Headline news: AKPS Top Performing School in Wiltshire!

Headline news: AKPS Top Performing School in Wiltshire!

Woweeeee our school is certainly shining brightly! We are ranked 1st out of 238 schools in Wiltshire! I was super proud last week when I saw us named in the Times top 10 Best Primary Schools in Wiltshire but understood that this league table is based purely on % attaining the standard in KS2 2017. Whilst this is excellent, I am more concerned about the distance our children travel from their...

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AKPS Smooga Project

AKPS Smooga Project

Copy of the letter from Mrs Saville: I wanted to update you on a very exciting project that we have been working on for a while: creating an all-weather sports area for the school! Well I am delighted to let you know that we are almost there in delivering this for early next year. This has been an incredible effort by many people both in the school and through the fantastic efforts of our...

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Visit from Paul Sturgess – AK Stars on BBC Points West

Visit from Paul Sturgess – AK Stars on BBC Points West

15th November WOW, what an exciting day we are having in AKPS. The children are really inspired and actively engaged in workshops throughout the day. Our inspirational visitor is the World’s Tallest Basketball player, Harlem Globetrotters very own Paul Sturgess. He is also Great Britain’s tallest man coming in at a staggering 7ft7! Following a truly inspirational assembly where he...

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Soroptomist Writing Competition Winners

Soroptomist Writing Competition Winners

Max, Enzo and Archie all won certificates and awards in the prestigious Soroptomist writing competition. With over 1000 entries being submitted, our children did exceedingly well to achieve highly commended, second place and first place  in their given categories. We are so proud of them.

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Visitors to AKPS from Kabale Uganda

Visitors to AKPS from Kabale Uganda

This morning (10th November) we welcomed two visitors from Uganda. One of them is a parent of children in our link school Kabale Prep school, both are part of the Education system. They had a lovely morning in school learning and experiencing how our school works and observing the teaching and learning. They really enjoyed joining in with worship and iSing pop ‘Friends for Life’. They have...

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GOLD for Team AK!

GOLD for Team AK!

July marked the end of a very busy year of school sport and for the first time we submitted our application to potentially be recognised with a ‘School Games Mark’. ‘School Games’ offer a Bronze, Silver or Gold award for a schools commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport. We received a GOLD and it is our target to receive gold for the next four years which will...

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‘On Guard!’ Fencing at AK

‘On Guard!’ Fencing at AK

We had only been back at school for a week before we welcomed the first of many exciting sporting opportunities that we can look forward to this year. Neil Bromley from Swindon Fencing Club came in and gave all 118 pupils in KS2 the chance to try Fencing. Participants really enjoyed learning the techniques and wearing the masks and protective gear. One pupil from Year 6 said ” I...

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Golden year of sport for Team AK

Golden year of sport for Team AK

Wow what a year our sports stars have had! We have broken all records the school has for medals won, golds won, events entered, pupils attending events. In school we have successful started a young sports leaders programme to promote games and challenges during break and lunch times. Last years investments in RealPE and the magnificent new PE Event Kit have both had a huge positive impact on the...

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SIAMS OUTSTANDING

SIAMS OUTSTANDING

I am absolutely delighted and over the moon to be able to officially let you know that we have just received the report for our recent very rigorous  SIAMS Church school inspection and that we are OUTSTANDING in every category. I have attached the report for you to read and I think it sums up our school beautifully. The inspector told me that she found it difficult to fit everything she wanted...

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Team AK’s ‘Grand Day Out’ wins SILVER at RHS Malvern Show!

Team AK’s ‘Grand Day Out’ wins SILVER at RHS Malvern Show!

How truly fabulous and exciting! The children, staff and volunteers have been working really hard to put together our Team AK Wallace and Gromit themed garden for the Malvern show this week (week of 8th May). From the chidlren’s initial design and planning ideas, to the developed design, onto a fabulous handmade rocket, the children busily decorating and growing plants, we have created this...

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New promotional film for Team AK

New promotional film for Team AK

Please see our new promotional film created by our children on the home page. Class 5 were given the task of creating a film to showcase our school. They all worked together to write a script and each had a part within the film. We were so fortunate to be given a special filming day by Zack Thompson’s mum through the Pauline Quirke Academy as a kind contribution to the school. We made the most...

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Come to AKPS!

Come to AKPS!

Read here why Class 6 think you should come to Ashton Keynes C of E...

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Amazing Week of Science

Amazing Week of Science

Last week (13th-17th March), Mrs Serle arranged an amazing week of Science. All classes got involved and teachers arranged practical activities and investigations for the children to undertake. From colour palettes in Year 2 to rubber ball making in Year 5, the experiments were thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly messy! On Friday, we had a visit from Professor Neutron who carried out a hands-on...

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Fantastic designs for the Royal Mail Christmas Stamp competition 2017

Fantastic designs for the Royal Mail Christmas Stamp competition 2017

The children have all had an opportunity to enter a piece of art work for the Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Design Competition. The theme is ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’ Only three times in Royal Mail’s 500 year history, have children’s designs been used on UK Christmas Stamps. Winning designs will receive £1000 and so will the school so fingers crossed!...

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World Book Day – Team AK all became Where’s Wally!

World Book Day – Team AK all became Where’s Wally!

We celebrated World Book Day with a special whole school theme…Where’s Wally and his extended family. I was massively impressed with how everyone took part and made a real effort, the Team AK Wally family looked incredible. The children were given a star challenge across the day connected to reading and recommending books to others and there was a special find Wally activity at lunch...

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School Council lend a helping hand decorating the AK community Hare

School Council lend a helping hand decorating the AK community Hare

Before half term the School Council  hopped to the village hall to lend a helping hand in decorating the beautiful mosaic pattern (inspired by Holy Cross Church) on the AK community Hare ‘Star gazer’ The Swindon Advertiser attended the event and produced a lovely write up which can be seen on our ‘AKPS in the community’ board outside the school office, you can also...

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Ashton Keynes Window Wanderland

Ashton Keynes Window Wanderland

  Wow! On Friday and Saturday night (24th & 25th February) Ashton Keynes shone brightly as over 55 households took part in decorating their windows for the community Window Wanderland project. We opened the trail 5:30 p.m. at the school where we unveiled our school ‘star’ window display. Many groups had been involved in this project including the WI, Golden Years, Church, Youth...

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School Choir shines at AK ‘Step into Christmas’ concert

School Choir shines at AK ‘Step into Christmas’ concert

The School Choir shone brightly once again whilst performing in the Ashton Keynes ‘Step into Christmas’ concert. Our choir sang beautifully on their own but also alongside the adult choir to a sold out audience.  A wonderful start to the festive holiday. Take a look at some of these amazing pictures from the...

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A special author visit for KS1

A special author visit for KS1

On Tuesday 6th December we had a very special visitor, Tammy Johnston, the author and illustrator of Elmo’s Christmas Tail. The children in class R, 1 and 2 have been reading the book and completing a range of activities based on the book. She has just emailed to say “I was quite overwhelmed and still am.  The effort that the children put in was outstanding and shall never be...

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AK raised in excess of £250 for Children in Need!

AK raised in excess of £250 for Children in Need!

    The children donned their PJ’s in support of Friday 18th’s Children in Need and School Council organised  a fantastic jumble sale which raised just oner £80! It was a great effort by all raising in total over £250 for Children in Need.         Breakfast club has fun for Children in Need...

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Yr 5 & 6 Athletics team qualify for area competition

Yr 5 & 6 Athletics team qualify for area competition

Well done to the year 5 & 6 athletics team who were brilliant at the recent event at Kingshill school they did so well and with a fabulous sporting attitude. They’ve made it into the area competition against other Cotswold schools in January. Go team AK and don’t they look smart…so proud!    

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Year 3 and 4 shine at Kingshill athletics competition

Year 3 and 4 shine at Kingshill athletics competition

A huge well done to the year 3 & 4 children who took part in the recent Kingshill athletics competition. They looked so smart in the new sports kit and we are very proud of them for finishing second within only 4 points of first place. Mrs Saville was delighted to be able to go and support the team. ‘All children represented the school brilliantly and were the smartest and most...

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AK Girls football looking smart

AK Girls football looking smart

Well done to the AK girls who represented the school recently in a girls football tournament. They proudly showed off the new team uniform!  

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Children take part in ‘Experience Harvest’

Children take part in ‘Experience Harvest’

This week, the whole school have been up to the Church to take part in Experience Harvest. This was a series of engaging and creative workshops thoughtfully put together by our Friends from Holy Cross to help children explore Harvest interactively. All classes said how they enjoyed the experience and the Church said they were beautifully behaved and engaged. I would like to thank Reverend...

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Team AK shines in smart new sports kit!

Team AK shines in smart new sports kit!

Our Year 5/6 tag rugby team went off in their super smart new sports kit to represent the school on Tuesday ( 20th Sept) and they made us so proud! I was so lucky to be there and see this first hand. Not only did they do ever so well finishing 2nd in their group of 5 teams, but they played proudly as a team in their amazing new kit. We were the smartest school there! Thank you to Mr Tanner for...

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Edwards & Ward: new school lunch provider

Edwards & Ward: new school lunch provider

We are delighted to inform you that we have appointed a new school lunch provider Edwards & Ward who will be delivering freshly made lunches to our school from after half term. Details on how to order will be forwarded to you before the end of term. Edwards & Ward would like to invite parents and children for a taster session on the 17th October at 3.15 p.m. Come and try out some sample...

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iSing Pop concert with special guest Bishop Lee

iSing Pop concert with special guest Bishop Lee

Our third amazing iSing pop concert took place on 9th June. We were fortunate to be able to be joined by members of the community including a special visit from the Bishop of Swindon. Representatives of local schools sent some members of staff to share in the experience and spread the word of iSing pop and how fantastic it is. We had 55 children out at District sports so our 90 infant children...

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Visit of the Bishop of Swindon

Visit of the Bishop of Swindon

In April we were visited by Bishop Lee. We welcomed the Bishop to our ‘time to shine’ assembly where he kindly shared with the children his beautiful Bishop’s robe of many colours and explained the role of a Bishop. He then helped me present all of the awards to the children and said a prayer for our school. He really enjoyed the celebration assembly and the singing too. After a brief tour...

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iSing Pop

iSing Pop

What an amazing experience! For those of you who were able to join us, I am sure you will agree what a superb performance the children, staff and iSing pop team put on for you. We cannot wait for the cd! It was brilliant to get the AK community together in our village Church. As expressed in the concert, my thanks goes to all involved in the project, Rob and the iSing Pop team, the children and...

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First Star Awarded

First Star Awarded

All of the children are working hard on a special challenge to earn their star badge. They have to show 10 learning behaviours in order to achieve their star including: perseverance, listening to others, challenging themselves. Darcey in year 6 is the first pupil in the school to get their special star badge. Congratulations to Darcey. I know everyone is working very hard to earn their 10 ticks....

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