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KS2 enjoyed learning about our sustainable school building today. We went around the school looking at the different features of the building that make it sustainable e.g. triple glazing, solar panels, air source heat pump, wildlife area with a pond, a living roof to name a few!


🚨 Exclusive egg update from Oak class! 🚨


BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 A space shuttle has landed in the nursery classroom! Inside is a large purple egg that looks like it’s hatching and lots of strange symbols… we can’t wait to see Oak class on Monday to help us figure out this mystery!


The children had such a wonderful time at our Valentine’s disco. We had dancing, music, games, sweets, balloons, a photo booth and even glitter tattoos! Thank you to Miss Hunter and the PTA for organising such a great event for our children.


In Oak class, the children love coming to school so much that they asked for their own miniature one! The children now have a mini classroom complete with a staff room and pretend photocopier ☺️❤️


We heard from Jenny who lived in Cape Town during the drought and how her family managed to conserve water. KS2 are now creating their own PowerPoints to share some top tips on how to save water as part of our learning in ESR.


Chico is back! He had such a wonderful time visiting Layston Grove Care Home for the winter holidays. He returned today with Paula, Eileen and John, to tell us all about his adventures. Oak class were so happy to see our friends and show them our own class bear!


This morning the children in Oak class rescued a sapling that had been blown over in the storms. It was a lot of work and we even discovered a dinosaur tooth while digging!


We are very excited to have a day of filming at school today! Next stop Hollywood!


We are really enjoying being creative at after school club today. We have played with the aqua beads, built a fairy garden and solved jigsaw puzzles.


This week we have been very lucky to have the HSBC bank come into run workshops teaching children about the value of money. These sessions were lots of fun. We were then presented with a Smart Money Award for the support of financial education for young people.


Thank you to our school council for a productive meeting discussing safeguarding at school. The next meeting will be to discuss the playground designs for our new equipment coming later this year.


KS1 and KS2 worked brilliantly together this week on a range of teamwork challenges.


KS2 have been learning about different forms of communication in PSHE. We looked at morse code and braille, the children enjoyed reading and writing messages in different ways.


* Vacancies *New year brings new opportunities. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website to apply more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime


And that’s our first term complete! Thank you to everyone for their kindness and support this term. Here’s to many more wonderful terms together. Merry Christmas to you all and a happy New Year, from the team at Buntingford First School x


BREAKING NEWS! We have had word from Santa, via the elves, that our children have been added to the nice list! Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅


Today we had a fun (but very messy!) end to our science topic on solids, liquids and gases. The question remains, what is slime


Yum, yum, yum! We enjoyed a lovely festive lunch today. Thank you to Diane for catering so well for us all!


What a magical time we had this morning - Father Christmas was on our school roof!! He came to wish everyone at Buntingford First School a Merry Christmas and we were all very pleased to see him!🎄


We really enjoyed spreading some Christmas joy this afternoon at Layston Grove. The children performed their Christmas songs to the residents and there were lots of smiles from both sides. We were also lucky enough to see Chico who is on holiday there…he has a lovely new outfit!


Willow class visited Oak class this afternoon for some sensory play fun. We made our own snow and have been exploring the water beads!


* Vacancies *We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website for full job descriptions and to apply more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime


The children absolutely blew us away with their performance of ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’. Thank you to everyone who came this morning and made this wonderful performance possible.


It looks like the elves are putting on a show as well today! We are looking forward to seeing you at 9:30am for our first ever Christmas concert! 🎶🎄

Headteacher's Welcome

VJO profile picIt is a great privilege to be taking on the role of Headteacher at Buntingford First School and leading the exciting establishment of a brand-new school.

I passionately believe in knowing the children in our school as individuals and always ensuring that they are at the heart of everything we do. I have no doubt that Buntingford First School provides a stimulating and transformational education as this is the very least that children in our education deserve. I am excited to be on our journey together as Buntingford First School establishes itself in the local community and we see children and families flourish as they join the Scholars’ Education Trust.

The curriculum at Buntingford First School is innovative and tailored to the children’s needs, built upon first-hand learning experiences. I believe in preparing our children to be well-rounded citizens of whom we can all be proud of; enabling our children to flourish in an ever-changing world. Buntingford First School has a nurturing ethos and a child-centred approach which will enable all children to achieve high attainment and progress. Our key drivers for the curriculum will be around new technologies, well-being and of course, sustainability. Sustainability is inter-woven throughout the curriculum and the site lends itself to many key learning opportunities.

I am delighted that Buntingford First School will be the first net carbon zero school in Hertfordshire, as this is both a professional and personal passion of mine. Having led a successful project to build the profile of sustainability across Scholars’ Education Trust, I know that this is a key focus for all our schools. I take my own responsibility to reduce my carbon footprint seriously, driving an electric car and following the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. If you are interested in seeing our up-to-date learning then please do follow us on Twitter @buntingfordfs and Facebook @BuntingfordFirstSchool where we will report regularly on class and school news.

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Vikki Johnston, Headteacher


Samryderd1 101I am delighted to welcome you to the website for Buntingford First School – Hertfordshire’s only carbon net zero school and one of the first in the country.

Central to the vision of Buntingford First School (BFS) is the shared belief that all children have the right to a transformational educational experience, that will enable them, no matter what their starting point, to fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions. 

I believe in providing high quality education, preparing our children with skills for life and encouraging them to be well-rounded individuals who are respectful, kind and tolerant of others.  BFS will exemplify outstanding early years and primary practice, evidenced by outstanding attainment and progress for all children, with a strong nurturing relationship between children and staff.  We will constantly strive to make school a happy, secure place for children to enjoy success at every level.

Within the framework of the national curriculum our school will develop an inclusive and personalised school curriculum that is designed around each child, with lots of opportunities for practical, hands-on activities. This curriculum will be based upon the traditional academic values and best practice of the Trust’s schools. This wealth of expertise will be shared and built upon to provide the best possible inclusive education for each child. It will be a curriculum that will enable them to attain and progress through the school.

BFS will also prepare children to move onto the next stages of their education with the skills to thrive.  Our strapline is “Education for a Changing World” and we will make full use of the benefits of technology within the classroom and beyond.  Similarly, children with strong views about important issues such as sustainability will be encouraged to help bring about change for the better in the school and local community.

We expect our school be at the heart of its community working closely with its neighbours to improve the educational outcomes for all Buntingford children.  It will work in partnership with local Buntingford schools as well as the other schools in the Scholars’ Education Trust.  We are extremely excited about moving into our brand-new, purpose-built, innovative buildings in 2023.

Our school will set the highest standards and expectations for behaviour for children. We will not compromise on a fundamental belief that good behaviour is essential for productive learning and in developing children to become responsible and valued members of the local and wider community.  The school will focus on developing positive learner dispositions to support achievement.  A key component of this will be a traditional primary school uniform that children will wear with pride as it will identify them as part of our new school. All staff will work tirelessly to help our children become well-rounded, positive and responsible members of society.

I hope the information provided on the website is helpful and captures what is important to us and our values.  Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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Matt Gauthier, Executive Headteacher

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