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Ashton Vale Primary School
Avebury Road, Ashton Vale, BS3 2QG, UK Bristol
+44 (0)117 903 0383

Welcome to Ashton Vale's school.

Welcome to the Ashton Vale Primary School Web Site.

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Welcome back to a new school year at Ashton Vale.

This term is always busy, we have harvest and Christmas to look forward to as well as studying the Victorians across the school.

The netball season will be starting at the end of September and also a range of other clubs for children to join.

If you wish to find out about current events and news in our school, visit the Latest News and Calender pages.

Find out a little more about our school and the wider community.
Ashton Vale is situated in a quiet area of Ashton, South Bristol, and has splendid views of the Ashton Court Estate and Clifton Suspension Bridge. It comprises of a mix of owner occupied 1930s terrace and semi-detached houses with post war council house accommodation. The area is on the edge of the city of Bristol, is quiet and has the feel of a village atmosphere about it. Many parents and grandparents attended the school, and there is a well developed sense of community.
The school was built in 1949, on a spacious campus with 5 general classrooms and a number of small work areas. It has a large hall, kitchen and an I.C.T. suite which was added in April 2000. As you can see the school environment is very attractive. We have mature trees, flower beds, a willow structure, wildlife area with pond, a sensory/music trail, a vegetable garden, two playgrounds, a playing field and adventure playground. We were previously an infant school with children transferring to other primary schools at the age of 8. Since 1995, the school has catered for the full primary age range, with pupils 4-11 years of age. The staffing consists of; head, deputy, 4 full-time teachers and 2 job share teachers. There are 8 learning support assistants (7 part-time and 1 full-time,) a secretary, 2 school meal supervisors and a caretaker. The ethos of the school arises from a feeling of partnership, with close co-operation between pupils, staff, parents, governors, LEA and members of the community.
The school is organised into a reception and year 1 class, a year 1/2 class, a year 2/3 class, a year 4/5 class and a year 5/6 class. Each mixed age class takes an age range of about 18 months, spanning 2 year groups, with totals varying between 25 and 32 children. The curriculum plan is divided into 2 cyclic years, A and B, which cover all of the Curriculum programmes of study, split into the DfEE units of learning. The whole school follows the same cycle, A or B, at any one time.

The school is a lively place for children. They are encouraged to take an active role in their learning, taking more and more responsibility as they move up through the school. There are high expectations of academic, social and moral achievement, while attending to individuals who need extra support and encouragement to fulfill their potential. There is an active school council. Children are encouraged to develop physical, artistic and creative talents through the curriculum and a range of extra curricular activities, using staff and parental support.

Our Achievements

In 2003 and again in 2006, we were awarded the Silver Artsmark by the Arts Council for our commitment to the Arts.


We have many visitors and trips which support our Arts curriculum. We are very proud of the standard achieved by children in dance, music, drama, design, art and technology.


We also have a week dedicated to the Arts. This is normally held in June.


The Bristol Standard


We are very proud to have been awarded the Bristol Standard again (Nov 2006) for our Early Years education.

The Early Years team are dedicated to ensuring the ongoing development of our Foundation Stage curriculum.

We have a large, well resourced indoor classroom as well as an outdoor classroom and interactive learning area allowing us to facilitate the developing child.

We work in close partnership with the local nursery and parents so that children feel happy, secure and sucessful. 

The Bristol Inclusion Standard


In October 2006 we were awarded the

Bristol Inclusion Standard. 

This is for the work we do in school to include

 all children and adults. It recognises our work in

special educational needs, anti bullying, disability inclusion,

anti racism and our multi cultural inclusive curriculum.






Read a Million Words Champion School


For the academic year 2006 to 2007 we have been chosen as a Read A Million Words Champion School.

We shall be holding exciting reading and writing events and organising cross curricular opportunities to extend the children's  skills.

We shall also welcome visitors to school for such events as poetry workshops and theatre productions.



At the end of November 2003, we were recognised in the League Tables as the 37th most improved school in the country.


We are constantly evaluating our practise to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, focused on raising standards in all areas.

Word has spread fast about the Infant Department's amazing Write Dance sessions, where children's handwriting is improved by practising their fine and gross motor skills to music. Our achievements were acknowledged when Mrs Bale (Class 1 teacher and Literacy Coordinator) was recently asked to write a piece about our sessions for the Bristol SEN Newsletter. We have also recieved 3 visiting teachers from a school in Solihull, who were so impressed that they are embarking upon Write Dance sessions themselves.

Quality Mark 1 and 2


On Monday 29th March 2004 we were assessed by The Basic Skills Agency for The Quality Mark.

The Basic Skills Agency is a national organisation which supports basic skills, (literacy and numeracy).

We are all very pleased to have been successful in our application for the Quality Mark which shows that all children, regardless of ability, can succeed.

We will be celebrating next term when our plaque arrives. 

In June 2007 we were awarded with The Quality Mark 2 which is in recognition of continual improvement in basic skills across the whole school. This plaque now takes pride of place next to our Quality  Mark 1.

Meeting the Mayor


Ashton Vale children were invited to meet the Mayor on the 4th November in recognition for our efforts on the Big Walk to School in aid of the British Heart Foundation. We were awarded a parachute as our prize. Four children accompanied Ms Champeney to the City Hall to receive it.


The Department for Education and Skills have awarded Ashton Vale with the Activemark 2006.

This rewards exceptional delivery of the National Sport Strategy.

The children at Ashton Vale have at least 2 dedicated P.E. lessons a week. The playground is a 'Zone Parc' with many sporting activities on offer at lunch times and we also run a range of sports' clubs  after school.

In recognition of the work we do to promote a sustainable lifestyle we have been awarded the Bronze certificate from Eco Schools.

At Ashton Vale we create our own compost for our vegetable garden. We also recycle all our waste paper and spend time greening the school grounds.

The children are aware of energy waste and the need to conserve electricity and oil. 

 Bronze award


Healthy Schools


In July 2007 we were awarded Healthy Schools Status. This is in recognition of our work on healthy eating, excercise, healthy minds and healthy bodies.

The award was presented at a special healthy picnic at Bristol Zoo and supports other initiatives such as inclusion and Eco Schools. 


Curriculum Responsibilities and Planning Units
Subject Teacher responsible within whole school
English Julie Wigginton
Maths Ellen Cross
Science Ellen Cross
Geography Julie Wigginton
History Julie Wigginton
Art Lucy Green
D&T Glyn Owen
Music Barbara Kent-Jones
P.E. Elinor Barrett
R.E. Glyn Owen
I.C.T. Louisa Baxter
S.E.N. Vivien Champeney
P.S.H.M.E. Vivien Champeney
Assessment Ellen Cross
Early Years Co-ordinator Louisa Baxter
Key Stage 1 Co-ordinator Louisa Baxter
Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator Julie Wigginton
Click on the documents below to discover which units your child is covering this year( Word) Year A is our current planning cycle


Meet our teachers.

Vivien Champeney-Head Teacher.
This is our head teacher. As well as her committment to leading learning, Ms.Champeney is responsible for monitoring Special Educational Needs throughout the school. She is also an experienced netball coach and regularly trains our key stage 2 children during netball club.
Ellen Cross-Deputy Head
This is our deputy head Mrs Cross. As well as her leadership responsibilities, she is also responsible for our Gifted Talented initiative. Mrs Cross is also the school's Maths and Assessment co-ordinator. She is an enthusiastic artist and this term will be running her very successful badminton club.
Julie Wigginton - Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator
Mrs Wigginton is our year 5/6 teacher and currently teaches Owl Class . She is also our Literacy co-ordinator and is currently running Library Club after school.. Mrs Wigginton is an enthusiastic photographer and a keen artist.
Barbara Kent-Jones.
Mrs Kent-Jones is our year 2/3 teacher and currently teaches Penguin Class. She is also our Music co-ordinator, and regularly teaches children throughout the school how to play the recorder. Mrs Kent-Jones is currently running an Glass painting club after school.
Elinor Barrett
Mrs Barrett teaches our year 2/3 class with Mrs Kent Jones. Mrs Barrett is our P.E. co-ordinator. Mrs Barrett is also very talented at judo and trains and teaches this out of school.
Lucy Green
Miss Green is our year 4/5 teacher and currecntly teaches Moorhen Class. She is also our Art Co-ordinator. Miss Green is a talented musician and runs our Ocarina club after school.
Glyn Owen
Mr Owen is our year 1/2 teacher and currently teaches in Wren Class. He is also our Design Technology and R.E. co-ordinator. Mr Owen is a teacher of many talents and regularly uses his musical and dance expertise within school. He currently runs our Choir and a cooking club.
Louisa Baxter
Mrs Baxter is our Reception and year 1 teacher and currently teaches in Swan Class. She is also our ICT co ordinator and runs the school's gardening/environmental club.
Meet our support staff
Julie Batchelor
Learning Support Assistant in Swan Class. Mrs Batchelor is also on the governing body and monitors special educational needs.
Sheila Thomas
Learning Support Assistant in Penguin Class. Mrs Thomas is also responsible for lunchtimes in the infant playground.
Brenda Bawdon
Learning Support Assistant in Wren Class.
Deb Tonkin
Learning Support Assisstant in Owl Class. Mrs Tonkin is also responsible for lunchtimes in the junior playground. She is also very talented in all aspects of drama and shares this with the children.
Paul Wilson
Learning Support Assistant in Moorhen Class. He is also on duty at lunchtimes.
Nicky Carpenter- School Bursor.
Mrs Carpenter is our multi-talented bursor who helps the school run smoothly. She is also a dedicated member of the school's governing body and monitors assessment..
Mrs Yeates cleans our school and keeps it looking wonderful.
Mrs Hunt cleans our school and keeps it looking wonderful.

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