Parent Information

About us

Freshford Church School is now a part of the Bath & Wells Diocesan Academies Trust. We are situated in the heart of the village of Freshford, named by The Telegraph as the sixth best place to live in the West Country, nestling between Bath and Bradford-on-Avon. Freshford is easily accessible by public transport, the station being a short walk from the school.

We are on the south eastern edge of our local authority and many of the children who attend our school do so from Wiltshire, and sometimes Somerset, addresses.

The school is a happy and healthy place in which children learn in five mixed year classes. During their time at the school, a wide range of factors – such as age, emotional maturity, academic progress, personal needs and styles of learning – determine an individual child’s journey through our five classes. we are, we are on the south eastern edge of the county and many of our families have a Wiltshire address.

Within its award winning modern two-storey building our school has five teaching classrooms, two small group rooms, library and school offices. The adjacent sympathetically refurbished Victorian building provides a school hall / dining room and school kitchen, mezzanine floor for group work, a further small group room, together with our children’s kitchen, in which curriculum cooking takes place.

The school playground provides a marked area for a number of sporting activities, patio and garden areas for creative and quiet play and a sandpit, which is enjoyed by all the children. The children also participate in other sporting activities at Freshford Memorial Hall, a short walk from the school, and in which Freshford Pre-School is run.

We now have access to the Village Green adjacent to the school, which provides much appreciated additional play space.

The school is fully accessible for the less able, with the provision of ramp access, lift and toilets for the disabled.

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Sustainability

Freshford School Solar Panels

As part of Freshford School’s efforts to become more sustainable, in February 2020 we installed 22 solar panels on the rear roof.

After months of planning and negotiations with the local authority we secured planning permission and then faced the mammoth task of raising the £10.5k needed to complete the project.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of local families, charities and businesses, amazingly we reached our target within four months.

The project would not have been possible without the generously donated expertise of Nick Spicer of Your Eco and Nick Tomlinson of Tonic Architecture who saw the project through from the early design and planning stages to completion. Also, a huge thanks to Sarah Young, James Sibson, Emma Heatley-Adams and Claudia Towner for their invaluable help and support throughout the process.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Freshford Mill – An exclusive development of country homes
The Cobalt Trust
FLECS (Freshford & Limpley Stoke Energy Community Shares)
BEAM Development Ltd
Wild Things Publishing
LUC
The Galleries Shop & Cafe and their customers
Gemma Hardy, Aspire Leadership Development
Walters Developments
Bath Stone Group
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Ben, Lisa, Henry & Edwin Rodd
The Scotland family (Katie, George, Poppy & Mabel)
The Dougall family
The Ford family
George, Nick, Albert & Eliza Tomlinson
Delilah & Georgina Johns
The Whitbread family (Martin, Jemma, William & Florrie)
The Taylor family
Charlie & Annabelle Ellen
The Heatley-Adams family
The Allen family

Thank you also to the Freshford school community for donations received at the 2019 Winter Fayre.

It is hoped the panels will generate around 6,200 kWh of energy per year, saving the school around £900 per year on energy bills and 22 tonnes of carbon over ten years. The installation will also act as an important learning resource for the pupils:

“As a learning community dedicated to children we have a moral imperative and a duty to do everything that we can to minimise the environmental impact of our infrastructure.
In this role it is also our duty to model considerate and respectful behaviours and decision making on the short and the long term. Solar panels will provide a powerful example and a constant reminder of our doing both, for current and future generations, and will provide data on a daily basis defining the energy generated, costs saved and spending opportunities gained, promoting examination of other savings and efficiencies that might be possible in the day to day operation of the school.
The children will be deepening their knowledge and understanding of energy measurement, data handling and the use and interpretation of tables and graphs – all crucial learning for their future independence and responsible citizenship.” Andrew Wishart, Headteacher

In November 2021 we shall once again be supporting the Woodland Trust’s Trees for Schools project by planting a further 840 saplings, which will help create new native woodland that can be enjoyed by people and wildlife for years to come.

“Thanks to the involvement of schools like yours we have achieved our national target of planting 400,000 trees, which is fantastic” Jon Attwood, Trees For Schools (South West)

Silks shimmering in the sunlight as the flowers
bloom around them,
Silks as light as feathers,
Silks as soft as snow and hair,
Silks embroidered with flowers and other plants,
Silks that spread secrets to me,
Silk that lifted itself up as the wind blew by,
Silks that sang songs with the wind.

Helen – Age 7