunity not to be missed. “The school children have been so creative with their stories and textiles and the adult stories really reflect the purpose of the project. “I’m really looking forward to the exhibition and the opportunity to share these stories with our visitors.” Entry to the museum will be free all day and the exhibition will be on display until Sunday, September 24. Visit for more information.

St Andrews CE children enjoy visit from West Mercia Police

CHILDREN at St Andrew’s CE School enjoyed a visit from the Evesham Safer Neighbourhood Team PC 3879 Stanley and PC SO Kempton. They told the children all about the job that they do and what to do in an emergency. Mrs Mathers, the school’s communications officer said: “The children had great fun sitting in the marked police vehicle with the light and sirens turned on, and some of them asked to see what it was like in the prisoner caged area of the vehicle. “The pupils were extremely enthusiastic and mature, asking lots of well thought out questions.”

School children at St Andrew’s CE School enjoy boating experience on the River Avon

CHILDREN at St Andrew’s CE School took to the river as part of an initiative to encourage healthy habits. Year four and year five pupils took part in the event for the first time in the school’s history. Students had the chance to learn about river safety and learn about the river environment as well as taking in some of the views on the River Avon. Andrea Bailey, headteacher said: “Having worked with Andy Train, former Olympic Paddler, in previous schools, I was aware of the benefits to the children of participating in Bell-Boating activities.” “The children can’t wait to take part in the inter-schools regatta in June and who knows, the next Olympic paddler may have been inspired.” The children will now take part in the inter-schools regatta in June.

 St Andrews CE pupil rewarded for designing logo for Hampton Flower Show

A FIVE year old pupil has designed the logo for this year’s Hampton Flower Show. Erin Lilley was presented with a £10 gift token after pupils at St Andrew’s CE Primary School were challenged to design the logo for promotional material. Wychavon councillor for Great Hampton and chairman of the flower show, Ged Bearcroft was on hand to present the token to Erin. Cllr Bearcroft said: “We’re really pleased that children at St Andrew’s CE Primary School have embraced our logo design competition and I was delighted to be invited to the school achievement assembly to hand out the prize to Erin. “It took a lot of deliberation as there was a very high standard, but Erin’s design really shone out and it will now be visible on all of our literature going forward including posters, leaflets and the website as we promote Hampton Flower Show.” Hampton Flower Show will take place on Saturday September 30 at 1pm and will be a celebration of the heritage of the vale of Evesham. Cllr Bearcroft added: “We will shortly be advertising the list of categories that people can take part in at the flower show. “One of the categories will be aimed at the school children of St Andrews. “We will be giving each child a sunflower plant to nurture and when the time comes we will have the photos of the fully-grown plants to display in the show marquee. “We aim to make the event a fun-filled family day with plenty of stalls, entertainment and crafts to participate in. “There will be food and refreshments available on the day and we hope to receive backing not only from local people, but also from the wider community of the vale of Evesham.”

Pupils in Evesham and Pershore join in the fun of World Book Day

YOUNGSTERS from Evesham and Pershore fell in love with reading again thanks to World Book Day. Among those celebrating were children and staff from the Pinvin Federation dressed up as their favourite book characters. Favourites such as Oliver Twist, The Worst Witch, Dorothy, Little Red Riding Hood, Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry Potter, Obelix, Mary Poppins, James Bond, Fantastic Mr Fox and a selection of Marvel Avengers graced the school corridors and classrooms of Pinvin CE First School and St Nicholas CE Middle School. Both schools selected winners from each year group for the most unique or impressive fancy dress, and the pupils each received a book token as their prize. During the day there was also a Drop Everything and Read session where teachers shared their own favourite childhood stories with their classes and children at the two schools were encouraged to share their books and read to each other. Laura Smith, acting assistant headteacher, said: “It was a great opportunity to bring a love of books and reading across the curriculum for the whole day. “Children and staff really embraced the occasion and made reading come alive. “Children loved seeing the staff dress up and join in the event with them.” At Pershore High School, year 8 pupils enjoyed a visit from Olivia Levez, a local teacher and writer. She talked to students about her book The Island, which was published last year. Students also dressed up as their favourite characters. Meanwhile, pupils at St Andrews CE First School in Hampton, near Evesham, also donned a series of colourful outfits for the 20th World Book Day.

Ancient Greek day for pupils at St Andrew’s

Jessica Aldington and Kaylee Ballard, from St Andrew’s CE School dressed up for an ancient greek day

PUPILS from an Evesham school enjoyed an Ancient Greek Olympic day. The children arrived at St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton to discover they were in teams named after different gods. They tried out javelin, long-jump, shot put, sprint races and an Olympic torch relay. The pupils were asked to accurately measure distances and record times for themselves. They later created a news report on the games which they later recorded using iPads. Pupils at the school described the day as “really fun and very exciting.”

Mummification challenge for St Andrew’s CE First School pupils

Pupils from St Andrews CE School learned about Eygptian mummys

PUPILS from years 3 and 4 at St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton, near Evesham were transported back to Ancient Egyptian times. They were visited by a curator, Mr Egypt, from the British Museum who spoke to the children about Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, Egyptian Maths and the Afterlife. The children asked questions about mummification, the Pyramids and Hieroglyphs. The children also handled many artefacts which were up to 5,000 years old! Sharon Mathers, from the school, said: “The children had a wonderful day, but the highlight was the ‘mummy wrapping contest’! “We had lots of ‘mummified’ children!”

St Andrew’s CE School, in Evesham, celebrates opening new multi-million pound building

A MULTI-million pound school building was officially opened at a special ceremony attended by the Bishop of Worcester. St Andrew’s CE School, in Hampton, Evesham, threw open the doors to its £2.32 million Key Stage 2 building on Wednesday, December 7. Construction work finished over the summer holidays and guests to the launch event were able to tour the building’s new, state-of-the-art facilities. Pupils and staff can now use the brand new classrooms, satellite library, flexible learning space for information technology, personal learning areas and bespoke ‘nurture room’ with integrated kitchen and garden. Headteacher Andrea Bailey said: “It is just phenomenal. The children have responded so well to it. “The state-of-the-art facilities are just wonderful, it has really helped them to be inspired with their learning. “It is a very special place for them to learn.” The Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, cut the ribbon to officially open the building, while other guests attending the event included Councillor Tony Miller, chairman of Worcestershire County Council. Entertaining guests were the ‘Andrewettes’ choir who performed a selection of Christmas songs before the group headed out to tour the new building, accompanied by pipe music. The Key Stage 2 building project was funded by Worcestershire County Council, while a £30,000 grant from Sport England – along with fundraising by the school – allowed St Andrew’s to redevelop the existing outdoor play space. The play area now includes an enclosed hard-play, multi-use games area for sports such as tennis, football and basketball. Refurbishment and extension of the school’s main building was finished more than a year ago at a cost of £1.2 million.

MP observes two minutes silence with schoolchildren

AN Evesham school welcomed an MP to help observe a two minutes silence for Armistice day. Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire, was at St Andrew’s School, Hampton, for the 11am silence on the 11th day of the 11th month. The school’s key stage 2 pupils fell silent to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the two World Wars and the British soldiers killed or injured since 1945. Pupils then paid poetic tributes to the fallen. Mr Huddleston also took a tour of the school’s new key stage 2 building and talked politics with year 5 pupils, telling them how elected officials work and what happens in Parliament. Mr Huddleston said: “I have had a wonderful time which included a tour of the school and meeting many pupils, teachers and staff. “The school’s facilities are outstanding and the atmosphere was excellent. I also had the honour of joining in with their moving Remembrance Service and I was particularly touched to hear the names of the former pupils who died in the First World War, read out by year 5 pupils.”

St Andrew’s CE School hoping to secure more funding from Tesco Bags for Life initiative


Children from St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to enhance their outdoor learning area. The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects. Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and from next month, shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. St Andrew’s CE School is one of the groups on the shortlist. The initial award of £8,000 will allow the school to replace and update the outdoor adventure play trail. If they are successful in securing further funding of £2,000 or £4,000, it will enable them to work with pupils to further enhance their outdoor learning environment.  Some of the children’s wonderful ideas include an outdoor learning classroom, quiet seating areas with raised planters to grow fruit and vegetables and a role play stage. Charlie Crump, Year 5 School Councillor, said “Thank you Tesco very much, we appreciate the money that has been given us and we will look after our equipment and use it safely. We are so excited and can’t wait to learn and play on our new equipment. Please vote for us when you go to Tesco.”  Voting is open in the Evesham store from 31st October – 13th November.  Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year. Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success. “In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 – that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects. “We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas. “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.” Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy. “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. “They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods. “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Primary school doubles in size thanks to £2.3 million project

Our Phase 2 Building

Our Phase 2 Building

AN ambitious expansion at an Evesham school has been completed. A bespoke new building has been created thanks to the £2.3 million project to double the size of St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton. The school was able to work with builders Interclass and Jacobs to design the new building, which was funded by Worcestershire County Council. Pupils returned to school this term to new state-of-the-art classrooms, a satellite library facility and an Information Technology flexible learning space. The school also now has personal learning areas and a bespoke nurture room with an integrated kitchen and outdoor garden. Thanks to Sport England for their grant of £30,000, the existing play space was redeveloped, and now includes a dedicated, enclosed, hard-play multi-use games area for sports such as tennis, football and basketball. Andrea Bailey, headteacher, said: “We are thrilled that this project is now complete and the extra space fully complements our nurturing ethos and embedded approach to child-centred learning. “Moreover, this building has allowed us to provide the community of Evesham with the best possible learning environment for their child, developing children who are proud of their school and making the most of the opportunities available through the resources provided at St Andrew’s”. The school was asked by Worcestershire County Council, the local education authority, to expand after experiencing growing demand from the expanding Hampton area. The building work was completed during the summer holidays. Jamie Travis, contracts manager at Interclass, said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in this exciting project which has created a fantastic learning environment for the expanding local community.” An official opening event will be held in November. Anyone wishing to see the new school can visit during one of its upcoming open days.

Evesham teacher retiring after successful 43 years

RETIRING: Mary Daffurn, who is retiring from her roles at St Andrew's CE School. Pictures with headteacher Adam Spencer, and pupils Harry Tustin, Jake Kinnersley, Kyle Sadler and Daisy-Mae Murray. A teacher is retiring after 43 years teaching in Worcestershire Schools. Mary Daffurn began her teaching career in September 1973 at Honeybourne School and has worked in various different schools in and around Evesham and Broadway.  She will step down at the end of this academic year from her role as Early Years lead and Assistant Headteacher at St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton, where she has worked for 27 years. Mary Daffurn said “To me, St Andrew’s School is what a school should be and during my time here, I have been fortunate to work with some truly inspiring leaders and teachers and to have had fantastic parental support, and most importantly, to have taught enthusiastic children who wanted to learn! She added “Although there have been many changes in education through the years, I have always stayed true to my beliefs”. Headteacher Adam Spencer said: “We are very sad to see Mary leave our school, but wish her a very happy retirement. She has had an immeasurable impact on the school and leaves our Early Years provision in an extremely strong position”. He added “Her kindness and dedication to everyone at St Andrew’s CE School has been remarkable and she will be sorely missed. Former pupil Rosie Black said “I was taught by Mary Daffurn in Reception and absolutely loved it. She made learning fun and always took time to include all abilities. She was always supportive and whenever I see her now (even 20 years later) she remembers who I am and remembers teaching me which is incredible”. A current Year 5 pupil, Danielle Foster, added “she always made sure learning was fun”. The whole school celebrated the occasion by holding a special tea party and leavers’ assembly to mark this wonderful achievement.

Quality award for St Andrews CE School

A NATIONAL accolade for quality has been awarded to St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton, Evesham for its work in developing its pupils learning, behaviour, well-being and self-esteem. The Quality Lead Award has been developed by education charity Achievement for All (AfA), and recognises the work being done by the school to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for all pupils. St Andrew’s CE School has been working in partnership with the charity since 2012, and has seen a marked improvement in many aspects including working with parents and carers on children’s targets as part of the AfA framework. Adam Spencer, headteacher, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded quality lead status and are proud to be the first school in Evesham to be presented with the award. “Regular conversations with parents strengthen links between home and school, removing barriers and providing a consistent support system for the child and clear, personalised targets. “The award celebrates the strategic planning that has helped the school focus on making those marginal gains, often small changes to our practice which when combined have led to even better outcomes for our students and their families. “Achievement for All has been an overwhelming success at our school and ties in with our vision to provide the very best start for every child so they achieve to their full potential.” Laura Bromberg, regional director at Achievement for All, said: “We are delighted to present St Andrew’s CE School with this prestigious award – a real stamp of quality for their high standards in leadership, teamwork, quality of teaching and pupil progress. “The target groups we have been working with have made more than expected progress and are closing the gap with their peers. “However, it’s not just the target groups who have made significant progress. “Our programmes are designed to be a whole school improvement tool and St Andrew’s CE School has shown a continued commitment and success in improving outcomes for all children across the whole school and that of other children within the local area. “Achievement for All believes that every child can progress, and through our programmes we hope to enable every child to be the best that they can be regardless of background, challenge, or need. A huge congratulations to teachers, parents and children at St Andrew’s CE for all their hard work. A truly deserved award.”

Daisy’s volcanic bedroom design is set to erupt in Evesham showhome

A volcanic bedroom design by an imaginative local pupil is being brought to life by Bloor Homes at its new showhome in Hampton, Evesham. Daisy Murray, a Year Four pupil at St Andrew’s C of E Primary School in the village, created an oriental-inspired scheme which included an erupting Japanese volcano. The design won first prize in the Design a Bedroom Competition for Bloor’s The Hamptons development. The scheme, which also included Japanese lanterns and a mural of blossom flowers on the walls, will now be used by interior designer Sarah Thomas to create the bedroom in the showhome at the development off Pershore Road. Sally Holt, Regional Sales Manager for Bloor Homes, said: “I would like to congratulate Daisy for her imaginative design, and for all of the effort she must have put in to her wonderful entry. “It was difficult to choose a winner because of the quality of all the entries, but Daisy’s design showed us something unique which will look fantastic in the new showhome at The Hamptons. “It is now our job to make Daisy’s vision a reality and to do her design justice. We look forward to being able to welcome Daisy to the showhome when the design has been completed so she can marvel at her creation brought to life. “We would also like to congratulate the runners-up in the competition and everyone else who took the time and effort to produce a bedroom design, and give our thanks to them.” The runners-up in Bloor Homes’ competition were Olivia Hancock and Mason Rimmer. Daisy, Olivia and Mason were presented with gift vouchers as a thank you and congratulations for their fantastic designs. Adam Spencer, head teacher at St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, said: “The children were really excited about the competition. The chance to see their design replicated in real life really motivated them. “The winning design was inspired by the topic her class had been studying that term and we are really eager to see her design in the showhome.” The Hamptons is a development of two to four-bedroom homes located on the outskirts of Evesham. For more information, call 01386 897860 or visit Caption –

  • Left to right: St Andrew’s head teacher Adam Spencer, Olivia Hancock, Daisy Murray, Mason Rimmer and Bloor Homes sales advisor Jessica Hewlett with the winning design


Community built Sensory Garden opens at St Andrew’s School in Hampton, Evesham

IMG_2633 Primary school children from St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton are celebrating the opening of their new Sensory Garden.  A previously grassed-over area has been transformed into a beautiful space, specifically designed to stimulate the senses through the use of raised borders with scented plants; a textured walk way underneath an arched pergola and outdoor seating.  The children have been watching the regeneration of their garden with anticipation and are now finally able to relax, unwind and enjoy their new area. The creation, made only possible with grant funding from NatWest Bank in Evesham and the St Andrew’s School Supporters’ Association (SASSA), is a welcomed feature to the school which is currently undergoing expansion due to the community of Hampton growing over the last few years. Phase 2 of the School’s building work will be completed at the end of the summer term, and will provide the children with a fantastic new state of the art building which has been designed to complement the school’s nurturing ethos and embedded approach to child-centred learning. The Garden will complement the imminent landscaping and redevelopment of the existing play space, including a dedicated, enclosed, hard-play Multi-use Games Area. One of our children said, “I love sitting and chatting to my friends and looking at all the beautiful flowers and plants.” Adam Spencer, Headteacher of the school said “We are all delighted with our new Sensory Garden and the transformation has been a fantastic achievement.  The children are very proud of it and our Eco Team are already busy maintaining the Garden. We are extremely grateful to NatWest and SASSA for funding this project.” He added “I would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the volunteers from NatWest Bank and the parents and carers of children at our wonderful school who gave up their time to plant the flowers, shrubs and herbs, all of which have been carefully selected for their scent, touch, colour and taste”.

Pupils try their new football kits on for size!

Young athletes at St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton will now look the part when they proudly represent their school in a local Inter-School Football Tournament, which they are organising at Ashdown Farm, Badsey Road on Friday 22nd April 2016. Their brand new kit, which was excitedly received by the children, has very kindly been purchased by the organisers of Evesham Truck Show; Lisa and Shawn Beasley whose daughters attend St Andrew’s and are the co-owners of H and I Transport, one of the main sponsors of the Show. Deputy Headteacher, Adam Spencer said “The School is extremely grateful for the generosity of H & I Transport for their kind donation. The children will be very proud to represent their school wearing their amazing new kits”. Evesham Truck Show will be open to the public on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April. For further information on the great event, please go to their website

Book characters come to life at St Andrew’s School’s World Book Day

YOUNGSTERS from St Andrew’s First School, in Evesham, showed off their creativity as they took part in World Book Day. While all the school made a huge effort and produced some imaginative costumes in their favourite book characters, one from each year group was awarded a £5 WHSmith voucher as prizes for the best. The winners were Jessica Aldington as a character from the Book of Life, Lilith Thomas-Gwillam, a character from James and the Giant Peach, Sam Lilley as Stick Man, Lenny Morris as The Poisonous Piffleworm, Leila Welland as Tabby Mctat, Imogen Broderick-Piggott as Cruella De Vil and Sean O’Connell as William, from Goodnight Mister Tom.

EVESHAM scholars were put through their paces by a gold medal winning Paralympic athlete when she dropped in at St Andrew’s School, in Hampton, to promote the benefits of sport

Katrina Hart visited the school as part of the Sports For Schools project, with one excited youngster describing the visit as: “Awesome”. The project not only inspires children to do more sport but has raised more than £1.75million for PE equipment for schools. Katrina, won gold in the women’s 100m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, and bronze at the London 2012 Olympics. She is now in training to compete at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016, and led the children and staff through a series of challenging circuits to music. She said: “The pupils were responsive and they all gave 100 per cent in the circuit. I was really impressed with the support and involvement of the teachers during the session and would love to go back to the school again.” Adam Spencer, deputy headteacher at St Andrew’s, said the children took part with great motivation and enthusiasm. “The sight of 189 children undertaking such an event was truly fantastic,” he added.

Food bank to get donation boost as School celebrates Harvest Festival

Food-bank Children at St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton, Evesham donated tinned and packet food to the Caring Hands Food Bank at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre as part of their Harvest Festival. Following a Harvest Service at St Andrew’s Church in Hampton, the School Councillors, along with the Deputy Headteacher, delivered the food that had been generously donated by the children’s family and friends. Deputy Headteacher Adam Spencer said “it is part of our school’s Christian ethos to understand the need to help others less fortunate than ourselves.” Staff at the food bank were overwhelmed with people’s generosity and they explained to the children how the donations really do make a difference to local people’s lives.

St Andrew’s proves it is top of its class

eco-schools-image The future is not just bright for St Andrew’s School in Hampton, it’s green! Environmentally friendly pupils from the school shot to the top of the award stakes by securing their THIRD coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, making St Andrew’s officially one of the most ecologically friendly schools in the country. The pupils have been working hard to transform their school’s daily routine into one that benefits the environment, saves money and improves the school’s surroundings. The teachers and other staff have been ensuring education for sustainability is incorporated right across the school, with the associated benefits to pupil’s learning, wellbeing and confidence. Managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, Eco-Schools asks schools to set up a committee involving pupils from all years. They set to work on a school audit that highlights areas of the school that could be made more environmentally friendly. The Eco-Committee then creates an action plan to help the pupils deliver big changes, whilst also involving the whole school and spreading eco-messages into the wider community. Headteacher David Coaché said, “Obtaining our third Green Flag Award is something that the whole school can be proud of. Each pupil will be able to take away some degree of satisfaction in the knowledge that their actions year-on-year have significantly altered their local and global environment. It has been a fantastic initiative for all involved, however it is by no means over, as the greater challenge is to maintain what we have achieved so far and look towards ways of improving even further.” The benefits of working towards an award such as the Green Flag extend beyond the improvement of the environmental quality of the school. The programme gives pupils a sense of responsibility and pride in what they have achieved. With this comes the hope that pupils will continue this behaviour in the wider community and for the rest of their lives. The international Eco-Schools programme was founded in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) a non-governmental and non-profit organisation aiming to promote sustainable development through environmental education. The Eco-Schools programme currently runs in 59 countries around the world.