Do You Know Anything About The Old School Bell? - posted 28 June 2017
We have recently unearthed what we believe to be Helmdon Primary School’s original school bell. We would love someone to help us with finding out about its history, use and the possibility of restoring it. Please call the school on 01295 768126 if you have any ideas for us.
Clare A Hedley
School Business Manager
NB I have directed Clare to the article in Aspects of Helmdon no.3 (historical article no 23), by former Head Geoff Ipgrave, on the website, which mentions the bell, and suggested that there might be more information in the original school log now held at the Northamptonshire Record Office.
Does anyone have any more information for Clare?
Defibrillator Demonstration - posted 04 May 2017
EMAS (East Midlands Ambulance Service) are running some free defibrillator training at Helmdon Primary School on Monday 5th June at 6pm, for a maximum of 1 hour. We would encourage as many people as possible to attend; our aim is to provide confidence to as many people as possible that they can use a defibrillator should the need arise.
Three Bicycles Discarded In Grounds - posted 24 April 2017
There are three bicycles which have been stored at Helmdon Primary School since the last week of March. They were extracted from various flower beds/shrubs on and around the school grounds and have not yet been claimed. If the owners would like to retrieve them, please call at school when we are open and ask to speak to a member of school staff. We hope that the owners will come and see us soon as they are taking up useful space in our school.
School Report - posted 25 February 2017
Helmdon Primary School has maintained its position as an Ofsted-rated good school according to a report published on 24 February 2017.
Schools in England can be judged "outstanding", "good", "requires improvement", or "inadequate".
The Ofsted Inspector's Report which is addressed to the Headteacher, Julie Crouch, says "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You and your staff have ensured that Helmdon continues to be a very happy school where everyone gets along together and the pupils work hard. Parents value the school highly and every one of the 66 parents who responded to the Ofsted questionnaire indicated that they would recommend the school to other parents. The pupils I met were utterly delightful; polite, welcoming and keen to tell me about all the things they love about their school."
The school is a real asset to the community and it is wonderful to hear that it is doing so well. Well done to all staff, pupils and parents!
Christmas Shopping Evening - (posted) 17 November 2016
click to poster
Coffee Morning In Aid Of Macmillan Nurses - (posted) 22 September 2016
The School is holding a Macmillan coffee morning at school on Friday 30 September 2016 from 10 until 11.30. Everyone is welcome. During the coffee morning the children will be sharing the puppets they have made from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Coffee Morning In Aid Of Christian Aid - (posted) 29 April 2016
We are holding a Coffee Morning at the School on Thursday 19 May, 10 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. with proceeds going to Christian Aid. Fair Trade resources will be used for the refreshments. All very welcome.
Installation Of Defibrillator - (posted) 25 February 2016
We have installed a defibrillator on the front wall of the Helmdon Primary School overlooking Station Road and we are endeavouring to ensure that as many local people as possible know of its availability. Please look for the bright yellow box on the front wall under the school sign. This equipment is for use by any member of the public at any time in an emergency and it can be accessed when the school is open or closed. Instructions are clearly marked on the defibrillator case and it is designed to be used by individuals who have no prior knowledge or training.
The Tiger's Bones (Northants Touring Arts) - (posted) 19 February 2016
urses - (posted) 22 September 2016
After School Club Staff Vacancy - (posted) 02 February 2016
click to poster
Christmas Events - (posted) 09 December 2015
We are holding our Nativity play in church at 2pm on Tuesday 15th December and Wednesday 16 December (the FOHS will be serving tea and mince pies from about 1.30 p.m.).
On Tuesday 15th December our Carol Concert is at 6.30 pm (the FOHS will be serving mulled wine and mince pies from 6.15 p.m.).
Everyone is welcome to join us.
Vandalism And Criminal Damage At The School - (posted) 20 November 2015
are extremely sad to have to report that we have experienced criminal
damage and vandalism at Helmdon Primary School twice within the last
week. We are taking these actions very seriously, and Northamptonshire
Police have been contacted with a view to following up the crimes. In
the meantime, if anyone sees anything suspicious, please contact the
school office or dial 999 if appropriate.
School Business Manager
Helmdon Primary School, 21 Station Road, Helmdon, Brackley, NN13 5QT
Good Result For Coffee Morning - (posted) 27 September 2015
The Coffee morning at the school on Friday 25 September raised £418.55 for Macmillan. Thank you everyone for coming and supporting the event and for your generosity.
Lunchtime Supervisor Required - (posted) 25 September 2015
FRIENDLY VILLAGE SCHOOL REQUIRES LUNCHTIME SUPERVISOR FOR 1 HOUR PER DAY TO WORK ALONGSIDE EXISTING STAFF.
IDEALLY WE WOULD LIKE SOMEONE WHO CAN WORK FIVE DAYS A WEEK BUT WE CAN BE FLEXIBLE.
PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Helmdon Primary School
21 Station Road
It's Time To Apply For A School Place - (posted) 23 September 2015
Poster from Northamptonshire County Council
Macmillan Coffee Morning - (posted) 11 September 2015
Helmdon School would like to invite you to a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 25th September between 10 and 11.30am. We will be serving tea, coffee and cake with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Everyone is welcome and we hope as many people as possible will join us.
School Playing Fields Drainage Works - (posted) 25 July 2015
Please be aware that major drainage and landscaping works will be undertaken on our school playing fields from Monday 3rd August for approximately 8 weeks. This will make at least significant portions of the playing fields inaccessible for some time to come. Please bear with us on this project; we are looking forward to the end result of a well drained and newly landscaped top playground and playing fields on completion of the project,
Posted on behalf of Headteacher Julie Crouch and the Governors of Helmdon School:
Invitation To Wizard Of Oz Dress Rehearsal - (posted) 07 July 2015
We will be holding our dress rehearsal of The Wizard of Oz on Wednesday 8th July at 10.30am in the school hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the show.
School Fete - (posted) 27 June 2015
This wil take place on Friday 03 July.
click for poster
Invitation To 'Our World' Week Assembly - (posted) 20 May 2015
On Friday afternoons we celebrate the children’s achievements with an assembly at 2.45 pm. This week has been ‘our world’ week and the children have been studying different places in the world and joining in with an International games afternoon. As the children want to share some of the things they have learnt we are starting assembly slightly earlier, at 2.30pm.
You are welcome to join us for assembly. If you would like to come please sign in at the school office.
After School Club - (posted) 15 February 2015
We would like to be able to offer all of the families at Helmdon School a regular After School Club for our primary school aged children. We are hoping to find someone or a company that would like to set up and run a daily after school club within or attached to Helmdon School. If you may be interested in doing this or if you know of someone/a company who would be interested, please contact either Julie Crouch or the office staff 01295 768126
The Snow Queen - (posted) 06 Janaury 2015
Northampton Touring Arts are enabling us to have another production at school. To brighten the New Year we will have a production of the Snow Queen in the school hall on Friday January 16th at 6.30 p.m. It is a family show and will be suitable for all our children. Tickets are available at the office and refreshments will be served by the FOHS. Tickets cost £5 per child, £6 per adult or £18 for a family.
Carol Singing Invitation - (posted) 5 December 2014
We are planning to sing carols around the Christmas tree on 12th December and offer mulled wine and mince pies. This will be straight after school, starting by about 3.30pm so that parents who come to sharing assembly or to collect children will stay. It wouldn’t last too long but it would be lovely if people from the village joined us. It would be just at the front of the school and in the entrance hall with the refreshments in a classroom. Please come - you will be very welcome.
Invite To School Remembrance Service & WW1 Exhibition - (posted) 3 November 2014
You are very welcome to join us at the war memorial at 11 o clock on the 11th November for a short service.
We would like to invite everyone to come back to school afterwards to see the art work the children have done whilst learning about WW1.
Macmillan Cofee Morning - A Thank You - (posted) 29 September 2014
Thank you to everyone for supporting Helmdon School's Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday.
It was lovely to see so many people in the school and the children enjoyed performing for them. It was a huge success, raising £392.06.
School Has New Website - (posted) 27 May 2010
The school has a comprehensive new website, giving
up-to-date news and activites.
click here for the school's own web site
Pots, Rocks And Fireworks Exhibition - (posted) 12th July 2009
In the spring, Helmdon Primary School was awarded a prestigous Royal Society Partnership Grant for their project "Pots, Rocks and Fireworks - Colours from the Ground". The Royal Society, the national academy for science, awards funding to schools to help bring science to life (see http://royalsociety.org/partnership for more details).
One of the cystals grown at the school.
The ten week project has seen the children involved in a range of activies led by scientists from The Open University, together with members for the local community Niki Phillips, Irene Inness and Mrs Hucknall (Magdalen College School). The project has included exploring the geology of the area, hunting for fossils in the local stone, learning about minerals and rocks, growing crystals, investigating the properties of metals, a visit to the Recycling plant in Northampton, as well as appreciating how the colour of ceramics, glass, pigments and fireworks are inflluenced by the metals that they contain. Please visit the project diary.
The school will be holding an exhibition of their work on Tuesday 14th July at 3.15 pm - everyone is welcome so please come along to see what the children have been doing and take part in the Year 6 quiz to see how much you know about "Colours from the Ground".
School Will Open On 10th
8th September 2007
School will open as predicted on Monday 10th September.
Staff don't normally have to wear wellies
The late opening caused by the July floods was unavoidable due to
the extent of the damage caused. The Reception year classroom had
to be completely redecorated and have new carpets. The floor in the
the toilets was so badly damaged it had to be re-laid. The old Victorian
4" drains were replaced with 6" drains to increase capacity.
A team of builders, decorators and fitters have been on site throughout
the summer holidays.
The school's ICT suite was completely ruined and everything had to
be thrown away and replaced. The school's ICT Technician, Mr John
Plunkett, has had to set up and configure all the new computers during
the school break.
Children were due to return from the summer holidays on Wednesday
5th September so only 3 days have been missed. Given the state of
the school when the floods hit on Friday 20th July (the last day of
term) it is a credit to all involved that the school is, once again,
ready for teaching.
Wear It Pink
- 2nd October 2006
October is breast cancer awareness month and to support their fundraising
Helmdon Primary School will be hosting a "Wear it Pink"
afternoon tea on Friday 13th October from 2:30 p.m. at the school.
Breast Cancer Care
Everyone is invited to come along for a cup of tea or coffee and
a piece of cake and make a donation for this worthwhile cause.
here for more about the In the Pink campaign.
Helmdon School Fête
- 21st June 2006
The Helmdon School Fête on Saturday 17th June raised an incredible
£1,638. Thanks to everyone for all the support and contributions.
Please let us know if you have suggestions
for how the money might be spent at the school.
Helmdon School Fête
- 17th June 2006
Helmdon School Fête is on Saturday 17th June 12.00 - 3.00pm. There
will be a BBQ and refreshments, entertainment from the brass band
and rock band, and with many activities including a surfboard simulator,face
painting, pony rides, hook a duck, penalty shoot out, bash the rat,
as well as many more, it's sure to be a great time for all the family.
Most importantly all money raised will go towards buying equipment,
toys, books and anything else that the school budget doesn't cover!!
Please put the date in your diary and support your local school while
having lots of fun!! If you would like more information on this or
any other FOHS event please contact
me. Thanks for your support.
School Art Project Gets TV Coverage
- 5th September 2005
The past year has been eventful and exciting with many opportunities
to celebrate success. Our new staff team have worked extremely hard
and we were delighted with our test results once again. Our aim at
Helmdon is to provide all children with a happy secure and safe learning
environment which develops all skills; academic, creative and social.
Our whole school art exhibition entitled Still Life and Sculpture
gave all children the opportunity to work with a local artist as well
as gaining experience in three dimensional work. The staff team all
spent a lot of time in displaying and mounting the work for the public
viewing. We even had a film crew from Anglia TV broadcasting the event!
The Third Ghost - a scary display!
We have established a tradition of holding our Harvest festival in
the church and this year we also held our Key Stage 2 Christmas celebrations
in the rearranged layout of the church as we organised a Medieval
Christmas. Many parents and members of the community helped us to
decorate the church with foliage and candles. The atmosphere was fantastic.
The children performed a traditional medieval puppet show and the
finale was a farandel dance.
In the autumn term all classrooms will have a data projector and interactive
whiteboard. We have been very fortunate this year as we have benefited
from Magdalen colleges Specialist Schools status. This has provided
us with the support from an additional ICT technician and an ICT teacher.
The children in the reception / Year 1 class have benefited from a
data projector and interactive whiteboard as a part of an LEA initiative
We will be welcoming fourteen new reception children in September
along with additional Teaching Assistants. Kristina Wade will be working
with children in Year 1 / 2 and Year 6 and Fiona Stringer will be
working each day in year 1 / 2. We have significantly increased the
adult support in all classes over the past few years and value the
contribution that this support brings to pupils and teachers.
The feasibility of a nursery unit being built on the school site is
a project which will be explored in the new school year. The possibility
of building a nursery was raised as a part of the village plan and
members of the various organisations will be consulted as we look
into the options available. If anyone would like to help us in looking
at different possibilities then please get in touch.
A new venture for the school this year will be our Year 5 / 6 residential
to France. This will provide children with the opportunity to explore
a different country and to practice their French! All children in
Year 6 will receive an hour a week modern foreign language tuition
provided by Chenderit secondary school.
Our whole school outing this year was to Wickstead Park in Kettering.
The weather was kind and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
As a part of the end of term activities Year 6 performed extracts
from the Tempest. The children gave outstanding performances and the
evening was a resounding success.
We appreciate all the support that we receive from parents and members
of the local community. Rev Will Adams has already taken assemblies
and offered to work with children who are talented mathematicians!
If there are any other people who have some spare time on their hands
who would be willing to help with clubs, listen to children read or
help with art projects then please do come in to see us. Keen gardeners
We look forward to another exciting year ahead.
Helmdon Primary School
Report 2004 - 1st December
A full report from the Governing body of Helmdon Primary
School is now available on-line. Please click here
to access the report.
Governor's AGM Report 2003 - 1st December
A full report from the Governing body of Helmdon Primary School
is now available on-line. The file is in Microsoft Word© format
(252 Kb). Please click here
to access the report.
Helmdon School Conservation Area Project
- 6th August 2003
In 1989 Mr Geoff Gulliver gave Helmdon School an area of land for
educational use. The land is known as The Gulliver Trust Conservation
The exhibition was held on
July 17th in the school.
In 2003 Niki Phillips was given permission to involve a group of
Year 6 pupils in a Conservation Area Project, following the completion
of their SATs tests in June. The pupils started by carrying out
a site analysis, recording information about the various habitats
within the area and the flora and fauna to be found there. To help
in their recording they used digital cameras, a mini camcorder and
a tape recorder, some of which equipment they had not previously
used. Their final analyses were shown on two large display sheets,
using drawings, paintings, photographs and many other imaginative
media to represent and communicate the information collected.
Following their initial site visit, the pupils had a brainstorming
session during which they recorded their ideas as to how the site
might be developed and what must be left undisturbed. They decided
that they should collect the ideas of others by interview with questionnaire
and also suggested that Mr Geoff Gulliver could be asked if he would
be willing to be interviewed. He agreed to this request.
The pupils had a really interesting interview with Geoff, who brought
with him some old deeds and documents relating to the land, which
he lent to the school for our presentation at the end of the project.
Pupils in the school were interviewed, mostly in groups. Teachers
were also interviewed and two members of the team did an extensive
questionnaire survey of local residents of all ages. They collated,
analysed and presented the data collected, using a variety of methods
and producing work of a very high standard. The most popular ideas
and themes relating to the ways in which the site could be used
and developed included introducing various features which would
encourage bird life, such as bird boxes and feeders; increasing
the cleared area to allow more recreational use; creating a 'dipping
area' for studying the stream life; purifying the stream water to
allow a greater variety of aquatic life; introducing watch areas
and 'hides'. The pupils could see potential educational uses of
the land covering virtually every area of the curriculum.
In July 2003 the pupils presented the results of their project
to an audience of other pupils, teachers, parents, governors and
specially invited guests. Their work was displayed in a variety
of ways and included video and tape recordings as well as their
own comments, observations and accounts of their activities. The
response to their presentation was very positive with many appreciative
and complimentary comments from those who attended.
Team Spirit Shines Through - 13th April
Those of you who have been into school since last weekend will,
by now, have seen the newly decorated hall and the new art displays,
the product of our art day. The hall looks truly lovely and is the
result of a lot of hard work from parents, friends of school, staff
and governors who kindly gave up part / all of their weekend to
clean, paint, move furniture etc. We would particularly like to
thank Mr and Mrs Coleman for providing extra manpower from his work
assistant Duane, scaffolding towers, expertise and encouragement
throughout the weekend; Sandra Wroe for encouraging her husband,
Mike, to help us in our endeavours (Thanks Mike!) and for providing
the work force with such a great lunch and everyone else who entered
into the team spirit / hard graft of the weekend!
Fashion Show A Huge Success
- 8th March 2003
Thank you to all those who came along to watch the year 6 fashion
show last Friday evening. It was truly memorable. The orchestra
gave a sparkling performance under the guidance of Sue Bennett and
Vanessa Boswell ,who kindly joined us for the evening and the choir
sang beautifully - thanks to Rose Darwin for putting together a
totally new programme, which the children learned in a very short
period of time. The fashion designs were outstanding. Mrs Edmondson
had clearly worked extremely hard, not only in organising and planning
the fashion outfits, but also in procuring stage lighting and selecting
appropriate music that helped to make such a successful evening.
Our thanks must also go to Sandra Wroe who organised and manned
the bar throughout the whole evening on behalf of the FOHS. The
comments that we received during the evening proved just how successful
the event has been.
Fashion Show - 14th
Year 6 have been working very enthusiastically on their paper fashion
creations and would love you to be their guest at the display of
their Year 6 2003 collection on Friday 28th February 2003.
The Fashion Show has developed into a musical, dance and drama event
so it should be quite entertaining. The evening begins at 6 o'clock
with short performances from the orchestra, choir and a Year 6 dance.
There will then be an interval where FOHS will provide a wine bar
(voluntary contributions) and the sale of soft drinks and nibbles.
The Fashion Extravaganza then begins with lights, action and flashing
cameras (which will be allowed in the auditorium!) It will be quite
a night - don't miss it!
Governor's AGM Report 2002 -
6th January 2003
A full report from the Governing body of Helmdon Primary School
is now available on-line. The file is in Microsoft Word© format
(70 Kb). Please click here
to access the report.
School Logs Added To Village Web Site -
25th November 2002
Since the mid 19th century the history of the school
has been recorded in the school logs - a kind of headteacher's diary
which records anything of note in the day-to-day life of the school.
In 2000 former headmaster Mr Geoff Ipgrave wrote an article based
on the school logs which is now available in its entirety on the
village web site. More >>>
School Stages massive Art Exhibition - 23rd
In the height of the Summer the school hall was turned
in to a tropical jungle as part of an exhibit the children had put
together on Rainforests. More >>>
Helmdon Takes Part In Computers For Schools Scheme -
3rd February 2002
Once again Tesco's have been running the Computers for Schools campaign,
now in its eleventh year.
The 2002 Computers
for Schools Campaign
The 2002 campaign started on 28th January and Tesco gave shoppers
one voucher for every £10 spent in store up to 7th April.
Helmdon school has been collecting vouchers and would like to thank
everyone who has taken part and donated their vouchers to the school's
All vouchers for the 2002 campaign had to be returned by 5th July,
so if you have any left please hold on to them for now.
The school has a well equipped ICT suite which has proved an important
asset to the school since its official opening in 2000. However, computer
equipment dates quickly and there is a constant need to replace and
update monitors, keyboards and the computers themselves.
The Computers for Schools is a scheme supported by Tesco to enable
local schools to claim the latest computer equipment, providing pupils
with invaluable computer skills to take them into the future. Since
1992 Tesco has given away over £70 million worth of computer equipment
Anybody with any questions about the Computers for Schools Campaign
should contact the school secretary, Jo
Governor's AGM Report - 11th
A full report from the Governing body of Helmdon Primary School is
now available on-line. The file is in PDF format, for which you need
Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this you can download it
for free from the Adobe
web site. Once you have the viewer installed please click here
to access the report.
School Sends Over £1,000 to Send a Cow
- 19th October 2001
Harvest festivals at Helmdon Primary School and Helmdon Church have
helped to raise money for an organisation that helps people become
After the two harvest festivals the goods taken were auctioned off
and the money, which totalled £1,245.76, will be sent to Send a Cow.
The organisation provides families with a cow so that when the first
calf is born they pass the calf to another family. The work has been
going on in Uganda but is now spreading to other countries.
A cheque was presented, from the school and residents in Helmdon,
Syresham, Whitfield and Radstone, to Sandra Herbert, a representative
of the organisation, in an assembly on Monday 15 October.
To learn more about the Send A Cow Appeal
visit the web
Parents In School - 9th
Support from Parents, Grandparents and the community is still as strong
as ever at Helmdon.
There are many ways that you can help at school, either in the classrooms
or with other school activities. If you are able to give a few hours
of your time please see any of the class teachers or Sue Blackburn.
Last summer all the helpers were invited to tea. It was a lovely sunny
afternoon, tea and scones were served and each Class took it in turns
to entertain. It really was a wonderful afternoon.
Every Thursday afternoon between 3.30pm and 4.00pm parents are welcome
to come into the classrooms and look at their children's work with
them, and also to enjoy the classroom displays. Sharing assemblies
are another way to share in the work and life of the school. The Friends
of the School are now running a crèche to help parents with
Finally, if anyone wishes to look at the school policy documents they
are kept in the school office.
New ICT Suite - 15th
The school is now the proud beneficiary of a new ICT suite. The work
of parents and staff together, the ICT suite will ensure that pupils
are able to keep pace with today's increasingly technological world.
For more details and a full report please click here.