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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! 🎶🎄

Meet the Staff


EYFS Leader and Reception Teacher

Mrs Jo Murray

I’m so excited to be the Early Years Leader at Buntingford First School. We are going to do so many FUN things and of course lots of wonderful learning!

Starting school is a great step forward in your child’s life and we will do all that we can to help you and your child feel welcome.

Early years’ education builds on a child’s previous knowledge and understanding and our aim is to work with you to support your child’s learning and development. Every child is different and therefore will have different needs. Our early years’ staff are trained to identify where children are and know how to help them progress to their next level.

We know your child will thrive in our Early Years and we can’t wait to start working with you, your child and your family in the near future.



Mrs Katherine England

I was born and brought up in Guernsey, until I attended Warwick University. I took my gap year straight afterwards, where voluntary work as a teacher in Thailand ignited my love of supporting children to learn and I returned to England to complete my teacher training.

Since qualifying in September, 2006, I have taught many different year groups but discovered that I had a particular passion for Special Educational Needs and ensuring those children have access to education that is motivating and engaging.

I am married with two boys, enjoy reading, running with my dog and going back to Guernsey to spend time by the sea.

I have had a strong interest in counselling since university and am nearing the end of my training as a qualified therapist to both adults and children.


Nursery Teacher

Miss Sarah Hunter

Hello everyone!

My name is Miss Hunter and I am the Nursery teacher for Buntingford First School. This will be my eleventh year teaching and I still feel so fortunate to do what I love each day. I can’t wait to meet you all.

Having taught most year groups at primary level, I believe that children need to feel safe and loved in order to learn to the best of their ability. This is especially true for our youngest learners. The Early Years are a magical time full of awe and wonder so I aim to develop skills through a play based, child-led approach. I can’t wait to see where the children’s imaginations take us!

This will be a year of exciting adventures for us all I’m sure!


KS1 Teacher

Mrs Zoe Templeton

I’m a qualified teacher with 14 years experience working across all key stages within primary schools from London - Hertfordshire.

My experience to date has given me an understanding working within both large primary schools, with several forms in each year, through to my current role which is teaching in a small village school with mixed year group classes. I am excited to bring this experience to Buntingford First School as we begin this exciting new journey.

I have two children who are both in primary school. In my free time I enjoy walks and bike rides in the countryside and exploring new places with my family. I love reading and gardening and day trips to London.

I have also trained in teaching yoga to children and love to incorporate these skills into classroom life to help with children’s well-being. I always strive to create a class full of happy, calm children who are ready and keen to learn and have fun. I can’t wait to meet my first class in September 2023.


KS2 Teacher

Mrs Katie Davies

I am Mrs Davies and I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at Buntingford First School. Bring on September!

I have lived in Buntingford for over five years now with my husband and we thoroughly love the area and people within it. I feel Buntingford has a wonderful community spirit and that is why we moved here. We particularly enjoy walking through the local fields during the summer months and feel very lucky to be surrounded by such beauty.

Last year, we welcomed our precious baby boy into the world. He is my everything and I spend most of my free time taking him out on exciting trips to interesting places. As well as being a mum, my favourite things include my cats, listening to music, singing, dancing, roast dinners and going on sunny holidays!

I have worked in education for thirteen years now and have gained experience working in many different schools, learning from lots of talented individuals. I studied psychology at university which has been extremely helpful in understanding children’s development and how they learn effectively. I love teaching and thrive on making sure every day is fun, filled with laughter and memories that children will treasure and talk about in the future. My favourite subject is English, and I love to spend time reading books with my class. I cannot wait to share some of my favourite books with you!

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