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, joining us on trips and leading our Worship Group. Throughout lock down we continued this bond with Revd Bill sending us Collective Worship via the internet.
Sadly Revd William O'Connell retired on January 1st 2021 and no longer joins us in school on a Wednesday morning.
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, click here:
A newsletter is distributed to which the school contributes monthly, keeping the local community up to date on what is happening within the school. Example below.
February 2021 - page 6
We are very lucky to have Beavers/Cubs and Scout groups running at the neighbouring village of Wanborough. If you are interested in your child attending please contact click here to go to the online form.
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
FOBS is currently looking to recruit new members to start up again in September 2021.
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.
FOBS is on Facebook - click here
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
Curry Nights - once a month a fantastic deal at the Burj - three course meal for the cost of £15, £5 from each cost goes back to the school. Contact Kate Wright for dates.
Previous Events include:
- 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
- Spy Mission for children
- Nibbles and cocktails at the KS2 summer show
- Summer BBQ for parents and children
FOBS also runs a weekly tuckshop after school on a Friday, from ice lollies to doughnuts . . all at 50p.
FOBS fundraising allowed the school to purchase a new and vital sun shade (and wet weather protection for parents) in February 2020. This cost over £3000 and we are all feeling very lucky . . it has been much used even throughout lockdown!