Easter Garden

Everyone at St Mary’s Church would like to say a great big thank you to the pupils of Buckden School for making 250 paper flowers for the Easter Garden!  I hope you’ll agree it looks wonderful – and St Mary’s is open every day so you can go in and see the real thing.

Easter Garden 2014 (2) Easter Garden 2014


  • The Pandas, Junebugs and Wolves classes put on their play ‘Cinderella and Rockerfella’ this week which was well attended by parents and friends.   Well done to all our budding actors and to the classteachers and teaching assistants for putting on a very exciting show.
  • Our cross country runners took part in the Cambridgeshire Primary Schools Cross Country Relay Race on Wednesday evening at Priory Park.  59 schools took part in the relay race – each school entered up to 6 teams.  The girls A team runners, Jasmine, Kira Poppy and Tilly came 22nd and the B team runners, Amelia, Ellie, Millie and Hannah came 26th.  The boys A team, Charlie, Harvey, Henry and Leo came 29th and the B team, Fin, Jack, James and Mack came 60th.   Well done to all our runners.
  • Pandas class have been busy as they also had their class assembly this week.  Thank you to all parents who came along to watch. 

Honours and Values Assembly

 Honours Awards Recipients
Children who received Honours Awards

1404 - Values
Children who received a Values Award


  • The whole of Reception and Key Stage 1 visited The Imperial War Museum at Duxford this week.   The visit was to consolidate their work on Heroes.  Whilst at Duxford the children were able to see many of the exhibits and took part in a workshop.  They were also lucky enough to see a newly restored Spitfire aeroplane flying around the airfield.  They all arrived home very tired after a long and exciting day.  Thank you to all of the parents who came along as parent helpers.
  • Yesterday we had our Mother’s Day lunch and shop. Over 100 mums and grandmas came into school to enjoy a specially prepared lunch with the children.  Everyone left having enjoyed a wonderful meal and took home a daffodil as a memento.   Thank you also to the FOBS for organising the Mother’s Day shop which was very well attended and many presents bought.  Mrs Bigg and her kitchen team must be congratulated once again on providing a meal worthy of the occasion.
  • Our Year 5/6 football team took part in a football tournament at Alconbury School this week. The team played 5 matches – they won 2 games, drew 1 game and lost 2 games.  Well done to the team James, Fin, Jamie, Mack, Edward, Charlie, Jack, Lewis and Henry.  Thank you to Mrs May, Mrs Peters and Mrs Squire for helping with transport to and from Alconbury, and also to Mr May for being team coach and refereeing some of the games.
  • Thank you for the donations for the Sport Relief Mile last week.  We raised £225.00, which has now been sent off to the Sport Relief charity.


  • Today we said goodbye to a long serving member of staff.  Mr Chapman, who has worked as a Teaching Assistant and ICT manager for over 10 years has made a career move and will be touring  golf clubs in the East Anglia area before going countrywide, selling golfing equipment .  The staff and pupils would like to wish him good luck as he leaves the school and ventures into his new career.
  • Today the children took part in the Sport Relief mile around the school field.  Everyone dressed up in their pyjamas and
    onesies and walked 7 times around the field (in most cases!)to complete their one mile.  Members of FOBS provided thechildren with much needed refreshments at the end of their walk.  Thank you for all the donations – which have
    yet to be counted.  We’ll let you know the total raised in next weeks round-up
  • The Barracudas had their class assembly today – it was lovely to see so many parents come along to enjoy the assembly.  The next class assembly is the Pandas on Thursday 3rd April.
  • You may have read in the national press about a proposed national teachers strike on Wednesday 26th March.  Buckden School will not be affected and will be open as usual on that day.
  • Thank you to FOBS for arranging the Cinema Night last night.   We hope all the children who came enjoyed watching the films.   
    The next event is the Mother’s Day shop in school on the day of the Mothers Day lunch.  The children will be able to purchase a gift and have it wrapped – the date is 27th March. 


The school has been visited by the Ofsted Inspectors this week.  To keep you informed of timescales and the process the following will happen. The inspector will submit her report on Monday which is then followed by a three week period where the report has to be checked and quality assured before the school receives an interim report.  Due to the Easter holidays, the interim report may not be received until we return to school towards the end of April.  Not until we receive the interim report will we know the outcome and judgement.  We then have five working days to check for factual accuracies before a report is finalised.  Therefore we do not expect to be in a position to publish the finalised Ofsted report to parents until the beginning of May, but we will update you as soon as we have news.

This week has been an intense and busy time for the staff, governors and pupils.   Thank you to all parents who have supported the school throughout the inspection period and who continue to support us as we strive to give your children the best possible education.


You may have read in the national press about a proposed national teachers strike on Wednesday 26th March.  Buckden School will not be affected and will be open as usual on that day.

Please can all requests for a Mothers Day meal be handed into the school office by Tuesday 18th March.   Due to kitchen ordering deadlines we cannot accept any meal requests after this date.  Details about dinner arrangements will be sent home next week.

To celebrate World Book Day the school had a very successful Book Swap event.  The event was initiated, organised and run by the school council and proved to be very popular.  Well done to the members of the school council for coming up with a ‘novel’ idea to celebrate World Book Day.  I hope your children are all enjoying reading their new books.

Mrs Clarke will be having another Nearly New Uniform Sale on Friday 21st March in the school playground from 3.15 pm – 3.45 pm.  It will be located in the outdoor classroom by the school gate.  If you have outgrown or unused items of school uniform you may donate it to the sale.  A collection box will be in the school reception office on Tuesday 18th March.  Please ensure the donated clothing is in good condition without tears or stains and all nametags have been removed.