AKPS get stuck into Robokid kits

AKPS get stuck into Robokid kits

  The UKESF has supplied Ashton Keynes Primary School with several Robokid kits to trial out with their pupils. Robokid is a hands-on electronics project for use in the classroom with Years 4, 5 and 6 (age 9–11, Key Stage 2) that aims to encourage enthusiasm for Electronics and STEM subjects. Click the link below to read the report: Local schoolchildren get stuck into Robokid kits –...

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Winners! Pride of the Cotswolds ‘School of the Year’ Award 2018

Winners! Pride of the Cotswolds ‘School of the Year’ Award 2018

Wooohooooo! Our school is BUZZING! The children and staff are all over the moon to be School of the YEAR 2018! I cannot thank you all enough for your support and for the nominations. The awards evening was incredibly humbling and I could not have been more proud to be your Headteacher and accept the award on behalf of us all- TEAM AK! Moments like this are precious and we should all treasure...

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Team AK Steams Ahead at RHS Malvern Spring Garden Festival

Team AK Steams Ahead at RHS Malvern Spring Garden Festival

We were thrilled to receive the call from Mr Jackson yesterday (10th May) confirming the AKPS show garden had won 2 certificates! We were runners up in the ‘Best project management’ and also received a commended from the RHS. What a fantastic result and well done to all involved in the AKPS Team Malvern including children, staff, volunteers and sponsors.     Class 4...

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TEAM AK live on BBC Wiltshire Breakfast Show

I love this school. Not only is it a joy day to day to see your children behaving beautifully and making strides in their learning, but it is wonderful to provide and embrace wonderful opportunities for our school to shine. Last week, we were chosen to host the BBC Wiltshire Breakfast show as part of their Step into Summer initiative. I thought the coverage of our school and village community...

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AKPS Inter-schools Football Champions 2018

AKPS Inter-schools Football Champions 2018

It is with great pleasure I introduce the inter-schools football Champions 2018. With 2 pools of 5 teams from around the area: Pool1: CPS White, Ann Edwards, AKPS, St Lawrence Gold, Fairford Pool2: St Lawrence Blue, Powells, CPS Red, Avening, Stratton AK- Won 3- Drew 1  – No goals conceded – Top pool 1 3rd place play off – Fairford v Powells- 0-0 Draw Final – AK 1 v CPS...

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Science Week ‘Exploration and Discovery’

Science Week ‘Exploration and Discovery’

If you had come into school last week (week beginning 12th March) you would have been amazed by the range of activities taking place as part of National Science Week. This year the theme was exploration and discovery. Here at AKPS each class enjoyed and participated in all sorts of fun filled science based experiences from making poo (yes poo! ) in Class 2, bouncy balls in Class 5 to creating...

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Easter Egg Enterprise Project Winners

Easter Egg Enterprise Project Winners

A huge thanks to everyone who entered Class 2’s Easter Egg Enterprise Project! The entries were ‘eggceptional’. Congratulations to the winners: Reception and KS1 – Evie C Ks2 – Lucy C Toddler – George Dursley Parent – Mrs Claridge Take a look at some of the fabulous...

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Minister of State for School Standards congratulates AKPS

Minister of State for School Standards congratulates AKPS

We are VERY proud to have received a letter from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP Minister of State for School Standards, officially congratulating team AK for being in the top 2% of all schools nationally in terms of progress from KS1 to KS2. Team AK is shining...

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Challenge Partners Review OUTSTANDING

Challenge Partners Review OUTSTANDING

Challenge Partner review found us to be OUTSTANDING! As you may be aware, this week we had our annual review of our school with Challenge Partners. We were really keen for the team, led by an experienced HMI Ofsted inspector, to validate our work on the two Ofsted targets we were set in July. I am absolutely delighted with the outcome. Three visitors came and reviewed the school over 3...

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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 Opening

AKPS Smooga Opening

The Smooga was officially opened on a rather rainy 9th March. Thank you to all those who attended.  It is a wonderful legacy to all the FoAKS fundraising over many years! A huge thank you to all those who have been involved with the planning and implementation it is an invaluable addition to our school.    Archive post: Copy of the letter from Mrs Saville: I wanted to...

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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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OFSTED July 2017 “A Whisker from Outstanding”

Our school was inspected by OFSTED on the 4th July and we are very pleased with and proud of the outcome. We are also delighted to confirm another year of excellent SATS result in KS1, KS2 and Year 1 Phonics results  which are well above national expectations and reflect the excellent progress of our children. We will be publishing these on the SATS details page soon. Our Governors wanted to...

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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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Team AK raises £106.55 for Save the Children

Well done to the School Council for arranging the Save the Children Christmas Jumper day. A big thank you to all as your donations raised an amazing £106.55 for Save the Children which Team AK is proud to support.  

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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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Welcome New Reception Children 2017-18

We are delighted to welcome you to Ashton Keynes C of E Primary School.  A welcoming  letter is on it’s way to you but here are some important upcoming dates for your diary: New Parents information evening Tuesday 20th June at 6:00 p.m. School open morning on Monday 10th July between 9:15 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. followed by  a coffee and squash session in the Reception classroom where...

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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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Year 6 Shine at Cirencester Mock Trials

Year 6 Shine at Cirencester Mock Trials

Class 6 certainly shone on Friday! We were again this year very fortunate to be able to take part in the Cirencester Mock Trial competition against primary schools in Gloucestershire. This event perfectly expressed and demonstrated this term’s value of ‘Justice’. This fabulous experience not only built up the children’s confidence and speaking and listening but also taught the children...

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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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