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Reading Challenge

September 2016


This year 59 children (40% of the school) took part in the Wiltshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge.  Forty children completed the challenge to read 6 books and were awarded a gold medal and certificate in recognition of their achivement.

Best Kept Village 

August 2016

best kept village Congratulations to the villagers of All Cannings who have been named one of the county winners in Wiltshire's Best Kept Village competition.  The Parish Council and volunteers were complimented on their hard work and encouragingly high standards.  The volunteer force included members of our School Council who organised a rota and carried out regular litter picks around the site to ensure both the playing field and the adjoining cemetery site are kept free of litter.

Regional Football Finals

Gazette and Herald - May 2016

A small village school is living out its own football giant killing dream and is hoping its fairytale will have a happy ending when itplays at the Leicester City ground later this month.

The team from All Cannings hopes it can mirror Leicester's incredible run to become Premier League champions when it plays at the king Power Stadium on May 23rd in the National Football Finals.

All Cannings has won tournaments at regional, county and south of England level to quality for the final.  Its road to Leicester started when the team won a penalty shoot-out in the Devizes area contest and later went on to win the county competition at Stanley Park in January.

The school then represented Wiltshire in the last Saturday's South of England school tournament playing teams from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Somerset.

"The boys have been keenly watching Match of the Day over the last few weeks, with Leicester becoming their second team".

Captain Harrison Sartin said: "I watched them play and then being presented the Premier League trophy and get their medals on Sunday and I can't believe that in less than two weeks' time that I will be there, playing on the pitch, perhaps even scoring".

 Healthy ways to create snacks

 Gazette and Herald - March 2016


 Healthy eating has been at the top of the timetable for a number of children and their parents from a village school near Devizes.

All Cannings Primary has been teaching both pupils and their mums and dads how to create healthy snacks to replace high sugar and high fat treats.

Under the guidance of Gretchen Winter they were taught how to create the alternatives which could be enjoyed at break times as part of the school's drive towards healthy eating.

A workshop for youngsters from all year groups helped them use hummus to create dunkables and stackables and a healthy pick and mix.

In the evening more than 50 parents went to an information evening with demonstrations and practical activites and exchange tips.

Older children from the cookery school and younger ones from the school's cookery club were in action showing off their cookery skills.

Haine & Smith Awards

Gazette and Herald - December 2013


 Local opticians, Haine & Smith, have again recognised the sporting achievements of pupils of All Cannings Primary School.

Partner Giles Smith visited the school to present awards to the most improved players.

He attended the assembly to congratulate the youngsters who this term have been participating in activities including swimming and speed stacking - a game that involves building specialised plastic cups into pyramid formations and taking them down again as quickly as possible.

Mr Smith said "There is a great attitude towards sports at All Cannings School".  "All the children are encouraged to give new activities a go and achieve their personal best".

"Haine and Smith are delighted to present these awards in recognition of the great enthusiasm and effort they have each displayed over the past term".

 Haine & Smith Awards

 Gazette and Herald - August 2013


Pupils from All Cannings Primary School have been awarded trophies in recognition of their achievements in activities including swimming and tennis over the past term, thanks to independent opticians, Haine & Smith.  Haine & Smith partner, Giles Smith, attended the end-of-term assembly to congratulate the youngsters who were praised by Headteacher, Richard Borman, for the effort they had put into learning and improving new skills during PE lessons.

The winners are from left to right: Jessica (Under 11), Freddie (Under 9), Lewis (Under 11) and Bethan (Under 9).

Primary was at risk due to pupil numbers

 Gazette and Herald - July 2013


 The future of Chirton Primary School has been sured by an arrangement for it to collaborate with All Cannings Primary under the same headteacher.

From the start of next term, the little village school on the edge of Salisbury Plain will be working partnership with All Cannings under its headteacher, Richard Borman.

Chirton School came under threat of closure last year due to falling pupil numbers but the community, led by governors, parents and staff, launched a rescue effort.

They made an approach to All Cannings School and, in consultation with the local authority and Salisbury Diocese, the idea of collaborative working was developed.  In May this year both governing bodies formally agreed to a "soft" federation between the two.

All Cannings governor, kevin Reed, said: "Our vision is to maintain two sustainable village schools with high-quality outcomes and local control of their futures.

"Both schools will maintain their unique identities and will retain their own governing bodies.  But a strategic steering group has been set up, with representatives from both schools, to ensure a common vision and the same high standards of education are maintained in future."

Mr Borman will become Executive Head of both schools and Amy Bekker-Wrench will become the new Association Head at Chirton School.

 New drop-off System

 Gazette and Herald - April 2013

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 Governors have taken major steps to address fears over traffic congestion and road safety at All Cannings Primary School.  The car park has been re-marked and a new drop-off system, run by a member of staff and resident Carol Little, was instituted after the Easter break.

School governor Kevin Reed said: "As with most village schools these days, a large proportion of the pupil base is drawn from nearby towns, which in this case is Devizes.

"Without these children from outside catchment, village schools would struggle to survive, but the associated increase in cars around the school at drop-off and pick-up times causes problems with parking and congestion for local residents.  It can also increase dangers to the children as they walk into school."

The school has its own parking committee, made up of staff and parents, and it and the school governors have worked closely with residents and parents over the past year to find solutions to the problem.

Mr Reed said: "It was clear to us that a well-structured and organised drop-off system would solve a lot of our congestion problems."


 Gazette and Herald - September 2012


Children in the reception class at All Cannings Primary School have been given a head start in their reading with the creation of story sacks.

The beautifully decorated sacks, 25 of them, containing dressing-up clothes, puppets and other items relevant to a particular story, have been created by School Business Manager, Lindsey Wallace.

Mrs Wallace said: "I made all the sakcs but we've had a team of parents working together to fill them with items relevant to the book that's in each sack.  "For example, for the Very Hungry Caterpillar, we've got information on the lifecycle of butterflies, a book about insects and other things.  Some of the objects haven't been quite so straightforward so we got together and worked out what could go in.  There is nothing new about sacksacks and we were looking to buy some, but they sell at £50 or £60 each so we thought we would make our own".  "We have scoured charity shops and car boot sales for things to go in them and we brought them into school this week.  It was like Christmas.  The children will be able to borrow the sakcs for two weeks and work with their parents on reading and using items in the sack.

"It is a way of stimulating their reading activities and it will be interesting to see how it takes off".

 National First Aid Competition

 June - 2012

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 Students from All Cannings School in Devizes have won the junior final of the 2012 St John's Ambulance National Schools First Aid Competition, beating hundreds of others from across the country.

The competition, which was held at The Natural History Museum in London on 27th June, tested the first aid skills of teams of students from both junior and secondary schools by giving them realistic emergency scenarios to work through.

They were assessed not only on their first aid knowledge but also their initiative, communication, teamwork and confidence.  Each school team learnt their first aid through St John Ambulance teaching resources, Young First Aider, which equips students with skills to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

The winning team was Jessica Rawes, Charlie Tilley, Cora Bird and Maddie Edwards, all aged 10.

The school was presented with a £1000 cash prize to be used on equipment and facilities.

Each member of the winning team also received an individual prize.

Rio spirit

 Gazette and Herald - July 2011


 The village of All Cannings was transformed from Rio de Janeiro as children and staff the school paraded down the main street.

The school has been studying Brazil and, to mark the culmination of their work, all the pupils and teaching staff wore colourful costumes and held banners as they walked through the village last Friday.

About 50 parents and villagers lined the route to cheer them on and went back to the school to see a display of their work.

Pupils have paraded through the village at the end of previous summer terms after studying countries including Spain, China and Australia.

Children and staff will use the costumes to take part in Devizes Carnival procession in September.

 Taking on a record



 Children and parents in All Cannings took part in an unusual world record attempt.

The village pre school took part in the charity I Can's Chatterbox Chall-enge which this year attempted to break the record for the largest number of people taking part in the nursery rhyme Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes iat the same time.

The challenge was for at least 25 people to do it for a minimum of five minutes at 11am on Tuesday.

Playleader Jo Warman said "In the end we had 53 people take part for over six minutes.  In addition to our children, Class 1 from the primary school came in and we had lots of parents and friends as well".

"It was an azaming turnout for a small village pre-school".

I Can is the children's communication charity that ensures that no child loses out because of a difficulty in speaking or understanding.  Priya Shah of I Can said it is confident the record of 1,532 would be broken when all reports are in by mid-March.

 Figures add up



 Staff at All Cannings Primary School are delighted to find themselves 11th in the entire country for consistent achievement.

The village school near Devizes was placed 11th among the 21,000 or so state primary schools throughout the country and the only one in Wiltshire to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Schools report.

All the top schools have scored 100 per cent in each of English, Maths and Science in the SAT tests every year between 2008 and 2010, an amazing achievement given that there are bound to be differences in standards between year groups.

Headteacher Richard Borman put it down to teamwork.  He said "We get great support from everybody - staff, governors, parents.

"They work together to give the children an enthusiasm for learning.  The staff ensure we don't use success in the SATs as the sole measure of achievement".