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Chew Stoke C E VA Primary School
School Lane, Chew Stoke, BS40 8UY, UK Bristol
+44 (0)1275 332354

Welcome to Chew Stoke School

Our Church school is a large village school close to the southern outskirts of Bristol with a privileged position on the edge of the village of Chew Stoke - a truly peaceful spot.  We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and that it provides you with a small taste of life here at this 'very special' school.

reception storytime
Starting School

When a child starts at school ....

induction, early years, foundation stage profile, admissions


Our Induction Programme is very important to us, encouraging children and parents to get to know their new teacher and immediate staff.  We hope that they will feel happy and confident when school begins in September.  In the first week of June we hold an evening for parents.  We try to provide a flavour of Chew Stoke and the accent essentially is on informality.

The following week there is usually a 'picnic' for the new children and their families in the school grounds during lunchtime.

Over the next three weeks the 'new' child is introduced to the new classroom and invited to spend a session each week gradually becoming more independent of their parents.  There are also weekly invitations to join in Class 1's storytime at the end of the day and participate in school activities including class assemblies and PTA events, e.g. Summer Fayre and the popular Family Barbecue in July.  We do our best to welcome the whole family into the larger Chew Stoke family prior to the child’s start.

This theme is echoed in reverse when we say goodbye to the child in Year 6 at our Leavers Service, with coffee for parents on return from Church and a Leavers Lunch for Year 6 and 'invited guests'.

Early Years

The 'Foundation Stage' is the name given to the curriculum provided for children aged three to the end of the Reception year.  The 'Early Years' are critical in children's development and throughout the Foundation Stage children will be developing the skills they need to prepare them for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. 

Throughout these two years nursery and reception of the Foundation Stage children will be working towards 'Early Learning Goals'; in six areas: personal; social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical and creative development.  If some class activities appear to be play, we can assure you that they are crucial learning activities which form the foundation of the National Curriculum.

Foundation Stage Profile

During the first year at school we will complete the Foundation Stage Profile for each child.  The Profile is a statutory requirement for all children in their Reception year.  The Profile will show your child's progress over the year, and will be completed as a result of observations in each of the six Areas of Learning.  These observations are ongoing throughout the year;  there are no prescribed 'tests'.  The Profile will be discussed and shared with you during the year, and you will be invited to make a contribution to it.  You will then receive the Profile as the end of year report in July.


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Our Values

Our vision is to create a happy, challenging, Christian environment in which the child's academic and personal qualities will be developed to the full.  Children are involved in the running of the school through the student council and there is a strong relationship with families, drawn up in a home/school agreement.

Vision statement

"Creating a happy, challenging Christian environment in which the child's academic and personal qualities will be developed to the full."

Through our commitment to high quality teaching and learning our pupils will be encouraged and supported to:-

  • become caring people demonstrating the Christian beliefs and values of respect, honesty and fairness
  • strive for their own personal achievements with modesty, whilst celebrating those of others
  • take responsibility for their own actions and learning
  • feel confident and valued in their contribution to the life of the school, as well as being flexible and adaptable for the modern world
  • have an understanding of the diverse cultures, attitudes and beliefs of others
  • be able to achieve their own potential, seeking excellence by striving to be the best that they, as an individual, can be
  • gain appropriate technological skills

Our aims will be met by:-

  • developing good teamwork, modelling enthusiastic learning and good relationships
  • respecting the partnership/contribution of everyone in the school community (i.e. children, staff, parents and governors)
  • providing a broad framework for school life within which both children and adults can develop and pursue their own interests and enthusiasms
  • developing multi-cultural education so that diversity can be valued and celebrated
  • ensuring that there are enriching opportunities for visits and extra curricular activities, as well as variety in the school’s routines
  • keeping up to date with developments in I.C.T.
  • maintaining a motivating and stimulating environment where pupils are supported, encouraged and challenged to succeed



We will:-

  • care for each child at school as would a good parent of a large Christian family
  • encourage the fullest possible development of each child's talents
  • teach effectively and set the highest standards in work and behaviour
  • actively encourage regular communication with parents as a basis for close co-operation between home and school
  • by keeping parents informed about school activities through regular newsletters
  • by informing parents about any concerns that affect their child's work and behaviour
  • by arranging parent/teacher discussions about progress
  • provide opportunities for children to continue their learning at home beginning the process of lifelong learning
  • provide a balanced education criteria within a broad based curriculum


I/We will:-

  • show by my/our own example that we support the school in setting and meeting the highest standards
  • make sure my/our child comes to school regularly, on time, refreshed, alert, appropriately dressed and ready to work
  • take an active and supportive interest in my/our child's work and progress
  • support the school's policies and guidelines for promoting good behaviour
  • support my/our child with homework and any other opportunities for learning at home
  • make the school aware of any concerns or problems that might affect my/our child's work or behaviour
  • make sure we do not use School Lane during the designated periods, adhere to the school’s Travel Plan


I will:-

  • always try to do my best
  • be kind, helpful and polite
  • respect and care for the school and keep all things in it tidy
  • keep the Golden Rules






PE group

At Chew Stoke we adhere to a set of policies that are available to you to read in the school office.  An introduction to our policies on special educational needs, homework, sex & relationships, drugs, medicine, absences and complaints is also available on this page.

Special Educational Needs

We believe that all children are entitled to equal access to the curriculum.

The school aims to cater for the individual needs of all children within the classroom setting and works closely with parents to ensure that needs are met. Teachers ensure that the curriculum is differentiated to allow for differing abilities and aptitudes.

A child who has a learning or behavioural difficulty is considered to have a Special Educational Need and special provision is made by the child’s class teacher. If the difficulty is not reduced by a differentiated curriculum it may be necessary for the child, parents and teacher to agree an action plan which may in due course involve seeking advice from outside agencies, e.g. educational psychologist, speech therapist or support teacher.

Our SEN policy also acknowledges the needs of our ‘able’ children and special educational provision is also made to meet their particular needs by means of differentiated work.

Pastoral care for children at school.


See homework in 'Our School Day' section.

Sex & Relationships

and its place in the National Curriculum

The governors decided in 1995 that a planned systematic programme of Sex Education is to be taught as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Moral Education Curriculum. Our Sex Education policy reflects the school’s ethos and is taught within a context that stresses the complexity and value of caring human relationships and family life.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the part of the sex education which is outside the compulsory elements of sex education contained in the Science National Curriculum. The policy is easily accessible at school and parents are encouraged to read it.

Drugs Education

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco education is taught through our Personal, Social and Health Education and are also included in the Science curriculum. It is supported by the school values, by positive relationships and the development of skills needed for making healthy informed choices in life.


It needs to be noted that the administration of prescribed medicine only takes place on a voluntary basis by a member of staff in certain specified circumstances.  It is preferable that a parent visits school at lunchtime to administer prescribed medicine should this be required as no member of the school staff is under any obligation to do it.  In fact, current advice states that staff do not volunteer for this responsibility.


It is expected that you contact us on the first day of your child’s absence from school with a verbal message or by means of a written note.

There may be occasions when it is unavoidable for parents to take their holidays during school time; holiday forms are available from the school office and these should be completed and returned to the Head teacher. A maximum of two weeks holiday, during the school year, is permitted. It should be noted, however, that staff and governors strongly discourage family holidays in term time because of the disruption caused to the child’s planned programme of learning.

Rates of authorised and unauthorised absence 2003/2004:

  • The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through authorised absence: 4.6%
  • The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through unauthorised absence: 0.2%
There were 153 day pupils between the ages of 5 and 11 (i.e. Y1 to Y6) during the reporting period.

Complaints Procedure

We hope that any complaint that parents may have can be resolved by the school by talking first to the member of staff concerned and if unresolved by talking to the head teacher.

However, if attempts to solve a complaint in this way are unsuccessful the LEA Complaints Procedure should be followed.  This will require the involvement of the School Governing Body.  Full details of this procedure are available on request, from the school.


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Our School Day

This section will tell you all you need to know about the timings of our days and year, what we eat, what we wear, the activities and residential visits we enjoy, our PE

The School Day

  • School begins at 8:55am
  • Lunch break is from 12:15pm - 13:15pm
  • School closes at 3:20pm

Children should not be on school premises before 8:45am. They wait in the the play-grounds but are able to come directly into school in wet weather.

The School Year

The school year is based on a calendar of 195 days. 

Five of the 195 days are to be used for staff professional development, which means that schools will open to receive pupils for the legal minimum of 190 days.  Parents will be advised when staff ‘In-Service’ days are to be held. 

Details of arrangements for each term, with dates of holidays and events, are circulated in newsletters which you should receive at regular intervals, approximately every week.

 School meals

Children are offered a choice of food prepared in our school kitchen and served in cafeteria style.  Children may bring packed lunches if they wish and these should be brought in a box bearing the child’s name.  Should your child have any special dietary need, please contact school.

Children whose parents are in receipt of Income Support are entitled to free school meals.

Children are requested to bring fruit for their mid-morning break.  NO crisps, sweets or chocolates please.  They are also permitted a drink in a carton or plastic container, if desired.  No fizzy drinks.

There is a school tuck-shop operated by children from Class 6 which sells healthy items during the morning break at the cost of 20p each.    

Children should not bring more than 40p per day.  Profits go towards the purchase of books for our new school library.

The National Healthy School Standard (NHSS)

Chew Stoke achieved this standard in 2004. It is a jointly funded initiative by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Department of Health (DH). It is part of the government's drive to reduce health inequalities, promote social inclusion and raise educational standards.

The overall aim is to help schools to become healthier.

School dress & Lost property

The children wear school uniform which comprises grey skirt or grey or black trousers, with white or blue polo shirts and black ‘school’ shoes, i.e. not trainers. Royal blue sweatshirts, cardigans and polo shirts with an embroidered school logo can be ordered from the P.T.A. They also sell cotton dresses, baseball caps and legionnaire hats for the summer.

Jeans and other fashion clothes/shoes are not considered suitable dress for school.

Children should have in school a change of clothing and plimsolls for P.E. and Games. School T-shirts and shorts are available through the P.T.A. These items should be named and kept in school in a named draw-string bag, also available from the P.T.A.

Blue tracksuits may be worn in cold weather for games and swimming, although children are discouraged from wearing tracksuits all day. School teams are supplied with kit for their matches.

For health & safety reasons, items of jewellery have to be removed for all P.E. activities.

Please note that we strongly discourage any jewellery being worn in school and do not consider them to be appropriate or acceptable items of school dress.


Lost Property

Please encourage children to leave toys and articles of value at home, as so much distress is caused if things are lost or broken.

Found property should be handed in to the school office. If it is unlabelled, it will then be stored in the lost property box.

Activities & clubs

In addition to the normal school curriculum, a variety of extra curricular activities are available to the children, depending on the interests of the teaching staff and the time available. Many of these clubs are also led by parents to whom we are indebted for their time and commitment.

Recent extra curricular activities have included:

  • Bookshop
  • Cycling Proficiency
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Music Mixture
  • Guitars
  • Netball
  • Recorders
  • Chess
  • Computers
  • A lunchtime 'Latin' club has also been held.

From Year 4 children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, currently woodwind, strings, percussion or keyboard.

Some clubs take place during lunchtimes and are led by Year 6 boys and girls. Others are “After School”. When children stay beyond 3.20 p.m., parents are asked to ensure that arrangements are made for their children’s safety when going home.

Drama, Music, School Plays and Concerts give children enjoyable and valuable experiences. In addition, educational visits are arranged both in and out of school time, for which your written consent is required.

The school also organises three residential visits each year.

Charges for school activities

The Governors, in complying with the Education Reform Act, have adopted the following policy on charging for school trips and activities. 

Where an out of school activity involves a cost that has to be met by the parents, the school will seek a donation from each of the parents involved to offset the costs.  This donation shall be set at such a level that all the reasonable expenses are covered. 

When parents are notified of a school visit there must be included an explanation of the implications of the Education Reform Act and the school’s policy concerning contributions from parents.  This will emphasise that this is a voluntary donation and a child cannot be excluded from a school trip because their parent has declined to make a donation.  If, however, donations are insufficient to cover the costs, the activity will almost certainly be cancelled. 

For further details please refer to “Charging for Schools Activities” policy, which is held in school office.

Residential visits

Three residential visits are planned for the year as follows:

  • A five day activity based visit to the YMCA National Centre at Botley, near Southampton, for Class 6
  • A four day centre based visit for Class 5 to Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel in the beautiful Wye Valley
  • A three day visit centred around Slimbridge Youth Hostel during the Spring Term for Year 4 and Year 3 children.

Residential visits have become an integral part of the school's philosophy. Preparation is thorough and the work is integrated into the curriculum.

Currently typical costs for camps are approx. as follows: £160 (Class 6), £125 (Class 5) and £70 (Class 4 & Y3 Class 3). As costs can be high, especially if two siblings are involved, it is suggested that payments are staged. It is also encouraged that where financial difficulties are expected, early discussions with the Headteacher are sought. The PTA consciously promote fund raising to subsidise costs and ensure all children have the opportunity to enjoy these experiences.

The LEA does not insure children while on the school premises or on educational visits, but the school, through the approved LEA insurers, will take out cover for any educational or residential visits.

Personal Accident Benefits

The County Council is not responsible for, and does not provide, Personal Accident benefits for pupils. Parents who require such provision should make their own arrangements. It may be of interest that a scheme has been arranged by the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations. Mention of this scheme is for information only and parents should satisfy themselves that adequate cover for their children's needs is taken out.

Physical Education

We aim to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles in accordance with the National Curriculum. This means each year Key Stage 1 children are taught three areas of activity - Games, Gymnastics and Dance, and Key Stage 2 children also cover Swimming, Athletic activities and Outdoor/adventure activities.

The school has a large hall for indoor activities, a playing field adjacent to the building and access to larger playing fields which we share with the local community.

By the last year the older children have had the opportunity to play many team games, including Football, Cricket, Rounders, Hockey and Touch Rugby, as well as taking part in the Chew Valley Dance Festival production (Classes 1, 3 & 6), performing both traditional and contemporary dance.  The school has active Football and Netball teams competing with local schools in friendly matches.

N.B. There are many opportunities now developing to work with staff from Chew Valley School due to its recent Performing Arts Status and Sports College links.

Road safety

School Lane is a very narrow road which twice daily can become very congested. In order to reduce the dangers to our children and address the concerns of our neighbours, we urge parents who live out of the village to park their cars in the Stoke Inn car park, or Pilgrims Way, and walk up to school with their children.  The more parents willing to walk up School Lane, the fewer the cars and consequently the dangers to all our children will be reduced.  View the map.

The ten minutes before and twenty after school 8.45 - 8.55am and 3.20 - 3.40pm has been designated as a Car Free Zone by parents - to allow all children and parents to walk to school safely.                    .

If for any unavoidable reason you do have to park in School Lane, please:

  • leave at least a car's length on either side of the school drive
  • avoid parking in the area from the gate of School Farm to level with the school building, this being the narrowest section of the lane.
  • turn in Home Orchard before stopping to drop children, facing down School Lane, and park close to the wall/bank.
  • Please also notice the zig zag lines beside the ford, below the school pedestrian gate, and do not park or turn in the ford.
  • Access - please enter the school grounds through the pedestrian gate beside the ford. Access up the school drive is being discouraged due to the danger caused by traffic approaching school by this route and lorries

Your co-operation in these matters is much appreciated.

Our School Travel Plan was awarded in May 2004 and we are recognised as participating in the Safer Routes to School campaign.

Travel Plan Aims

  • To make it easier and safer for children to walk or cycle to school within the village and in particular up School Lane itself.
  • To establish a 'Safe Route to School' within the village.
  • To train the children in pedestrian safety via the 'Practical Pedestrian Training Course' offered by the B&NES Road Safety Team.
  • To raise awareness of the impact of children walking to school upon their fitness, health and ability to learn.
  • To eliminate the need for parental parking on School Lane.
  • To reduce the impact of parents' cars within the village by encouraging safe parking in the car park of the nearby Stoke Inn.
  • To foster good relations within the village via a good parking policy.


Our homework policy is one of the means by which we aim to create an effective working partnership between home and school for the benefit of the child's learning.

When a child first starts at this school we encourage and hope that parents will spend approximately 10 minutes nightly sharing a book with their child. We use a Parent/Teacher Reading Comment Book from this point onwards as an important means of communication - one that is sustained and developed as the child progresses through the school.

In due course, in line with developing literacy and numeracy skills, we introduce spellings to learn at home and follow-up maths activities. In the four junior years (Key Stage 2) a homework diary will be used to set out, at regular intervals, work that is expected to be done at home and which parents will be expected to sign. Teachers will share with parents how the homework will be marked.

We believe that a high level of parental involvement has a large impact on standards and the quality of children’s learning. We also believe that a child cannot achieve his/her full potential without the active involvement of parents in their learning.

Pastoral care

There are many support services available for children in school, e.g. school doctor, nurse, audiometrician.  Undiagnosed sight and hearing problems can affect a child's progress.

The following are available for children with learning difficulties:

  • Special Support for Educational Needs
  • Speech Therapy and the Educational Psychologist

The Education Welfare Officer visits the school on a regular basis and is:

Fiona Hayman,
Temple Street,
BS31 1LA
Telephone: 01225 394241


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Out of School Club

The club is run daily from 3.20pm until 6pm in the school hall.  We aim to provide safe, stimulating and entertaining

Club details

What the club offers

The afternoon begins with a healthy snack and some 'wind down' time when children can make the transition from school to the 'club'. Then we offer an outdoor activity such as football, hockey, dance, tennis, making use of the excellent school grounds. The children can also enjoy indoor pursuits such as arts and crafts, cookery, snooker, board games etc.


There is one fixed fee of £7.50 payable per session per child. In addition there is an annual registration fee of £2 per child (max £5 per family).

Payment must be made at time of booking.  Cheques to be made payable to ‘Chew Stoke Out Of School Club’.  Payment must be made for the whole term in advance at the time of booking. 

Places can be booked on the day, subject to availability and the prior receipt of the completed registration form and registration fee. Payment should be made that same day when the child is collected, if not paid in advance.

Registering your child

Registration forms can be collected from the school office.


Play Leader: Sue Lewis and Carole Ogbourne

Play worker: Charlie Hallett


You can call the Chew Stoke Out of School Club on: 07717 592636

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