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St Andrew’s Church School Open Events

Dear prospective parents,

Thank you for your interest in St Andrew’s.

We have now finalised our plans, and sadly we are unable to host Open Mornings this year due to COVID 19. We hope our plans will help you get a real feel of our wonderful school, whilst ensuring we are observing guidelines.

One of the highlights of our Open Mornings is usually the Year 6 tour. To replace these, the staff and our Year 6 children have prepared a video to give you a flavour of life at St Andrew’s. We feel confident this will give you a true perspective of the joy of St Andrew’s.

You can view the video here.

We are sure you will have many questions, so we are also organising virtual questions and answer sessions with the Headteacher Mrs Jayne and Deputy Headteacher Mrs Tam.

These are held on Microsoft Teams with the next one held on:

Tuesday 5 January 2021 9.30-10.30am

We have limited the numbers per session, so they are intimate and people feel at ease. Please do book onto a session as soon as you can by emailing the school office at the following email:

You will then be sent a link to the session prior to the event.

Of course, in the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Jayne Rochford -Smith

Inset Day – 4th January 2021 – No school

Inset days

The next Inset Day will be on Monday 4th January 2021 and the school will be closed. Term 3 starts on Tuesday 5th January.

There are 4-5 Inset days during each academic year. These days are a chance for the school’s staff team to report back and evaluate the progress being made on various teaching initiatives and programmes. It is an opportunity to check that targets, set by Ofsted, the Department of Education or by the school itself are being met.

The days involve team-building, training workshops, presentations as well as briefings on new educational standards.


COVID Remote Learning

As we move into this unprecedented time of disruption during the coronavirus outbreak, we have created individual pages on our website for each year to find downloadable home learning materials.

You can find remote learning materials and links to the Year Pages by clicking here.

Welcome to our new Reception class of 2020!

Welcome to the parents, carers and children of our new Reception Class, starting in September 2020!

We are delighted that you have chosen St Andrew’s Church School. As you begin or continue your journey (if you have been in our nursery) we want you to feel connected and supported through each step of your child’s learning journey with us.

Over the coming weeks we will make sure that you receive all the relevant information and support to ensure that you and child and family have the best possible transition into reception.

For more information, please visit the Reception Welcome Page.

Please click the link below to see Mr Maf’s story time video.
Story Time with Mr Maf

Parent/Carer Survey results

“My son’s development has been amazing this year and I am so grateful”.

“My child’s class teacher has been excellent. The staff have been through a lot this year with the loss of Sue, but the school has done a great job looking after the children through the loss and still continued their education”.

“We love St Andrew’s! We are so proud to be part of it”.

“We are so happy with our daughter’s progress, it has been so positive and she seems to be thriving.”.

The school would like to thank parents and carers who took part in our most recent survey and especially for the overwhelmingly positive comments and feedback received.

Click on the link below to see more of the detail gathered

Parent / Carer Survey 2019

Parent Online Safety Webinar

Helping children stay safe online is something that we take very seriously at St Andrew’s. Online Safety is really important when children play on the internet at home too.

With the summer holidays looming, how do we oversee or manage the time our children spend online? Which websites are currently popular with primary-aged children? Which sites should be avoided?

Having up-to-date information and tips can be very helpful, providing confidence when we “negotiate” with children over how and when they use the internet.

We have discovered that an organisation called Gooseberry Planet is offering a free webinar (online presentation) on Tuesday 16th July at 4pm and 8pm, specifically aimed at parents.
Please note – you will need to register ahead of the presentation, to take part.

Click on the link at the bottom of this post to find out more and to register

Gooseberry Planet is an award-winning educational software platform that supports and enhances curriculum delivery for Online Safeguarding in Primary Schools.

Parents’ Online Safety Webinar info (PDF)

Year 6 performance – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Year 6 performed their version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Friday evening.
The performance took place in traditional style – outside, in the round – and the school was turned into a full theatre for the evening with box office, refreshments and interval ice creams!
Many guests joined us included the Deputy Mayor of Bath who tweeted her enjoyment of the performance!
Complete with song, dance and superb individual performances, the children wowed their audience with their confident interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy.
They are all rightly very proud of their superb achievement!
We managed to raise over £350 for Dorothy House, in loving memory of our late Headteacher Sue East.
She adored Shakespeare and we know she would have been extremely proud of the children.

Nursery Places Still Available


We currently have Nursery places available NOW.

Please contact the School office for further information or visit the Nursery page on the website for more details.

St Andrew’s Friends – Valentine’s Cake Sale

This Friday (15th February) from 3.15pm, the St Andrew’s Friends (PTA) are organising a Valentine’s Cake Sale

Donations of home-made/shop-bought cakes are gratefully received. Please leave them in the teaching kitchen in the morning.
Look forward to seeing you there!

All proceeds go to St Andrew’s School.


St Andrew’s Friends Pot Luck Supper

This Friday (8th) St Andrew’s Friends (PTA) are organising a “Fairy Dust” Pot Luck Supper in the School Hall from 5.15 – 7.30pm.

Bring a dish or 2 to share – there will be a cash bar – the film Peter Pan will be screened.

Suggested donation of £3 per person (children 3yrs and under are free – all children must be supervised at all times).

Money raised will be going to the School.

These events are AMAZING – make sure you don’t miss it!

Tributes to Mrs East from the school

Tribute from Mrs Jayne and Mrs Tam

Please click on the link below to see a transcript of the beautiful tribute they gave at Mrs East’s funeral on the 16th of January.

Mrs East’s Tribute from the school

Tribute from the children at St Andrew’s

These are some of the lovely things the children at St Andrew’s school have said when remembering Mrs East – that she was:

The best storyteller

Kind, gentle, lovely and fun

The best teacher ever

Colourful, glittery, joyful and exotic

Caring and curious

She poured water over us in assembly

She is special

She taught us to believe in ourselves

She encouraged us to do our best

She helped me to be brave

She sprinkled fairy dust everywhere

When she smiles, she lights up the room

She kept us safe

I love Mrs East

When we were sad she always brought joy to us

Even though Mrs East isn’t here right now, she will always be helping us through our wonderful journeys

She said every child is special

Remembering Mrs East

Tribute from the Governors
Mrs East was an extraordinary woman. She was a strong advocate that school should be a safe, inclusive, nurturing and creative environment; to allow each child to flourish and be the best they can be.
She brought fairy dust into many lives – those who knew her as friend, a colleague, a lay minister, as well as all the children she inspired in her 10 years as Head Teacher at St Andrew’s.
Her legacy lives on in her three wonderful children and in Learning for Living at St Andrew’s.



The school has been overwhelmed with support, kind messages and donations from the local community and from well-wishers across the country.
We are so grateful. It has been wonderful to hear people’s stories and memories of how Mrs East made a big impact on their lives.

Wednesday’s funeral was an unforgettably beautiful service of remembering and thanksgiving for Mrs East’s life, attended by nearly 800 people at Bath Abbey.

The children (including ex-teachers and pupils) sang the school song “Living Tree” and Mrs East’s children as well as Mrs Jayne and Mrs Tam gave moving tributes.

Children singing at Mrs East's funeral

Children singing at Mrs East’s funeral

More details to follow




Sue East Living Tree Rehearsal

Mrs East at the Living Tree Rehearsal (2013)

Mrs East at the St Andrew's General Election Hustings (2015)

Taking questions at the St Andrew’s General Election Hustings (2015)

Mrs East at the St Andrew's Georgian Tea Party

Mrs East at the St Andrew’s Georgian Tea Dance (2016)

...with her cat Ofsted

Mrs East with her cat Ofsted

Mrs East 1959 – 2018

The St Andrew’s School family is saddened to announce the death of our inspirational Headteacher Mrs Sue East on the 19th of December 2018.

While we are devastated by her loss, the staff and governors are committed to ensuring that the school stays true to its values of creativity and inclusion, that Mrs East championed for the 10 wonderful years she was with us.

For those who did not receive the letters sent out to parents and children at the end of the Christmas term, please click on the links below:

Mrs East’s letter to the children (PDF)

Letter to parents and carers (PDF)

Mrs East’s funeral will be held in Bath Abbey at 2pm on Wednesday the 16th of January.

All are welcome

The school will be closed all day.


A fundraising page has been set up in memory of Mrs East – click on the link below to support the refurbishment of the nursery/reception playground at St Andrew’s Church School. A project close to Mrs East’s heart.

Gofundme page for Sue East’s Playground at St Andrew’s Primary


10.01.18 Statement from St Andrew’s Senior Leadership Team and Governors

(in response to the media interest in Mrs East’s wonderful letter)

St Andrew’s Church School has been approached by a number of news organisations requesting more information and interviews.
We thank you for your interest in our remarkable Headteacher Sue East and for the sympathy you have shown.
At present the school’s priority is supporting the children, their families and the school community through this difficult time.
We are also focusing our efforts on preparing for Mrs East’s funeral on the 16th of January and will not by making any further statements until after then.
Thank you for your understanding.

Nursery places available

We currently have Nursery places available NOW.

Please contact the School office for further information or visit the Nursery page on the website for more details.

STEAM Day at St Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s enjoyed a fantastic S.T.E.A.M day linking to our whole school work around our Global
Sustainability Goals.
The children were re-grouped into eight ‘new’ classes (Y1-Y6) to enjoy a day of hands-on Science based activities including cleaning up oil spills, stopping the spread of germs, investigating wild turbines and building houses to withstand extreme weather conditions.
A huge thank you to all the parents who volunteered and a particular thank you to Angie and the Friends of St. Andrew’s who organised so much for the day.

St Andrews Church School – A Bath & Wells Academy

On the 1st of March 2018, St Andrews C of E Primary School converted to become an Academy in the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust (BWMAT). Our new name is St Andrews Church School and here is our new logo – which is very similar to the old one.

St Andrews is in the first group of Bath schools to join the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust. A total of up to 12 local schools will form the Bath Hub of the BWMAT, ensuring that St Andrews will continue to enjoy collaborating and sharing expertise with schools in Bath and the surrounding area.

Academisation process – Public Consultation – Update

18th January update
Please click on the link below to download the presentation slides from yesterday’s Public Consultation meetings

St Andrew’s Academisation Public Consultation Meeting slides(PDF)

For those unable to attend the meetings Jane Brown, Chair of Governors, will be available in the playground after school today to discuss any questions.


Original post text

St Andrew’s is one of 12 early years and primary age schools in and around Bath all intending to join the Bath & Wells MAT as a “Hub”.

We are seeking the opinions of stakeholders and would like to invite you to a public consultation meeting on Wednesday 17th  January at 2.00pm or 6.00pm at the school. Please let us know if you would like to attend either of these meetings.

Click on the link to read the letter sent home with the children at the end of term
St Andrew’s Academisation process update(PDF)

Earlier in the year we prepared a FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet regarding the Academisation process.
Click on the link to read the FAQ sheet. This will be updated in January
St Andrew’s Academisation FAQ Sheet(PDF)

ParentPay – St Andrew’s new online payment service

We are pleased to announce that we now accept payments online for items such as dinner money, school trips, clubs and music lessons. Using a secure website called ParentPay you can pay online using your credit or debit card. ParentPay will be our preferred method of making payments to school.


What are the benefits to parents and pupils?

• ParentPay is easy-to-use and offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24/7
• The technology used is of the highest internet security available ensuring that your money will reach school safely – offering you peace of mind
• Payments can be made by credit/debit card or also through PayPoint
• Full payment histories and statements are available to you securely online at anytime
• Your children will not have to worry about losing money at school
• Parents can choose to be alerted when their balances are low via email and/or SMS text

What are the benefits to our school?

• You can help us reduce workloads for all staff as no more counting cash, chasing debt and stop cash collection services.
• Creates more time to lend to educational support and the smooth running of the school.
• Using ParentPay also ensures that all financial transactions are safe and secure – helping us to remove costs associated with us having to manage cash securely on the school premises.
• The more parents that use ParentPay, the greater the benefit is to our school.

How to get started with ParentPay?
For new pupil in 2017/18, letters will be sent home, with information on how to set up your account and make payments.
There is additional information on the ParentPay page of the school website.
Click on the link above to access this page. The FAQ links are at the bottom.